Nokia Lumia 900 Review


So what’s there to say about this Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device? Seriously, it’s exactly like every other Windows Phone we’ve reviewed in the last few months – with no difference whatsoever! Again, that’s the way that Microsoft intended its platform to be, and honestly, we can’t be all that upset about it. As usual, Windows Phone has a lot of character and personality with its overall look and feel, which is evident by its familiar dynamic looking live panels in the homescreen and implementation of its Metro UI in its apps. Although it doesn’t have the depth of personalization found with Android, it nevertheless has enough to keep users content – such as rearranging the live tiles or changing the color theme.


As we’ve blatantly mentioned already, the experience on the Nokia Lumia 900 is exactly the same to all other Windows Phone devices before it. Therefore, its core organizer apps don’t deviate in function or form. Essentially, we’re presented with the usual assortment of features with each specific hub – though, they’re bland in appearance when compared to other hubs. Specifically, the Alarm, Calculator and Calendar hubs look too plain and boring, but nonetheless, they provide us with the customary set of features that we come to expect nowadays.

Conversely, the People and Me Hubs make heavy use of the platform’s Metro UI, while still integrating with social networking services like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In fact, we can wholeheartedly say that social networking is one of the defining features of Windows Phone that’s crucial to its ecosystem. Not only can we post things to all three services simultaneously, but we’re given some organizational functions as well – thus, making it the one-stop hub for all our social networking needs.

Thanks primarily to its spacious display, typing up messages with the handset’s on-screen keyboard is not a problem at all. In addition to its responsiveness, the Windows Phone keyboard has one of the best auto-correct and predictive text features out there, which even rivals the iPhone. To tell you the truth, we’re able to casually type messages at a blistering rate without any worries because it’s simply that good in correcting us if we do press the wrong button.

Well, the email experience hasn’t made any huge leaps over previous devices. Obviously, it’s more than adequate in keeping us organized, but when compared to things like Android’s Gmail experience, it doesn’t have the same depth of features. Frankly, it’s still easy to use and setup is a breeze – albeit, it can surely benefit from a “select all” feature for deleting everything in our in box, as opposed to selecting each separately.

Processor and Memory:

Do we really need to detail its hardware specs and all, especially when we’re talking about a Windows Phone here? Well, for those who are dying to know, the Nokia Lumia 900 is packing a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8055 processor with 512MB of RAM. In an time when dual-core and quad-core CPUs are taking hold of the market, some might be skeptical about this one, but there’s nothing to be alarmed about. And why is that? Simply, it performs handsomely without any slowdown or lag evident in any of its operations – thus, showing us how effective Windows Phone really is with a single-core CPU.

If you’re big into multimedia, you’ll somewhat be more cautious as to what you save on the smartphone. Although it’s mentioned to have 16GB of internal storage, it’s actually 13.61GB out of the box – meaning, you’ll be managing more things since it can’t be expanded.

Internet and Connectivity:

Finally, we have a Windows Phone that lives up to the expectations of being a real “4G” device. We haven’t seen it before yet on a Windows Phone, but it’s surely refreshing to know that the Lumia 900 is packing 4G LTE connectivity. On top of the quick page loads we’re seeing with the handset, its web browsing performance is fashionably top-notch because it exhibits the same fluidity we’ve experienced before on other Windows Phones. By now, we’re also forgiving in the fact that it doesn’t offer support for Adobe Flash, which is something unlikely we’ll be seeing at all. Regardless of that, it’s more than sufficient in presenting us with a tasteful experience.

For an LTE smartphone, we’re not entirely sold by the data speeds we’re getting with the handset – especially when it’s marginally better than HSPA+ connectivity. When testing it out in New York City, it was able to get maximum download and upload speeds of 10Mbit/s and 3Mbit/s respectively. In contrast, it puts out 8Mbit/s and 1.5Mbit/s speeds under HSPA+ connectivity. Of course, there could’ve been many factors that affected the results, but still, we were hoping to see faster speeds. On top of LTE connectivity, it also features aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.



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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