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 srotblat (Currently owns)

    Recieved the phone on 4/6 (phone is through ATT business line). Great phone experience thus far. Only concern is having moved to ATT from Verizon (got fed up with waiting for a Windows Phone).

    As a Windows Phone fan I knew what I was in for with the OS and ecosystem, and I'm hopeful that will change. I'm not a big app user anyway so the built in tools are often enough.

    Swithced from a Droid Incredible (1st gen) and haven't looked back.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by xmarklive (Currently owns)

    how long before people stop rushing out to buy the phone with the quad core chip set And just realize their phone doesn't even use it to its fullest like windows phone .....I love this phone doesn't have all the apps as the other guys but it has the best browser out so I am good.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Waltah (Currently owns)

    DESIGN:If I could give the Lumia 900 a score of 20 for design I would. It's kind of polarizing to look at and I find myself picking it up and looking at it just for the sake of picking it up. My only minor niggle is the charging port being on top as I prefer it on the bottom for docking in the car. I have the Cyan model and it's gorgeous. :DISPLAY
    While the resolution isn't great on paper I find it to be pretty fantastic to look at. The colors are saturated but not to the point of inaccurate color reproduction. It's also very bright.
    CAMERA:I'd put it somewhere between the iPhone 4 and 4s for still shots and that's alright by me.
    RECEPTION:Excellent! It pulls in a better signal in my home where I generally get 2 bars it shows 3 or 4. Quality is crystal clear and better than other devices I've had from HTC and Samsung.
    PERFORMANCE:The Lumia 900 is fast. Scrolling is very smooth and the app list letters don't get fuzzy when scrolling quickly as I've noticed on HTC WP. LTE in my area averages between 20-40mbps and pages load very quickly and have rendered very well so far. Pinch zoom is butter. I have yet to see any lag and in my experience WP rarely needs a reboot which is more than I can say for most Android devices I've had or the iPhone for that matter.
    SOFTWARE:I scored this comparing to other WP and Nokia's apps give it an edge over others. Nokia Drive and Maps are great additions at no extra cost. I recommend trying out the Surfer Dude voice in Nokia Drive.
    BATTERY LIFE:I get through a day easy with moderate usage. After 10 hours today I was at 59%. Very solid for LTE.
    ECOSYSTEM:I love the free Skydrive storage and Zune software is far superior to iTunes in my opinion. The actual Zune music player is BY FAR the prettiest stock music player on any device I've seen. Add a Zune Pass to that and it's tough to beat. You can stream or download music to the device for offline playback.
    The weakest point in the ecosystem is the Marketplace. I knew it going in as I've had a few WP devices in the past so it's not a big deal for me. 3rd parties have done a nice job of providing non official apps such as Pandora. I'd like to see an easy full backup (ala iTunes backup), but all of my contacts and Calendar are backed up with Google and that's what's most important to me.
    I think most people would really enjoy the Lumia 900 if they give it a shot. I know I do.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by 12Danny123 (Currently owns)

    I currently have the cyan one and the reception and call quality is very good. The design is....... Just spot on! The camera is okay. But I think it's just a bug. Hope they fix it. The OS is very smooth( what do u know it's a windows phone of course ) the display is all right in my opinion becuase I had a iPhone 3GS so I'm used to this resolution. Battery life is very good. So I would highly recommend this phone to other people. Though I'm also planing to get another lumia which gloss white :)

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by B_Sack (Currently owns)

    Amazing hardware quality. Slightly inferior camera to top end smart phones, but very usable in adequate lighting. Software is excellent (native). App selection continues to improve, but still lacking some big name apps, and developers still making for iOS/Android first.

    Overall extremely happy with the purchase and hope Nokia does well on this release. Apollo should bring many things still lacking, but as it stands now I have no issue using it as my daily driver.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by TeamTech (Currently owns)

    The Lumia 900 is really a great device. The design is simply the best you can find in a smart phone at the moment and while the display doesn't meet those of higher end droids and iPhones the Clear Black Display is stunning. The Live Tiles float on the surface and the colors pop making the experience a pleasure to look at.

    The Windows Phone OS has some shortcomings yet remains ahead of its peers in terms of smoothness, integration with social networking services, microsoft ecosytem (skydrive, office, zune, messenger, etc) and its futuristic typograhic metro user interface. The lack of many major apps may be a draw back for some but it is not a deal breaker for me and I suspect countless others as the windows phone marketplace has over 80, 000 apps.

    The camera is where the Lumia 900 falls short for me. I am sad to agree with Josh that I am not terribly impressed with the photos. Either they're too dark, noisy or grainy, You may have to fiddle with the settings to get some acceptable shots.

    Overall the Lumia is without a doubt the best Windows Phone in the market today. Sound quality is excellent, the device feels solid and exudes quality. My overall score is 8.0 But I am increasing it to 8,5 on pricing. You just can't beat and LTE smartphone of this caliber for $0 - $100.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by pantou.ekang (Currently owns)

    The Nokia Lumia 900 is an excellent smartphone, a four-star product to be sure. At $99 with contract (and even less if you nab a sale on Amazon or elsewhere), it's also a tremendous deal. If you want to Facebook without fear, and text without tech support, this easy-to-use smartphone will satisfy. Windows is also coming very soon and it will be a Perfection OS

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by LAXNover (Currently owns)

    I just received my Lumia 900 and I'm loving it. Its the perfect size for me, the blue is great color to have, setting it apart from all of the black or all white phones. I have no problems finding apps in the Windows Phone marketplace to meet my needs and don't see the smaller app ecosystem to be too big of a problem. The overall experience of using the platform, with everything being very uniform, is very well done.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by enduserbestpractice (Currently owns)

    for the price point it is a rock star. internet and apps I have used are fast... the phone calls are clear and reliable. more then I can say for other devices I have used. does every thing I need to do and more. used all different kind of phones they all have good and bad points. hands can grip phone nicely.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Flashmusik (Currently owns)

    These are my very first (early) impressions. The design is beautiful to behold. The phone feels very solid and rugged without feeling bulky. I thought the controls on the side would be bothersome, but I've gotten used to them pretty quickly. I've only made a couple of brief calls, but the call clarity seems fine. I didn't fully charge it out of the box (I was anxious to use it), but I was a little worried that after about four hours it was already at less than half a charge. I'll be watching the battery life closely.

    The screen is very nice. It does do very well in bright sunlight. The only troublesome thing to me is the whites, they don't appear to be very white, more like very light tan. The resolution is not a problem for me. Text looks fine. The camera is good, but there is a slight color shift.

    All in all, I'm very happy with the phone.

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