Nokia Lumia 900 (LTE)

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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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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Digeratti (Currently owns)

    Coming from a Blackberry for 2 years, to a HTC Hero for 1.5 years, to a Samsung Focus for 1.5 years - I'm thoroughly enjoying the Lumia 900. I also have iOS devices to compare it to i.e. iPad 2 and iPod Touch. I still prefer the WP user experience, specifically it's focus on social, live tiles and smart app deep links make it a joy to use. It does feel like the OS is designed around use case scenarios together with apps instead of just the "app for that" approach.

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    • Performance 9
    • Software 8
    • Battery life 7
    • Ecosystem 7
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  • 8.0
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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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by tech_envy (Currently owns)

    Pros
    • Iconic and beautiful industrial design that stands out from the iPhone masses
    • ClearBlack screen really shows off the beauty of the Metro UI through AMOLED black-levels
    • Screen has excellent outdoor visibility
    • Polycarbonate body and GorillaGlass for excellent durability
    • Fast, smooth, and responsive OS
    • LTE connectivity is blazing fast (where available). Solid call quality and reception.
    • Exclusive access to Nokia’s excellent apps, color theme, and sounds
    • Integration of Microsoft ecosystem services (Office, Xbox, Live, Zune, Bing, SkyDrive) is outstanding
    • Windows Phone integration in Exchange enterprise environments is hands-down the best on the market
    • Price. Value.

    Cons
    • Camera should be much better for a flagship device. This is the biggest drawback.
    • Side buttons feel a little cheap
    • Screen mounting isn’t quite as elegant as the Lumia 800
    • Screen resolution isn’t competitive
    • App selection is a work-in-progress
    • Size and weight of the device make one-handed operation somewhat awkward
    • Non-removable battery

    What Nokia has managed to do with their Lumia line that no other manufacturer has done yet, is create a beautiful hardware design that seamlessly matches the design language of the software within. The Lumia 900 isn’t as thin-and-light as the Focus S, and doesn’t have the camera of the Titan II, but it’s a thoughtfully designed device with a lot going for it – especially at its price point.

    A couple of notable drawbacks about the Lumia 900 are the camera and the build quality (separate from the design itself). The camera is a disappointment. There’s no other way to say it. In the Windows Phone realm, both the Focus S and the Titan II have much better cameras and compared to the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy SII, the Nokia’s camera shots just look bad. Maybe performance can be adjusted by Nokia through firmware, but I suspect this is mostly due to the exclusion of a backside-illuminated sensor which the others have. Also, it’s obvious that Nokia made a couple concessions to get the Lumia 900 to the $99 price point. The screen mounting isn’t nearly as elegant as the Lumia 800’s curved glass, the side buttons feel rather plasticy and cheap, and the vibrate motor is plain anemic.

    Writing a review of a Windows Phone device is tricky because frankly the OS and the UI are polarizing. People generally love it or they hate it, but I happen to fall into the former category and genuinely appreciate its differentiation from iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.

    Bottom line though is that this is still a fantastic device and it has absolutely replaced my iPhone 4S. One other tip about Windows Phone is that the more services you configure it for, the better it gets. Your contacts, messaging, sharing, and social networks come alive in a really exciting and integrated way. I can’t wait to see what Nokia brings to the table with Windows Phone 8.

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    • Performance 9
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    • Battery life 8
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by sraina (Currently owns)

    5 Windows Phone features that don’t get enough press!

    Feature 1 - People hub and social media integration: The people hub feature is a unique twist on the generic ‘Contacts’ functionality available on almost all devices today.

    While, it offers all the functionality you would expect – name, address, email, phone, fax, birthday etc., it takes on any account integration that you provide – facebook, twitter, outlook, windows live, other email providing sync features. A swipe to the right provides a ‘news feed’ of all contacts across all accounts giving you updates without the need to login into any specific applications.

    Additionally, if you were to select a contact or a person, you would be able to see their profile, their updates, any pictures they have shared and your interaction history with them: emails, text messages, calls etc.

