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The Nokia Lumia 900 enters the market as the latest flagship handset for the Finnish firm, sporting the look of a slightly super-sized Lumia 800. We've written much about the Lumia 900, and virtually all of it praises the hardware. With good reason: Nokia has outdone itself with this stylish 127.8mm tall and 68.5mm wide slab, and at 11.5mm thick, it's one of the best-looking smartphones out there.Available from 399 ($449.99) SIM free, and for free on 24 month contracts starting at 26 per month, the Lumia 900 finds itself rubbing shoulders with the high society of the mobile world, such as the iPhone 4S, Sony Xperia S and Samsung Galaxy S2.The Lumia 900 features a classy, unibody frame made from polycarbonate. It's tough and feels absolutely wonderful when held in your hand; Nokia's industrial design work has clearly not been dulled by age.However that unibody design comes at a cost, which in terms of the Lumia 900 is weight. It's a hefty old device tipping the scales at 160g – a full 16g heavier that the iPhone 4S and Xperia S and a huge 44g more than the Galaxy S2.
It took the Nokia Lumia 900 just a few days to top the US sales charts and see delighted handshakes quickly turn into group hugs, as Nokia, Microsoft and AT&T, which carries it exclusively stateside, were busy celebrating the flagship's performance in recent months. The Lumia 900 has finally made the trip across the pond but it's not the return home it must've dreamed of. Not quite the triumphant welcome from thousands flocking to retail outlets and carriers. Yes, there's a big question mark hanging over the global version of the Nokia Lumia 900. The news that Windows Phone 8 is out of reach has taken the shine off its appeal. But its character is intact - and the Lumia 900 has enough of that to spare. A big, quality screen, fluid and stylish OS and premium build are all sprinkled with Nokia's magic in a package that's made to impress. We've been there already - and we don't mean the review we have of the Lumia 900 for AT&T. After all, it's a Lumia 800 all over again, only the screen got bigger. And yet, we are delighted to meet this smartphone again - and we'll give it that, it looks stunning in white. You'll also be happy to know that this time around we're putting the Lumia 900 to all our usual tests.
According to Nokia, the Lumia 900 is a massive hit in the US. This Windows Phone 7.5 handset, the largest smartphone in the Lumia series, has a 4.3-inch AMOLED display, a 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM, an 8-Megapixel camera that films in 720p resolution, an additional front-facing camera for videoconferencing (unlike the Lumia 800, which has only the rear-facing sensor) and 16 GB of non-expandable internal storage. Design-wise, it's almost exactly the same as the Lumia 800. So, does the 900 stand up to the test? The Lumia 900's body is practically identical to the Lumia 800. Only the display looks different; it sticks out less, which was something that contributed to the overall look of the 800. This gives the Lumia 900 an original design, both slick and sober. What comes as no surprise is the excellent finishing. The only exception to this might be the MicroUSB port, which has no protective cover. It used to be commonplace to put a little rubber/plastic cover over the ports, but the trend today is the "wide open" look.
Welcome to the latest flagship phone from Nokia – and the latest Windows Phone to come on the market. A lot is expected of this handset – and it certainly looks good – but does it rely too heavily on its looks? The Lumia 900 feels good to hold – thanks to its polycarbonate chassis, smooth surface and rounded off edges. And they've really thought about the ergonomics – lo and behold there's the power key sitting right in the centre of the right-hand edge, just where your finger rests; very handy. It's certainly a stylish looking device and looks very like its older stablemate the Lumia 800. The screen measures 4.3 inches (bigger than the 3.7in screen on the 800). It's not as impressive as the larger screens on the HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy S II, but then the handset isn't as big. Slick and minimal is the style here – the only raised areas are the buttons that sit on the right edge – the snapper button, power key and volume rocker. You'll find the micro-SIM slot on the top edge (it sits flush to the chassis and you need a special key to tease it out), as well as the microUSB slot for charging and syncing, and the 3.5mm audio jack. There's no microSD slot unfortunately, but then you do get 25GB of online storage.
