Nokia really has something special with the Lumia 900, it is the perfect combination of size, weight and looks that just gives the device a really excellent feel. Although it does borrow from the same design language that the Lumia 800, and before it the N9 employed, Nokia’s made some improvements that are really welcome.
Gone is the curved 3.7″ display of the Lumia 800, and instead we now have a impressive 4.3″ AMOLED CBD display that’s flat. To power a larger display, also present is a bigger 1830 mAh battery, instead of the 1300 mAh version in the Lumia 800. A lot of people wanted a front facing camera in the Lumia 800, and the 900 fixes that as well. But that’s not all, Nokia’s also refined the top of the phone, which gets rid of the door/hinge that used to cover the micro USB port and instead the port is now directly accessible. The micro SIM port can be opened using a pin, much like the iPhone. All in all these few improvements have gone a long way in making the Lumia 900 a true master piece. The one niggle that I have is that the shiny plate on the back that proudly says Nokia and details the camera, is still prone to picking up a scratch or two if you are not careful. But that’s a small price to pay for owing such a beautiful device.
In many ways the Lumia 900 is Nokia’s first no-compromise Windows Phone flagship. The Lumia 800 had a lot going for too, but the smaller screen size, lack of the front facing camera, software issues with battery performance (which have now been completely fixed) meant that there were things that Nokia could have done better.
The Lumia 900 is the pinnacle of the Windows Phone ecosystem, and it looks spectacular. It comes with a 4.3″ AMOLED clear black display, a 1.4 Ghz processor, 512 MB of RAM, an 8 Megapixel Car Zeiss camera with a dual LED flash, an impressive 1830 mAh battery, all of which is packed into a sublime design. The Lumia 900 in white is easily the best looking smartphone on the planet.
If a pitch is to be made about great design selling phones, then all you need to do is to point towards a Lumia 900.
At the Mobile World Congres in Barcelona, Nokia invited three exceptional athletes in the Extreme Sports world – BMX rider James Ivett, skateboarder Jed Cullen and freerunner Pip Andersen to take the just announced Lumia 900 to the extreme. The result is three amazing videos of them skating, riding and running around Barcelona, all the whilst using the Lumia 900 as their goto device.
Some of the functionality featured in the videos includes group messaging, social networking sharing, bing translate, Nokia Mix radio and the biggest draw of them all, Nokia Maps!
In all the excitement around the 808 PureView that I have already covered in a fair amount of detail (with still more to come), another device was also announced – Nokia’s new Windows Phone flagship, the Lumia 900. Its the same smartphone that was announced at CES as an AT&T exclusive, and now it is coming to the rest of the world, albeit without the LTE radios.
All other specifications like the 4.3″ Clear Black display, a 1.4 Ghz processor, a 8 Megapixel Carl Zeiss AF camera, 1830 mAh battery, and the polycarbonate construction remain the same. Compared to the Lumia 800, it has a larger screen (3.7″ v 4.3″) that unlike the Lumia 800 isn’t curved. It also packs a bigger battery, and slight modifications to the design where the microUSB port and no longer hidden under a lid. The SIM card slot is also now akin to something like the iPhone.
The processor and RAM remain the same and the device will also ship with Windows Phone Mango, however, it will support internet tethering or WIFI hotspot out of the box. I spent some hands on time with the device at the Mobile World Congress, and here are my initial impressions.
Please bear in mind that the above device was a prototype and not running the final firmware.