Is the Lumia 900 enough to get the US excited about Nokia again?

Is the Lumia 900 enough to get the US excited about Nokia again?
Now that the big announcement about the first LTE Nokia Windows Phone - the Lumia 900  for AT&T - is behind us, and we had a chance to play around with it, we'd like to ask you, dear readers, about your first impressions and opinion about the strategy behind this handset.

Microsoft and Nokia, along with AT&T, are gearing up for a huge marketing push of the Lumia 900, to the tune of $200 million rumored to be set aside for popularizing Nokia Windows Phones in the US, with $130 million of those going towards the Lumia 900 alone.

Nokia has never been shy when it comes to marketing the heck out of a handset, and is responsible for some of the most breathtaking stunts in that respect, so we have no doubt that the Finns can create a good show, while Microsoft will bring a disciplined approach to working with AT&T and partners on training reps, and promoting the ecosystem as a whole.

Whether or not this will be enough for Nokia to regain its foothold in the US, remains to be seen. There is no doubt the Nokia Lumia 900 has a distinct enough design with its colorful polycarbonate unibody to immediately be told apart in the sea of Android phones, or compared to Apple's handset, but the main question mark remain specs. In the day when both AT&T and Verizon announced another batch of dual-core handsets with 1080p video capabilities and HD screens, the Lumia 900 was listed with WVGA resolution and 1.4GHz single-core chipset.

Now, we all know that the average phone buyer can't tell an HD screen from a WVGA one, or 720p video from 1080p one, and rarely even cares. As for apps, the Windows Phone Marketplace recently crossed the 50 000 threshold, and developers will start paying real attention once handsets with Microsoft's mobile OS cross the 10 million sold mark.

So, in the next weeks and months we'll probably start hearing about the Nokia Lumia 900 much more, it will be staring at us from bus sides and newspaper ads, in carrier store displays, and from Hollywood movies. Do you think the handset will be a good springboard for introducing Nokia back to the US? Sound off in the poll below, and in the comments.

Is the Lumia 900 enough to get the US excited about Nokia again?

Yes, it has nice specs and distinct design, plus a $130 million marketing push!
47.7%
Depends on how it's priced.
27.04%
Meh, it doesn't stand a chance against the dual-core Androids with HD displays or the iPhone 4S.
22.44%
If the Biebster gets it, I'm in!
2.82%

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Lumia 900
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1830 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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35 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I can't accurately predict whether Nokia definitely will or won't win the day with the Lumia. However, it does have a pretty good chance of doing so.

29. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Wow sniggly. This will compete against android and you're pretty passive about it? Oh yes, you're a fandroid, and before you became a fandroid you were a die hard symbian fanatic :)

31. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm passive about it because I don't think that Android will suffer too much from it. I didn't own or care about smartphones until I got my first Android phone. I was aware of Palm, Blackberry and Windows Mobile and hated them all. I actually wanted an iPhone for a while. Then the DROID came out, wanted that but was on T-Mobile so I settled for the CLIQ. I became aware of Symbian roughly around the time I got my DROID X. You don't have to believe me, but you really don't know what you're talking about.

2. PigglyWiggly

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I Voted For Beiber!

17. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Why was there an answer with him? I didn't see him anywhere in the post, did I miss it? Can someone clarify?

18. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

yeah it was a joke...

3. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

wow dual core androids are slower than the wp7.5 nokia l900 because androids needs more cores to be faster and the l900 beats the iphone4s by a miles and the iphone still has a small 3.5'' screen

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I would have liked to have seen a 32GB model with HDMI on it. Even with the lack of dual core and HD display, I think this really has the opportunity to become a hot seller so long as the sales people do a good job selling the features of Windows Phone to the right people, like those looking to enter the smartphone space and are looking to check email and do some web browsing on the go.

25. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I totally agree, add usb on-the-go and SD card slot

5. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this is a great start for the Nokia smart phone entry into the USA it has all the specs that a great smart phone should have but Nokia's best is yet to come The Apollo class Windows smart phones are Coming later this year with dual cores hi def screens , NFC and ect. these Nokia super smart phones will be awesome but I don't think I will wait for them because this one is so good why wait? it will get the job done and has classy looks. At CES a new App was shown that will Enable all Windows 7.5 Mango smart phones to use Android apps which means Ha Ha Haaa (excuse My Mad scientist laugh) that us Windows folks now have access to thousands of Android APPs what do you Android fans think now HA HA HAaaa. My first Cell phone was a Nokia it was pretty good they make good stuff

6. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2011

As long as they make a real marketing push with aggressive ads like Samsung V Apple with their Galaxy s 2 commercials, or how Verizon pushed the Bionic. If At & t could do the same with the Lumia 900 then Nokia will be coming back.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I think its a great start to build on. I wanna see what happens when Apollo brings dual cores to the picture. only thing that would have made the current set up better is going with a hummingbird chip over the crapdragon.

8. javigs2

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I think Nokia would have had a better kick-off using the android system instead of starting off with windows!

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's a just wait and see situation. But according to me Nokia has a big chance alongside marketing

10. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

I would definately give NOKIA another chance. They are an awesome cell phone company. I remember my Nokia I had on the AT&T network back in 1999. Very good phone for the time period I was in. Except for Motorola, Nokia has been around a lot longer than the current cell phone companies in the US--HTC, Samsung, LG, PANTECH, etc. If NOKIA were using the Android platform, vice WP7, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Apple and a few others would all be in trouble...because Nokia building an excellent phone. You have to realize, until 2007, this cell phone CRAZE was not really in full force until the iphone launched...then came the OG Droid in 2009 to kick things off and awaken Apple--so there was really no clear market after the iphone launched in the US for Nokia-- which is why they took there business elsewhere. But now....2012--It's a whole new ballgame.

11. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Once they have nicer/bigger screens, n9 cameras, and hdmi output I'll be all in

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I have to say no! some of us dont want to have to go with at&t just to get some real wp7s. does anyone know if its possible to buy an unlocked nokia and put it on sprint?

13. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

One lumia 900 alone is no magic against super Androids and established iPhone 4s. Plus marketing navigation, CNN, or ESPN apps as main points is wrong strategy. Hardware, design, and camera are what makes Nokia great and its not stressed. Even so what sells nowadays is technology; dual/ quad cores, HD screens, siri, NFC, etc.. Nokia and MS does not have it yet. It makes them look they are behind. Buyers get turned off, aside for the WP enthusiasts.

14. audiblenarcotic

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I really hope that Nokia finds some success with thier smart device here in the U.S. I'm very interested to try out a WP7, 7.5, or 8 smart phone but until there are better offerings of devices running this platform I am continuing to use my Andriod device. I am hoping that as more competition developes between manufactures offering this OS then the quality of the devices will get even better. There is no doubt that WP has a lot of potential, but I'm just not ready to subscribe to it until I see that there is a bit more support out there for it.

15. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I think its gonna do well. I was trying out a N9, in terms of design and feel, its a really well built phone.

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

considering its a nokia i think it will sell well, but i think that the htc titan 2 is a better phone :p

19. quintell843

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

The only problem with this phone and other wp handsets is people don't know about it. For the first time in the history of wp7, we are going to see mass marketing. And that's a good thing. Let's see if AT&T can do for wp7 what Verizon did for android.

26. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Agreed, my first android was a Samsung Galaxy S fascinate. Verizon did well on marketing job.

20. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Verizon might get both 710 and 900.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I bet manufacturers are glad they didn't jump away from Android when the Nokia CEO told them to do so. This phone is getting funds and support from MS no one has gotten before. It has a nice chance but as someone said MS seems to be seeking out IOS users and those are hard to get. WP and Nokia have a nice chance here but.... meh it might be too late

22. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am hoping so. Love the idea of Nokia leading the way to improved sales, and getting other carriers a little publicity as well. Verizon's "Droid does" push was really only for one line of phones, but it got everyone interested in Android. I am hoping that happens for WP, getting a strong push for all OEMs offerings and getting all carriers interested in carrying them.

23. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I can't get over the design, it just looks so sleek.

24. dunyfunny

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

I do not prefer any highly advertised product unless it is not suggested my friends or very cheap! This one can get some interests but there is no way to be successful vs to Iphones Galaxy S series!

27. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

WP is on the way up, lucky for Nokia, their success will be correlated with that of WP's.

28. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I buy it if bundled with a xbox 360 like what they did in one asian country its Singapore i think

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