Nokia’s latest entry in the smart phone wars is the Lumia 900, first unveiled at the CES 2012 this past January. It was hailed as one of the most exciting products at the show and even won the award for Best Smartphone. The award was good news for Microsoft, given their push to gain ground on iOS and Android, but certainly news for the struggling Nokia. Unfortunate for both of them, the good news has not lasted.

As far as smartphones go the Lumia 900 seems to be stuck between a fully functioning device and reliable “call only” phone trying to grow up. In either case it doesn’t do well when compared to other smartphones from Samsung, HTC, and Apple. The best thing going for it is its relatively cheap price. The Lumia 900 can be had for as little as $99 in the US with monthly plans starting at about $39. The low price might be the one thing that attracts entry-level smartphone buyers to this model.

The Hardware


  • CPU – 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion
  • GPU – Adreno 205 GPU
  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8055
  • Memory – 512 MB RAM
  • Storage – 16 GB internal; no removable storage capacity
  • Battery – 1830mAh Li-ion
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 2.1; 802.11b/g/n WiFi

The combination of the low RAM and single core processor means the Lumia 900 isn’t going to win any speed and performance races with higher quality phones. And if Microsoft Phone 7.5 degrades the way Windows does, it’s conceivable this phone could get slower and slower as the months roll on.

In terms of networking the Lumia 900 will be compatible in the United States with GSM, HSDPA, and 4G LTE. The international version doesn’t support 4G LTE, substituting instead 3 GHSPA+. This may not be an issue when you read my comments about call quality and reception below.

OS and Software


That leads us to the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. The first version of Microsoft’s mobile phone OS was rife with problems that lead one to question whether or not the Redmond-based company had any business dabbling in smartphones. This second incarnation is said to work much better after Microsoft fixed more than 500 issues from the previous version. I personally don’t think Microsoft Phone 7.5 is still up to par with iOS or Android, but it certainly is better in version 7.5.

One of the things people most love about the operating system is that it is identical to use no matter the phone it’s on. If you can use it on the Lumia 900 you’ll have an identical experience on any other Windows smartphone. For those who hate customization and OS tweaking, this is a good thing.

On the other hand, Windows continues its strict proprietary mindset when it comes to hardware and software requirements. Unlike Android and iOS, there aren’t legions of developers coming up with thousands of apps for windows smartphones. In the case of the Lumia 900, the only non-Microsoft software included are a small handful of apps that come directly from Nokia. If Microsoft truly expects to compete with the big boys they are going to have to put an end to their proprietary mindset. Developers simply cannot afford the licensing fees to develop for Microsoft, so they won’t even try.



One of the bright spots of the Lumia 900 is its upgraded display. The 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED panel is covered by a single pane of Corning Gorrilla Glass, and features a very sensitive touch capacitive screen. We can say with all honesty that it’s almost as smooth and frictionless as the iPhone 4S. It makes me wonder why Android phones are still having so much trouble coming up with a capacitive touchscreen of similar quality. Nonetheless, even with pinch-to-zoom you won’t lose a beat on this phone.

As for the ClearBlack display, it provides 16 million colors and a resolution of 480×800 pixels. The ClearBlack technology displays dark hues much better than its rivals and makes the screen much more readable even in bright light. On the downside it doesn’t display text all that well, though that might be more a matter of the Windows operating system then the display itself. Users will definitely see text issues the worst when browsing the Internet.

Overall Performance


It’s difficult to grade overall performance because there’s such a stark difference making calls and using the apps. In terms of the software itself the Lumia 900 is very responsive and easy to use. Applications open quickly, the layout makes a lot of sense, and individuals already used to Microsoft operating systems will find the environment very familiar. Unfortunately, the same good things can’t be said about actually making calls.

Within days of its U.S. release the Lumia 900 was experiencing problems with poor call quality and spotty reception. Nokia quickly acknowledged the problems and blamed it on a programming error that was ostensibly rectified with a firmware release in April. While that seemed to help somewhat, call quality and reception still dominate most of the complaints lodged against this phone. There’s no way of saying whether this is specifically a Nokia issue or something having to do with the OS.

Final Thoughts


The last three things I want to touch on are the cameras, battery, and the look and feel. As for the cameras, they are adequate for an entry-level phone. The front camera is the weaker of the two offering only 1MP resolution. The rear camera is an 8MP units with 720P video, dual LED flash, and auto focus. Overall picture quality is not bad considering the price and the class of this phone. You certainly could do worse.

In terms of battery life we were pleasantly surprised as to how well the 1830mAh unit held up under normal use. Much of that comes from a Nokia’s choice of the Scorpion processor and the rest can be attributed to Microsoft keeping the resource hungry apps at a minimum. Under normal usage you shouldn’t have any problem with this battery.

Lastly, though the Lumia 900 isn’t necessarily a bad entry-level smartphone it’s very banal look and design could be its one fatal flaw. Given the fact that consumers make impulse purchases based on visual appeal it seems as though Nokia completely missed the boat on this one. To be quite honest, the case makes it look like a child’s toy. If there’s one thing Nokia could do to immediately raise the appeal of the Lumia 900 it would be a complete redesign of the outer shell.

