Nokia Lumia 900 ReviewNokia Lumia 900 8
Naturally, we like that the handset features a dedicated shutter key to instantly launch the camera app – even when it’s locked. Yet again, the interface is familiar, as it sports a relatively clean look with very few items cluttering it up. No doubt we like the wealth of shooting and manual options available with it, but even better, we find it ever so useful getting quick access to our photos by simply executing a left to right swiping motion in the interface.
For all the talk surrounding its 8-megapixel snapper with Carl Zeiss optics, we are underwhelmed by the results – mainly because we were expecting better quality. Being most effective with macro and outdoor shots with plenty of lighting, its results are average at best – though, it’s worth noting that it has a noticeable bluish tinge with its color production. Sadly, it fails to handle low lighting situations since its quality is heavily softened by the abundance of noise muddying up its results. Thankfully, its dual-LED flash is able to counteract most of its deficiencies, but as a whole, we’re not smitten by the results.
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Surprise, surprise! We have the Zune experience for all our music listening needs, which, as we all know, is what’s expected with all Windows Phones. Even though we’ve seen it on other devices, we don’t tire of experiencing it because it’s so dynamic and engaging. Meanwhile, its internal speaker pumps out some powerful tones, but it exhibits some strain at the highest volume setting.
Seeing that it’s packing a 4.3” WVGA AMOLED display, we find it more than pleasing when it comes down to watching videos. Using our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080, it’s able to deliver that all too expected engaging experience thanks its smooth playback, rich colors, and good details. Honestly, it has the perfect set of ingredients to make the entire thing exhilarating.
Compared to some of the Android devices out there, we’re again faced with the realization that there is no quick and easy multimedia sharing function with the Lumia 900, or more importantly, with Windows Phone in general. Without a doubt, it would’ve been nice to have some kind of mirroring functionality with the handset, so we can view content on a high-def TV, but it’s still something that’s sorely lacking with the platform.
Strangely, we were somewhat caught off guard knowing that the handset didn’t have Nokia Drive preloaded out of the box – though, AT&T Navigator is on there from the start. Nevertheless, it simply made us wonder why, but in any event, a quick download in the Windows Phone Marketplace ensured that we got it. As for some of the other notable third party apps, they include ESPN, Tango, and YPmobile. Otherwise, AT&T’s presence is in full force with items like AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T myWireless, AT&T Radio, and AT&T U-verse Mobile.
Seeing that this is a Windows Phone, productivity focused users will surely enjoy using Microsoft Office, as it grants us the ability to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Rounding things out, the Games Hub provides us access to all of our gaming needs – while still integrating with XBOX LIVE so that we can view our profile and achievements.
1. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
Appreciate the thorough review, John V :)
3. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
And I like how John V. changes the tile color for each feature/aspect that he discusses. Nice touch!
80. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1038; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Yeah, great review! I went to an AT&T store here in St. Louis on saturday and one of the reps showed me the Lumia 900 that she was using. It looks like s good phone, but too small for me because of my stature (6'7" 235lbs)
If I wasnt so into the Galaxy Note, Id consider this phone or the Titan II as a good starter Windows Phone
4. Birds (Posts: 1158; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
So glad that Ray S. dude didn't review this handset. It would have gotten a 4/10 then. Just saying. PhoneArena he is bringing the coop down. You have one two many pigeons in the nest...
6. stealthd (unregistered)
It's kind of amazing Windows Phone has been out this long and still only supports 800x480 screens. You can see the pixels in some of the screen shots (and they aren't even zoomed in).
82. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Everyone knows they're going to get HD screens with Wp8 coming this fall. Wp7 has only been around for a year and a half too. Slow and steady wins the race my friend.
7. JBz007 (Posts: 63; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
This phone got a better review than the One X?
43. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
You really need to keep in mind pricing. It makes the phone even more desirable because it's not often we see top-tiered devices priced so low right from the get-go.
11. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
I had thought that I might seriously think about purchasing the Lumina 900. Went to my AT&T store today where they had one out and allowed me to play with it a bit. I don't really know why, but I was not blown away by it. Just didn't feel like there was anything special about it. So I'll keep on looking at other brands.
Personally, I wish MS would change their use of those tiles. If the phone runs as smooth and as fast as what MS and reviewers have claimed......then there has to be some reason that Windows phones have not sold very well and I think it's those tiles and the fact that there is little customization allowed. I think subconsciously they remind me of those wooden blocks that babies play with and somehow it's a turn-off.
13. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I know it's a shallow reason to dismiss an OS that, admittedly, works quite well, but I've been told by at least a couple of customers looking at Windows Phone that it's "ugly, just plain ugly." Seeing as how I'm not that interested in selling phones with incomplete OSes and am much more interested in Android, I didn't press the matter.
17. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
Obviously that depends on the person. When I sell the phones and someone tells me it's ugly looking I do the same thing you do and move on to the next handset. No reason to push something they don't like. But with that point there are many people who think it looks very nice, myself included. I like the MetroUI and see it better looking than Android just because it is more simple than it but still hides Whatever you want hidden in its appmenu. I love the idea of the live tiles but again its definitely a personal preference.
40. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
The main reason we sell very little windows phones is because everyone thinks they are completely ugly,who ever okayed the use of the square block ui in the early design stages should be shot as its one of the biggest reasons windows phones sales are such a disaster
62. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
Yeh, I agree. What I totally can't understand is why we haven't heard about Microsoft conducting any surveys in an attempt to gather feedback about why people aren't buying their phones.
Seems like they would want to poll potential buyers and ask something like "If you were in the market to buy a new phone, would you consider buying a Windows phone......why or why not"?
And if not, "What would have to be changed with the Windows phones before you would consider buying it"?
But I haven't heard about them trying to find out what people don't like about their phones.
18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
the thing about wp is that you have to actually use it for more than 10 minutes... i only got one because my iphone got dumped in water and it was the cheapest smartphone on craigslist... but after using it for a month i fell in love...
it flows from one thing to another and one cannot see that in the beginning... if apps are not the biggest issue, it really is a beautiful os.. the allure isnt on the cover
34. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Lucas, you ever used a proper Android?
Here's how beutiful a Metro UI can be..on Android!
(IMO the most interesting part is around 7:50, btw)
Sorry, but to me, Windows Phone is a pathetic excuse for an OS
50. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
yes i used a captivate for a good while.. but that was before wp7 and metro on android
ive tested launcher 7 on android phones and it is nowhere near the experience on a wp7... just a pathetic copy... same with the metro ui on ios... i tried my best but i just couldnt match wp7
its not pathetic btw... just cause u dont like it...
51. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Man, don't you se the simple truth behind this..WP 7 is a so heavily restricted OS that it's UI can be easily replicated within 1,4MB of free app for Google OS.
And not just that, the replication has such basic feature as a WALPAPER, even the live one.
Now please ask your self why on earth WP doesn't have the same basic option?
53. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
hahahahahhahahahahhahahahah u think launcher 7 is as good as wp7? this makes me think u havent even tried wp7... i bet anyone having them side by side can see the original and the rip-off... its not even comparable...
why the heck would i want wallpaper behind my icons? if i did, i would get an andoid... but dont shame wp7's sleek metro look with the suggestion of wallpaper... it diminishes the entire idea of elegance and minimalism
people who want wp7 dont want rampant customization and the troubles it brings... they want a clean stable os thats different from the iphone-- which is what many people want from android but dont have any other options for (until now..)
56. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Boy, are you dumb or what?
I'm not comparing Launcher 7 with WP7, just the interface options of the launcher.
It's about having a basic personal choice - the thing Microsoft decided to take away from users.
Why? Please, ask your self that.
Is it because a simple photo adding ability would slow the OS down?
Is that your concern?
Then what kind of OS are we talking about if an 1,4mb app designed for other OS can do that little basic thing?
Or is it because Microsoft thinks making things differently is to make them lack the basic option that feature phones have for 15 years?
To me, that equals an elementary insult to user's intelligence.
You want a single color "minimalism", user?
Go, set your color up!
You want to beautify it a bit, beyond that?
Tough break, user - you'll have to get another OS.
66. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
i think u r the one who is retarded... u tell me oh its replicating it in 1.4 megabites but then i try and say its not and suddenly we arent comparing?
did i not say exactly what u said... if u dont like the minimalism of wp7.. dont buy it.. u make it seems like microsft is forcing the os on people and nobody can change their background... anyways if its that big of an issue simply unlock and install some extra software...
57. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Here, what's wrong with this, for example?
58. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
59. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
geez, it just doesn't show it. wtf, and i can't even delete my comment..
64. kaikamba (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Just wait for the "Aero Live Tiles" to arrive in a few months on WP ... you will be blown by its stunning looks. Also sporting 3D Glass Tiles with live info. Then you can change the background of your choice. The wallpaper will be visible on Aero Tiles.
Also coming lot of customization for interface with "Aero Animations".
71. frydaexiii (Posts: 1456; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Yeah, and the amount of RAM it'll use like on regular PC Windows will be so high it'll lag like hell
|Display||4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) AMOLED|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
|Size||5.03 x 2.70 x 0.45 inches|
(127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm)
5.64 oz (160 g)
|Battery||1830 mAh, 7 hours talk time|