Nokia Lumia 900 (LTE)

Verge Review

It occurred to me that the Lumia 900 review would be one of the more important critiques of a product that I write this year. For those of you who don't know the backstory here, the new LTE-equipped, AT&T-bound smartphone represents what could be the beginning of a new era for both Microsoft and its partner Nokia in the mobile race — at least in the US. The 900 is a culmination of all of Microsoft's work with Windows Phone 7 (now 7.5), and Nokia's hardware design and execution, packaged in...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.45 inches
Weight 0.35 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Carriers AT&T
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7.5

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5 inches
Width 2.7 inches
Thickness 0.45 inches
Weight 0.35 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black, Cyan
Loudspeaker Yes
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology AMOLED
Pixel arrangement PenTile
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 217
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers AT&T
Other carriers Rogers
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 2100, 1900, 850
LTE Yes
LTE frequencies supported 700, 1700
Max WWAN downlink speed 50 Mbps
Max WWAN uplink speed 25 Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Model APQ8055
Clock speed 1.4 GHz
Number of cores 1

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1 megapixels
Video framerate 30

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p
Video framerate 30

Software

Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7.5

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1830 mAh
Removable No

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8.4

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  • Software 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 7

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by esmtll (Currently owns)

    Yes, the app selection is not there, but neither is true multi-tasking (in and out, in and out, and rarely back to where you left it), API availability/adoption or some of the key modern smartphone features like advanced voice assisting and a full-featured browser that, even if it doesn't use WebKit, accurately renders mobile websites.

    That said, every Windows Phone should have an AMOLED screen, no matter the resolution and the hardware spec was spot-on for its time. A little more RAM and a higher resolution would've been great, but the OS couldn't handle it at the time.

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    Reviewed by ralven2000 (Currently owns)

    This is one of the most incredible phones ive owned from a design perspective and from a usage perspective to this day I still do not see a single thing that I actually have issues with in this phone the only bummer was the no windows phone 8 update but I can live for another couple of months without that and anyway 7.8 will be good enough to hold me off.

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    Reviewed by DeimosROM (Currently owns)

    The phone in and of itself has exceptional build quality, and even though my endeavors into the city or the mountains has enabled me to drop the device inopportunistically, I still find it to be incredibly sleek and the color to be striking (I have a cyan). The phone's display is excellent in daylight, which is useful in New Mexico where I live, and the Windows Phone 7 experience is very smooth, easy to grasp, consistent and very much underrated.

    I never have problems with my browser, and in the months of use, I have only restarted the phone 4 times when it was acting a bit buggier than usual. Otherwise it is always on, always running, and always working. This truly was a healthy investment, I can only dream of how amazing Lumia phones will be in two years when my contract is up.

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    Reviewed by kidjenius (Currently owns)

    Best windows phone out right now. The biggest hardware disappointment is the camera, I expected more from Nokia's optics. The software runs great. There is definitely a lack of popular apps, but it isn't as severe as many people make it out to be. I have all the apps I need or an alternative. Great phone. Definitely recommend to regular users. Tech enthusiasts would not appreciate the lack of upgrade path to windows phone 8

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    Reviewed by ceramicsaturn (Currently owns)

    I'm honestly surprised with this review by the Verge. I don't know what exactly they want in a phone, but I found it with the Lumia 900.

    I've haven't had as good of an experience with a mobile OS since my first introduction to the iPhone with the 3G. The live tile system works great, and puts Android to shame. The OS is extremely stable, and multitasking is finally done with grace (something again, Android could learn from). Simply hold the back button and you can breeze through all your programs, and close what you don't want open. I didn't have the same issue with W7P as I did with Android in that with Android many programs would run on their own, not only draining my battery life but also dragging down my phone's performance. I haven't run into any such issues with this OS yet and it's a breath of fresh air in a world where every one seems to have slightly different variations of the same OS.

    Battery life is about the worst thing about the phone. It lasts "all day" if I don't do much more than listen to music and check email/texts. However, if you play non-processor intensive games, don't expect to get enough battery life to last you to the later evening. It could definitely be worse, but as far as battery life I've had better. One positive thing about the battery is that it doesn't seem to heat up badly like many batteries. The phone is cool to the touch, even with processor intensive 3D games running.

