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Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Nokia Lumia 900

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Naturally, we like that the handset features a dedicated shutter key to instantly launch the camera app – even when it’s locked. Yet again, the interface is familiar, as it sports a relatively clean look with very few items cluttering it up. No doubt we like the wealth of shooting and manual options available with it, but even better, we find it ever so useful getting quick access to our photos by simply executing a left to right swiping motion in the interface.

Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

For all the talk surrounding its 8-megapixel snapper with Carl Zeiss optics, we are underwhelmed by the results – mainly because we were expecting better quality. Being most effective with macro and outdoor shots with plenty of lighting, its results are average at best – though, it’s worth noting that it has a noticeable bluish tinge with its color production. Sadly, it fails to handle low lighting situations since its quality is heavily softened by the abundance of noise muddying up its results. Thankfully, its dual-LED flash is able to counteract most of its deficiencies, but as a whole, we’re not smitten by the results.

Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Sample images shot with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

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Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

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5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

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Hardly catching us by surprise, we’re actually not all that bummed by the fact that this beauty is sporting only 720p video recording, but still, it would be nice for Windows Phone in general to finally make the move up. Just like its still shot quality, the Lumia 900 produces the same average looking results that are more than acceptable to the eye, but it’s nothing spectacular. Knowing that, we do like that it offers continuous auto-focus, but it simply takes too long to adjust.

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Multimedia:

Surprise, surprise! We have the Zune experience for all our music listening needs, which, as we all know, is what’s expected with all Windows Phones. Even though we’ve seen it on other devices, we don’t tire of experiencing it because it’s so dynamic and engaging. Meanwhile, its internal speaker pumps out some powerful tones, but it exhibits some strain at the highest volume setting.

Zune - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Zune - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Zune - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Zune - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Seeing that it’s packing a 4.3” WVGA AMOLED display, we find it more than pleasing when it comes down to watching videos. Using our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080, it’s able to deliver that all too expected engaging experience thanks its smooth playback, rich colors, and good details. Honestly, it has the perfect set of ingredients to make the entire thing exhilarating.

Watching videos - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Compared to some of the Android devices out there, we’re again faced with the realization that there is no quick and easy multimedia sharing function with the Lumia 900, or more importantly, with Windows Phone in general. Without a doubt, it would’ve been nice to have some kind of mirroring functionality with the handset, so we can view content on a high-def TV, but it’s still something that’s sorely lacking with the platform.


Software:

Strangely, we were somewhat caught off guard knowing that the handset didn’t have Nokia Drive preloaded out of the box – though, AT&T Navigator is on there from the start. Nevertheless, it simply made us wonder why, but in any event, a quick download in the Windows Phone Marketplace ensured that we got it. As for some of the other notable third party apps, they include ESPN, Tango, and YPmobile. Otherwise, AT&T’s presence is in full force with items like AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T myWireless, AT&T Radio, and AT&T U-verse Mobile.

Windows Phone Marketplace - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Windows Phone Marketplace - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Windows Phone Marketplace - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Windows Phone Marketplace - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Third party apps on the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Seeing that this is a Windows Phone, productivity focused users will surely enjoy using Microsoft Office, as it grants us the ability to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Rounding things out, the Games Hub provides us access to all of our gaming needs – while still integrating with XBOX LIVE so that we can view our profile and achievements.

Microsoft Office - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Microsoft Office - Nokia Lumia 900 Review
Microsoft Office - 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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