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The battle of the $99 phones: which one would you get?

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The battle of the $99 phones: which one would you get?
The Nokia Lumia 900 officially declared the price battle on: the handset has a daring price of only $99.99 with a two-year contract on AT&T, brings LTE connectivity and is Nokia’s current top model. It’s also blue, if that wasn’t enough.

But does it hold ground against the iPhone and Android heavyweights? And which of the $100 phones would you get? Why? Is the Nokia Lumia 900 a worthy competitor and will it “smoke” the rest, as Microsoft and Nokia claim in their campaign? Does its color matter? What about the OS? And what’s the meaning of life?

Oh, nevermind the last question, what we’re asking you to do is pretty simple. Without having to actually spend money, you can earmark a phone and make it virtually yours. Right here, right now. A $100 phone only, on AT&T. So, with no further ado - which of the three handsets would you get right now? Your opinion matters. Actually, the future of a certain universe probably depends on your answers. No less. So just go ahead and save the world - vote!

To make it fair, we've picked phones only on AT&T where the Lumia 900 will be available come April 8th. All of the phones are currently listed as retailing for $99.99 with a two-year contract agreement. Also, feel free to let us know what's your favorite $99.99 phone in the comments below. 

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posted on 05 Apr 2012, 05:19 24

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Why isn't the Vivid on this poll? 99 dollars, with LTE and now Ice Cream Sandwich.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 05:47 15

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

What the f**k is up with people downthumbing me? I only speak the truth: the Vivid qualifies for the poll but it's not here.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:12 9

6. android_hitman (unregistered)

i never thumbed you down :)

downthumbers are apple fans :)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:59 6

21. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

I think there are some folks trolling like no other. There was a post about Instagram where everyone was thumbed down. Maybe PA should allot everyone 50 thumbs a month...you'd have to really be pissed at someone to thumb them up or down...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 16:04 4

92. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

I always get thumbs down... but I dont care

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:13 5

46. SleepingOz (unregistered)

and nokia fans

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:13 5

8. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

there is more hate in the world than love...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:18 6

11. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

i agree with drahmad and android_hitman and Sniggly. the vivid deserves to be on the list for it is a high end (for now) smartphone until the one X arrives

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:42 12

18. Mr.Best (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)

Poor sniggs. Your complaining will make you an even bigger target for more down-thumbing. Lol..

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:47 9

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I knew that when I commented, but I took the chance because I'm genuinely baffled as to why people would disagree so vehemently with an opinion even the author found valid.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:23 6

32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Sniggly people are out to get you or something. It can't all be Apple fans thumbing you down, there are some WP fans thumbing you down also!

You do make a fair point. The Vivid is a great buy for $99 rocks.

I think the Nokia Lumia 900 won because it's new & fresh compared to the other much older choices.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:32 4

62. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Ha, sniggly its something we both put up with on a regular basis. dont let it bug you or they will just get more stupid. :)

Its just our resident ifans more often than not downthumbing for simply posting.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:07 1

45. hepresearch (unregistered)

They're not actually disagreeing... they may think they do, but their primary motivation is apparently targetted rage.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:21 8

12. Victor.H (Posts: 658; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Thanks for a good question! The Vivid also qualifies, of course, but I've decided to focus on only the most popular models for each platform. We could've also included BlackBerries and some others too, but decided not to only for the sake of simplicity.

Then again, you have a good point and it's definitely a great device. For the time being, feel free to "vote" for it with a comment, and we'll make sure to mention it in the results if it gets some attention.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:07 1

26. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Good idea. The LG Nitro HD is also a good choice, but I understand why you'd want to limit the choices

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:14 5

47. hepresearch (unregistered)

I voted for the Samsung Galaxy S II in the poll, but my $99.99 would actually go to the Samsung Rugby Smart, given the choice. All of the phones in the poll, aside from the iPhone 4, have screens that are 4"+, and are too big to be comfy for me... however, I refused to vote iPhone 4 mostly because it is afflicted with the antennagate antenna and has that glass back panel which I have seen shatter so easily. I don't hate iOS, but when a phone's hardware is engineered for that much trouble it is a big turn-off. The Rugby Smart, on the other hand, is apparently tough as nails and has a 3.7" screen, which is easier to get my thumb across when using it one-handed, and sports Gingerbread with a 1.4 GHz processor (non-dual-core, better on the battery).

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:30 2

35. andro. (Posts: 1998; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

I agree with sniggly! The thumbs down are as hilarious as ridiculous though

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:26 1

50. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

I didn't!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:32 3

61. IPHONE. (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

Nokia 900 another big fail!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:41 7

64. hepresearch (unregistered)

Apparently, for you, anything other than an iPhone HAS to be "another big fail"...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:17

71. IPHONE. (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

Dodo sale's speak's of itself..... we the user's will ask for it.Apple will deliver yet again. and we like that. And we havn't even been told to by the iPhone
5 yet..... dime-bar!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 12:24 5

82. hepresearch (unregistered)

You essentially just said that you are preparing to buy an iPhone 5 in anticipation of Apple telling you to buy it when it does arrive. You are definitely falling right into the holding pattern as you await orders...

