The Good The Nokia Lumia 900’s eye-popping unibody design sets a new direction for smartphone style. Its LTE speeds, vivid 4.3-inch screen, and 8-megapixel camera are high points.
The Bad Call quality problems and minor design flaws, such as some design gaps and surprisingly spaced buttons, make it difficult. The optics of the design cameras are good, but they do not match the noise. The phone shoots 720p video, not 1080p video.
The Bottom Line The unique design of the Nokia Lumia 900 and the high-quality features make Windows Phone fantastic and the $ 99 price tag is extremely fair. Despite some flaws, this is my favorite Windows Phone so far.
Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia is in dire need of a “smartphone” smartphone with looks, speed, features and a price that will soothe doubters. With the Lumia 900, Nokia is proving that it has competition. We thought so CES , where we awarded him the best new smartphone, and I think now.
But is the Lumia 900 a breakthrough device? Features are high for the Windows Phone threshold (OS does not yet support multi-core processors), but there is no halo-making feature on the phone, such as Nokia PureView with its 41-megapixel, breathless camera . Although a new revolutionary feature could lead to Nokia’s victory, what it now has on the Lumia 900 is the best Windows phone I’ve tested so far and is perfect for the mainstream market. Of course, my estimate could always change in a week when HTC Titan II Launches, with its colossal 16-megapixel cameras, though, to me, the Lumia 900 is ahead of the eye in stylish fashion. It’s also half the price: $ 99.99. US $ 199.99
Outside of appearance, I would recommend the Lumia 900 without hesitation to anyone considering a Windows Phone, though I am psychologically incapable of leaving any important caveats. I like the bold look of the Lumia 900 and the way the phone’s style and screen make the Windows Phone interface an interface. With Windows Phone almost the same on all phones, Nokia really only has the hardware to manage it, and in terms of specifications, it did a great job (mostly). LTE … check. High quality camera, check. Fast processor, robust design, validation and validation. I would have made some changes if Nokia had asked for my opinion, including the placement of some buttons, quality control when it came to calls and a couple of external components, and 1080p HD video rather than 720p. However, none of these disadvantages would allow me to use the 900.
If you imagine that your phone has a gorgeous, Scandinavian design store run by avant-garde young men, the Lumia 900 is right for you. Its easily sculpted chassis body and deliberate use of the color cry of “product of life”. Bold as an exclamation point, the Lumia 900 demonstrated pure pop art penetration through its electric veins.
This is the coolest Smurf phone you ever see.
What makes the Nokia Lumia 900 so appealing? Even without the electric blue version I have, the bright white color that came on April 22, or the more understated black, the 900 profile stands out. The chassis has a perfectly flat top and bottom, with rounded sides and a slightly curved back, which Nokia then had a large glossy screen.
At 5 inches tall by 2.7 inches wide by 0.45 inches deep, this is a great phone. The sleek, matte finish helps it slip in pockets and handbags, but because of the width and flat back, the Lumia 900 felt a little flat in my hand. However, the ear was comfortable. It may sound a little heavy at 5.6 ounces, but it is also very solid. I’m a little worried about the long-lasting effects of oil and finger residue on color, but in the short term the finish has outlived my residual hand lotion and the direct application of the dissolved solution without limiting color.
Back in its heyday, Nokia phones were largely synonymous with rugged construction and thoughtful – and sometimes daring – design. The Lumia 900 may not be a brand new design because it is clearly adapted to the Nokia N9 Meego phone released in Asia and the Lumia 800, the European version of the N9 that runs on Windows Phone, but this is a good suggestion for slight fluctuations.
A smooth body helps him slip in his pocket. Due to its size, the Lumia 900 fits better into my back pocket.
