Editorial Review

A morning with the Lumia 900 and a box of bagels

“What is that?” Asked a client as he walked in the room with a box full of bagels as I set down my Lumia 900 to shake his hand.

I started my day unplugging my Lumia 900 and admittedly my iPhone 4 on Verizon. Why do I need to carry two devices? Well for starters, Verizon’s Windows Phone selection is pathetic at this point and I can’t afford to swap carriers like that Kardashians’ change boyfriends so I must use my trusty AT&T PAYG SIM to keep me rocking with the Lumia 900 as a backup device, for now.

Both phones go in to their own pockets, Lumia left, iPhone right. At first, it was a bit different as I am used to the size of the iPhone but the Lumia grew on me within a few hours and I was already brushing off the “is that a Lumia in your pocket” jokes. The 4.3 in screen is deceptively bigger than the iPhone’s but fits elegantly in to your hands and the bright cyan color grabs attention.

I quickly check my calendar on the Lumia, which is integrated exceptionally well with my existing calendars, as I hear my grandfather clock chime 7 times which means that I must be getting out the door if I want to get to my meeting at 8:30 on time.

1830 mAH battery provides enough juice to last an entire day

Heading to a new client that I was not familiar with, I flip up Nokia Drive and punch in the destination. Nokia drive, to put it simply, is far easier to use than the navigation software my SUV has built in and the bigger screen size makes it easier to see when placed on my dashboard than the iPhone.

I need to grab a coffee and check to see if my co-worker is on his way, I pull up Skype and give him a call. Skype app opens, it hums along rather curmudgeonly but I get to my co-worker’s name, hit the call and he answers…”Hello” and I get back in to my car holding the conversation which means I need use Nokia Drive again. I go to switch apps and the call drops, “Damnit”; at first I blame AT&T but then remember that Skype on Windows Phone cannot run in the background, which is somewhat unacceptable.

I pull out my iPhone, finish the call and head on to the client. I arrive 20 minutes early and am able to pull up several documents we will use in the Kick-off meeting for a last minute review before we go in; a big plus on the Lumia as Office is built in.

I get a call about 10 minutes before the meeting, the client is running late; 30 minutes late. He asks if this will be a problem, I lie and say of course not but it will push my schedule a bit tight for a later meeting.

Display is bright, crisp, and responsive but still falls short of 'retina' caliber

I pull up my email, fire off a message to my other co-workers letting them know I may be late and they reply that they will save me a spot at the restaurant and that if I am not on time, they will order me a meatless dish (jerks). 

40 minutes to kill, Wordament, Angry Birds and my personal favorite, Fable Coin golf, pass the minutes and my co-worker, who joined me in my car, continues to peer over my shoulder as I play with the Lumia 900.

“Hey Brad, what’s that giant Xbox icon for?”, I show him how the phone integrates with Xbox Live, he balks at how the iPhone can already do this minus a few crucial features like message notifications (and achievements); I also take this time to remind him that the Lumia 900 can control your Xbox.

The OS runs exceptionally well and exhibited no lag.

10 minutes to go before we have to go in and to pass time and I browse the marketplace, Spotify (my go to music app is there) but a few other critical apps like Pandora and Mint are missing (I am an obsessive Mint user, the lack of an app is almost a deal breaker). But, the marketplace does have many offerings, 80K published apps at last report, but that doesn’t mean they are any good.

It’s time to Tweet, the official app is garbage and Rowi is the go-to app of choice for many users. Snap a pic of the cool Spring sky with the Lumia that exhibited minimal camera lag, tweet and post to Facebook and away it goes to the social networks in the sky, quite elegantly I might add too.

The camera exhibits minimal shutter lag but average picture quality, auto-focus is acquired at warp speed.

Stepping out of the car, I get yet another call, this time from the client which makes me bring out my iPhone, he wants to know what kind of bagels we want as an apology for being late. Standing in the direct sunlight it becomes apparent, the Lumia 900s screen is far easier to use when an abundance of photons are bouncing off your screen.

I finally give in and hand my co-worker the Lumia, he loves the size and color, not so much for the texture of the device. To each their own, he believes it will scratch easily and remove the coloring; I laugh and say that Nokia baked the color in, the color is here to stay. His amusement with the live-tiles was profound; this was his first experience with Windows Phone.

