The range of high-end Lumia phones has been just getting better and better with every year.
This is quite aptly demonstrated by the 2013 generation of high-end Lumia phones. The list was primarily dominated by the Lumia 1020, with its extraordinary camera, and the Lumia 925, which offers most of these features at a lower price.
Nokia has been one of the masters of smartphone cameras, a point that was proved by the launches of phones like the Nokia N8 and the Nokia 808. The latter also saw the arrival of PureView technology to the stable. It has since made its appearance in several Nokia phones since then. One of the finest camera phones launched till date has been the Lumia 1020. This phone went beyond being an adequate replacement for a point-and-shoot camera. Its 41 megapixel camera was not only capable of bringing a lot of detail into the pictures, but it also provided a range of controls similar to a DSLR camera.
If the camera was the standout aspect of the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 925 identified several aspects of this phone that were simply not ideal for everyone. One of the first was price. The Lumia 925 was able to achieve a better value for money tag by just going for a much smaller camera and also sacrificing some of its high end features. Compared with the 41 megapixel camera on the Lumia 1020, this phone offered only an eight megapixel camera. It still had a number of features like Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, and dual LED flash. More importantly, it offered the same PureView technology along with optical image stabilization.
On the smartphone front, the two phones came with the latest generation Windows Phone operating system. The highly optimized OS was able to run with incredible smoothness even through the dual core 1.5 GHz processor at a time when most of the competitors running on android had moved on to quad core processors. The 1 GB of RAM on the Lumia 925 is another area where the cost-cutting was evident because the Lumia 1020 came with 2 GB of RAM.
A 4.5 inch display, AMOLED screen, and 768 x 1280 pixels of resolution were the common features of the two phones in terms of the display. Since the screen and the processor specifications are similar, the two phones are able to provide more than sufficient battery life with a 2000 mAh battery on-board.
The Lumia 1020 was available with 32 GB of memory only, while the Lumia 925 was available with 16 GB of storage. Since both phones lacked an external memory card slot, this was a potential hindrance when it came to taking advantage of the brilliant screen on offer.
As high-end devices, it is not surprising to see the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 offer a range of connectivity options, while the Bluetooth 3.0 was updated to the 4.0 version after the recent software update. The Lumia 1020 costs $380 while the Lumia 925 is priced at $270.