Nokia Lumia 925 Smartphone Review

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Benchmarks: CPU & Web Browsing

Browsing the Web is certainly a key feature of any smartphone, so we also conducted some formal speed tests to see how well the Lumia 925 compares to some of today's hottest smartphones.

Some Notes Network Speed Tests, WiFi and 3G/4G
Web Browser Performance

Due to the limitations of Internet Explorer within WP8, we weren't able to run our full gauntlet of mobile speed tests as we usually do with Android handsets. That said, we want to make clear that the Web browsing experience with the Lumia 925 is very good. Surfing was brisk and fluid, and we like Microsoft's decision to place the address bar at the bottom of the screen, not top. 

Considering performance metrics in the SunSpider test, our Lumia 925 notched a 899.8ms, which competes favorably with nearly every other smartphone we've tested to date. IE10 doesn't necessarily feel like lightning when browsing -- it feels about on par with the iPhone 5 and most Android flagships -- but these numbers sure paint a good picture. 

BrowserMark has recently moved on to a newer generation of benchmarks, using a new scoring scale as well. As we build up a refreshed database of scores, we'll post the Lumia 925's results below.

Network Performance -

AT&T's LTE support is also a plus for this device, but we certainly wish that Verizon Wireless would've received the phone as well. For now, AT&T's LTE network hits fewer city areas than Verizon's does. However, AT&T's LTE network is more sparingly utilized right now, so speeds are impressive. We found ourselves hitting 20Mbps down and around 7.5Mbps up routinely. Both 3G and 4G performance (as well as Wi-Fi) were great on this phone, and we also loved the subtle notification bar message whenever a nearby Wi-Fi network was in range. This prevented us from having to barge into settings and refresh the list each time; a small thing, but a useful thing.

Browser testing
WP8 browser testing

Below, we compared the Lumia 925 with a handful of other phones in a variety of other browser-based benchmarks. All told, we're seeing something of a pattern here.

The Lumia 925 matches up with the Lumia 920 and 1020 quite well, scoring nearly identical marks across a variety of these tests.

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