For example, the Lumia 900 is larger than the 800, except for this important LTE and larger battery, it is equipped with a front camera. Then there are minor surface changes that you will really notice when holding two phones close by. On the screen 800, the bubbles appear approximately 2.5 millimeters as a surface tension that distorts a drop of water. Screen 900, on the other hand, is more reminiscent of a sticky stamp. There were a few gaps in my survey unit that were barely visible, but still were. The most obvious one was big enough for me to slide the nail into the space around the SIM card slot and pull up the corner of the locked door – it’s messy. There was also a small gap where the right side of the screen matched my body, with no left on the screen.
I had no complaints about the display itself, and this is easily one of the key selling points of the Lumia 900. The beautiful 4.3-inch AMOLED display features ClearBlack and Gorilla Glass display technology. The colors look rich in shades, bright and sharp. I compared the Lumia 900 with the Samsung Focus S , which has the same screen size and WVGA resolution (800×480 pixels). In both brightness and richness, the Lumia 900 completely takes off the Focus S, which at the time was considered a great Super AMOLED Plus screen. With the same levels of full and automatic brightness, the Lumia 900 shone brighter than the Focus S.
I also compared high resolution photos on two devices. Although both looked stunning, the Lumia 900 found a noticeably greater contrast, with blacks black, more variation in the color spectrum and greens so bright that they looked a bit unnatural.
I compared the Lumia 900 with the iPhone 4S screen (top) and the Samsung Focus S (bottom), with full blast brightness.
Outside the screen, there is a front camera and three touchscreen navigation controls on the face of the phone. Nokia’s sense of chic minimalism extends to the silver controls on the right spine. From top to bottom you will encounter a volume rocker, a power button and a camera shutter button. I prefer a different location for the power button and volume rocker, but I can get used to it. At the top of the phone are ports: a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB charging port, and a micro-SIM card slot behind the front door. Like the iPhone, you can insert a short key (or thin, stretched paper clip) into the hole to pop up a small SIM card. Nokia kindly writes a key right out the window, saving you from paper clipping.
Thanks to its Unibody design, the back of the phone is smooth, with no holes. However, there is an 8MP camera lens and dual LED flash.
Nokia operating system and applications
Thanks to a close partnership between Nokia and Microsoft, the Lumia 900 launches the latest iteration of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. As a result, the Lumia 900 can also perform any software task other Windows phones do.
Nokia does not have much freedom on the software side outside of these applications.
Unlike Android, Microsoft keeps its OS quite locked, so Nokia has little room to add its own flair for software, a strategy I value for combining the phone experience across devices, but one that makes it more difficult for manufacturers to stand out. However, Nokia makes the mark a nice color theme for Nokia Blue (it’s the Lumia 900 by default) and a range of Marketplace applications that include Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Nokia Transit and Nokia Contacts Transfer. This section also covers third-party partner applications, such as ESPN and CNN. It’s a shame that the Lumia 900 doesn’t have a Nokia music app, Music Mix Radio , like his European counterparts, and I hope that the right agreements will be signed soon. There is no application that supports streaming radio and creates mixes similar to Windows Phone, but it is also an alternative that can give Nokia extra credit.
Because Windows Phone generally acts the same on every device, additional resources are important. LTE was the most important feature of Nokia needed to sell this phone on our shores, and it will be one of the first two Windows phones with LTE. (The HTC Titan II, which goes on sale that day, is different.)
Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth are standard, though unfortunately the Lumia 900 comes with Bluetooth 2.1, virtually antique compared to the new Bluetooth 4.0 We are starting to see it on mobile.
Windows Phone makes it easy to integrate email and social networking with account logging in settings, options to connect incoming messages together, and support group messaging. There are also text and multimedia messages with streams, as well as a cool feature that can combine messages sent between chat and traditional texts. Also included are task switches, voice search, and scanning with Bing, as well as conference calls and voice dialing. (Read more about Windows Phone OS Windows Phone 7.5 Overview .)
The Xbox Live games look great on the Lumia 900 ultra-bright screen.
