Nokia Lumia 900 - black (AT&T)
Manufacturer: Nokia Part number: LUMIA900ATT
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- The Nokia Lumia 900's unique design and high-end features make Windows Phone look fantastic, and the $99 price is extremely fair. Despite some flaws, this is my favorite Windows Phone yet.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $0.01 - $399.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 04/04/2012
- Released on: 04/08/2012
The good: The Nokia Lumia 900's eye-popping unibody design sets a new direction for smartphone style. Its LTE speeds, vivid 4.3-inch screen, and 8-megapixel camera are high points.
The bad: Problems with call quality and minor design flaws like some gaps in the construction and weirdly placed buttons get in the way. The designer camera optics are good, but they don't live up to the hype. The phone shoots 720p video rather than 1080p video.
The bottom line: The Nokia Lumia 900's unique design and high-end features make Windows Phone look fantastic, and the $99 price is extremely fair. Despite some flaws, this is my favorite Windows Phone yet.
by dogfish54 on April 21, 2012
Pros: Screen, Keyboard, battery life, solid construction
Cons: None that I can find
Beautiful-fast-intuitive. I want to use my phone more!!
by cnetjofle on April 20, 2012
Pros: Fantastic large screen.
Camera takes great shots- accessible with one button push(!)
Very stable apps (no crashes -always an issue with my iphone 4 and galaxy S2).
Speedy & intuitive operating system.
Stylish bright design & eye-catching live til
Cons: I thought Skype wasn't available which really put me off (the one core app I rely on that wasn't available).
Then someone pointed out that beta is available and works great :)
Didn't want the pre-loaded AT&T/u-verse stuff.
Summary: I've had the phone for a week and I can't stop playing with it.
The built in email and calendars are SO far better than android and iOS (...
Summary: I've had the phone for a week and I can't stop playing with it.
The built in email and calendars are SO far better than android and iOS (including the 10+ apps I tried installing to find something better on those two other platforms). I like this keyboard as much as the iPhone keyboard - (very similar, just slightly larger 'keys' . I never could fine an Samsung keyboard that worked well for me.
The camera is great - on par with my galaxy s II and better than the iphone. Creative Suites is also Photoshop-lite- if you will - so I'm very pleased with that since I hate transferring files to/from the computer(allows panoramas, cropping, color saturation, filters etc)
The design is great and the colors are very vivid - it makes it easy to switch up designs and tiles super easily and I haven't had any quirk things happen AT ALL with hours of play - no crashing apps - which was a constant issue with my android and occasionally the iphone 4.... It's also significantly faster(probably 3x+)than either phone I had before.
Xbox integration is pretty nice even though i'm not generally into video games. Nokia apps including drive (with 3D view oo!!) and transit has worked flawlessly as well.
Integration with outlook & work email work great. I'm still figuring out Lync connections though. Mobile office I haven't used yet but since its what I use everywhere else, I'm guessing I'll get in to that.
Metro Radio is amazing too -- I haven't even bothered to put any music on it yet since everything I want is on demand there (on pro version its no commercials, never buffering, skip as many times as you like, find actual songs and listen to them etc).
Oh - another AWESOME feature is the camera button - I never really used my phone as a camera until now because i disliked digging into my folders for the camera app on other phones.... then trying to remember what folder/gallery/images application i should be using to then access them. This hardware and software works together as one fluid systems which is really refreshing.
Mic-kia phone rocks: ez 2 use, sexy and well made! :~)
by webfessional on April 18, 2012
Pros: Beautifully designed. Sexy and well built. Really like Zune and having the ability to create playlists while listening to music. Added a BT Keyboard and wow - this is a super smartphone does everything including RUNS MS Office! The beta test is over.
Cons: Want more Apps. This is the best smartphone I've had. Hope the App developers figure out that MS Mobil is going to be a smartphone player and get on board. I'll be supporting companies that support my choice in phones. MS Mobile works great!
Summary: Blackberry is stuck in the dark ages. Apple wants to control me and Androids just aren't that friendly...i've tried them all. Microsoft and Nokia have truly created ...
Summary: Blackberry is stuck in the dark ages. Apple wants to control me and Androids just aren't that friendly...i've tried them all. Microsoft and Nokia have truly created the next generation smartphone that seamlessly fits into my lifestyle. Nokia was one of my favorite cell phone brands and I'm glad they're back. This Lumia 900 phone is stylish, tough and works better then I'd hoped. In today's world I rely on my phone almost more than my car. This phone is like a high end, luxury, sports car: running 4G LTE under the hood, handles well and hugs the corners at top speed with MS Mobile running gear, and looks great on the road and in the garage with Nokia's attention to detail...all at an affordable entry level Chevy price tag. There's alot of nay sayers out there betting against MS and Nokia. Maybe they just didn't want another well built car in the race??? I don't get it. So glad I made the switch from Android to MS.
