Reviewed by Joe Dombrowski (Currently owns)
It's clearly beautiful, hence the 10/10, but it isn't without minor complaints: It is a bit too big for the screen size. If the Titan can fit a 4.7" display and removable battery in the same size chassis, Nokia should be able to as well. Second, the Micro-USB port should be on the bottom, as it opens the possibility of a dock.
ClearBlack isn't just marketing speak. The colors are bright and vibrant, and the black makes it indistinguishable what it part of the screen and what is part of the bezel. However, 800x480 is just too low considering I switched from the 326ppi iPhone 4.
I had high hopes, but poor results. Even with plenty of light outside, the auto-exposure never seems to get things right. I would love to see HDR added in software to try and expand the dynamic range, especially outdoors, and some better noise reduction indoors. The chromatic noise makes the camera almost unusable in some conditions.
Single core? Who cares. It's handled everything I've thrown at it, and I never get the feeling that the phone is starved for power. Occasionally, I hit a bug that brings everything to a crawl, but it is a rare occurrence, and fixed with a restart.
Compared to BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, the original iPhone was severely lacking in features. No MMS, no multitasking, no apps, but once it came to market, the other devices started to feel old fashioned. The fact that the iPhone had fewer features seemed forgivable because it was such a pleasure to use. Now, 5 years later, iOS feels stale to me, and WP7 offers the same kind of relief. After using it for a week, everything else just feels old fashioned. Sure, it's missing a few things, but I just don't care.
My last device, the iPhone 4, is the benchmark, and unfortunately for the Lumia, it's a very high benchmark. As an LTE device with a bigger screen, the Lumia just doesn't compete. I can get through an entire day, but just barely.
Ecosystem (App Availability):
I split ecosystem into two parts, because there are two very different things included. Windows phone currently has 80,000+ apps, and when a first party app isn't available, 90% of the time, there will be an alternative, but that doesn't change the fact that the offerings are much more limited than on iOS or Android. I'd give this a 6.
Ecosystem (Integrated Services):
Between "TellMe", Bing, Zune, SkyDrive, Office, Messenger, and Live Mail, Windows Phone offers one of the best vertically integrated platforms available. Add in perfect support for Google Apps Premier, and fully integrated Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (and more), and I find this much more compelling than iOS's iCloud services.
All in all, I'd give the device an 8.5, and the Lumia 900 comes highly recommended.
- Design 10
- Display 8
- Camera(s) 6
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 9
- Software 8
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 7