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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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by DOAbarrelroll (Currently owns)

    Pros:
    • Fantastic industrial design
    • Great build quality
    • LTE is amazing (if you have coverage)
    • Smooth, snappy, and unique OS
    • Decent battery life
    • Non-PenTile AMOLED display

    Cons:
    • AT&T's LTE coverage is almost non-existent
    • Non-competitive resolution
    • App selection is lacking
    • Camera could be better

    Note: I'm located in a fringe area of AT&T coverage map (for both data and voice), and as such cannot give an accurate rating of call quality or reception at this time.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by RaduGrama (Currently owns)

    Loving the cyan Lumia 900, coming from Samsung Focus and iPhone! The phone looks large but feels light, with a great size/weight ratio. The molded plastic quality feels very nice. The ClearBlack screen looks great as well and LTE works amazing in the Dallas, TX area. Nokia applications are a nice plus.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by froesei (Currently owns)

    Having owned both the Focus, and the HD7S, with a myriad of Android devices mixed in between, including my most recent, the Galaxy Nexus, I was anxious to give the Lumia a spin. After five days as my main phone, I've been pleasantly surprised, and have discovered that a lot of my previous complaints with WP7 were obviously hardware based. And believe me, the rumours are all true - this hardware is fantastic. The performance of the Lumia feels miles ahead of the first gen hardware, and some key apps have also improved, most notably, Rowi. It finally feels like I have a full fledged, fully functioning twitter app on my Windows Phone. I don't even notice the scrolling issues a lot of other 3rd party apps suffer from. Add to that the lovely true black amoled screen, the improved (although still far from perfect) camera, excellent battery life, and wonderful speeds on Rogers, and I'm a pretty happy customer. I'd also like to note that the Nokia exclusive apps are impressive. Most notably Nokia Drive, and Nokia Creative Studio. This photo enhancement app actually comes with some decent filters, but more importantly enough sliders and basic photo adjustments to produce some pretty great photos. No need for Instagram, IMHO. Also, and this may seem irrelevant to a lot of people, the inclusion of "Nokia Blue" as a theme just makes the phone look better. And we all know we spend a hell of a lot of time looking at our phone. So that's my very brief, and probably somewhat disjointed take on the Lumia 900. Hope it was helpful.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by adriankessel (Currently owns)

    I've been using this phone for about two weeks and there is a lot I like about it. The battery life is excellent, I easily cruise through a day with heavy use of email and texting, moderate calling, browsing, and streaming video. I've gotten better battery life out of this than any iPhone or Android device I've ever used. Its on par with the battery life I'm used to get from BlackBerry (while doing more browsing than I would with the BlackBerry). I'm also satisfied with both cameras. The rear camera takes sharp, pleasing photos and even the front camera is above average (better front camera than iPhone or Android devices from Sony, HTC, and LG that I've used). Oh, and the reception and sound quality are excellent.

    So lots of good all wrapped up in the typical fast, smooth, refined, arguably good looking Windows Phone interface. So here is what I don't like...The screen is noticeably less sharp than all the new HD phones, the phone is large (almost identical to the Titan but the screen is of course smaller), I've stumbled onto a bug where the capacitive buttons don't respond for about a minute while watching a video or streaming music, and finally...its Windows Phone so there are a decent number of apps missing that I like to use and the selection of games is surprisingly bad.

    If you can live without, or don't care about in the first place, some apps that you can't get, this is an excellent device and extremely good value.

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by thugjedi (Currently owns)

    I have been using this phone for almost a week and am very disappointed I find the phone big and bulky for its screen size yet it is very a beautiful phone. The display on this phone is no better than my hd7. the camera is not awful but not particularly good at any thing. windows phone 7.5 does nothing but disappoint. this phone was a mistake and i will be returning it and just waiting for appolo.

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  • 4.0
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    Reviewed by J_live (Previously owned)

    Great design but the ecosystem is lacking... Needs better peaks for a top phone, wanted to really give it a try after all the things I heard about it. But honestly was not impressed at all, the built quality is great but the OS is still lagging when it comes to IOS and Android, no major apps and you can not even change the wallpaper!

