Summary: It occurred to me that the Lumia 900 review would be one of the more important critiques of a product that I write this year. For those of you who don't know the backstory here, the new LTE-equipped, AT&T-bound smartphone represents what could be the beginning of a new era for both Microsoft and its partner Nokia in the mobile race — at least in the US.
Pros: Incredible hardware design, OS is snappy and responsive, LTE data is speedy, Great entry price
Cons: Windows Phone still has lots of issues, Third-party app offerings are weak, Specs feel last generation, Camera underwhelming
Conclusion: Do we like the Lumia 900? Yes. A lot. It's lovely. It's solid and reassuring, its screen is bold and deep, and it's usable one handed. Demure, subtle and fluid however it isn't - those are qualities of the Lumia 800. That the designs feel so different despite sharing an aesthetic is in a way a good thing, adding variance between two devices with a lot of overlap.
Pros: Large AMOLED display, Fantastic Nokia apps, Smooth, attractive interface
Cons: Too big for a 4.3-inch device, Identical to Lumia 800, Poor camera indoor performance
Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T is a powerful, easy-to-use Windows Phone. It's great, as long as you don't need Words With Friends or some other apps you might find on an iPhone or an Android phone.
Pros: Attractive design. Strong reception. Very fast LTE speeds. Fun, easy to use OS.
Cons: Lacks some popular apps from other platforms. Camera isn't the greatest.
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 900 is the most impressive Nokia Windows Phone to-date but it stills feels hampered by an OS that doesn't allow for much in the way of true power-user status. That said, it's got a cracking battery life, the finish is fantastic and we anyone looking for a big-screen, easy-use phone will like how it responds in the hand.
Nokia Lumia 900 Review: Can It Save Windows Phone?
6 April 2012
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 900 is a great phone, to be sure. It?s got a fantastic-looking display, it has LTE connectivity (while still maintaining decent battery life), it?s affordable, and it?s some powerful hardware for a Windows Phone, despite the fact that it still only has a single-core processor. It may have some drawbacks that I?m not crazy about, including the fact that it?s huge, way too slippery, and has a mediocre camera, but it?
Excerpt: The Lumia 900 is not a specced-out superphone for the early adopters. The dominating forces in the mobile hardware race — Apple, HTC, Motorola, Samsung — have got that area covered, with beefy handsets offering the fastest processors, the highest resolutions and all the other things that matter to the top echelon of consumers.
Conclusion: After spending some quality time with the Nokia Lumia 900 , we have to admit, we’re not entirely blown away by it. Rather, it’s essentially yet another device that we’ve experienced on numerous occasions in the past already – and it merely plays to the same level found with existing Windows Phones like the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S .
Pros: Super affordable at $99.99 on-contract, Unique and solid design, Great calling quality, 4G LTE connectivity
Conclusion: If you got the idea that we really like the Nokia Lumia 900, you're right. The elegant and durable design, unique appearance, simply irresistible ClearBlack AMOLED display and fast performance have us hooked. Throw in 4G LTE with fallback to HSPA+ and Nokia's excellent camera with Carl Zeiss lens and it's good times for Windows Phone 7.5. The Lumia 900 has excellent call quality, good reception and a compelling selection of Nokia custom apps.
Pros: Unique and lovely design, durable, fast, excellent voice quality, good camera and fast 4G LTE.
Cons: Battery life could be better, we need more Windows Phone apps. WiFi flaky with our AirPort Extreme access points.
Summary: If the Nokia Lumia 900 was $199 we'd still say it was a worthy flagship device for Windows Phone, so at $99, it's a fantastic value. The design looks and feels great (especially in blue), the interface is as compelling as ever, and the addition of 4G LTE helps speed up everything from surfing to streaming video. And while we wish the display were sharper, the bright and colorful AMOLED screen makes everything from Live Tiles to photos and apps come alive.
Pros: Very attractive design, High-quality AMOLED screen, Fast 4G LTE speeds, Nokia Drive provides free GPS navigation
Cons: A bit hefty given screen size, Camera struggles in low light, Limited app selection