The battle of the $99 phones: poll results

The battle of the $99 phones: poll results
The Nokia Lumia 900 is finally available and it’s not only the first big attempt by Nokia to make it in the US market, but also one of the first major releases that will show just how competitive Windows Phone is. As such it aims to offer the best both Nokia and Microsoft could stuff in it, and to make matters even worse for competitors - it’s priced at merely $99 from the get go.

Was this enough for you to vote it over the iconic iPhone 4 and yesteryear’s Android flagship, the Galaxy S II? Last week we asked you to decide in the battle of the $99 phones. All phones in the poll are on the same carrier - AT&T, and offered for the same sweet $100 on contract.

Turns out, most of you gave their vote for the Nokia Lumia 900 which won with nearly 60% of the votes - 1,300 of you chose to spend their hypothetical money on the 4.3-inch Nokia Windows Phone. The reason? Many pointed out that it’s new and it’s fresh - coming with a vibrant cyan version as well as traditional black. It’s also buttery smooth and this is something that makes WP stand out.

The Samsung Galaxy S II had nearly half of the votes of the Lumia 900. With 730 virtual supporters, the S II showed that it’s still in many’s wishlist with its Super AMOLED Plus display and powerful, dual-core Exynos chip. We should also note that we picked the Galaxy S II to make voting simpler. It’s a popular, almost symbolic handset for the Android platform. We could’ve also picked the less popular but still extremely capable HTC Vivid. So fact remains that there is tons of choice for $99 Android devices, which is a great thing.

Surprisingly for some, the iPhone 4 came in last with only around 7% of the votes. A mere 161 supporters of the 2010 iPhone wanted it in 2012. It seems that for those of you who voted, the novelty and freshness of the Lumia 900, and the power of the S II were more important than the more familiar iOS experience.

Are you surprised by the end results? Will the Lumia 900 save humanity with its affordable price? What went wrong with the iPhone? Don’t hesitate to ponder on the deep philosophical meaning of the results of the poll - that’s what the comments below are all about.


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34 Comments

1. MickDM

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

vh, thanks for a more positive and slightly less subjective article... i would mention however, that 33.32% is actually much closer to one quarter of the votes than one half of the votes...ijs...

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks for mentioning that, MickDM, I've edited to clarify it's nearly half of the votes the Lumia 900 got.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I have voted for Samsung Galaxy S II.

7. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

So did i.

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1537; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Not surprised. Most iOS users don't read and or vote on phone blogs.

8. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Agree!

11. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

probably.

4. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

its a simple math there is old and older and there is the new one of course people will buy the new one if they got the same price.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i voted for the 900. as much as i want an SGS2, the SGS3 is right in front of us. Id rather spend the next 3 months playing with something new and fresh and then get the SGS3 when it drops. And yes, that cyan color has quite the draw. lol.

15. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

REMIXFA It's a CRAPDRAGON! Remember.....

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. yes it is. crapdragons are not powerful enough for android, however they do run well on windows since its a much more simple OS. My long term phone is the SGS3, the nokia is just my interm new toy. :) I have an HD7 that I won. My daughter uses it as her personal media machine. It works very well. Thats just an old crappy S2 crapdragon in there. WP7 wont get a serious look from me until after the Apollo/wp8 upgrade that brings dual/quad cores, bigger cameras, and the most important feature.. desktop mode. Then a WP8 tablet or maybe even a phone will be on my watch list.

18. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

True.... half baked OS... Same to.....

9. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

N900 lumia nothing new same old same old Outdated specs.... this would not able to push 1080p videos on you tube desktop site. No FLASH!

12. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Crapdragon cortex A8 OLD outdated....

28. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

dude you will need a quad-core android phone to beat a single core wp7.5 phone so please tell me how slow shoud wp get to match 2core androids?

19. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

i would choose the sgs2 but i've allready have it :D

21. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

So do I....

23. SGSII

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Same here! IT IS AWESOME!

20. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Although i voted for the 900, I won't be buying this phone because it's too soon to buy a 2nd WP device when it has only been 3 months-and-a-half ago when I bought my 1st WP in the HTC Radar. But my 2nd WP device will most certainly be a Nokia Lumia WP8 device. Wasn't it reported by PA as being called the Nokia Lumia Prodigy? I'll probably be buying one towards the end of 2012.

22. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

galaxy s 2 ftw. 4000 quadrant, excellant display, customization like crazy. ics on mine is super smooth. i got the lumia 900, battery sucks. very boring and heavy plus the sim holder tray is loose and sticks out on the edge. maps was great and also call quality. windows is def very smooth on this phone, but smooth usually means boring and no true multitasking ability.

24. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i chose the lumia because my SGSii keeps rebooting with no apparent reason that it bothers me even i hard reset it, update the latest firmware it still doing it. Seems like it doesn't matter how pumped up the specs if the OS can't handle it and crashes.

27. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

O look's like the odd one out.... unlucky you. I`ve never had this issue..... well it's faulty then?

29. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

it does like 5~8 times a day. it sucks

30. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Take it into your respective carrier's shop that has a tech center, they'll fix it/replace it for free, at least if you have Sprint

33. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I got a official non-carrier version i already took it to their authorized customer service center but no luck. I guess im stuck with this phone for a while

34. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Ouch. Good luck, my only suggestion is to search the hell out of the interwebs. Thats one of the few drawbacks of buying an international phone

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its called "warranty", use it. all phones roll off an assembly line. All phones have a certain % that have issues.

32. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

all they do is hard reset that it which I can do back home. they wont replace it because the problem occurs randomly that when im there its a waiting game till i start to look stupid.

25. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Potatoes are awesome!

26. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

You doughnut..... yea they are yum yum nom nom nom tasty yummy yummy....

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