    Feature 2 - SkyDrive & Integrated office support: A lot gets discussed about iPhone features like iCloud. With Windows Phone, you get 25GB of cloud storage on Microsoft’s SkyDrive. That is good amount of storage but what makes it better is the tight integration into the OS. Take a picture; it automatically gets uploaded to SkyDrive. Save an attachment to SkyDrive. Create folders, set permissions, share files, send as email with file links is all extremely easy to do. Office support is as native as can be. You can read, edit, save and email word, excel, and PowerPoint files. The speed of accessing documents on the phone or on SkyDrive is amazing. In terms of speed, I neglected to mention in Feature 1 above, the speed of accessing pictures that other users have shared on Facebook or SkyDrive is unbelievable. It cannot be attributed to the network.

    Feature 3 - Navigation without Data Use: With Nokia Drive, the Lumia 900 has the capability to download maps to the device locally. I downloaded all of the US (1.8GB) and Ontario, Canada (88MB) and have been able to use navigation successfully with the data connection turned off. Now for those you who are not grandfathered into the all you can eat data plans, this feature can come in real handy.

    Feature 4 - Live tiles: Windows Phone offers the functionality called ‘Pin to Start’. This allows for putting an application, a web page, a contact or a group on the start page. Any updates with these elements will show up on the relevant live tile in a real time manner. This could be the current weather information, message or update from a colleague or a family member or a news alert.

    Feature 5 - Multiple accounts sync: A lot of phones claim to seamlessly sync emails, calendar, contacts and task data from multiple accounts. Having used many phones (see list below), I can safely say the Windows Phone OS does the best job of multiple account sync including syncing multiple exchange accounts. I am currently using 2 exchange accounts, windows live, google mail on my phone with no issues syncing across all these accounts.

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    • Battery life 7
    • Ecosystem 7
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  • 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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by siko666 (Currently owns)

    Switch to this phone after 3+ years of iPhones. The phone design and touch and feel are simply amazing, best on the market that I’ve seen so far, even better than iPhones.

    New to WP7, and I must say the OS/UI is a nice refresher, much more intuitive and adept to gesture than the others.

    Replaced most of my apps, mainly just missing some banking apps, but it will come eventually. Only thing I really miss is visual voicemail.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by gordon.king (Previously owned)

    This is one well-made phone!

    The Lumia 900 has a 4.3″ capactive AMOLED touch screen in a solid poly-carbonate body. The poly-carbonate body is made using the same manufacturing process as the Lumia 800, and feels just as wonderful in the hand.

    There are three capacitive touch buttons below the screen (standard for Windows Phone) and a video-chat camera above the display. There are four physical buttons on the phone, all on the right-hand edge of the unit. The left and right edges are curved and are very comfortable to grip.

    The 4.3″ AMOLED display is very clear, very crisp, and very easy to read outside. It’s an 800×480 display, standard for Windows Phone but lower resolution than the iPhone or most new cutting-edge Android phones. That said, the display is still easy to read and text is sharp and good-looking.

    The rest is at: http://www.phonegrouch.com/2012/04/07/review-nokia-lumia-900-att-lte-4g/

    And on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUYbYaKZSVA

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Joe Dombrowski (Currently owns)

    Design:
    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.

    Display:
    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.

    Cameras:
    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.

    Performance:
    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.

    Software:
    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.

    Battery Life:
    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.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Useful (Currently owns)

    The Lumia 900 is a beautiful device. Specs are not that best, but it is good enough for the stat of art. It is a big step for WP and I think WP has a future and we will see it success. WP is also the most modern mobile OS.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by huntergren (Currently owns)

    Pros

    -Awesome design (really beautiful on both the hardware and software side)
    -Quick/fluid/responsive
    -Suprisingly great disply
    -Above average camera
    -Intuitive software

    Cons

    -Side butons feel kind of cheap
    -Personal gripe with the display mounting vs. Lumia 800
    -Somewhat tinny speaker/call quality
    -Some aspects of the software need to be simplified
    -Takes forever to charge (but battery lasts a while)
    -Lack of apps, though I was never a huge app consumer on iOS...most of what I need is available and the browser is really good which is more important to me personally.

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