On the applications side, you’ll find basics like Clock, Calendar, Calculator, Internet Explorer 9 (HTML5-enabled but without Flash), and Music + Video podcast subscriptions. There is also a Maps app with walkthroughs and walkthroughs, Microsoft offers integration with Xbox Live via hub games, FM radio and SmartDJ, which creates a mix of your collection. When it’s time to work, you can create and view Microsoft Office applications from a variety of sources.
I already mentioned Nokia’s app contributions above, but AT&T also preloads some programs. There’s the carrier’s usual bundle: a bar code and QR code scanner; AT&T Navigator with turn-by-turn directions; AT&T Radio; and AT&T U-verse Mobile, (the mobile version of U-verse TV for streaming shows; it costs $9.99 per month if you create a new account from the phone). For video chats, the Lumia 900 gives you the Tango video chat app, as well as YP Mobile for yellow pages. For everything else, there’s the Marketplace.
The Lumia 900 has an 8MP dual-flash camera with autofocus and its famous Carl Zeiss optics.
Nokia boasts that its 8-megapixel camera on the Lumia 900 has Carl Zeiss optics, which, along with dual-LED flash and autofocus, are designed to enhance image clarity. I took about a hundred photos at 900, outside, in bright daylight, inside under artificial light, in front and in low light. As with all smartphone cameras I tested, the Lumia 900 did the best in taking pictures outdoors with abundant natural light. In addition, like all the phones I tested, the photos were generic and very sharp to a little fuzzy and disappointing.
The shots on the street looked good, but the Lumia 900 made the shots more yellow.
The camera managed to focus more depth of field than other cameras, say the iPhone 4S, but it also seemed to be trying to focus on more distant scenes. The Lumia 900 gives a yellow tint to most images, leaving color away from real life. (Compare our studio with one of our other camera phones.)
Indoor photos were not always the highest, especially when taken from afar.
I compared about 15 photos I took on the Lumia 900 with the same pictures I captured on the iPhone 4S, Samsung Focus S, and Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, all of which have an 8MP camera. Not every camera is the best for every shoot, but the Lumia 900 and iPhone 4S were my favorites every time (and the Droid Razr Maxx got into a disappointing quarter almost completely).
When you check mine Photo Comparison Gallery between the Lumia 900 and the iPhone, you’ll find that iPhone 4S photos tend to be clearer and a bit brighter, with more contrast and cooler color temperatures. The photos of the Lumia 900, on the other hand, have a yellow tint but keep more of the background image in focus.
The Lumia 900 did a great job of shooting close-up subjects while the subject was standing long enough to take the picture.
Shutter lag is another area that smartphone makers intend to dominate. It takes some time for Lumia to focus on the stage before taking a picture. I would not call it a prison delay much slower than average, except when I repeatedly missed shots of a fat, buzzing bee; adorable but bizarre dogs; and perfect beach waves. When that happened, I found myself aiming for the ridiculously high shutter speed of the HTC One X in a reported 0.7 seconds.
The photos with the Lumia 900 1.3MP front-facing camera were superb: clear enough to define functions without scaring the neighborhood kids the details that are best kept for the vanity mirrors. After all, it’s mostly for video chat or casual self-portraiture.
Playing the video was pretty good. The quality of streaming video depends in part on the connection to your data network.
I’m usually happy with a video that shoots at 30 frames per second, though I would like it to be shot in HD 1080p resolution rather than 720p. The shot was clear, the sound was loud, and the playback was smooth. There were some weird moments when the camcorder darkened the scene, but if I was shooting in the right light, my home videos were pretty good.
I tested the quad-band (GSM 8500/900/1800/1900) Nokia Lumia 900 in San Francisco on AT&T’s network, and Brian Bennett tested it in New York.
The call quality sounded muffled and muffled at my end, but otherwise it was loud. Fortunately, I did not hear any beeps or noise that would interfere with the clarity of the call. Brian heard a clear and distinct sound as he dialed the signal. He also survived one rejected call in Manhattan, but this is not an ordinary number for any operator. When I called Brian from Lumia on his landline, he said his quality at the end was clear and clear, without any static, unless he listened very carefully. In that case, he said that my voice sounded a little squishy, with a slight metallic tinge, but without distraction.
