Nokia Lumia 900 (LTE)

8.0
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Reviewed by VoxMediaUser755707 (Currently owns)

The Lumia 900 is a very SAFE phone configuration. It's a generous 4.3" AMOLED display that uses the newer tesselation technology to make text appear sharper than typical 800x480 resolutions would natively. The end result of the display is true blacks and whites and vibrant colors in between. The screen itself isn't my favorite and I wish Nokia would have kept the Lumia 800's curved glass design as it was so smooth and great to the touch. But oh well, it's still good. The polycarbonate chassis provides perhaps the most durable build on a smartphone to date (perhaps) and can survive a few drops and is super scratch resistant (I tested this by leaving the phone in my pocket with keys, coins, and another smaller smartphone. Zero scuffs, scratches, or blemishes after serveral hours... impressive (star fox)! The 8MP Carl Zeiss lens is good, but not the incredible piece of hardware that was touted. The iPhone 4S' camera works a little better in lower lighting situation. But on the flip side the shutter speed is super fast and Nokia offers a solid & simple photo touch up app for download from Microsoft's marketplace (Creative Studio). The battery is decent, although not as good as I would have liked it to be (was hoping for a full day of use with moderate usage throughout the day, which it almost gets but not quite). Bottom line there is that it just depends on what you do with your phone in a given 24 hour period. Call quality is good, overall performance is good, but I will note that Smasung's touch sensitivity seems a tad more responsive. Not sure if this is a hardware or software issue and could potentially be corrected with a future update. But it's still really responsive considering. The software/ecosystem are great with Windows Phone. The OS is great, stable, simple, fast, beautiful, relevant, and efficient with apps & multitasking. While Windows Phone 8 devices will likely leave the Lumia 900 behind with some ease, it's still a great handset and is mostly worth the hub-bub created over it. A couple tiny tweaks with the feel and response in addition to a slightly better sharper camera would have made this a solid 9/9.5 rating.

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  • Software 8
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 8
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