Nokia Lumia 900 (LTE)

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Reviewed by fox147 (Currently owns)

My first Nokia cellphone for over 8 years. I was not worried about build quality as Nokia have never let me down in the past. The biggest (and most pleasant) surprise was Windows Phone 7.5 running on the Nokia hardware.

Crisp screen, smooth UI, and fantastic system wide integration make this a fantastic handset.

The design of the phone set's it apart from the standard 'slab' phones. It feels really good in the hand and I've had no worries driving the interface with one hand. I know some reviews prefer the size of the Lumia 800 over the larger 900.

Overall the screen is really crisp, and Clear black really makes a difference. Occasionally I still dip into my iPhone 4S and the difference is noticeable (Nokia has deeper blacks). Although the text is fantastic in the Phone UI, it's not so great in the Browser. This is a pity as certain sites don't render well (it's not a shocker, but compared to the iPhone it's below par).

I've never been a mobile phone camera user till I got my iPhone 4S. I've become accustomed to using my mobile phone as my 'goto' point and shoot when I'm not near my DSLR. With the Lumia 900, the low light pictures suffer the most (I personally don't like using the flash). In outdoor (clear day) conditions the results are much better.

I work in a part of Johannesburg that's typically only got a few bars of 3G coverage (as reported by my iPhone and colleges devices). With the Lumia 900 I regularly get HSDPA coverage and noticeable better connectivity. I've also noticed voice quality has improved. Win!

Combining the Lumia 900 hardware and MS Windows Phone 7.5 OS, has really provided for fluid UI experience. The People and Me hubs are a perfect blend of information and data (consolidated for your various sources). Full MS productivity suite integration also provides for seemless integration as the office. Multi tasking works, but this is limited in 7.5.

Typically I've been able to get between a 1 and a day and a half out of my Lumia 900. Considering I unplug the device around 7am and use it for maps on my commute to the office, on the go email/sms/IM and calendar updates and finally the return commute home with maps running, I still above about 30-35% batter left when I get to bed.

Although there are decent apps in the marketplace, there is nothing near the choice you experience in the iOS app store. The critical apps are there, so I'm not too worried about productivity. What I do think hurts the platform is the lack of choice as well as the fun of discovery. At 0.99c an application (less than a coffee), most of my app purchases were discovery purchases.

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  • Design 9
  • Display 7
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 9
  • Performance 9
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 7
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