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The Nokia Lumia 925 and 928– what sets each other apart?

The Nokia Lumia 920 is considered by many as one of the best camera phones so far – the premium optics of the Pureview 808 miniaturized into a slimmer package. From it came two more phones: the Lumia 925, and more recently, the Lumia 928. Stepping away from the vibrant colors of the 920, both phones sport more refined tastes in aesthetic engineering. They may look different, but all share nearly-identical specifications save for a few. What are the features that define each from one another?

Elegant-looking 925

A long throw away from the colorful candy bar look of the 920, the Lumia 925 adopts a more corporate feel. The anodized aluminum chassis elegantly complements the phone’s Corning Gorilla Glass 2 face panel. Available in two monotones, gray and silver, only the removable polycarbonate back cover defines the color choice. With the lightweight metal build, it only weighs in at 139g – 25% lighter than its predecessor.

Exclusive 928

Nokia goes back to the 920’s polycarbonate shell construction in the Lumia 928. A United States-specific model, only Verizonwireless carries this phone under a mobile contract. The same Gorilla Glass 2  covers almost the entirety of the handset’s front side, with just a minimal hint of the bezels. The design is even more straight-cut, in contrast to the curves of the original. Like the 925, it steps away from the Nokia tradition of boldly-colored devices, offering only two choices: black or white.

Nokia Lumia 928: First hands-on video

Shared features

Upon closer look at the handsets, it is without a doubt that most of the basic specifications are identical for all three models. Features shared by the Lumia 92x series are as follows:

System-on-Chip (SoC): Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM 8960

Processor: Dual-core Krait, 1.5GHz

Graphics: Adreno 225

System Memory: 1GB dual-channel LPDDR2 RAM

Display: 4.5” PureMotion HD+ at 768x1280px, 334ppi, 24-bit (over 16 million colors)

Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n (Wi-Fi), Bluetooth 3.0, near-field communications (NFC), Wi-Fi channel bonding, mobile hotspot

Battery: 2000mAh

Operating Systems: Windows Phone 8

The phones also share other things such as the absence of a memory expansion slot, the use of a micro-SIM, and mobile data support for HSPA+ and high-speed LTE.

Some shared capabilities do have their own differentiating factors. Native support for the Qi wireless power standard is one such feature. While both the 920 and the 928 can charge wirelessly right out of the box, the 925 requires an optional replacement back cover to enable this. Camera-wise, all three phones also employ the same 8.7MP Carl Zeiss optics with the same optical image stabilization (OIS) and f/2.0 aperture sizes. With the exception of the 925’s 6-element lens though, the rest use only 5-element lenses.


Defining differences

Other than the obvious dimensions and weight differences, one of the factors that set the two latest models apart from the Lumia 920 is the choice of screens. Both the 925 and the 928 employ an OLED panel, compared to the IPS LCD used in the original. Another factor is the removable power source – the older, more colorful model is the only one that has a user-serviceable lithium-ion battery.

While the battery capacity for all three Nokia Lumia phones are the same, power saving enhancements are also a key differentiator. This is evident in the 920 and the 928’s standby time – the latter’s battery is designed to last 50% longer (606 hours compared to 400 hours).

Another interesting difference is that the 920 is the only one that supports Wi-Fi Direct. This is a specific technology that enables one device to establish an ad-hoc connection with other compatible device at Wi-Fi speeds. Coupled with NFC, this is a faster alternative to Bluetooth file transfers.

Nokia applies its patented PureView imaging technology in all the Lumia 92x models, and for this reason, makes them superior camera phones. A key element in photography is the flash, and this is one of the most distinct factors that define one model in particular. The new 928 incorporates a xenon flash that is obviously better than the dual-LED flash built into the other two phones.

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Which is for you?

Each of the three Lumia 92x models, although sharing the same core specs, is suited for a particular niche of mobile phone users. For people who treat their phone as a fashion statement, the wide variety of choice can be found in the 920. The 925 in general exudes an impression of elegance that is more suited for professionals, while the 928 is the one to get for the best camera performance.

What do you think of the two Lumia phones? Will you also consider the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020? Share us your thoughts.



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