Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Nokia, Nokia, Nokia. Where have you been? It’s been a long time since the US market has been blessed with a high-end offering from you camp, so you know, there are some big expectations riding with this latest endeavor. Indeed, the Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile was nothing more than a small tease, but when compared to the other pre-existing Windows Phones out there, it didn’t quite come off as being something spectacular. Nevertheless, we’re inching ever closer to that royal grand entrance that’s going to be attached to the Nokia Lumia 900.

Call it a sight for sore eyes, but we can’t believe that a top-shelf Nokia smartphone is headed to a major carrier in the US. Even better, the Nokia Lumia 900 is aiming to be a memorable device in many ways, but if we’d have to pick, its $99.99 on-contract price point right from the onset seemingly ensures that it won’t get lost amongst the masses. Certain to not be forgotten in all of this, Microsoft’s presence in the mobile platform space will surely benefit now that Nokia is bringing something grand to the table. With that in mind, let’s find out if the Nokia Lumia 900 has the stuff to stand out and make a long lasting impact.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product and Safety Information
  • microSIM card removal tool


Let’s not beat around the bush people, but we’ve seen the Nokia Lumia 900 before. To put it bluntly, the Lumia 900 is essentially a larger version of its close sibling in the Lumia 800. Technically, it’s not something fresh per se, but seeing that this is hitting the US, it’s very different looking from everything else out there. With that in mind, its peculiar looking appearance makes it stand out from the conventional designs we’ve been seeing.

Identical in almost every way to the Lumia 800 before it, except for its overall size of course, the Nokia Lumia 900 combines all the elements that are required in being a compelling offering. Specifically, it employs a unibody polycarbonate design that’s clean looking, somewhat streamlined (0.45” thick), reasonably weighted (5.64 oz), and resistant against debris. No doubt it’s very easy to handle, but if there’s one gripe, it has to the be the sharp feel of its edges – especially the bezel surrounding the display because it’s raised higher. Besides that, it has a distinctive look that’s so uniquely different, yet enchantingly attractive at the same time.

You can compare the Nokia Lumia 900 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

With its trio of Windows buttons below its display, they’re spaced far away from one another to reduce accidental presses. Meanwhile, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera is found on the top left corner above the display, which is there ready for all of our video chatting and self-portrait needs.

Peeking over to the left edge of the handset, it’s completely clean, but the right edge is ridiculously crowded by its volume controls, power button, and shutter key. Unfortunately, they’re all rather flat to the touch, but at least their responses are decent. Rounding things out on the top and bottom sides, we find microdots hiding away its internal speaker, 3.5mm headset jack, noise cancellation microphone, microUSB port, and microSIM card slot.

Sure to impress photo enthusiast out there, the Nokia Lumia 900 is packing an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, which features a dual-LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, and an F2.2 aperture lens. Seeing that it’s sporting a unibody construction, there’s no easy way of getting access to its 1,830 mAh battery, nor is there a way to expand its internal storage – then again, this is something becoming prevalent across many top-notch smartphones.


Nowadays, we’re spoiled by handsets donning super large displays and some pixel crunching resolutions. So when we look at the 4.3” WVGA (480 x 800) ClearBlack display of the Nokia Lumia 900, we’re not all that blown away by it, and the more we think about it, it doesn’t necessarily go beyond what we’ve seen in the Windows Phone space. Well, we’re certain it’s still going to capture some attention in public, because much like other AMOLED panels, it delivers the wow factor thanks to its wide-viewing angles and vibrant color production. On the other hand, are we disappointed with its WVGA resolution? Honestly, it’s a no mainly because that’s the resolution we’ve come to expect with all Windows Phones. Although it’s not a pencil pusher in any way, we’re still content by this sharp looking display, yet at the same time, we were hoping for something better.

Nokia Lumia 900 360-degrees View:



1. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Appreciate the thorough review, John V :)

3. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

And I like how John V. changes the tile color for each feature/aspect that he discusses. Nice touch!

42. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks gentlemen.

80. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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

2. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Wish camera could have been better!!

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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...

32. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I think ray s does a fine job.

5. Gusto

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

no thoughts on GPS??

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: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 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: Mar 02, 2012

This phone got a better review than the One X?

33. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

cuz its a better phone?

43. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 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: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 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: Dec 05, 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: Jan 29, 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: Sep 16, 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: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 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: Jan 06, 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: Oct 17, 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: Jan 06, 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: Oct 17, 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: Jan 06, 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: Oct 17, 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: Jan 06, 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: Oct 17, 2011

58. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

59. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

geez, it just doesn't show it. wtf, and i can't even delete my comment..

64. kaikamba

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 05, 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: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, and the amount of RAM it'll use like on regular PC Windows will be so high it'll lag like hell
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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