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Nokia Lumia 900 Reviews 195

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the n950-was-way-cooler dept.
MrSeb, zachareye, and others wrote in with several reviews of the Nokia Lumia 900. Starting things off, Extreme Tech asks if the Lumia redefines the smartphone; BGR chimes in declaring the phone "terrific". Ars Technica, on the other hand, isn't quite so enthusiastic, especially about the camera optics. Anandtech joins Ars in not being particularly enthused. It looks like most reviewers are happy with the UI, but not so enthused about the hardware (low display resolution for one). Signs point to an OK handset, but nothing spectacular.
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Nokia Lumia 900 Reviews

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  • by ArsenneLupin (766289) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:43AM (#39572251)

    I think you were in cryogenic stasis since ~2007, which is ironically the last time Nokia made a phone worth owning.

    I am the proud owner of a Nokia N900 (which is very much worth owning) since end of 2010, which is well after 2007.

  • by theurge14 (820596) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:54AM (#39572409)

    The brand new Lumia 900 comes out somewhat comparable to the two year old iPhone 4.


  • by ItsIllak (95786) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:55AM (#39572419) Homepage


    The iPhone revolutionised the mobile phone market, essentially turning smartphones that had limited use and poor experience into things that are quick and reliable. Now we're tweaking and improving, it's hard for anyone to carve a niche. WP7's niche is that it totally integrates your contacts. If you know the same person in twitter, linkedin, your email db, facebook and more, WP7 seamlessly integrates them into the one person they are. That's it's killer app. The problem is that it takes more than a one-day test to really see this benefit so reviews are never going to "get it".


    MS are keen not to make the mistake Android is making (or that they made in the PCmarket). They want to standardise the platform. This is easy for Apple/iPhone, they're the only ones making one. Not so easy keeping HTC, Samsung, Nokia and others to stick to one design. There's nothing for them to distinguish themselves in the market.

    Roll on Windows 8 and tablets - then iPhone will be under serious threat. For most consumers, the tablet - if properly conceived and integrated - is a far better computer experience than the PC/Laptop.

    (disclosure: I'm a devoted Lumia 800 and previously Samsung Omnia 7 owner)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:59AM (#39572477)

    Nokia's Linux N9 has a front facing camera and an option for 64 (not 16) gigabytes. Plus the swipe keyboard is the bomb. Check out the video, 2nd thumbnail from the left, on the bottom of this page: []

    It is a breeze for me to SSH to it, when I need a real keyboard, like to enter serious passwords, (hopefully rarely).

    Those are the main advantages the Linux N9 has over the Lumia 900, its WP7 polycarbonite twin.

  • by anss123 (985305) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:05AM (#39572539)
    Quick summary:

    It looks okay. Wifi and 3g battery life is poor, but 4g is good. Java script performance is unimpressive. Camera is good, but white balance is poor and a faster CPU would help post processing. There wasn't nothing to complain about on the display. No 5Ghz wifi, but bandwidth and such is good. Speaker quality is good. And that's about it.

    Their biggest complaint seems to be that the phone lacks a dual core CPU. They are apparently coming and will let the phone record video at 1024p, over 720p, and perhaps take better photos.

    Other than that, it's a normal Windows 7.5 phone.
  • Re:Duh (Score:5, Informative)

    by Sir_Sri (199544) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:08AM (#39572591)

    Actually if you look, the summary is wrong, it's only the ars review of the ones listed that doesn't have a generally very positive set of things to say about the phone, and the ars review is comparing it to a galaxy nexus and iphone 4s (which are 200 dollars more expensive, but much better hardware phones).

    They're building up hype because they've made a pretty good mid range product, whether or not it gets any traction with consumers or AT&T retail monkeys (who then convince consumers to buy it ) who knows. They're not aiming for the 600 dollar phone market, stupidly, there should be a flagship device positioned there. But for what it is price wise, it's pretty good overall.

  • by Nursie (632944) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:11AM (#39572631)

    If you know the same person in twitter, linkedin, your email db, facebook and more, WP7 seamlessly integrates them into the one person they are.

    My N900 has been doing that for some time now, as well as integrating skype messages and calls into the normal call and SMS systems.

    You mean other phones can't/don't do this?

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