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In the last week or so we have seen two new phones announced by Nokia: the Lumia 928 and 925. The 925 version looks to be the next evolution in Nokia’s lineup of Lumia devices while the 928 at a glance looks like a variation of the original 920, with maybe some parts of the 925 mixed in. You of course get a great camera experience with the low light PurView system.

While you can view the 925 specs here, I will note that unlike previous Lumia’s (including the 928), the 925 only has 16 GB of storage instead of 32 GB. This wouldn’t be a problem if it had expandable memory, but it doesn’t. That’s right, if you play games that take a lot of storage, or like to save music playlists on your device, this could be an issue. Most likely it won’t for the average user. That is really the only flaw I can see in the hardware itself. It looks stunning and if by some miracle I can get a unit to review, I will defiantly enjoy playing with it. I haven’t really done any phone reviews, but would love the opportunity to begin doing just that. As a developer, its nice to have that ability to play with new hardware and try testing your apps on it.

Now I mentioned flaw in hardware, but this article is more about Nokia itself. While I love their products; (I own a Lumia 800), I completely disagree with their distribution model. While they seem to be trying to be like Samsung and flood the market with handsets, they are doing it as if they are Apple. Please stop. If you really want to compete with Samsung, follow their model that they had done with their Galaxy S3 and S4 and build it for all the carriers. Stop doing this limited distribution. Releasing the 925 to only T-Mobile in the US is a mistake. Its bad enough that the 920 was restricted to AT&T, but to follow that same model again a year later is wasteful. Now before I get any comments, this also applies to Canada and other countries who are only getting partial carrier coverage

That whole exclusive type distribution model has only really worked once, and that was by Apple. Even HTC has learned their lesson somewhat with the HTC One, but that is a whole other argument. The Lumia line is basically THE best that Windows Phone has to offer, and as long as your vision is clouded, it may prove to be the end of Windows Phone. We can’t expect Windows Phone to get any market share increases with this limited distribution model.

This also doesn’t just apply to the 925, but should apply for a few of their other models. The midrange phones like the 820 would defiantly benefit from being on multiple carriers in the US and abroad. You could probably include the lower end tier and include the 620 or 521 in that list. Basically think of it as a small, medium and large model where you have three phones for all carriers. I also wouldn’t stop their. I would include the smaller market carriers like Cricket. Taking this approach will go along way.

With all this said and done, will I buy a 925 or 928? Unfortunately no. I carry a Galaxy S3 as my carrier doesn’t carry Windows Phone yet. And before any one asks, I can’t switch carriers for another year, and few months. I switched from AT&T for reasons I won’t explain here. Other than my minor rants, I really love the Nokia handsets and can’t wait to either review or use their developer borrow program to test my Windows Phone apps.

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:26 AM | Back to top


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I couldn't agree more. Nokia needs to wake up and smell the failure they're getting themselves into. I wonder when they'll come around and at what cost.

Great post
Left by dmarlow on May 15, 2013 10:17 AM

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Nice post Roger. I saw you at KCDC last week but didn't get to say hi. You doing HackTheMidwest 2013 in June?
Left by Ben Barreth on May 15, 2013 4:01 PM

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Yes, I will be at HackTheMidwest. I knew you were their but I didn't see you. Thanks for the responses. I am trying to do more articles.
Left by Roger O'Dell on May 15, 2013 4:13 PM

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Now smart phones with more and more people. Nokia mobile phone market capitalization of less and less, before I use Nokia now iphone.-Rolex Replica
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Your vision is clouded
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Whatever they say. NOKIA is still the leading brand.
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Left by June Brehm on Jun 09, 2014 9:29 PM

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I remember when Nokia controlled the vast majority of the mobile market, not so today. That seems like an age, long before I started my career in computer engineering, helping people with computer issues such as accessing blocked sites. So it was some time ago.
Left by Rodger on Nov 30, 2014 10:28 AM

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