You have now proven yourself to have at least the debating skills of a circus seal balancing a beach ball on its nose... congratulations!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 23:18 1

101. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

I didn't know there were people who would admit to be told what to buy and when! lol If Apple fans go by sales then they should buy Androids. I have seen many apple fans ask for the screen to be bigger but all versions including the ones ending with an S haven't had a screen bigger than 3.5". I guess Apple have them brain washed.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:21 4

87. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

omg go away general fag. WTF is a dime bar you dodo

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 00:42 1

105. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

why are apple fanboys like broken records? Every time someone doesnt like the iphone, they have to troll and bash everything else. Yet when someone questions the iphone they ALWAYS have to bring up sales.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 23:10

100. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

Out of the three OS's they chose the Samsung Galaxy S 2 for the android picking but the Nokia Lumia 900 is winning by far!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 03:37

107. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

Vivid is not included in this because it is just another droid, and droids are already represented by presumably the best of them, the S2. If they should include any other 99 dollar phone it would have to be a different device, e.g. blackberry or a bada/web os phone or something.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 05:41 12

2. omaar97 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Lumia 900 with 73.73% ?? are u kidding ??
It can't be compared to Galaxy S II !!
Galaxy S II has better OS , Screen , Storage , CPU , GPU , RAM , Camera & it is thinner & lighter

WP7 need time to be good , it needs more apps & support from DEVs

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:15 8

9. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

lumia is something new. thats why people like it.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:37 2

17. omaar97 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

hmmm , you are really True , may be I wil get Lumia 900 if I were there !!!! I want to try WP7 but I think this is not the time for that , wait for WP8 & it will be OK

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:36 1

77. IPHONE. (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

People hate it! It,s UGLY!

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:32 7

16. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Shut up Samsung fanboy

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:28 4

51. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Shut up slave fanboy

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:11 7

27. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

There are a lot of people who just doesn't like android. Android is an old and stoled OS (Yes, read Steven Jobs book. He was the man who knew about these things). Android is slow, sluggy virtualized OS. It is also Google OS. Not everyone likes Google and it's style to handle privacy.

Windows Phone is new, fresh and innovative OS. It looks good, it is easy to use and most importantly, it is original and fresh. While iOS and Android are using that retro OS system which were invented early -90, Windows is moving forward.

Nokia is OEM who knows how to make different and good designs. Androids are just clones over others. If you put that cool looking cyan Lumia 900 on a table with 10 black clone androids. It is easy to find that cute phone. It is different and it is fresh. Not everyone like to drive with a grey toyota, some of us likes more special cars like Porche, Ferrari or even Bentley.

These are just few reasons why people likes Lumia 900 more than just some random Android.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:23 5

31. omaar97 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

This doesn't change that SGS II is lot better than Lumia 900 , but like drahmad said , people want new thing so they will go for Lumia 900
I'm waiting for WP8 , WP7 miss a lot of thing

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:33 4

37. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

Please, tell me how SGSII is a lot better? I guess you start your answering by numbers. Yes SGSII has dual cores etc. But you will hardly bother with that fact, it is so because it NEEDS those numbers to work properly. Like I sayd android is slow and sluggy. It NEEDS more power than others to work the same.

There are no apps which needs dual cores. There is NOTHING you can do better with your SGSII than Lumia 900.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:58 1

44. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

not everyone likes android and its buggy choppy performance also not everyone cares about specs like dual and quad core because it does not matter and even with that android is still buggy

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:20

30. shottymarq (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

The question is not about which of the platforms have the most apps or developers support, its about which of the phone is the best one. And judging based on its OS and hardware I think the Nokia is the best one right now maybe not by the margin shown in the polls but still the best

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:24 1

49. hepresearch (unregistered)

Even that isn't really the question. The question is actually, "Which one would you buy?" No doubt, you will buy the one that is best for, or most intriguing to, you, but does that make it the best for the most people? Not necessarily.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:24 1

48. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Well, Lumia 900 just looks better. That's enough nowaydas. And no, Galaxy S II doesn't have better screen. It has the same resolution, and ClearBlack AMOLED used on Lumia 900 has certainly better sunlight legibility than SuperAMOLED plus on SGS2.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 05:42 3

3. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

wow the nokia l900 has 74.45% up till now
nokia have made a big impact on the industry with this
good job nokia

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 05:48 2

5. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

galaxy s2 for $100 is the best. or the lumia 800 is gud rather than 900 bcoz of high pixel density.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:12 7

7. andro. (Posts: 1998; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Looks like the Nokia fans are voting,clearing their cookies and logging back onto the site again and voting for the lumia yet again. Thats how it down folks,these polls can be easily made suit your own choice!

