Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on May 14, 2013

If you pitch the Nokia Lumia 925 in a no-holds-barred tech-fight against the older Nokia Lumia 920, which one triumphs? Does the 4.5-inch display on the Lumia 925, outstrip the Lumia 920’s screen? How speedy is the dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor? Can the Lumia 920 snap better photos and record slicker HD video? Get the answers to these questions below…

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Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Nokia Lumia 925 VS Nokia Lumia 920
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 16GB internal, no expansion slot 32GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.7 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss Tessar f/2.0, 26mm True 16:9 optics, PureView technology, touch focus, geo-tagging, dual LED flash, image stabilization, Nokia Smart Camera mode and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 70.6 x 129.0 x 8.5mm 70.8 x 130.3 x 10.7mm
Weight 139g 185g
Talktime 13.0 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 440 hours 400 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, free SkyDrive storage, Dolby Headphone sound and a metal design GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage

 

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Connectivity

Let’s consider the wireless options first. The Lumia 925 boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. As for 4G, you get that too. The Lumia 920 packs NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. And 4G? Yes, that’s in there too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Size/Weight

What if we compare the two phones for size and weight? The Lumia 925 and the Lumia 920 measure 129.0 x 70.6 x 8.5mm and 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm respectively. See how the Lumia 925 is the thinner of the two. The Lumia 920 is also significantly tubbier than the newer Lumia 925, weighing in at 185g. The Lumia 925 is 46g lighter at 139g. The Lumia 925 takes this round with style (note the metal edging…) and goes one point up on the Lumia 920.
— The Lumia 925 wins (2-1)

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Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 925′s 8.7 Megapixel camera features a full resolution of plus autofocus, Carl Zeiss Tessar f/2.0, 26mm True 16:9 optics, PureView technology, touch focus, geo-tagging, dual LED flash, image stabilization, Nokia Smart Camera mode and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calls.

The Lumia 920′s 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording) is good, but the 925′s is better. Like its opponent, an extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is the same, 1.3MP.
— The Lumia 925 wins (3-1)

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Display

The specs show that Nokia has built the Lumia 925 with a 4.5-inch touch-sensitive display. The AMOLED ClearBlack panel has a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. Is this good? Bad? The resulting pixel density of this handset tells us exactly that. It’s a brilliant 331.778 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 925 features a 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 331.778.

The Lumia 920′s touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD screen is exactly the same size as the one in the rival Nokia handset, if a little less vibrant. The 768 x 1280 pixel screen resolution is also identical. With 983040 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a terrific 331.778 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 925 wins (4-1)

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Processor

1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon vs. 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon…
— It’s a tie, one point each (5-2)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

Halfway through this fight, the Lumia 925 has opened up a decent 3-point lead. But this fight’s not over. The Lumia 920 still has time to mount a comeback.

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Software

Neither phone wins this Windows Phone 8 vs. Windows Phone 8 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-3)

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Applications

It’s the Windows Phone Store vs. the Windows Phone Store and, again, there’s no winner here. Which means… The Lumia 925 is still leading in this fight. The Lumia 920 will need to take the next three rounds to force a draw.
— The two phones share the points (7-4)

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Storage

So, who wins the storage part of this fight? The Nokia Lumia 925 boasts 16GB of built-in storage. The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in a love it or leave it 32GB model. With 32GB of internal storage, the Lumia 920 has more storage space. Unfortunately, the Lumia 925 lacks an expansion slot so 16GB is all the storage on offer. Similarly, the 32GBGB storage on the Lumia 920 can’t be extended either. Like the Lumia 925, there’s no memory card slot here.
— The Lumia 920 wins (7-5)

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Battery Life

With a maximum charge, Nokia claims 13.0 hours of talktime for the Lumia 925, compared to 10.0 hours for the Lumia 920. Standby times are 440 hours and 400 hours respectively. The Lumia 920 finishes last here.
— The Lumia 925 wins (8-5)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 925 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, free SkyDrive storage, Dolby Headphone sound and a metal design. In comparison, the Lumia 920 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage
— The Lumia 925 wins (9-5)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 925 wins! (9-5)

The Nokia Lumia 925 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 920, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 4 and losing 1. Here’s a summary so you can see where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Comparable
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: No
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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