A few weeks ago I got to play, all too briefly, with
I've since had a chance to spend more time with 925 and I'm happy to report that I found nothing to disprove those initial, largely positive, impressions.
The first thing you'll notice is that it breaks with the Finnish phone-maker's tradition of encasing its Lumia handsets in bright, primary coloured plastic - although
The back is still made of plastic, but it's a pleasingly subtle eggshell colour and helps keep the weight of the phone down to a 139g, pretty good for a gadget this size - 129mm long and 70.6mm wide and just 8.5mm thick.
The 4.5-inch HD display is superb, offering wide viewing angles and clearly readable even in bright sunlight. The touchscreen is delightfully responsive, thanks partly to it being super sensitive - you can even use it wearing gloves - and partly to the touch optimised nature of Windows Phone 8.
The stand-out feature is its 8.7 megapixel camera which incorporates
The pictures I was able to take ranged from very good to stunning. If you'd told me just a year ago that they'd been snapped with a cellphone camera I'd have said you were lying. And thanks to the optical image stabilisation, videos were refreshingly devoid of the camera shake that usually bedevils amateur efforts like mine.
I haven't had a chance to test the Sony Xperia Z1 with its 21 megapixel camera nor Apple's new iPhone 5S which brings a host of improvements to an excellent camera, but the snapper in the Lumia 925 trumps most, if not all, of the best currently available.
Making it an even more attractive proposition are
It's available on contracts from around around R430 a month and the recommended selling price for a prepaid unit is R9 000, steep given that you can get Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 for the same price.
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