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Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Nokia Lumia 900

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Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Introduction:

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.

Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Nokia Lumia 900 Review
The package contains:

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

Design:

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.

The Nokia Lumia 900 employs a unibody polycarbonate design that’s clean looking - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
The Nokia Lumia 900 employs a unibody polycarbonate design that’s clean looking - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
The Nokia Lumia 900 employs a unibody polycarbonate design that’s clean looking - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Nokia Lumia 900 Review

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.

Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Windows buttons - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Front-facing camera - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
 

Windows buttons

Front-facing camera


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.

Speaker (bottom) - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Left edge - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Volume, power and shutter keys (right) - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Speaker (bottom)

Left edge

microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top)

Volume, power and shutter keys (right)


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.

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The 8-megapixel auto-focus camera - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

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The 8-megapixel auto-focus camera



Display:

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.

Viewing angles - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Viewing angles - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Viewing angles - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Viewing angles - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Viewing angles - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Viewing angles - Nokia Lumia 900 Review


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Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900

OS: Windows Phone 7.8 7.5 Refresh 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.03 x 2.70 x 0.45 inches
(127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery1830 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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