This review will take a closer look at the new Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T. Keep reading to find out more about its design, features, and performance.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has failed to take a big bite out of the red-hot smartphone market. Google and Apple are currently dominating the competition with their Android and iOS platforms, leaving little behind for others to scoop up. Still, Microsoft has not given up; the software giant partnered with cellular power Nokia to try to revive Windows Phone’s hopes.
If Nokia and Microsoft keep releasing more smartphones such as the Nokia Lumia 900, the two could have a bright future. Simply put, this long-awaited release delivers in several areas. While design is the highlight, the Lumia 900’s features and performance make a strong case for a smartphone shopper to become a Windows Phone fan.
Let us begin looking at the Lumia 900 in terms of its best feature: the design. Right off the bat, it has a very magnetic, eye-catching appearance. It would not be completely out of the question to even say that the Lumia 900 could be the best-looking phone on the market at the moment. Its monolithic nature is simplistic, yet modern. The phone comes in your choice of a matte black or cyan color scheme, with the matte black providing a more professional look.
Measuring in at 5 inches tall by 2.7 inches wide by 0.45 inch thick, the Lumia 900 is very portable and fits easily into pockets. Its 5.6 ounce weight is also manageable. No, the Lumia is not the thinnest or most compact phone you will find, but it is sleek enough to satisfy those that value portability. The phone fits comfortably into the palm of my hands, and its unassuming curves around the edges provide added comfort. Sprinkled along the 900’s right side are controls for the camera, volume, and power/sleep functions. The top features a micro USB port, a SIM card port, and a headphone jack.
The real estate of the Nokia Lumia 900 is dominated by its 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with 800 x 480 resolution. The display pales in comparison to those found on some Android devices and the iPhone in terms of resolution. Colors are decent, but they fail to impress. If you value a sharp display over everything else, the Lumia 900 is not for you. On the plus side, it does come with Gorilla Glass coating for extra protection.
Moving from the exterior to the interior of the Nokia Lumia 900, we find a 1.4 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM. The processor will not provide performance on the level of other phones that come with beefier dual-core chips, but it does suffice for most of the phone’s everyday tasks. You also get 16 GB of non-upgradable internal storage. The internal configuration is not the most powerful around, but it should be good enough for casual users that are not as demanding when it comes to specs.
The Nokia Lumia 900 ships running on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system. The swift interface is characterized by its clean look and use of live tiles to help you get where you want to go. Apps are easy to shuffle through, and the overall experience is very user-friendly, even for those who are not too tech savvy. You don’t get a ton of customization options here, but Mango gets a passing grade. Unfortunately, one area where the Lumia’s status as a Windows Phone takes a hit is with app selection. The platform is severely lacking in app options compared to Apple and Android, which could be a huge turnoff to app lovers.
The Lumia 900 comes with a pair of cameras. There’s an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 1-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear-facing camera features dual-LED flash, Carl Zeiss lens optics, autofocus, and zoom. Photos are average at best, and many have a grainy appearance. You can also record HD video at 720p.
Other features of the Lumia 900 that are worth mentioning include basic smartphone offerings such as GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, conference calling, and voice commands. AT&T packages the 900 with several proprietary apps in the form of AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, and more. The Zune music player is good for listening to your favorite songs. You can also surf the Web with the Internet Explorer 9 browser that is HTML5-friendly. You also get messaging features that include email, text messaging, and instant messaging, along with some social networking options.
In terms of performance in the realm of call quality, the Lumia 900 does well. Calls are crisp on both ends when speaking normally and when using the speakerphone. Performance regarding the processor and internal configuration is satisfactory as well. There are few hiccups when surfing the Web, playing games, viewing media, or performing basically any task that is possible on the Lumia 900. Download speeds via AT&T’s 4G LTE network are impressive, but the phone also comes with Wi-Fi should you decide to use it. Nokia rates the Lumia 900’s battery life at seven hours of talk time. While that number will certainly fluctuate according to your usage, it is fair to say that this smartphone will let you perform a variety of tasks throughout the day without dying on you in a hurry.
So, with all of the Nokia Lumia 900’s features, is the phone worth purchasing? Is it worth giving it a try over an iPhone or Android device? If you are willing to take a gamble and go for the less popular platform, and overlook its measly app options, the Lumia 900 is definitely worth choosing. You get superb design, a full list of features, and solid performance for just $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T. That is a fair price for a quality phone, and it should be interesting to see what Nokia has up its sleeves in the future. Who knows? Maybe Windows Phone will make a strong push in the smartphone market after all.
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