Buzzing our friends, we find the calling quality of both handsets to be above average as they boast clear and audible voices on both ends of the line. However, the Nokia Lumia 900 takes the gold seeing that the volume output on the Galaxy Note LTE’s earpiece is on the weak side.

Testing them out in all the same locations in the greater Philadelphia region, the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE seems to provide us the better battery life. Specifically, it’s able to provide us close to two days of normal usage on a single charge, while the Nokia Lumia 900 inches out 1 ½ days before being tapped out completely.


Rather than getting down and dirty stating which device did better in what category, we’re going to get right to the point and talk about pricing – well, that’s because there’s such a huge disparity. When you’re deemed as a high-end offering and priced at $99.99 on-contract, you’re bound to attract plenty of attention, while coming off as something that’s packing a whole lot of bang for the buck. Simply, that’s essentially the story we find with the Nokia Lumia 900.

On the flip side, however, people will cringe having to cough up $299.99 for a device that’s going to be on-contract for 2 years. Yes, it’s a steep price to own and experience the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, but it’s fully warranted seeing that it wins in the specs sheet department – while still offering some benefits in the form of its S Pen functions and video-out functionality. On the hardware side, its 5.3” display is a magnificent thing to behold, and simply puts the 4.3” display of the Lumia 900 to shame.

In the end, they both offer all the lovable qualities we expect out of any top-shelf smartphone, but if pricing isn’t a concern, the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE proves to be the more alluring product in the long run. Well, we can say that the Nokia Lumia 900 is a grand device on its own, but it can’t outmatch the prestige that radiates blindingly from Sammy’s juggernaut.

Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE:



1. Jdub0323

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Just a small thing, but I felt like the comparison on the cameras wasn't fair. If you know nothing about cameras the numbers on the Note would look better, but it's not about the megapixels as most know now. It's the lens quality. The Lumia features a Carl Zeiss lens which will most definitely be better quality, plus an aperture of 2.2 for great low light shots and action shots. Yes, probably something small but I felt that should be pointed out.

2. Jdub0323

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

The screen resolution definitely doesn't show the quality as well as the Samsung though. They definitely make one of the best displays

13. -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.​ia-lumia-900-review-​​this-might-save-windows-phone​4/03/nokia-lumia-900​​-review/


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Too bad that Carl Zeiss lens will go to waste on the Lumia; would be nice on a real phone.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats true. but look at the pictures. look at the flower bed and the single weed by itself. there is very clearly more detail in the samsung's photos than the nokias. The samsung's is a bit more saturated too, if your into that.

3. Armaniii007

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

Dear Phonearena, I'm one of your avid readers and recently I came upon a fact that your comparison reviews just don't make sense. Like these phones, they have nothing in common, so why would you compare the two products that don't share anything with each other?

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Because if they didn't, people would just bug them for one. Lol. :)

6. Dutch1

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I agree...Everyone knows Windows Phones are lousy.

15. alx33

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

You're right. Of anything I'd love to see the lumia 900 compared to the Samsung focus s. :)

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Haha the galaxy note took that, by a landslide,, not because i own it.. But yea its tha best phone thus far... Barnone

9. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

i agree the note is the best phone bar none right now. however, i cannot place it in the phone category so much as a tablet. it is just not practical as a guys phone to put in his pocket and go. not a one hander for sure. i have big hands and that thing is just huge, (thats what she said). sorry, steve carrol fan. so anyways, the nokia is the winner here if you are looking at the phone side of the use of the note. sorry guys. just my two cents.

10. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

they both ugly and cheap phones

12. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

"When it comes down to walking the walk, the Nokia Lumia 900 delivers the peppier responses throughout all of its operations. Well, it’s not to say the Galaxy Note LTE is slow, but it doesn’t have the same level of fluidity and tight movements that’s consistent with the Windows Phone powered device." - what Phone Arena means is that Windows does not NEED high end hardware, whereas Android does samystic

16. 0o0blackstar0o0 unregistered

Wow Suprized Galaxy not could keep up with Nokia's camera if not better Nokia are known for good camera's\

17. 99n100

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

knowing that Window phone is not competitive and will not be selling well (at least for the next few years). Phone maker will not want to spend their time and $ which they think is hard to justify their ROI?? therefore, let Nokia be the "Guinea-pig" to market WP's OS.

18. nlmmln

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Not really a fair comparison, everyone knows that WP is a better OS than droid. Even with brttwr hardware the Note is slower. Its big screen is an advantage for resolution but is a disdvantage for portability. Same with the battery life. Nice try Samsung but you should've but more effort into your wp's...time to get with the times and a better platform.

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