    Build quality though is where it's at. I have had many Android phones, and Nokia beats all of them with it's non-creaking case design, which is not only sturdy, but is also strong and scratch resistant, acting nearly like it's own case. Only Apple has been on par with it's build quality, and at least compared to the 3G/3GS, this trumps it with it's matte, finger print friendly finish.

    If you're on the edge, you can't beat the phone for it's low price. It's extremely capable, sturdy, stable, and best of all a lot of fun to use. You can't go wrong.

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  • 8.0
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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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by mentalmidgets (Currently owns)

    Almost perfect, while there are some things I like about my Galaxy Nexus this phone is a lot more efficient at getting things done and navigating the OS. Every single app I regularly use is now available in the WP7 marketplace with the exception of one. Also this things is bulletproof and is extremely durable, very possibly the most durable phone out.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by mike48236 (Currently owns)

    I guess at this point I don't have too much to say that hasn't already been stated, but I completely love this phone. The color is amazing - in some lighting it looks like a dark green-blue; other times it beams bright blue. I have to admit, sometimes I find myself just staring at it.

    One bit of advice I can offer - go all in! If you move to Hotmail, Skydrive, Office (which does have free online Office apps like Google Docs, btw - great for sharing and collaboration), Bing, and Zune (get the Zune Pass!! You will not regret it), you will discover just how powerful, useful and integrated the OS really is.

    Link your contacts' various accounts together (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc), and you will find out how amazing the People Hub is. You can make groups, pin contacts to the Start screen etc. Very cool.

    If you use Skype, you won't find it in the Marketplace, but is available as a beta app here (link will open the app in the marketplace on your phone) - zune://navigate/?appid=c3f8e570-68b3-4d6a-bdbb-c0a3f4360a51

    Did I mention you should try Zune Pass?? There is a feature called SmartDJ that will generate a playlist of music that is similar to any song, artist, or album. I always have trouble discovering new music, and this feature really does wonders for me finding different artists (it works without the Zune Pass, but you need it if you want to play music that you don't already own).

    The Nokia apps are also pretty stellar. I like Nokia Drive a lot - shows speed limits and can warn you if you are going to fast (you can decide how much over to have it warn you at). The Transit & Maps apps are also wonderful (if you are in a big city). Saved my butt once by getting me home from the middle of nowhere after the commuter rail stopped running. Though some feedback on the camera is lackluster (I think it is fine), the Nokia Creative Studio is awesome at fixing up photos - it also has a really cool panorama feature that stitches four photos together into a landscape. If you are into filter effects, they are there, too.

    Note - if getting a new email address through Hotmail, you can choose an "@live.com" domain extension; which I like because it is shorter to type and easier to share. If you are reluctant about Hotmail - don't be. These days it is perhaps the most feature-rich email service out there. The "Sweep" feature is spectacular at helping you keep your inbox tidy!

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by tdemerse (Previously owned)

    I love this phone. Although it lacks in apps, the built in features of the software make up for it and better apps are released every day.

    As for everything else, the phone feels good and solid in your hand. It is a good quality build.

    The battery life is better than other phones that do the same as this device, and the camera is good as well.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by kirbha (Currently owns)

    Pros:
    Great build quality, unique design and perfect size.
    Xbox Live
    Microsoft specific software
    People hub? even though i like to use individual apps for twitter and facebook.
    Email - it has the best email experience for exchange compared to iOS and Android.

    Cons:
    Low res display
    Ecosystem non existent and most 3rd party apps performance is really horrible. (although this is improving slowly)
    Camera is bad and i expected more on this from Nokia. This is in comparing to 4s and high end Samsung phones.

    Wrap Up:
    Overall it's a decent device if you are not using lots of apps and just use facebook, twitter and some major apps. It is a great device for someone who just want's some basic apps and an easy phone experience. WP ecosystem lacks lot of major apps and doesn't get all the new hot apps immediately. I would wait for Windows Phone 8 devices before i consider them for my daily use.

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