Nokia-loving Windows Phone fans hankering for a bigger screen, rejoice! The Lumia 900 lands in the UK today and is initially available exclusively via Phones 4u. This Windows Phone whopper is the biggest Lumia yet, boasting a 4.3-inch display versus the Lumia 800's 3.7 inches. But don't be deceived by the sheer size -- the 900 is no more powerful than its curvaceous sibling. The 900 costs from £31 month on a two-year contract, making it the most expensive Lumia to date. Expansys currently has the SIM-free flavour available for pre-order for a whopping £500. Are you truly, madly, deeply in love with the Windows Phone operating system? If you're not screaming out "YES! YES! YES!" right now then this phone is not for you. The Lumia's large screen means lots of space for looking at websites -- but with only a single-core engine, the browsing experience could be faster. The Lumia 900 is a big show pony handset for people who spend their weekends and evenings penning love sonnets to Microsoft's OS. For everyone else, your hard-earned cash would be better spent on an Android or iOS handset. Rival smart phones in the 900's price range typically boast multi-core chips -- something Windows Phone doesn't currently support.
Armed with a multimillion dollar marketing budget and even more ambition, the LTE packing Nokia Lumia 900 has hit the shelves in the United States. The smartphone is aiming for a piece of the high-end smartphone cake, currently enjoyed by Apple's iPhone and the hordes of Android smartphones. Launched with much fanfare during this year's CES in Las Vegas, the AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 900 is a pivotal step for the Finnish manufacturer's return to relevance in the high-end smartphone segment where the real money is. Just go and ask Apple, Samsung, HTC, and the likes. And it is not only Nokia, who have a lot of hope for the Lumia 900. Microsoft is also on the band wagon. The software giant has been looking for a flagship device to showcase its Windows Phone platform. Heck, even AT&T hopes for the smartphone to live up to its marketing hype, and bring memories of the good old days when the iPhone was exclusive to the carrier. As far as looks go, the newcomer is very much a stretched Nokia Lumia 800. The specs of the Lumia 900 are similar too. There are however a couple of important additions to them such as LTE connectivity, a front-facing camera, and a bigger screen.
Windows Phone is only about a year and a half old in the market at this point but Nokia has a much longer lineage. In the past 12 months though, their two worlds have collided in a fashion that will have repercussions for quite some time to come, with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop firmly committed to focusing his company's turnaround on what Microsoft is cooking up in Redmond for handsets. It has been, and will continue to be, a long shot. Nokia's smartphone market share in America has eroded so severely that many consumers have assumed that Nokia has pulled out of this market entirely, ceding ground to Apple and the myriad companies that have backed Google's Android platform. But the Lumia 900 represents something important for both Microsoft and Nokia: hope. The first wave of Windows Phone handsets were interesting to the hardcore tech followers, but few mainstream consumers seemed to care. By all accounts, Windows Phone 7 wasn't really ready for prime time. It was launched in time for a holiday shopping season, but it lacked the polish of iOS and Android. At launch, there was no support for threaded e-mail, no support for multiple calendars, no integrated Twitter support, and the list goes on.
The Nokia Lumia 900 represents a number of firsts: it is the first high-end Windows Phone from Nokia to arrive in the U.S., it is the first 4G LTE smartphone from Nokia, and it is one of the first 4G LTE Windows Phones on the market. Like the Lumia 800 that preceded it, the Lumia 900 features stunning industrial design, great build quality, and a fantastic ClearBlack AMOLED display. Add in great network performance, solid battery life, and a fast and fluid user interface thanks to Windows Phone 7.5, and you start to see that Nokia really might have a winner on their hands. Unfortunately, it's not all peaches and roses with the Lumia 900, as its seemingly capable camera does not live up to expectations in real world performance. Additionally, the Windows Phone Marketplace still doesn't offer nearly as many apps as its iOS and Android counterparts, though it has grown tremendously in recent months. Despite its few shortcomings, I found the Lumia 900 to be an excellent smartphone, and I had a hard time putting it down during my review period. Read on to see if the Lumia 900 is the hero device that Windows Phone has needed from the outset to be a successful smartphone platform and whether it will represent Nokia's return to form in the U.S. market.
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. The 900 is a culmination of all of Microsoft's work with Windows Phone 7 (now 7.5), and Nokia's hardware design and execution, packaged in the hopes that the American consumer will suddenly notice that not only does Windows Phone exist, but it's worth buying into. Even AT&T has gotten into the spirit, claiming launch expectations that seem to far exceed the warranted excitement over this phone. But it is an attractive offering in many ways. Stylistically the Lumia 900 looks like nothing on the market. It offers LTE service that — where you can get it — is shockingly fast. And most importantly, the top-tier, flagship device is being offered at a wildly discounted price: just $99.99 for new subscribers. So does the phone have what it takes to court buyers away from Android and iOS, and establish a beachhead for Microsoft and Nokia? I'll unravel those questions in the review below.