Superb phone, terrific bang for the buck!
by DTWGA on April 15, 2012
Pros: Design, performance, and value.
Cons: Some white balance issues with the camera.
love the phone & interface! Nokia rocks!!!
by maegokid on April 14, 2012
Pros: screen; build quality; speed; sexyness
Cons: off/on button should have been on top...
Summary: FREE PHONE! omg, what else can i say? your're getting a top-quality phone for nothing...OS is top-notch sexy and fits the phone aesthetic to the "T"; depart from ...
Summary: FREE PHONE! omg, what else can i say? your're getting a top-quality phone for nothing...OS is top-notch sexy and fits the phone aesthetic to the "T"; depart from the herd and join the underground...I'm falling for Nokia all over again.
One of the best (with some minor issues)
by Demosthenopolis on April 14, 2012
Pros: + Excellent physical design
+ Fluid user experience
Cons: - Screen is an oil magnet
- Camera color accuracy
Summary: Let me preface this review by saying that I have extensively used both iOS and Android devices prior to owning this, a Windows phone. All three are excellent platforms, each ...
Summary: Let me preface this review by saying that I have extensively used both iOS and Android devices prior to owning this, a Windows phone. All three are excellent platforms, each with their own benefits, tradeoffs, and "ideal" user. I'll get to that when I'm done with the phone.
So, the Lumia 900. Looking past all the hype, is it the perfect phone? No. Is it a pretty darn great one? You bet. I can tell that Nokia really put quite a bit of effort into making this phone beautiful. People gush over this aspect and rightly so. You can draw your own opinions from the pictures, but as a user of the iPhone 4 and several HTC phones, I can say the Lumia is the best looking phone I've ever used period. As a lefty, I can't complain at all about the position of the buttons (all on the right side). It is quite a natural motion pushing anything from the volume rocker at the top to the lock button in the middle to the camera button all the way at the bottom of the right side. Holding the phone in my right hand, these motions become less natural because they all are relegated to my thumb which tends to fumble looking for the right button. Now, I personally attribute this to my lack of dexterity in that hand, so your mileage may vary with the buttons.
The camera on the back is an has an 8 megapixel sensor with a Carl Zeiss Tessar f/2.2-2.8 lens. In not so many words, it's meh. In a few more words, when it succeeds, it shines, but that only makes its shortcomings all the more disappointing. The camera did best with outdoor shots and brightly lit areas. When I went indoor, the low light situations caused the auto white balance to give my pictures an unnatural blue-green push. This was fixed with white balance settings, but it took some work.
The beauty of the device extends onto the display as well, but I gotta say that it takes some work keeping the screen looking good. This screen seems a bit less oleophobic than other phones I've used and you can tell. Now, this doesn't really interfere with the display when it's on mind you, but when that screen turns off, the fingerprints show in all their greasy glory. I'm sure it's just my "new phone buzz" acting up, but it irks me to see those imperfections all over such a pretty face.
The screen colors and resolution are good. They're not the best, but really, I can't see myself even coming close to complaining unless I specifically hold up a retina display or a Galaxy S-II up to the phone to compare. The effect of the 800x480 resolution is only noticeable in this a to b comparison scenario. Out in the real world, it becomes less noticeable. The only area that seems like it could benefit is web browsing.
So now we come to the elephant in the room: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. WP7 is the newcomer to the mobile arena, and the big question you should always ask is "why this over Android or iOS?"
Well, there really is no blanketing answer to that guy. I've used all three and I've come to the conclusion that WP7 will usually to two things for you:
1) Make you realize how far behind iOS and Android it is
2) Make you wonder why iOS and Android haven't even tried some of the stuff WP7 does.
That's right. The OS is both a pro and a con. Whoah. So what does that mean for you? I don't know ya stranger, but I can say what it means for me.
The first thing that hit me about Windows phone is how fluid the OS is. It far surpassed Android (disclaimer: I haven't used 4.0 yet, so I can't speak for certain about that) and matched iOS in its fluidity. As for the actual looks, I daresay it makes the other two look boring.
Moving around the OS is fairly intuitive. It's not quite as dead simple as iOS, but to me it seems less convoluted than Android. I got on one or two occasions on whether or not I was supposed to swipe left, right, long press, or go into a menu, but I chalk this up to the newness of the OS. I remember doing some of the same when I first used Android and iOS. In about an hour, I had perfectly acclimated to the "rhythm" of WP7. Another thing I really like about WP7 is the integration of social networking into the OS. Making comments on facebook/twitter was as easy as going to the "people" live tile. There are some little hiccups - it took me a few minutes to figure out how to "like" a picture I was tagged in - but overall, the experience was fantastic.
