Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone gets reviewed: This is what AT&T will push over the iPhone
h3>Nokia's Lumia 900 pairs out of this world hardware with elegant Windows Phone Mango release 2 software in a bid to become AT&T's next darling. But is it hot or not?
Among the very first, and certainly most comprehensive, Nokia Lumia 900 reviews comes our way courtesy of WPCentral's Daniel Rubino, and not surprisingly, he finds a lot of Windows Phone to love.
I had a chance to accompany Daniel to his Windows Phone and Nokia interview at CES 2012, and spent a few minutes playing with the Lumia 900. It's build quality is fantastic, using a metal-feeling plastic that I'm not convinced actually comes from this planet. It meshes beautifully with Microsoft's latest release of Windows Phone Mango, which adds an LTE radio stack to the Metro-based user experience. Judging by the reaction of the typically jaded gadget bloggers at the show, it was the first phone since the iPhone, with possible exceptions of the Palm Pre and Nexus One, to really get design-centric attention.
Still, they made the screen bigger without making it denser, which in the age of Retina displays makes for an overly pixelated experience. Doesn't sound like the typical AMOLED color saturation problems help out much there either. Branding also remains an issue, with Windows Phone not being anywhere near as sexy or enticing as something like Xphone. (Slap that label on it, put out a Halo special edition, and just try to keep it on the shelves.) It's also a big phone, like recent Android devices, using size to fit in the current generation of LTE chips and the batteries that go with them. And while apps are getting better all the time, they haven't gotten anywhere near what the iPhone has to offer.
There have been rumors AT&T would make this their most marketed phone ever, even more so than the iPhone. That's believable only insofar as Apple marketed the iPhone so well there really wasn't that much for AT&T to do but slap their logo at the end of Apple-made ads and count their money at the end of each quarter.
It's nice to see Nokia back in the game, though, and who would have thought Microsoft would be blazing the elegant UI trail? I don't think many perspective iPhone buyers will be tempted to jump ship (the iPhone still reportedly outsells all other AT&T phones combined), but I do think the race for "not iPhone" just got far more interesting.
And that's good for everyone.
Check out WPCentral's complete Nokia Lumia 900 review and then come back here and let us know what you think. Will the Nokai Lumia 900 cause any problems for the iPhone on AT&T?
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I don't know if I'd say that. I'm a current iPhone user who gets closer and closer to jumping ship to WP7 because the WP7 calendar, tasks and contacts integration is frankly much better than iOS. After 5 years of watching Android grab marketshare while jailbreaking continues unabated to address iOS' deficiencies, can't Apple finally admit that rows of static app icons is not appealing anymore?
I totally agree with this. Although, with WP 8 and dual-core Windows Phone phones less than a year away, I'm tempted to wait before jumping ship.
Good luck growing that 1.4% market share, Microsoft.
Nokia, for instance, had been doing that for years with Symbian, and Palm had those since 1996, a full decade before the iOS and the Phone.
Two reasons for that. Nobody will buy the Lumia 900 unless AT&T and/or other carrier(s) market it to death. Microsoft has a 2.8% stake in AT&T. Bought $5 billion in stock in 1999.
Come on now.
(1) Because, as the headline suggests, this is the latest "iPhone killer" smartphone to garner significant media attention. Some iPhone users, like myself, may be interested in the story and don't visit wpcentral regularly.
(2) To help drive traffic to a Mobile Nations sister site, wpcentral.com.
I don't see anything negative or complaint-worthy in either reason.
My dad actually just got an iPhone4S from his work and I definitely put it on par with my WP7 Phone.
From all the reviews I've read on it thus far, the general consensus appears to be that while the design and build quality of the hardware are superb, battery life is good, data speed is shockingly fast over LTE (if you can get LTE), and call reception is excellent, but the camera is kinda mediocre, and certain aspects of the whole WP7 OS still leave a lot to be desired in terms of overall fit & finish, and functionality. I guess these would be non-issues if you don't take a lot of photos with your phone, and/or you like WP7 enough to where you're satisfied with it as it is now.
So I'll withhold judgement til I can get a hold of one and try it for myself. If it doesn't exactly light my fire, I'll just keep my 4 and keep looking. I'm in no hurry...
It's single core, has a low res screen, and runs an OS that still looks as if it's in beta. Feels like Palm again.
The only concerning thing is that I couldn't get windows 8 off my PC fast enough. It's a horrible experience. Maybe Metro is better on a tablet, but then that's not really windows so what's the point?
Still, MS has always had all the puzzle pieces it needed. I just don't care for how they're assembling them. Maybe MS should have just bought webOS. Metro or wp7 is the culprit here.
The screen is not "low res", it is a 200+ DPI Clearblack AMOLED and it looks stunning, colors are much better than the power hungry old school LCD Apple insists on putting on its devices.
As for beta, at least MS is not copping out with the "beta" label and it is taking responsibility for their system. Siri users know all about endless "betas".
In Microsoft's case, the potential is their ecosystem. The hardware is fine but limited by the software. The culprit is an ugly, limited mobile OS. So far it's been a failure every time with consumers. Based on this "success", MS thought it wise to force this horrible mess on all windows users with upcoming windows 8. It's another train wreck in the making.
However, most of the reasons I love the 4s - fast task swapping (even better than Android), outstanding camera, smooth response in all apps, excellent rendering of the web, and outstanding selection of top quality apps - are lacking on the Nokia.
Although it looks good and has promise, I would not consider it as an alternative. From all the reviews I read I would regret getting the 900 and want my 4s back.
By the time the 900 is out and all the bugs are addressed and apps are available, it will be competing with the next iPhone.
We need competition and this is competition at its best. While MS&Nokia truly stay competitive, theyre also trying to be ORIGINAL and not copy, like Android does.
Kudos. Seriously considering replace my homeline(iphone 4) with this one, cant go wrong with a $99 ;)
Think back to 2008 and tell me who had touch screen phones like iPhone before Apple came out with theirs ?
iDon't come here for this.