When I first saw the Nokia Lumia 900 ($100 with a two-year AT&T contract, price as of April 3, 2012) at CES 2012, I proclaimed that it was the Windows Phone I'd been waiting for: Offering a premium design, a high-end camera, a gorgeous display, and LTE data speeds, the Lumia 900 seemed to be giving Windows Phone the hardware it deserves. After spending a few days with the Lumia 900, I still stand by that statement. But is the Lumia 900 enough to convert Android and iPhone users into Windows Phone fanatics? I think it has a fighting chance--if AT&T and Microsoft can convince customers that Windows Phone is a competitive platform. Specs and Design The first Lumia phones we saw sort of fulfilled my wishes. The Lumia 800, the flagship phone for Europe and Asia, had that signature high-quality yet durable Nokia build, but the display seemed a bit small. It lacked a front-facing camera, too, even though the Mango update for Windows Phone adds support for dual cameras. Enter the Lumia 900: To create this model, Nokia learned which phones were doing well in the United States, and refined and added to the Lumia 800 so that it could be competitive.
The best Windows Phone so far, Nokia's Lumia 900 ($99 with a two-year AT&T contract) is a big, attractively designed slab of fun. We recommend it especially to first-time smartphone owners and Facebook addicts, although the lack of some key apps, including a few popular casual games, still keep Android and iOS phones in the lead for most buyers. Design, Call Quality and InternetThe Lumia 900 comes in black, white, or cyan. Don't get black. The other two colors highlight the phone's elegant Northern European design, while the black one just looks like another black slab. The rolled edges, flat bottom, and matte back really help the Lumia 900 stand apart from similar smartphones, and you see these features much more with the white or blue models. At 5.0 by 2.7 by .45 inches (HWD) and 5.6 ounces, this is a big phone, on par with other large phones like the Editor's Choice Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket for AT&T ($199, 4.5 stars). I found it usable single-handed, though. The 4.3-inch screen offers a 800-by-480 resolution, and Nokia's ClearBlack Display technology has very deep blacks and saturated colors. There's just one occasional odd note: Skin oils on the front glass can give some white areas a rainbow effect.
Over the last year Nokia's had something of a tumultuous time in the mobile industry. While still a power to be feared in the featurephone market, their lack of presence in the smartphone market has been keenly felt. With T-Mobile's Lumia 710 as a prelude, the Finnish giant makes a return in earnest with the Lumia 900 on AT&T's LTE network. Its features and design are immediately attractive, but perhaps more so is the price: just $99 on-contract, or free for new AT&T customers. Can a combination of great design, high-end features and price make a bold statement for Nokia? Let's find out. The Lumia 900 makes two impressive feats right out of the gate: the design of its hardware is both aesthetically pleasing and startlingly original. A 4.5-inch AMOLED screen sits on a tiny lip, melding into a matte polyurethane body unibody. The case curves around on the left and right side but has hard edges on the top and bottom. The general shape (if not the material and size) is reminiscent of the second-generation iPod Nano, and the grippy finish lets you keep the phone reassuringly safe. Even for a phone on the larger side of the spectrum it fits comfortably in both hand and pocket, with my only complaint being the placement of the power button, which I find somewhat awkward.
Nokia, Nokia, Nokia. Where have you been? It's been a long time since the US market has been blessed with a high-end offering from you camp, so you know, there are some big expectations riding with this latest endeavor. Indeed, the Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile was nothing more than a small tease, but when compared to the other pre-existing Windows Phones out there, it didn't quite come off as being something spectacular. Nevertheless, we're inching ever closer to that royal grand entrance that's going to be attached to the Nokia Lumia 900.Call it a sight for sore eyes, but we can't believe that a top-shelf Nokia smartphone is headed to a major carrier in the US. Even better, the Nokia Lumia 900 is aiming to be a memorable device in many ways, but if we'd have to pick, its $99.99 on-contract price point right from the onset seemingly ensures that it won't get lost amongst the masses. Certain to not be forgotten in all of this, Microsoft's presence in the mobile platform space will surely benefit now that Nokia is bringing something grand to the table. With that in mind, let's find out if the Nokia Lumia 900 has the stuff to stand out and make a long lasting impact.
