The Nokia Lumia 925 is a stylish and super-slim powerhouse that packs in the latest 4G LTE technology, as well as impressive PureView camera. The arrival of the Google Nexus 5 means there is more super-fast mobile broadband competition out there than ever. Here we check out which is the best 4G LTE smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 925 is the first Lumia with full-metal jacket to join the Windows Phone 8 family. It’s very much a mainstream smartphone aimed at those who need something stylish, as well as practical. But it’s got some new competition from the latest Android flagship, the Google Nexus 5. How do they compare?
Both the Nokia Lumia 925 and Google Nexus 5 come with the latest 4G LTE technology tucked away inside, making them ready and able to deal with the fastest mobile broadband connections around. However, there is so much more to choosing a smartphone than internet connection, as we’ll find out.
Nokia Lumia 925 Vs Google Nexus 5: Design
The Nokia Lumia 925 has a cool and sophisticated look that is unlike any other Lumia on the market. The metal body means it feels, as well as looks, great in the hand. While the polycarbonate backplate adds a splash of colour.
It’s unmistakably a Nokia Lumia device, which means you’ll find that not only does it look good, it’s also built to last with that assured Nokia attention to build quality.
The Google Nexus 5, by contrast, simply blends into the wall of nondescript Android smartphones that came before it. It offers reasonable quality but it looks bland and has a cheap feel to it and we know which we’d back in a drop test, and we’re guessing so do you!
Nokia Lumia 925 Vs Google Nexus 5: Screen
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768 AMOLED display, while the Google Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution.
Sure, the Nexus 5 wins out on the pixel front but with two different technologies being used there are other considerations to take in to account. For example, the Nokia Lumia 925 uses the more advanced AMOLED technology, which produces deeper blacks and more vibrant colours than the LCD screen of the Nexus 5.
So, while it may not have the pixel count, which may not really be an issue on a screen less than 5 inches in size anyway, you’ll find that colour and depth of brightness are better.
Then there is the knock-on effect of having so many pixels to power. Not only does Android need a more powerful processor to handle everyday tasks than the equivalent Windows Phone, those pixels need feeding with battery power to perform, so you will see a battery hit on the Nexus.
Nokia Lumia 925 Vs Google Nexus 5: Camera
The Nokia Lumia 925 comes fitted with a 8/7-Megapixel sensor that offers up Optical Image Stabilisation, Zeiss lens technology and dual-LED Flash. What’s more, this PureView camera comes with a sixth lens that has been designed specifically with low-light conditions in mind, making it an all-round camera that other mainstream phones simply can’t match.
The Google Nexus 5 has a comparatively ordinary-looking 8-megapixel camera. Sure, it boasts optical image stabilisation, but as we’ve discussed the Lumia 925 already has that. It also features a new HDR+ mode that takes rapid bursts of images and combines the results to improve contrast between light and dark areas.
However, with the arrival of the Nokia Camera app, and HDR and RAW file support updates expected as part of the Nokia Black update, it’s only a matter of time until the Nokia Lumia 925 beats the Nexus 5 on all fronts.
Overall, we think that the Nokia Lumia 925 comfortably wins out against the Google Nexus 5 as a desirable 4G LTE smartphone.