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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: 4721; 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: 4888; 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: 14605; 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: 809; 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: 1999; 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: 1748; 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: 3128; 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

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