Two latest Nokia Lumia smartphones will be launched in Australia next month. This was officially announced yesterday at a media event organized by Nokia. Those handsets are the Lumia 900 and 610, which are already launched in several countries and have already managed to win users’ hearts. Australia has always been kind to Nokia and its handsets, so these two smartphones must be sold well.

The Australian variant of the top-end Lumia 900 won’t support LTE like AT&T’s and Canadian Rogers’ models, but it will come with HSDPA+, which is way faster than typical 3G. The selling points of the phone are the 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 1.3MP frontal camera, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS and Nokia’s exclusive apps.

As to the Lumia 610, it comes with fewer attractive features. Though this handset is known for WP Tango OS, there is some hardware for the first time found on a smartphone, say the 256MB of RAM, and the low price.

The Lumia 610 will cost $0 with a two-year contract, while the unlocked model will be priced at $329. It will be exclusively offered via Boost Mobile until July, when Vodafone launches the device. You mustn’t expect NFC-support with the phone because it’s exclusive to Orange France. The Lumia 900 will be sold for $59 on a 2-year contract or for $699 unlocked and contract-free. The exact launch date is not available yet.


The Nokia Lumia 710 is available in many countries via many carriers but Canada has started an interesting race in terms of offering Windows Phone-packed smartphones, and you mustn’t be surprised at hearing more carriers are launching this handset. Today we have another carrier, Wind, which will release the phone. Wind will sell the Nokia Lumia 710 starting today at $259 with no contract.

This device can’t boast of many awesome features but it’s a perfect choice for those who like Windows Phone OS, Nokia apps and don’t want to pay astronomical prices for a smartphone. Thus, you won’t find anything high-end on the phone but it will provide every single thing necessary for everyday use.

The key features of the Nokia Lumia 710 are the 3.7-inch touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass and ClearBlack Display, 1.4GHz processor, 5MP camera, 8GB of native memory, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and list of Nokia’s exclusive apps in face of Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music.

Though the Nokia Lumia 710 is offered at an affordable price you can consider other options as well — $99 on the WINDtab with the WIND25 and $0 on the WINDtab with the WIND40 monthly plans.


AT&T is the carrier offering two beasts running Windows Phone OS. They are the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II. Both handsets are very popular among smartphone lovers and can be called highest-end smartphones though Android lovers won’t agree with me pointing at the single-core processors coming under the hood. Besides this, there are several contentious features that must be investigated. To find out which smartphone sports better features or looks more attractive PhoneDog has shot a two-part video in which these handsets fight with each other face to face.

In case you are not familiar with these phones, the Nokia Lumia 900 sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 2 and ClearBlack Display, a single core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, an 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a frontal camera for web chat, Visual Voicemail, WiFi hotspot, and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

As to the HTC Titan II, this handset is equipped with a monster 4.7-inch Super LCD touchscreen, a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 16GB of native storage, a 16MP camera on the back, a 1.3MP camera on the front and the same software version.

Nokia has finally ended our sufferings regarding the launch date of the Lumia 900. Now it’s official and the phone will be launched on April 8. The price tag is not changed and the handset will be offered for $100. This is by $100 less  than the price AT&T requires for another Windows Phone-powered device, the HTC Titan II.

On the whole, the Nokia Lumia 900 sports a list if amazing features. It’s the first LTE-enabled smartphone running Microsoft’s platform. Besides the LTE support, the Nokia Lumia 900 comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen protected with Gorilla Glass 2, a 1.4GHz single-core processor with 512MB of RAM, an 8MP camera, the photos of which we have earlier introduced to you, a 1.3MP frontal camera for video chats, runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and though it doesn’t come with WP 7.5.1 Refresh/Tango the OS build of the phone is 8112, which is a bit higher from the current 8107 version, thus it includes all bug fixes and improvements.

The Nokia Lumia 900 will be sold for $99.99 with a two-year contract. The pre-orders will begin on March 30, and consumers will be able to choose between Cyan Blue and Black Matte colors. The high-gloss version of the device will be launched on April 22.

The Nokia Lumia 900’s launch date is getting closer, and though no exact launch date is set, it doesn’t prevent retailers from listing it in their lineup. As for now, the phone goes to Switzerland, where it is listed on Online Swiss retailer Digitech’s pre-order page. The retailer requires CHF 699 ($760), but it doesn’t mention when the first devices will be delivered.

As you know, the Nokia Lumia 900 will be firstly launched in the US via AT&T. The final launch date is confirmed neither by Nokia, nor by AT&T, but it is said to come on April 8. Thus we must wait for the Swiss variant not earlier than this date.

Anyway, the international model of the Lumia 900 has only one difference in comparison with the AT&T’s variant — the replaced DS-HSPA radio. The rest of the features remain the same, thus we still can find a 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 480×800 pixels, a 1.4GHz single core processor with 512MB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, an 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash, a 1.3MP frontal camera, WiFi Hotspot functionality and Windows Phone 7.5 mango OS.