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Ardentra (Currently owns)

    This is a significant revolutionary upgrade when it comes to network speeds... This thing is absolute smoke. I am getting around ~15 megs down and 5 up consistently. Call reception also significantly enhanced. I can't tell you how snappy this guy is. I LOVE IT! Josh Topolsky is a bone head.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by alperpaksoy (Currently owns)

    I wasn't expecting the lumia 900 to be this good. the hardware is gorgeous, incredible reception and call quality, the apps by nokia are just perfect, nokia drive has literally replaced my chunky gps in my car. I must admit though there could have been a better app store and better apps all around but i'm sure windows are trying to fix that problem to stay in the game. So much better than my old iPhone 4s

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jbljnl (Currently owns)

    This is the most beautiful phone in it's category till date. Though I prefer the curved screen of Lumia 800 over 900, but 4.3 is the minimum screen size I could settle for. For the same reason I had considered the Titan 2 as well, but the ClearBlack display on 900 clearly trumps the benefits of Titan 2 (bigger screen and crisper camera).
    The rest of the hardware like processor and RAM are pretty standard, but then the superior WP7 clearly doesn't need better specs. Another cool thing I noticed was the field of view that front facing camera provides. Makes video chatting on phone easier.
    4G-LTE helps too :)

    As for the software, I like how far WP7 has come and believe that it will soon be the best smartphone OS. iOS clearly has some benefits over it right now. And Android is not even in the same league. The user interactions on WP7 are much smoother than iPhone or laggy Android. It is clearly the easiest smartphone for a beginner and power users will love how quickly they can get the work done. I was amazed when my non-tech dad could configure Tango and call me without anybody's help.
    Media experience (XBox Live and Zune) surpasses both the iPhone and Android. WP7's cleaner email interface is also a clear winner. Bing vision, voice and music search are amazing features that most people don't seem to have picked on yet. I also love how Office can sync my docs from the cloud with the least configuration.

    WP7 does have some revealing kinks - like lesser apps(but fast growing) and some clearly missing features - like not showing duration of calls. But for me the benefits overshadow these glitches.

    PS: I lost respect for Joshua Topolsky few days back(still love theverge though). He clearly hasn't used this phone long enough.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by mtpfischer (Currently owns)

    There are many great points to this phone, really, it's the best phone I've ever picked up. There are also places in which to improve on, as on any phone.
    The Lumia 900 is the most beautiful phone I've had the opportunities to lay my eyes on. The pictures don't do it justice and you really need to hold this in your hands to truly appreciate it. Anyone complaining about thinness is kidding themselves and trying to complain about something. The 11.5 mm thickness is just fine and feels thinner than it is.
    I'm sick of people complaining about the display. The display is absolutely beautiful, and is fully functional outside. The resolution is fine. Yes, it would be fantastic if 720p, but not a deal breaker, or even close to it. It looks beautiful and is fully readable. Stop saying it's awful, because it's not.
    The cameras are where Nokia can improve, even possibly through software update. It takes fantastic pictures in well-lit areas (as well as the 4s in my opinion), but subpar in low light. I'm also sick of people saying the video recording is awful, because it isn't. 1080p is nice, but 720p is just fine, again it is not a deal breaker.
    Reception is fantastic, have not had problems where I’ve seen others have problems (iPhone users). Call quality is great. The speaker in my opinion is very loud, I keep it at the lowest setting most of the time, and my hearing is not great.
    Performance is fantastic on this device. So much faster than the original Focus I’ve had.
    Software, of course, is fantastic as well. I love Windows Phone. It is the best smartphone OS out there. There are of course areas in which it can improve, but that’s true of all platforms. Even at the current point in time, it beats out iOS, and definitely beats out Android (granted most of my android experience is with a Nexus S 4G and not a 4.0 device, my opinion still holds over 4.0 though).
    Battery life is relatively great. The battery doesn’t just disappear while not even using it like it does on Android. It easily gets me through a whole day, and I live in an LTE area. This is what I would say is medium use though. I’m sure if I was using it heavily, it would be on the edge of getting me through a whole day’s use.
    I’m also sick of the way people talk about the ecosystem (not enough room to explain). Yes, it is lagging behind, that’s obvious. There are some applications that I wish it had, but nothing deal-breaking. There are alternatives to a lot of thing, which is nice. I wish there were more official apps, but that’s it. The OS has built-in my most important features and uses that make it far more efficient than the other platforms.

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