Side buttons feel a bit cheap/plasticky, room for improvement here.

“I’m not sure, I think I like the look, but it’s different, and it’s Windows”. To be fair, Windows Mobile did leave a bad taste in the mouths of many people but this is the ‘new’ Microsoft, a much more bold and daring company.

We head in to the client, greet the administrative assistant at the front desk and get our visitor badges. “Who is your meeting with and the where is it located?” She asks, questioning our credentials as she surely has the information on her screen. “It’s on the 12th floor conference room with [redacted]” - we pass her challenge; we are in.

We get to the room, find our seats and throw our documents up on the projector. Again, a few minutes to kill, testing out IE9 and getting pissed that my city does not have LTE but that’s life, I guess. The spacious screen is a joy to use, accurate touch response, bright and excellent off angle viewing.

The client walks in with a box of bagels and two of his staff, I set my phone down to shake his hand and he asks, “What is that?”

“Oh this? This is the phone that will save Nokia and Microsoft."

 

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I really hope that Nokia get's bought out. This company is kinda struggling a bit when it comes to products. With the stock going as low as it has it is really scary. But I guess they can't be doing as bad as RIM

/ John Brancela

Ignoring the LTE ('cos my place has no LTE), and the battery life, and assuming the Xperia S has ICS, how would the Lumia 900 stack up against it?

this post don't sell me on the phone. Stating you still need your iPhone is a clear sign.
This post don't sell me on anything.. Other than getting an office job consisting of boring meetings so I have quite a bit of time to waste playing angry birds on devices like this, as seemingly no meetings are on schedule and you have 10-30 minutes to fiddle with eDevices.

To sell me on the device, tell me what it does BETTER than any competitors... 10 sec boot time? 4 days battery life? Otherwise its 'just another Micro$**t product' thats digital decades behind competition.

Microsoft would have to to do something incredible and outstanding to win me over after the HTC S720 that ran their mobileOS.. They tarnished their mobile reputation with me plain and simple, and I won't be willingly putting down hard earned cash for that headache again. The sheer flexibility out of the box with Android is perfect for the pocket.

Edited by srbeen, Apr 15 2012, 11:55pm :

iphone4 user yet... used to have 2 sgs2, and almost sure i will upgrade to a lumia800 look alike wp8 device this year.
Unless apple really amaze me with the new iphone of course.
Android is not a viable option for me anymore , for a phone and since i will own a wp8 tablet later this year too...

Side notes....

Pandora (and other Music Sites)
Just open: http://pandora.com
or the Web Site for any service that has online streaming and supports HTML5. It is a full HTML5 'App' experience, as HTML5 is designed and provide RIA without dedicated Apps.

Any HTML5 music site works well, and even integrates into the music controls of WP7 when running in the backgroud, which it will keep HTML5 audio playing just fine.

So just go to the Pandora web site, and play the music from the WP7 browser, it works well, integrates with the controls and runs in the background flawlessly. (You will find most online sites that do not use Flash work great on WP7.)


Skype - Background Login/Voice Chat....

This is a conflated topic, as people are left to believe it is because of some VOIP API problem with WP7. Which is not true.

Microsoft is shoving Skype for full integration to appear by the Apollo release, which means it may not get full functionality on the Mango or Tango WP7 release.

The Skype development for WP7 has been through hell and back, with the developers at Skype literally dragging their feet, until they officially were getting a paycheck from Microsoft and them getting a 'smack down' from Microsoft.

Skype did the same 'crap' with iOS, and instead of using the OS features provided, they wanted to do things their own way. Apple had to adjust iOS 4 for Skype, literally.

Right now, Skype 'could' run in the background, and also receive 'notifications' in several ways, to receive chats and calls.

For example...
Skype could even use a landline phone number to forward the call to the phone, which would run in the background like a regular call, but they didn't want to do the work.
*Skype on Verizon can and often uses this method for Skype clients on Android and other older phone platforms.

It is funny to see comments that are people repeating that this is a limitation of WP7 and it not being able to do VOIP in the background, when it does this every day, as a regular phone call which is a digital connection to the cell tower is a variation of the technology they are claiming WP7 can't do.

