Nokia Lumia 900 (LTE)

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Reviewed by simbadogg (Currently owns)

Lumia 900 in cyan might be one of the more personalized phones I've ever owned. The color is something that really helps to distinguish it from the sea of black slabs that are out on the market. And that differentiation also makes itself inside to the OS with the customization of live tiles that you can do w/ the WP OS.

The camera quality, compared to other phones on the market like the (Samsung Galaxy S II/Samsung Focus S, iPhone4S, HTC One X) does leave a little to be desired, as images can be a little soft and tinted blue in many instances, but hopefully this is something that can be fixed with a firmware update.

The display, though lacking in terms of resolution, does leave the phone with incredibly blacks because of the AMOLED technology. And one of the things that I've been incredibly happy with is the outdoor readability because of the Clear Black technology.

LTE is no existent where I live, so data speeds are simply average when browsing on 3G, but because I have turned off the 4G LTE modem, battery life has been amazing because of the large 1800 mAh battery. So really, the ability to get through the day is more than a possibility and shows that you can really get all day battery life by simple OS optimization, rather than just stuffing an incredibly large extended battery into a phone like the Droid Razr MAXX

Though there are a lot of applications and games that I would love to have on the platform (Words with Friends, Draw Something, PayPal, official Pandora) I must say that the ecosystem for now is acceptable, but barely so. In just about every instance if you can't find the official app, there's a more than adequate 3rd party to fill the void (i.e. Metro Radio for Pandora), but still getting more big name apps should be a push that is made in the future. But with official apps from The Daily Beast/Newsweek, LinkedIn, and Time Magazine all coming online in the marketplace in the last week, and more apps like PayPal and Angry Birds Space slated for the coming months things are beginning to look brighter for Windows Phone.

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  • Design 10
  • Display 7
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  • Performance 8
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 10
  • Ecosystem 7
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