However, this experience struggles to extend outside the operating system. I personally am not heavily invested into apps like words with friends, pandora, etc. but from trying out a few apps from the marketplace, I can tell that there is a bit of inconsistency in regards to smoothness and functionality of the apps. Maybe this is because of developer inexperience or restrictions Microsoft puts on the OS, but I would say that the app store here is the place in which Windows phone lags farthest behind its competitors. I will say that the few apps I needed all work fantastically, but power users may encounter some trouble acclimating especially coming from iOS or Android.
The Lumia 900 is my dream phone. I haven't been this excited about a piece of radioactive plastic and metal since my first cellphone years ago (also a Nokia coincidentally). The phone's beauty is matched just about punch for punch by its functionality and ease of use. For me there are only a small number of gripes that are far outweighed by the pros of this phone. If you are willing to give up some of the hyper-popular apps on Android and iOS and are willing to try something genuinely new and interesting, get the Lumia 900. You won't regret it.
A very refreshing experience!
by vids84 on April 14, 2012
Pros: Very fast, sleek design, dynamic interface
Cons: A bit too long that requires more effort to handle in one hand - for egs. to press on top left while holding in the right hand gets tricky as not everyone has very large hand span. (atleast in my case)
Summary: Overall this is a great phone and OS! I've had an iPhone for the last 3 years and have been very satisfied with it (need I say so!). But ...
Summary: Overall this is a great phone and OS! I've had an iPhone for the last 3 years and have been very satisfied with it (need I say so!). But nevertheless I was looking for a new experience that did not feel like a downgrade from iOS or iPhone - here come Nokia and Microsoft to offer this perfect combination. Using Lumia with the new Windows 7.5 straightaway feels like an upgrade to the iPhone (not to say it is better, but simply very different and unique). All in all its a prime example of disruptive innovation - a device and OS that are certainly deserving of widespread attention.
Better than my iPhone by a longshot
by chrism45 on April 14, 2012
Pros: Speaker quality is amazing
The metro UI
Cons: Screen attracts fingerprints
lock button seems a little flimsy
Summary: This phone is great! I was a little hesitant to switch from my iPhone (I have been an avid iPhone person since the 3G came out) and after I did ...
Summary: This phone is great! I was a little hesitant to switch from my iPhone (I have been an avid iPhone person since the 3G came out) and after I did the switch, it has been so much better. I found my iphone laggy, cluttered with apps that I really didn't use but kept on my phone because they were apps, constantly dropping calls, and I could never hear people when I would talk to them because the speaker sucked.
The number one thing I noticed was how loud the earpiece was. I was amazed because I could finally hear my friend clearly on the other side. My friend said she could even hear was they were saying it was so loud. Also, it's Finnish, which is clearly a step above Apple (hyva: suomi!) I had great luck with Nokia before and I'm glad to see them coming back to the US. The metro UI is great and I find that it really doesn't play with my eyes like the iOS did. The icons are big, the system is extremely fast, and the camera has great quality.
My only picky critique is I wish the screen bled into the shells like on the 800. I loved that design and it looked so classy when I saw the 800 in person, but still, the design of this phone is amazing. The screen attracts fingerprints easily, so I think I'll get a protector, but other than that, the phone is just amazing, and Nokia really stepped up with the issues they were having. My Lumia is now free!
Great Phone! Easier to use than the iPhone & Android
by scaphil on April 13, 2012
Pros: The phone is overall a sturdy design with a great screen of the right size and easy to use operating system. And a good battery life even with LTE.
Cons: Quality issues with the buttons and micro USB connector. Camera could be better (as various reviews have stated, there is a yellow tint, especially indoors). Operating system a little too simplistic.
Summary: I recevied my Nokia Lumia 900 phone a week ago and where I live the the Phoenix metro area, I could only get 4G service, not LTE, but when I ...
Summary: I recevied my Nokia Lumia 900 phone a week ago and where I live the the Phoenix metro area, I could only get 4G service, not LTE, but when I at work in the city of Phoenix, I can get full LTE service. This is not a gripe about the phone or operating system, but it is an issue with AT&T's LTE service. All the AT&T coverage maps show the entire Phoenix valley as LTE, but this is obviously not the case (yes, they are behind in Verizon in LTE coverage, but there is the issue of truth of advertisement with AT&T).
This is a sturdy feeling phone with the polycarbonate case and it is slim and attractive and a great bright screen, but there is an issue with the quality of the buttons and micro USB connector. The buttons feel loose and that they will become hardered to press overtime as they become more recessed into the case. This is already happening with the power button as I had to press it a few times to rest the phone. Also, when pluggin in the Nokia provided USB cable, it feels loose and rocks in the socket, thus I am never sure it is properly connected to charge the phone.
