Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone Review - HotHardware

Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone Review

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Windows Phone is only about a year and a half old in the market at this point but Nokia has a much longer lineage. In the past 12 months though, their two worlds have collided in a fashion that will have repercussions for quite some time to come, with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop firmly committed to focusing his company's turnaround on what Microsoft is cooking up in Redmond for handsets. It has been, and will continue to be, a long shot. Nokia's smartphone market share in America has eroded so severely that many consumers have assumed that Nokia has pulled out of this market entirely, ceding ground to Apple and the myriad companies that have backed Google's Android platform.

But the Lumia 900 represents something important for both Microsoft and Nokia: hope. The first wave of Windows Phone handsets were interesting to the hardcore tech followers, but few mainstream consumers seemed to care. By all accounts, Windows Phone 7 wasn't really ready for prime time. It was launched in time for a holiday shopping season, but it lacked the polish of iOS and Android. At launch, there was no support for threaded e-mail, no support for multiple calendars, no integrated Twitter support, and the list goes on.

But the Lumia 900 is shipping with Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed Mango. It's a far, far more robust OS. Windows Phone has matured mightily in the past 18 months, and this phone benefits greatly from that maturity. Let's look at the specifications.

Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone (AT&T)
Specifications & Features
Processor and memory
1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon processor
1GB internal ROM, 512MB internal RAM
16 GB internal memory included (non-expandable)
Operating System
Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)
LTE Band 17 (700)
LTE Band 4 (1700/2100)
GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900
HSDPA (21.1Mbps) / HSUPA
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
GPS with navigation capability
4.3-inch WVGA ClearBlack OLED Screen (480x800)
Size and weight
5" x 2.7" x 0.45"
5.6 ounces
Cameras and multimedia
8 megapixel rear-facing camera with HD camcorder
VGA front-facing camera
Internet Explorer (no Flash support)
3.5mm headset jack
1830mAh Li-ion
Available from AT&T ($199.99 [16GB] on 2-year contract)
In-Box Content
USB Cable
Stereo Headset

You may notice that the Lumia 900 doesn't quite measure up to other superphones in the market in terms of its specifications. But there's a good reason for that. Microsoft's hardware specifications surrounding Windows Phone are rather strict, and they haven't been updated recently. There's a software limit of 800 x 480 for a screen resolution (developers are OK this; consumers looking for a qHD display are not). There's also no support for dual-core and quad-core chips just yet. But Windows Phone is a streamlined OS that doesn't necessarily need a cutting edge SoC to perform well.

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So in a nutshell, good phone on a bad network.

Hope Verizon phones are on their way soon.

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@CDeeter, that is what I got out of the article as well. I have to agree with you Ray quite a few users already have a lot of money tied up in apps. It's a great phone at a great price, can't complain too much! Well maybe a only complaint is the screen res.....I want the high res displays. I guess we will have to wait until MS updates it's hardware specs.

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So in a nutshell, good phone on a bad network.

Hope Verizon phones are on their way soon.


I believe AT&T has an exclusive arrangement for WP7 4g phone at the moment no idea how long that agreement is for though.


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I switched from an IPhone to the Windows OS last fall when the update from Apple took away the Mobile Me features and the ability for the phone to synce with Outlook for contacts and calenders. I had been using the apple products with my PC for about 4 years and it worked pretty well up until that point, Apple has made a clear commitment to work in a direction that appeals to social networks and game apps and seems to have thrown in the towel regarding business users. My first Windows Phone was the HTC Titan, great OS, lousy call quality and I would never recomend the device. The Lumina not only is a great piece of hardware but it has added Nokia features that allow it further rise above the HTC.

The main thing that needs to be known for all to work well is you will need a Microsoft Exchange account, (about $60/ year, less than half or the Mobile Me cost). With that subscription you will be able to set the phone to sync with your PC and Outlook to maintain your contacts and calenders. You can view all of your mail, not only the inbox but the other folders as well and when you delete it on your phone it will also delete on the PC, sent items will appear in your sent folder on your PC as well. Syncing is almost instant and does not require any effort as the Apple products did.

When you take a photo you can set it to automatically upload to Skydrive and then assign it to whatever folder you would like for anyone to view, no manual uploading one by one as with the Apple. This takes what used to be about an hour project and shortens it to a few minutes. Camera qualit is decent but I still carry a camera for more important shots.

Sending video via email is very simple and the clip length is several time more than with the Apple device. Microsoft Office allows you to upload files and notes in any amount that you need via SkyDrive. All in all, if you have a Mac stick with your iphone, even though it does not have as many features and is slower, it will be more complatible with your other hardware, however if you are using Windows like most of the world, consider the Windows Phone, you will be amazed at what you had been missing.

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Hope my review is helpful.

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WP7 has come a really long way. I was one of the early adopters and I got to experience the leap from WP7 to mango. I recently switched to the Galaxy S2 with Android 2.3. WP7 actually does quite a few things better. Web browsing was much quicker on my Focus, the stock email app worked great, even the messaging was better.It's nice having flash support, but there are a lot of sites I have trouble displaying in desktop mode to even enjoy the flash items. Getting webpages to display in desktop mode on WP7 is rarely a problem.

The 3rd party apps however were lacking, iOS and Android would get a ton of apps that WP7 just doesn't get, and then WP7 would get a lot of watered down versions of apps. Also, the only good games on WP7 are the microsoft ones you have to pay for. There are a ton of free games on Android that are awesome.

I would really like to see what ICS has to offer. If WP7 can get there act together in their marketplace, I might actually consider going back to WP7. It really is a slick ui that is insanely quick to navigate.

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I saw one of these today and it did not look much different than the Lumia 710 Sarah had from T-Mobile for about 12 hours before I returned it for an Android phone. The screwed up part was we actually really like the phone and the OS on it but it did not at that time work with or over a wifi network which is mandatory for us because in our house it is the only way for a cell/smart phone to connect (and yes that has been tried with Sprint/ Verizon/ AT&T/ and T-Mobile with T-MOUS being the winner). From what the guy who had it today told me the issue with no WIFI is fixed on Windows phone now (as of 2 days ago I think). Either way it looked the same except it was larger with a very nice looking screen.

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Nokia Lumia 900 cost, specification and review

According to experts IHS iSuppli, performing the dis-assembly of the smartphone Nokia Lumia 900, the cost of its components is about $ 209. Add $ 8 for the assembly and, ultimately, the cost of manufacturing the device is $ 217.

The network operator AT & T smartphone Finnish manufacturer is priced at $ 100 (subject to a two-year contract), and its retail price without contract is $ 450.

IHS iSuppli compared the cost of components Lumia 900 Android-smartphone Samsung S II Skyrocket, having similar functionality. Cost of the South Korean unit is $ 236, and the retail price – $ 550.

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