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. We’re inching ever closer to that royal grand entrance that’s going to be attached to the Nokia Lumia 900...
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72 Comments

68. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

I have to agree with akita256. To me, the tiles are just plain ugly. I like the ability to customize my home screen to see what I want to see. I don't like the idea of the tiles and the overall "sameness" of the display. Also, and this is just my opinion, but I simply don't trust MS. After owning a Windows Mobile device and multiple desktop versions of Windows and MS Office, I have zero desire to have MS involved in my personal communications. Virtually every time I tried to install something on my Windows mobile device, it crashed or had some other hiccup. Does anyone remember windows ME? Oh, that Windows Vista really was an improvement. Not to mention how MS feels the need to totally reinvent/reorganize the software interface constantly while making little or no substantive improvement. If they succeed with this, good for them and Nokia, but their success will not include any contribution from me.

83. Saamic

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

In my eyes WPs and iphones have a very simplistic OS when compared to android. It's more consumer friendly since the learning curve isn't as steep and people can catch on quickly. I've never been one to sacrifice efficiency for simplicity and ease so android is my favorite OS

19. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

great review! although i wish they had the blue or white one -- much more striking, but the black one still looks fantastic

23. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh and i was hoping this had that super cool nokia music app but sadly it doesnt... so no caching, free pandora...

20. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Dammit! I had a feeling the camera was gonna bad. f**k! Don't know if I should invest in Nokia's first top end US phone or wait for Apollo. But $99 is so tempting!

30. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

excellent review for a excellent phone which is priced excellently.. indeed finally Nokia+WP=WIN

31. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

im impressed with the review.. one thing i like about windows is that it offers more about the quality. yah it doesn't have dual cores or quad-cores or stunning customization but it offers something as an alternative like live tiles, changing theme/color of tile and the best thing about windows is that its verry smooth and snappy if there is one thing i hate about nokia and windows that would be the camera for it offers only an average shot but at least not that bad. apple are good but the customization are damn boring but there are lots of apps. android are good but it tends to be laggy sometime as time goes by and as you put alot of apps i have tried android and apple they are both good but for me WP may not offer topnotch features but it offers consistent feel of contentment.. good review

35. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Now for you too, Metro UI(the homescreen and app drawer part) looks better and is way more customizable on Android than on Windows Phone itself! Pay attention, the review of a free Launcher 7 app for android: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEMtXkYkFlc Microsoft, hundreds of billions of software company, that charges a hefty license fee for it's mobile OS, gets a lesson of how it should be done properly from a small free app developer for android( a free to use OS for all manufacturers). Do i need to say more?

46. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

what? i think your just an avid android fanboy i was able to use both os and im currently using WP try reading my post again.. for better understanding yah it looks good but thats the only advantage that android has the customization aside from that it has bugs tend to be more laggy sometime when you put a lot of apps in it. unlike WP or IOS. im nothing against android i just hate people who are mind are so closed to try other os. do you know the disadvantage of being a free os? MALWARE bugs and alot of useless apps try to use WP and be fair enough. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NuzEAQLyKw try to watch it single how your dual cores put into shame by a single core of a WP before judging an OS try using it first.. you dont have to say more for i bet your mind are not that open to try other os mr. android fanatic..

52. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You are way off. I would love windows phone had it supported an elementary option such as the freaking wallpaper. Such omission just screams into my face as an offence to user's intelligence and knowledge. And that's what my point with the video was. There's just no excuse for Microsoft's way of doing things.

54. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Wow, that is just beyond belief idiotic. You would love WP if it had a wallpaper? The idea behind WP isn't to create yet another icons-on-a-picture-background UI, it is to offer something new and different. With live tiles you wouldn't even see much of your so highly desired wallpaper. WP is the most fluid OS out there and it's only going to get better.

75. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

The idea is that it's HIS phone and he wants it the way HE wants it, not the way MS tells him he must have it. It's called freedom. You might want to investigate the concept before flaming someone.

55. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

The only thing this app says is that there are android users who wish they had a WP phone. Why else would there be an android app to make their phone mimic WP? And btw, go try a WP phone to see how much smoother it is than this bad rip-off.

60. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What's beyond idiotic is how brainwashed you are..that you will settle with something so artificially forced to user without excuse whatsoever. Would a little static background addition feature slow the WP down? Is it impossible to incorporate? No. So what then? Does MS think that WP user is obviously so idiotic, that he wouldn't ever want to put something besides a single blank color in his background? Obviously you fit into the category. And you obviously need to be shown how beautiful minimalism can be beyond what Microsoft gives you. Oh and, no i don't want a WP UI - it lacks everything i need from a phone. It's just a fun toy to take out for a spin, to realize just how infinitely better android UI is. I can put everything on a single screen, without even needing to swipe, if i want to.

63. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

yah if thats what you think.. we respect that but respect are our point of choosing WP over your android you know what dude when i was using an android i also thinking the same that android is the best and unified os are sucks but after 2 yrs my android became laggy honestly the WP experience is like using an iOS and android in one try using its simple and minimalist.. but if your not interested why are you here? envious and jealous people tends to look on others and give baseless criticism just sayin..

65. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Well said. In the last couple weeks, PA has had so many people blasting WP, I find it mystifying. Most all have the same complaint: They do not like Metro UI, and it is all from Android fans. Either WP has these people scared and their entire self-worth is caught up in their phones OS, or they own stock in Google. I will happily accept the second option, but got the funny feeling it ain't just money related. Metro UI is what makes it WP. It is not designed to be an Android rip off, but a new OS option. Why all the hate??

73. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

As an Android user, I can tell you why I (and maybe we) don't like the Metro UI. It's too simple. With Android, the customization of home screens is almost limitless. With WP, it's always the same, It's not because we're Android fanboys, it's because WP (at least for now) is limited compared to Android. Plus, and this is a matter of opinion for which I'm sure to be flamed, but its damn ugly too.

88. cbillupsfly80

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Amen to that! :)

67. 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".

74. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

The reason why they don't allow customization is that it is still a V1.0 OS. If you mess with it, it will likely crash. The reason why it does not support dual core is because it was designed for single core. MS likes to say that you don't need it, but the march of technology is unending. Future versions of the OS will need to support dual core at minimum. Do you really believe that a single core processor can multitask as well as a dual or quad core?

79. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

hmm.. at some point yes but do you really believe that your dual core is that fast compare to our single core in terms of browsing the web and fluidity? go buy some WP and try it! you'll ended up laughing for the performance are almost the same search the youtube!

84. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Understand that I'm not bashing, but simply stating that the OS is not yet optimized for dual core processors. This will come in a future version (it has to since all the chip makers are now on to quad core). With respect to your question on speed, I can absolutely say that it is faster. I was running a Droid 2 Global at 1.2ghz, and now a Droid Razr. Razr is blazing compared to the D2, which was pretty fast itself (Razr also has 1GB RAM which is also a factor). It's not just a matter of speed, but of efficiency. Dual core processors running at a lower clock speeds use less power than a single core running high. Everyone focuses on processor speed, which is only part of the mix. RAM, GPU, network, OS, etc. all affect the performance. I don't care how fast your processor is. If you're not running on WiFi or LTE, it's a waste, because the network cant deliver signal fast enough.

85. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

dual core less power? i dont think so.. yep i agree with the fact that the os is not yet optimized for dual cores but that doesn't mean that it runs sluggish or consume more power (FYI my htc sensation consumes more battery than my lumia 800) for you can never judge a phone unless you have tried it. i tried using dual core just like my sensation you cant take the fact that it became more sluggish as you installed apps and as the mos. passed by, the update of ICS isn't that convincing also 512 of RAM are just enough for most people and in WP you cant barely feel that 512 is not enough well im not bashing you im just telling you the truth.. im nothing against android or ios but i was able to use the 3 platforms and so far., WP minimalistic design and convincing performance makes me stick with the os..

36. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

This joke of a phone got a better score than HTC One X? WTF PhoneArena!!!

70. glentomas123

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Exactly!!! WTH PA??!!

37. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

nice review john V. certainly better than ray s

38. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Why did he chage the theme to white? i woud've looked better in black cause it's got an AMOLED display. White does not look good on AMOLED displays so obviously somebody wanted to spoil the experience.

39. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Edit: Why did he change the theme to white? It would've looked better in black, cause it's got a ClearBaclck AMOLED display which means that ''back'' is the best theme for this phone. White does not look good on AMOLED displays so obviously somebody wanted to spoil the experience.

41. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'm starting to wonder if PhoneArena's 900 is defective. I'm reading other sites where its camera is highly regarded (excepting the lack of 1080p video recording), and the only complaints are about the screen, with resolution and typical discussions regarding AMOLED versus other technologies. http://gizmodo.com/5898783/nokia-lumia-900-review-this-might-save-windows-phonehttp://www.engadget.com/2012/04/03/nokia-lumia-900-review/

44. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

As a whole, it still produces some pleasant visuals, but in low lighting, it exhibits a lot more noise than some other top-notch camera centric devices out there. I was expecting better results actually, especially considering it boasts an F2.2 lens.
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