The camera has its issues too, but I will not elaborate as the CNET review as well as otehrs already covers the issues with use of the camera.
Also, the SIM card holder is a little unusal as there is a little tab to keep it in place, making it hard to take the SIM card out of the holder (I plan to switch back and forth between this phone and my iPhone 3GS).
As for Windows Phone 7.5, it is a very easy to use oeprating system, possibly easier to use in many cases over iOS 5. But it is a little too simplistc. You can add as many apps as you want, but you are unable to organize them into groupings or folders to better find apps related to a certain function, such as group all your apps for photo taking and editing. You can search for apps, but it only searches by name, not function, so you still have to remember the name of the app you are looking for.
In Internet Explorer, there is no way to orgaize your favorites, so you also have one long list that you have to scroll through to look for the one you are looking for.
I have been lucky and not encounter the data glitches that other people have, except for transitioning from 4G service to LTE service. I either have to switch the airplane mode on and off or reset the phone.
Also, there is the occasional glitch with bluetooth and phone freesing, where i have to reset the phone on average once a day. But it is minor as the phone is fast enough that reboot times seem minimal (compared to my jailbroken iPhone 3GS).
Overall, I do enjoy using the phone and having the faster LTE service. If Nokia can improve the build quality and camera to complete with other phones. If Microsoft can improve the Windows Phone experience by allowing the operating system to not only cater to every days users, but the more experienced users. And AT&T allows for software updates, rolls out their LTE coverage faster and better, then this can be a winning phone in the US (not iPhone killer).
Super phone! Sleek design and user interface
by cwinge89 on April 12, 2012
Pros: Menus are well-designed, intuitive, and easy to navigate. I personally find the camera just as good as the iPhone 4's. Phone has a high-tech feel to it that makes it stand apart from its competitors. Best "bang for your buck"
Cons: None thus far
Summary: Nokia is back in the game with this phone. They're showing that they really intend to do big things to make their products appealing to consumers again. I highly ...
Summary: Nokia is back in the game with this phone. They're showing that they really intend to do big things to make their products appealing to consumers again. I highly recommend the Lumia 900, even for those who are slight uneasy about stepping into the Windows world. This one is different. A+
- Manufacturer: Nokia
- Part number: LUMIA900ATT
- Description: High speed High performance Video ready Ready to go Stay connected
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone (Windows OS)
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Resistance Gorilla Glass (scratch resistant glass)
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 2.7 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 5 in
- Weight 5.6 oz
- Body Color Black
- Image Color Disclaimer The image of the product displayed may be of a different color
- Body Material Polycarbonate
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Windows Phone OS 7.5 Mango
- Application Software Internet Explorer 9.0,
Microsoft OneNote Mobile
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch) , Capacitive
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yes
- Supported Email Protocols SMTP,
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs LinkedIn,
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Mobile Services AT&T U-verse Live TV,
AT&T U-verse Mobile,
ESPN Sports Hub,
Windows Live SkyDrive (7GB of free online cloud storage),
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface LTE,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR,
- WLAN Security WPA,
- Bluetooth Profiles Serial Port Profile (SPP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP),
Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP),
General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP),
Radio Frequency Communication (RFCOMM),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Speech Codec QCELP,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Sensors Magnetometer,
Ambient light sensor,
- Additional Features Dual LED camera light,
Automatic gain control (AGC)
- Personal Information Management Alarm clock,
Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards M4A,
WMA 10 Pro,
WMA 9 Pro,
WMA Voice 9,
WMA Lossless 9,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Type QUALCOMM APQ8055
- Clock Speed 1.4 GHz
- RAM 512 MB - SDRAM
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 14.5 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 3552 x 1998,
3264 x 2448
- Still Image Formats JPEG,
- Lens Aperture F/2.2
- Min Focal Length 100 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Digital Zoom 3
- Exposure Modes Automatic,
- White Balance Automatic,
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1280 x 720 (720p)
- Digital Video Formats MPEG-4,
- Features Geo-tagging,
Carl Zeiss optic
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services AT&T Navigator,
- Type Color
- Technology ClearBlack
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in
- Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Multi-language Menu Yes
- Features Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass
- Connector Type Micro-USB,
Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Capacity 1830 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk ( GSM ) - up to 420 min,
Standby ( GSM ) - up to 300 hour(s),
Playback ( Music ) - up to 60 hour(s),
Playback ( Video ) - up to 6.5 hour(s),
Talk ( WCDMA ) - up to 420 min,
Standby ( WCDMA ) - up to 300 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Data cable,
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM,
Up to 420 min (2G),
Up to 420 min (3G),
With digital camera / digital player / FM radio,
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM,
Up to 420 min,
With digital camera/FM radio|With digital player,
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM,
Up to 420 min,
With digital camera / digital player / FM radio,