Theres no way in hello the lumia 900 would outsell the other 2 like this in real life. the iphone and galaxy combined would have over 90% of the sales and the lumia the less than 10% left over. This is the way weve always seen our store sale results and lumias have just been left on our selves becoming harder to shift.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:15 4

10. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Getting a little butt-hurt because a non Android phone is winning? Although you can't take this poll serious, your comment is out of line.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:56 1

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Honestly speaking, if this poll was given to the general public to vote, the result would be 1) iPhone 2) SII and 3) Lumiwhat?

So his comment isn't that out of line. The only reason I would vote for the Lumia is that it's new, spec wise and OS wise it's almost as bad as the iPhone

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:15 3

22. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Did you miss the part in which he accuses Lumia voters as cheaters. I agree however that the poll is not serious.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:15 3

23. andro. (Posts: 1998; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Em no,seeing a we still have almost all the lumia stock received 4 weeks ago all still in stock unsold the notion of butt hurt is hilarious!!! Windows phones unfortunately are our worst sellers bar none. If you want i could do the trick Nokia fans are doing and log out,clear my cookies repeatitly after each vote for a galaxy s2 and add 500 votes for the s2 in the next 20 mins?

Dont get me wrong Nokia features phones are the backbone of our monthly sales and Nokia reach their sales target worldwide each year through feature phone sales alone but its windows line are poor sellers as with all windows in general

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:35 3

56. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

Wow, this andro. guy is really full of it. Had the lumia 900 stock for 4 weeks already, eh? And you say they're your worst sellers bar none? LOL!

And if you actually do sell phones you must be a really horrible salesman. Your job is to sell phones for your employer, not to let your own personal opinion influence the results you achieve. If I were your boss and heard you say things you've been saying here, I'd fire you faster than you can say droid fanboi.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:50 1

67. andro. (Posts: 1998; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Not the lumia 900 for 4 weeks but two other Nokia lumia models which we have for months now,the last delivery was nearly a month ago as the sales are so low they dont warrant any orders,the 800 for example is a poor seller. contrary to yur opinion i sell huge alot of phones and so do our fellow staff,just we dont sell windows because no body wants them. nobody asks for them and if we suggest them people dont like them.

In fact we are doing a good job and offering good customer service as no customer or sales staff want a customer stuck in a 2 year contract with a phone they hate. As for firing,nobody would,we sell loads,get great commission and having happy customer serveys. If we relyied on windows phones sales the shop would have closed down. I get paid the same if i sell an iphone,android or windows,its just nobody wants windows so we sell huge loads of everything else.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 16:23

93. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

Andro then shut up and logg in 500 times.. lets see you do it..

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 08:09

109. hepresearch (unregistered)

gallitoking essentially says: "Come on, man! I bet you won't do it! I bet you won't clear your cookies and log back in and vote 500 times! You don't have the guts to do it!!!"

two days later, gallitoking is saying: "Please! Please... I beg you, please clear you cookies and log back in, and vote at least a few extra times! I want to be able to go to sleep, now that I've been waiting and trolling around for two days straight. Please, if you do you would make me... so... sad. Yeah, and then I'll be so happy when I report you... oh, wait a minute, did I just type that out loud? Oops..."

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:24 2

13. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

i would take the S2 over almost all phones in the market right now, with a second a thought for the Nexus of course and the Xperia S.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:29 1

14. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

I have found the SGSII to be a little dissapointing, I love the screen and also the build-quality, but the skin Samsung uses is absolutley disgraceful.

Thankgod for alternative launchers.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:31 1

15. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

Look how great this phone looks with a black background, but yet John V. made the review with a white background :(

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:28

52. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Yea, I have Lumia 800 and I always use it with black background - it's the default setting after all, and the only smart setting - considering you're saving your battery life this way, since it has AMOLED screen. Black background in WP looks stunning on that ClearBlack Display. U can't say where the display ends... it's so seamless.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:53 4

24. shamataa (Posts: 215; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

LOL iphone 4 very low. Not a shocker really. you'll get a much better experience on either phones besides boring IOS.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:18

28. 0o0blackstar0o0 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

How can i get these for $100 ?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:46

40. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

hey guys if speed is your thing , it is better to get lumia 900 for more info see the official windows phone channel on youtube. For those who go for camera it is also better to go with the lumia 900 because in 1080p video recording of galaxy s2 is bad because it uses the center of the camera and at the same time since it is a little zoomed in , ou will notice a lot of hand shakes which ruin the video also at the same time glalxy s2 has a bad mike for recording video as it utilizes the dual mono recording while nokia through a future update will make the lumia 900 to inherit the rich audio recording nokia 808 has but not 140dB but maybe till 100dB in camera but are perfect but maybe people will prefer galaxy s2 beacuse it has many features for picture taking. The windows phone app store may not be that good but it is still catching up with ios and android and though you cannot root or do something like jailbreak to acess some paid applications for free windows phone atleast provides a feature called try before pay and you do not need to install some special launchers as windows phone interface is the best so therefore what I am trying to say is windows phone is still equal to android in most places

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:50

66. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I think you forgot those...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:57 1

43. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

Me to Lumia 900 :)

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