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 ymcpa73 (Currently owns)

    Setup was easy. Scrolling on every screen is smooth. The web loads fast. Phone has lower resolution screen but it's still very eay to read due to the large screen. The screen itself is fantastic. Love the design. It doesn't appear I will need to buy a case to protect this phone. Iphone users buy a beautiful, sleek phone and have to cover it with a thick heavy case because it's so fragile. The app market doesn't have all the popular games, but there are plenty of good games to kill time with. I easily setup the integrated facebook, twitter, linkedin and email accounts from gmail, outlook and a couple pop account. Once you do this the tiles come to life and it has most social media functions I need out of the box without any additional apps. I downloaded Nokia map and drive. Both are good gps apps. Click the search button and it gives you local dining, shopping, and other points of interest without even having to search. This is my first windows phone and so far I am very pleased. I know some apps are missing, but with MS office integration and the apps that are there, I believe I have everything I will need. When MS brings more developers on board (which they are actively doing) getting the more popular apps will be just icying on the cake. I have internet thethering and my old iphone which I am using as an ipod touch. If I really need a missing app, I will just pull the iphone from my car and use it for that purpose. For everyday use, I don't really see anything wp7 is missing.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Wade Wojcak (Currently owns)

    I'm a long time Android user (and previously used an iPhone as well), but I decided to take the deliciously cyan poly-carbonate plunge with the Lumia 900. This is my first time using WP7, so it is safe to say I avoided a lot of the issues the platform had before v7.5. I was always envious of the new, vector graphics-based interface of WP7... but felt fairly content with Android (especially ICS on my GSM Galaxy Nexus).

    So far, I am pleasantly surprised with the Lumia 900. I kept my expectations fairly medium, but for a device that I paid $0 for ($99 intro price and $100 off for switching from another carrier), this is pretty great.

    I gave the design a 10 because I feel this is one of, if not the best designed devices out there. I cant stop picking up and flipping it around in my hand, and the cyan color is just brilliant.

    The display, while decent, is nothing to phone home about (pun intended). It seems to have fairly nice black levels and decent colors, but the resolution is obviously a bit of a hold back at this screen size.

    The camera appears to take fairly good pictures, and I'm pretty happy with the interface and the two-stage camera button.

    The biggest hit, of course, is the ecosystem score. I gave it a 6 on the grounds that it had a fair number of the apps I needed (Weather, Kindle, Spotify, Facebook) but fell short on a few others that I enjoy on my Galaxy Nexus (Audible, Instagram (JUST GOT IT TOO, BAH), DI.fm and a couple widgets that I can probably do without). It sounds like MSFT is dumping millions into a few of the big gaps, and I hope they continue this strategy. If they can sacrifice some of their coffers in order to make this a legitimate app platform, they will really have won my heart... they already have with the design and the UI.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Aphonic (Currently owns)

    Design can't be beat and the device performs admirably considering its specs and price. For 99 bucks you can't go wrong. If the app market develops quickly in the coming months and Microsoft addresses a few key concerns I would consider this phone on par with the iPhone or galaxy nexus, though it remains to be seen if Microsoft can truly deliver.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Ioncloud9 (Currently owns)

    Put simply, this phone is amazing. The design is top notch, the display is gorgeous, especially coming from a standard LCD. Windows Phone 7 is a really nice operating system that suffers from a lack of top tier apps that the other platform has, though hopefully that will change with Nokia going all in on the ecosystem. The phone is fast, fluid, smooth, and a joy to use. The specialized Nokia software: Nokia Drive, Maps, Creative Suite, Transit are all top notch high quality apps. Nokia Drive in particular is a really good appplication thats easy to use, smooth, and allows you to download any map in the world to the phone for offline use. The camera takes excellent pictures and the forward facing camera is a 1 megapixel shooter, better than most VGA FF cameras such as on the iphone or ipad. Overall, other than the limited app selection which is becoming less and less of an issue every day with the ever growing marketplace, you will not regret your decision to purchase this phone.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by ElBastardo (Currently owns)

    Love the phone, not sure what Josh's issue was with the ecosystem and Apps. Found pretty much everything I need in the App store and the apps look beautiful and work responsively. The OS definitely feels a generation ahead of the stale and static iOS.

    Most of all love how everything feels integrated so it doesn't feel like your opening a bunch of Apps with vastly different UI's you must relearn as if you were surfing random web pages. You can still get those, but in general everything feels streamlined and integrated.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Tim Mulholland (Currently owns)

    The Lumia 900 is exactly what I was expecting it to be. A well-designed, gorgeous phone running a state of the art operating system. The huge screen is gorgeous and the Nokia-specific apps are quite nice. If Microsoft could manage to convince a few other major app developers to get on board, this platform would be a runaway success and this phone would be leading the pack.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by astroid2012 (Currently owns)

    Absolutely Amazing, very fluid OS better than IOS coming form iphone 4s owner. The integration of Social networking is brilliant and its everywhere. No need for a separate twitter, facebook app for sharing. Integration of facebook and Live messenger IM in messages are top class. Heard google talk, yahoo, and skype integration coming soon.

    Nokia Apps are out of the world with free navigation (GPS locking is fast and steady). Bing maps bundled with Nokia and also music apps are out of this world.
    Windows Phone Pandora app MetroRadio released a PRO version and another tick for the app.

    Phone Design cant express in words great to handle it and feels sexy. Very fluid and fast performance no lags or app crashes whatsoever. I am just convincing my wife to get it who also own iphone4s. I have till now had no problem with finding apps which i usually use apart from instagram.

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