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Nokia Lumia 900 Specs Review

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Nokia Lumia 900 Specs Review
Hardware

Considering that the Nokia Lumia 900 is marketed as a high-end Windows Phone handset, it comes as no surprise that it boasts some beefy hardware: a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, namely the APQ8055 clocked at 1.4GHz, is what ticks under its hood. And it doesn't take a scientist to figure out that the Windows Phone platform will run flawlessly on the Lumia 900. After all, we have experienced silky smooth performance even on lower spec'd Windows Phone devices. The extra processing power should come in handy while browsing heavy web pages or running demanding applications.

The back of the smartphone is graced by an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, F2.2 aperture, and dual LED flash. It can take videos at 720p resolution, which is pretty much expected out of a contemporary smartphone. Presumably, the camera sensor is identical to the one used in the Lumia 800, so if you want to have an idea as to what photos taken with the Lumia 900 will look like, you might want to check out our Nokia Lumia 800 review. Still, slight fluctuations in performance are not out of the question since camera phone image quality depends on a whole bunch of factors, as we described in a recent article.

Just like most of the latest Windows Phone devices, the Nokia Lumia 900 is equipped with a front-facing camera. It is of 1.3 megapixels and will let you snap a photo of yourself with ease, but we suppose you will be using it more during video chats. At this time, Tango is a well-known Windows Phone app for video conferencing, but we suppose that Skype for Windows Phone will become the platform's benchmark video calling app, especially since it is going to be deeply integrated.

AT&T subscribers that choose the Nokia Lumia 900 will be enjoying blazing fast internet speeds as the smartphone boasts a 4G LTE radio. How fast you ask? Just take a look at these numbers. Under the right conditions, figures of over 10Mbps should be expected. Yeah, we know that LTE radios are still quite power hungry, but the smartphone's 1830mAh battery should make up for that. It can also provide about 7 hours of talk time and will last for over 2 weeks in stand-by mode, which are both figures above the average.

Nokia Lumia 900 Specs Review
16 gigs of on-board storage is what the Nokia Lumia 900 has to offer – a capacity that is neither too little, nor too plentiful by today's standards. Still, it will allow you to carry around quite a few music albums while still leaving plenty of space for photos and videos. Of course, it would have been nice having the option to expand the smartphone's storage further by adding a microSD card, yet a microSD card slot is nowhere to be seen. It is also a drag that USB mass storage is not supported, but that is a trait common for all Windows Phone smartphones.



Software

We have said it before and we will say it again: Windows Phone is a great mobile platform with lots of potential ahead of it. Simple yet elegant, Windows Phone devices have been enjoying high user satisfaction despite having an app library not as extensive as the Apple App Store or the Android Market. But the Nokia Lumia 900 will be treated to a handful of exclusive apps that will come pre-installed on the device. One of them will be the CNN app with iReport capabilities, allowing users to report breaking news straight from their smartphone. There is also a partnership agreement with Electronic Arts to bring 20 notable game titles to the Nokia Lumia 900. 

Additionally, the Univision app will come pre-loaded on the device. For 18 months, it will be available exclusively on Lumia smartphones and will provide sports, entertainment, news, and other types of content in Spanish. Nokia Drive will be available for free and will provide offline navigation with voice guidance worldwide. Nokia Music is also on the list, as well as the ESPN and Sesame Street apps.


Conclusion

Judging solely by its specs, the Nokia Lumia 900 is shaping up like a very capable Windows Phone device. In fact, it won't be an exaggeration to say that once the Lumia 900 hits the shelves it will be among the best Windows Phone smartphones out there. Sure, it isn't perfect, but its drawbacks are greatly outnumbered by its strong sides. What makes things even better is that the Nokia Lumia 900 will most likely be priced very aggressively and might even retail for under $100. It goes without saying that we are looking forward to taking the Lumia 900 for a spin, so expect our full-on review shortly after the smartphone's release.

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posted on 14 Feb 2012, 05:13 7

1. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Resolution is not always the key factor. This handset looks great.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 05:20 1

2. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


I would consider 16GB, with no expansion capability, outdated for the smartphone market. Also no usb mass storage? I didn't know that was a convention for windows phones, but I don't understand why people aren't ardently pushing for it. What, is it using windows media sync or something?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 14:39 2

9. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Apple's highest selling phones are 16GB models.
WindowsPhone comes with 25GB of free storage via Microsoft SkyDrive.
Onboard storage isn't as important anymore thanks to the cloud, and also the ability of storing unused files on an external source
Granted, I very much love having MicroSD cards to move my stuff from one phone to the other without syncing, but if it lowers the cost of purchase and/or ownership, I'm for it

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 06:03 3

3. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


HTC Titan(s) are still the best Windows phones on the market...

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 06:18

4. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


i aint gonna buy this phone(hate nokia) but i wouldn't say that it is a bad phone.
I am waiting for samsung focus s variant omnia s.
I can't get it why are the pictures of lumia 900 so dull on your shots while the other's have great saturated colors.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 09:32 4

6. shadez10 (Posts: 395; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


when choosing a WP7 handset.. ill go for nokia... great hardware and they make very durable devices...

in my own opinion nokia has the best line up of WP handsets...
(and lets wait for more)

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 09:33 1

7. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


At 99$, this is going to be a wonderful option. Nokia wants back in the marketplace here in the US, and Microsoft needs a hit to put pressure on Verizon and Sprint to support WP. The 900 is certainly under some pressure to be a hit.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 15:07 2

10. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


$99 is the rumoured price. Don't get your hopes up :)

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 16:58

11. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Too late. :-)

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 14:30 3

8. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Excellent phone with great OS from a great company! Go Nokia and MS!

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 19:34

12. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


i find Windows Phone and Nokia more and more boring everyday.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 02:46 1

13. torr310 (Posts: 328; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Nokia N9 white is the best looking one

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