When I first saw the Nokia Lumia 900 ($100 with a two-year AT&T contract, price as of April 3, 2012) at CES 2012, I proclaimed that it was the Windows Phone I'd been waiting for: Offering a premium design, a high-end camera, a gorgeous display, and LTE data speeds, the Lumia 900 seemed to be giving Windows Phone the hardware it deserves. After spending a few days with the Lumia 900, I still stand by that statement. But is the Lumia 900 enough to convert Android and iPhone users into Windows Phone fanatics? I think it has a fighting chance--if AT&T and Microsoft can convince customers that Windows Phone is a competitive platform. The first Lumia phones we saw sort of fulfilled my wishes. The Lumia 800, the flagship phone for Europe and Asia, had that signature high-quality yet durable Nokia build, but the display seemed a bit small. It lacked a front-facing camera, too, even though the Mango update for Windows Phone adds support for dual cameras. Enter the Lumia 900: To create this model, Nokia learned which phones were doing well in the United States, and refined and added to the Lumia 800 so that it could be competitive.
The Lumia 900 carries the hopes and dreams of two companies on its shoulders: Nokia, which is looking to re-establish itself in the U.S., and Microsoft, whose slick Windows Phone software has yet to catch fire with consumers. No pressure, right? The $99 Lumia 900 for AT&T looks like it has what it takes to light the way, offering 4G LTE speeds, a premium design and an 8MP Carl Zeiss camera. Nokia also throws in its own apps and content unique to its flagship. Is all of that enough to finally put Windows Phone on the map?Click to EnlargeWhile most smartphones play it safe with black or gray, the Nokia Lumia 900 sports a one-piece polycarbonate body available in three colors: black, cyan and white. We reviewed the cyan version, a bold blue that really pops against the AMOLED screen. The back of the handset has a nice soft-touch feel that makes it easy to grip. The white version (available April 22nd) also looks attractive, though some may be turned off by the glossy finish.At 5.6 ounces and 5 x 2.7 x 0.45 inches, the Lumia 900 is fairly large given its 4.3-inch screen size. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is lighter (5.2 inches) and thinner (0.37 inches), even though it packs a larger 4.65-inch display.
Nokia's flagship Lumia 900 brings fast 4G LTE and a huge AMOLED display to the Lumia lineup for only $100 on contract, but otherwise sports the same dull specs under the hood.The Lumia 800 may have already launched in Europe and the Lumia 710 has been available on T-Mobile for a couple months, but Nokia's third Windows Phone is its boldest step yet back into the US market. Launching on AT&T April 8, the Lumia 900 will be one of the wireless carrier's flagship 4G LTE phones, and will cost only $100 with a two-year contract. Currently the phone is riding high as one of the most talked-about products at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, but is it worth all the hype? Find out below. Though we have seen the Lumia 900 a few times this year, we didn't get a chance to hold it much until we got our review unit. Physically, it follows the same design aesthetics as the Lumia 800 and N9, but with a few key adjustments. To accommodate a 4.3-inch screen, it's both 0.2 inches wider and 0.5 inches taller than the 800, and also ever so slightly thinner.
Nokia's new Windows Phone flagship was unveiled at CES and we got to spend some quality time with it. The Nokia Lumia 900 builds on the 800's innovative design and offers improved specs (like the 4.3" ClearBlack AMOLED display) along with some new features. Chris Weber, president of Nokia Americas, says "The Nokia Lumia 900 is designed specifically with the US in mind and the announcement of this collaboration with AT&T, in addition to other recent announcements, signifies a new dawn for Nokia in the US." Nokia's presence in the US has been waning, but they are ready to make a strong comeback with the Lumia 900. We'll most likely be seeing it worldwide at some point, but any such plans aren't public knowledge yet. Anyway, the first thing you'll notice about the new phone is the bigger screen. It has grown in size to 4.3", quite a jump from the 3.7" screen of the Lumia 800. The Lumia 900's body is bigger too, but the bezels have shrunk to partially make up for the increased screen size, so the actual difference in size isn't as big as you would expect. The Nokia Lumia 900 supports LTE connectivity for AT&T's growing 4G network, which allows for blazing fast data of up to 50Mbps downlink and 25Mbps uplink.
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