- Chris Helsby , Dial-a-Phone
If you want a break from the norm and are considering making the jump to Windows Phone, the Lumia 900 is worth considering.
- Russell Holly , Geek
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Lumia 900 will differentiate itself from the crowd — in a sea of nearly identical slabs, this phone truly stands out.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is one of the most anticipated Windows phones and it lives up to its expectations with its sleek design, fast processor, and relatively affordable price point. Design-wise the device is truly eye-catching, albeit a bit portly. It has a unibody structure which makes the backside of the phone smooth and comes in three colors: black, white, and electric blue.
Inside that sleek housing is a 4.3-inch wide AMOLED screen with ClearBlack display technology, Gorilla Glass, and WVGA resolution of 800x480 pixels. The result is rich hues, bright colors, and sharp images. We were impressed.
The brains behind all this beauty is Microsoft's 7.5 Mango operating system. While not yet wildly popular with developers, Windows Phone is starting to offer a solid collection of apps in its marketplace. We also like the way Windows Phone links e-mail and social network accounts together and offers voice dialing, conference calling, voice search, and task search features.
Powering the phone is a 1.4GHz single-core processor and this, combined with 4G LTE, means web pages load quickly and download/upload times are relatively short. Speaking of short, battery life is pretty weak with LTE and you should plan to recharge daily if planning to stream audio/video. With less demanding usage on 3G, you should be able to expect 7 hours of talk time or 12.5 days of standby.
Perhaps the standout feature on the 900 is its camera. The on-board 8-megapixels with Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED flash, and autofocus does an excellent job. It performs best outdoors and at close-range, although there is some shutter lag to be experienced which makes it hard to capture fast-moving subjects. Prefer video? No problem. The 900 Lumia has excellent recording quality overall at 720p, shoots 30 frames per second and has smooth playback.
Need to Know: Nokia Lumia 900
1. Solidly built and very attractive unibody design. (The Good)
2. AMOLED screen that displays bright images with rich colors and great contrast. (The Good)
3. A few annoying gaps in the phone's housing around the SIM card slot. (The Bad)
4. 720p video resolution instead of 1080p HD. (The Bad)
Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)
Feels incredibly durable and looks beautiful.
Unique design and great hardware with fairly reasonable asking price
For a flagship device, the Nokia Lumia 900’s asking price is fairly reasonable, and getting one would certainly set you apart from the rest. Sure you might not be able to boast performance and features that are present in other phones, but you will know that you still own a very solid and beautiful device.
Still, there are the underlying flaws that are difficult to ignore that will be detrimental to your overall usage experience, due mostly to its dreadful selection of third party software. That said, it is an issue that can be improved over time, with examples of how great ap... Full review
Offers a lovely experience, with a very strong suite of core applications and a third-party selection that is getting better and stronger
With the upcoming Windows Phone 8 update and potential rush of handsets from Nokia and other OEMS, the Lumia 900 is in a difficult place. It is a quality piece of hardware, continuing Nokia’s tradition in this department. The compatibility break from Windows Phone 8 is a necessity I guess but how does that affect the Lumia 900. It is in my opinion just about the sum of its parts, but no more. In my family right now are the Galaxy S2 and S3, and the iPhone 4S. How do I begin to recommend this device over any of those three? And truthfully, I can’t. If only for someone looking for... Full review
A desirable phone thanks to its combination of stylish design and easy to use operating system
There's no compelling reason to buy this Dark Knight Rises Special Edition version over the standard Nokia Lumia 900, unless you feel you just can't live without the laser etched Batman logo on the rear. However, the 900 is still a desirable phone thanks to its combination of stylish design and easy to use operating system. Its screen could be a little bit sharper and we would have liked to see slightly nippier performance, but we think most people who end up buying the Lumia 900 will like it. That said, it does seem a tad overpriced at present, especially when directly compared against the... Full review
A big, quality screen, fluid and stylish OS and premium build are all sprinkled with Nokia's magic in a package that's made to impress
Launching a flagship months before a major overhaul of the platform isn't exactly a planning masterstroke. The Nokia Lumia 900 will not get Windows Phone 8 and the news breaking just about when the phone hit the stores is more than just an unfortunate coincidence.
The Nokia Lumia 900 comes at the wrong time and it sure looks like the wrong place as well. The global version cannot even dream of the success of its AT&T-branded sibling.
Well, all that is sadly true but only from a certain perspective. There're lots of politics and agendas involved. The European (and global)... Full review
A new device which shows off the Windows Phone platform in all its brightly coloured glory
Judged solely on the hardware, the Lumia 900 does have some shortfalls. The introduction of the raised bevel around the touchscreen is a little annoying and we’d be concerned about screen strength if the handset were to fall on one of those raised edges. The lack of processing power is disappointing considering that the device’s price tag is around the same mark as that of the new quad-core devices coming out. However, when coupled with its operating system the handset comes alive and is a pleasure to use, offering an interesting, innovative and welcome alternative to the more p... Full review
Good-looking, superb build quality and a big screen
The premium Windows Phone we've been waiting for
The Lumia 900 lives up to its hype for the most part and sits comfortably atop of the Windows Phone throne. Is it AT&T's best phone? No, but it can give the iPhone a great run. There’s no denying the avant-garde look and build of Nokia’s design, which was clearly inspired by previous models like the Lumia 800 and N9. Data speeds are the highest of any AT&T WP7 device and the 8MP shooter works great outdoors as well.
However, the Lumia 900 does have imperfections. Call quality could have been better and it’s almost baffling to see a phone sporting a Carl Zei... Full review
Big screen, cool design and internet tethering
So, should you get the Nokia Lumia 900? We are torn between this and the Lumia 800 enjoying both phones as much as each other.
The Lumia 900 delivers a bigger screen, a front facing camera, faster surfing speeds, internet tethering, a much better battery, and a easier to charge device than the 800. However all those extras come at the cost of a much bigger device that won't be for everyone. Like the Samsung Galaxy S III, Sony Xperia S, and HTC One X, the Lumia 900 is a big phone and that is likely to put some off.
If you fancy the idea of a bigger screen this is the better o... Full review
One of the best displays on the mobile market with gorgeous design and a decent battery life
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- Nokia Lumia 900 Manual (PDF)
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