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

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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110 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

6. android_hitman unregistered

i never thumbed you down :) downthumbers are apple fans :)

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...

92. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

46. SleepingOz unregistered

and nokia fans

8. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

11. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

18. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

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

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

62. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

45. hepresearch unregistered

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

12. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 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.

26. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

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).

35. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

50. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I didn't!

61. IPHONE.

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

Nokia 900 another big fail!

64. hepresearch unregistered

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

71. IPHONE.

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 03, 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!

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!

101. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

87. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

105. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

100. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 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!

107. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

2. omaar97

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 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

9. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

lumia is something new. thats why people like it.

17. omaar97

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 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

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