I called another tester twice. He called one call as loud and clear and one just loud. He said that there was a hint of distortion, which made me sound even but not distracted again.
Nokia Lumia 900 Sample Call Quality: San FranciscoListen now:
Nokia Lumia 900 Sample Call Quality: New YorkListen now:
Hold on to your seats because the speaker is really pretty. It was very loud, with some pronounced echo, but I found the conversation very successful. Thanks to the warmer voice tones and stronger bass in the speaker than in the headphones, I thought the speaker was more comfortable.
One of the subscribers found an extra echo speaker that made the distortion he heard in my voice more noticeable. On my phone, I also sounded muffled and flat, and he had to ask me to repeat myself. Brian noted that I sounded distant and a little muffled.
Dual-core phones may be all the rage (with many thirsting for quad-core), but Microsoft claims that its single-core processors are just as efficient for performing top tasks (Windows Phone OS isn’t yet compatible with multicore processors). Combine AT&T’s 4G LTE data speeds with a 1.4GHz processor for overall performance that seemed zippy enough. I can’t say that the internals blew me away, but I didn’t have too many complaints, either.
To test LTE speeds, Brian Bennett and I both used the BandWidth app in our respective cities. AT&T performed great for Brian, averaging 19.5Mbps down and about 6.13Kbps up. My speeds in San Francisco were much slower, and averaged closer to 6Mbps down and 2.5Mbps up. Read the full rundown here .
However, the LTE diagnostic speeds I saw on the Lumia were much slower than those I saw on other LTE phones. However, it is also possible that with more LTE customers, there is now also more congestion. Both San Francisco and New York are notorious markets with lower speeds in more than one network.
In real life, I could quickly and easily download and upload images and webpages. For example, a graphically rich CNET desktop site, for example, completed the download in about 15 seconds.
The Lumia 900 has a talk time of 7 hours over 3G, 12.5 days of 3G standby time on a 1.830mAh battery. In our internal battery discharge tests, the talk time on the Lumia 900 lasted 6.86 hours. Nokia also calculated 60 hours of music play time and 6.5 hours of video playback time.
Anecdotally, the phone lasted all day without charging in moderate and heavy use. Expect to connect your phone more often if you stream audio and video over LTE.
Every mobile phone emits radio frequency. The FCC measured a digital SAR of 1.49 watts per kilogram for the Lumia 900.
Who should buy it?
LTE speed, upscale features and a crazy reasonable price of $ 99 make the Lumia 900 a solid choice for Windows Phone lovers looking for a statement to help them stand out. It’s also great for people on the fence with Android or iOS who are interested in trying out a new operating system, as well as people who are switching to their first smartphone. There is definitely a mobile call to the phone, but I don’t think it will discourage people looking for a less quiet handset, especially if they have chosen a black version with a darker color theme.
Compared to the many black phones out there, the blue version of the Lumia 900 stands out.
Those who value OS customization should stick with Android. I think most people will be happy with the camera in a variety of scenarios, but if you care most about shutter speed, then you might want to wait for the HTC One X to arrive before making its final decision. If you plan on using the highest resolution photos, you can also check out the HTC Titan II Windows Phone, which promises to double the number of megapixels.
It will not sell Samsung Galaxy S II or iPhone 4S (which walk together 95 percent of all smartphone revenue ) and the design is not brand new, but the Lumia 900 is still a good handset for the Microsoft-Nokia partnership.
Of course, not everyone likes Windows Phone and not everyone likes the design, but in my opinion, Nokia has provided a great handset on a platform that, frankly, is not yet mature, but with the camera and call quality, it has left room for future Titan II and its jaw camera to do the best job. We’ll have to wait until we look at this phone for comparison.
In the meantime, Microsoft’s turn is to help Nokia release software features that will make Windows Phone a smoother, smarter, and more powerful OS that can compete fully with the much more mature Android and iOS.