Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.
Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.
For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.
So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.
While it just became available on AT&T in September, the Lumia 925 first launched in the United States on T-Mobile back in July, and it was available in parts of Europe the month before that. Our own Anton D. Nagy reviewed the phone at that time, calling it a “joy to use,” and promising that, for the right kind of customer, it wouldn’t disappoint. Senior Editor Adam Z. Lein concurred with that assessment when he reviewed T-Mobile’s variant in August, calling the device “top notch.”
Five months later, it’s tough to dispute either of these contentions: the Lumia 925 is indeed something special. But the intervening time has also thrown some of the creakier elements of Windows Phone into stark relief, and the release of Nokia’s stunning Lumia 1020 a few months back also dulled the 925’s sheen a bit.
Does this refresh of the venerable Lumia 920 have what it takes to soldier on under the crushing onslaught of time? Should you consider snapping up its higher-resolution sibling or its phablet cousin instead? How many different ways are there to mispronounce “Nokia?” Those questions and more answered in our Lumia 925 review redux, the latest episode of After The Buzz!