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Apr072012

Nokia Lumia 900 [Review]

The big news this week has been that Nokia’s flagship device carrying Windows Phone 7 is about to be released in the US, actually tomorrow. The Nokia Lumia 900 has been received with mix reactions, but what do I have to say about it? Here is my review.

After reviewing the Nokia Lumia 800 not long ago, I have been following closely how the Windows Phone world moves. For starters, I reviewed the Lumia 800 and gave it mostly positive remarks.

Now the Lumia 900 has its differences and is not just a bigger version of the Lumia 800.

Nokia Lumia 800 (left) | Nokia Lumia 900 (right)

Design

The Lumia 900 has a 4.3-inch screen made of the same ClearBlack AMOLED material found on the Lumia 800 (3.7-inch display). The resolution of this display is 800x480 pixels and looks pretty good, far better than those pentile displays on some other phones out there.

The body of the Lumia 900 is the exact same of the Lumia 800, with volume buttons, lock/power button, and camera button. The only difference is that on the top part of the device, it only has the headphone jack and the micro USB input visible. The sim card tray resembles the one on the iPhone. You can see the difference regarding this between the Lumia 800 and the 900 in the photo below.

Nokia Lumia 900 (left) | Nokia Lumia 800 (right)

For its size, the Lumia 900 surprisingly felt lighter than my iPhone 4, but it really feels big in you pocket.

Performance

The Lumia 900 carries a 1.4 GHz processor, has 512Mb of RAM memory and 16Gb of on board storage.

Let’s detail each of these specs regarding performance. One of the main criticisms against this device is that for a flagship device, it has a single-core processor when at the moment there are quad-core devices been shipped.

To make it clear, the Lumia 900 has Windows Phone 7 at its heart; an OS that doesn’t need that many cores to run properly. This is not Android where you need as many cores as you could to try to run properly, lag-free. 

If you don’t believe me ask yourself why the Tegra 3 has, not 4 cores, but 5, with an extra core to take care of not-intensive tasks as standby display and the music app.

The Lumia 900 doesn’t freeze, its apps don’t quit, therefore doesn’t need a quad-core. The premise that it should be at least dual-core because there are devices out there with those processors is not correct.

One company that ships mobile devices without caring if others have more advance processors is Apple and I think they are doing very well.

Regarding storage, 16Gb seems enough and if you hook up something called SkyDrive, then you will have 25Gb extra for free. Seems that some people don’t get that micro SD cards are a hassle and that cloud services integrate much better.

When it comes to battery, although it runs on AT&T’s LTE network, the battery life is decent. When tethering to my computer, the battery lasted quite more than I expected. During the day I could charge it once, to have peace of mind, and once again while sleeping.

Not much to say about the camera. It takes good shots, better than my iPhone 4, as expected. It packs an 8Mp rear camera with 720p HD video resolution at 30 fps. It also has a 1Mp front facing camera, which the Lumia 800 doesn’t.

Network

This part really got me excited. Having the chance to test AT&T’s LTE network on the south part of Puerto Rico was something I was looking forward to. I have to say that it didn’t disappoint me. I recorded speeds up to 14 Mbps on download and nearly 7Mbps on upload, although I expect on the future to see higher numbers.

One great thing is that most of the time I had LTE coverage everywhere I go and rarely I saw it fall out of LTE.

Tethering was a dream as it provided me with almost equal data speeds as my home ISP. The tethering feature is another thing not present on the Lumia 800.

Conclusion

The Nokia Lumia 900 is a device that has a very good camera, decent display, a design that draws attention and separates itself from others, and LTE connectivity. The Lumia 900 stands as a great option for those seeking a smartphone that allows them to carry them throughout the day.

The only thing hurting the Lumia 900 is the lack of more apps. The Marketplace stands now at approximately 80,000 apps, but many of the most popular ones available for other Operating Systems are absent.

I recommend the Lumia 900 because of the right reasons. It is a device that for $99 offers good performance, very good camera, LTE connectivity with a hotspot feature and most importantly, it’s very easy to learn how to use it; everybody can use it.

Some compared this device to the iPhone 4S on their reviews and I won’t, they don’t compare. Each of them stand by themselves, with its pros and cons. But if you asked me I wouldn’t trade an iPhone 4S for it.

I truly think that the Lumia 900 it’s better performance wise than most Android phones, even at uninstalling apps that come preloaded, which is very easy to do on Windows Phone 7.

But for fans of Android and iOS, I don’t see them making the jump. But those thinking of getting their first taste of smartphones, this is a very good choice.

Between the Lumia 900 and the 800, definitely the 900 wins the battle by a lot. Without a doubt, the best option for Windows Phone 7.

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