(When WP7 can do background IE9 HTML5 websites with realtime notifications, and audio, there is no reason for Skype to claim they can't provide at least the background login features and the voice chat features in the background.
(There is a limitation that makes the 'camera' running the background an issue, meaning that 'video chat' in the background might not be possible with the current App level APIs provided, but notifications and voice are very possible and should have been implemented.)

Microsoft should have just 'forced' them to put time into the current release. However they gave in and gave up better current functionality on Mango/Tango to focus on a new approach that Apollo brings for Skype and integrated voice and video functionality.

Ironically, WP7 gets hit on the chin for now with Skype, but when Apollo releases later this year, Android and iOS users will salivate to have the WP7 Skype features. (This isn't because the iOS or Android Skype versions will be scaled back, but the way WP7 is using the integration and 'hub' technology for this new functionality, it will be doing things that are just not possible on iOS or Android because they lack the 'hub' and OS level tie in concepts that WP7 champions. (The same way Facebook is just easier and better on WP7, as the full App is hardly needed.)

thenetavenger said,

(There is a limitation that makes the 'camera' running the background an issue, meaning that 'video chat' in the background might not be possible with the current App level APIs provided, but notifications and voice are very possible and should have been implemented.)

As a WP7 developer I can say easily that background voice would not have been possible at all using the developer API's - the only persistent background API that exists for WP7 applications is for music playing - which doesn't allow access to the microphone anyway - or the background transfer API which wouldn't work with the Skype protocol. Although regardless there is no way to keep the microphone capture alive anyway in a background task. (A list of the API's that don't work in the background - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...rary/hh202962(v=vs.92).aspx - including Audio & Visual capture). In general, background tasks in general are restricted to only being 15 seconds long anyway, so it still wouldn't be possible in a normal background agent even if you could access the Microphone. That, and background tasks would not be ideal anyway considering they don't work at all on the 256MB of RAM devices.

For notifications, given that Skype is technically P2P, and given Mango's multitasking model, it wouldn't be possible to allow notifcations just on the phone, as the app is frozen as soon as the app isn't on screen. The only way notifications would work would be for Skype to sign in your account on one of their servers and keep you logged in on their servers, and then send out push notifications from there, which isn't exactly an ideal solution. The local client on your phone can't run any code to check for notifications or keep a socket open when it's not on screen - all it can do is run 15 seconds of background code every 30 minutes.

It's time to Tweet, the official app is garbage and Rowi

Which 'official' App? Are you talking about the horrible App developed by Twitter, or the OS integration features?

For advanced Twitter features, I agree with Rowi as the must have Twitter client.

However, I truly like the integrated Twitter feeds that I can flip through my contact groups and catch up on Twitter and Facebook and other social posts at the same time, and respond to either seamlessly.

I love the 'group' features of both Facebook and Twitter, but on WP7, I use my own contact groups to browse all my social networks at the same time.

The integrated and instant access is something Android and iOS just don't have a grasp on yet, and even a Widget on Android is just a limited number of posts that then forces ya into the App.

I do use Twitter (Rowi) and the Facebook App, but went from opening them every couple of hours on Android and my iPhone to using them a couple of times a week at the most, and keeping more up to date with all the science and tech posts I follow.

The people hub doesn't get enough appreciation on WP7, even just the 'history' option for people/contacts is impressive, throwing up a timeline of all conversations, email, and phone calls, etc going back to the day you bought the phone. (When talking to someone and having this detailed information is simply irreplaceable.)

You can use Pandora by downloading MetroRadio. Microsoft needs to do a much better job of promoting that app. Pandora is one of the most frequently requested app, but new users have a difficult time finding it.

patseguin said,
I love my iPhone but I almost have to have one of these. Anyone have both?

I do have the 800, the 900, iphone 4s, nexus and blackberry and I think the lumia series is quite simply the best out of the bunch.

korupt_one said,

I do have the 800, the 900, iphone 4s, nexus and blackberry and I think the lumia series is quite simply the best out of the bunch.

I did end up getting the 900 and I like it better than im 4s so far. Every time I go back to the iPhone, the tiny screen and dated OS just make me want to pick up the Lumia again.

If this was 2010 the lumia would be amazing. In 2012 it looks distinctly average. Not even as good as the original iphone 4. I can't see why everyone is getting so excited over it.

Mr Winkle said,
If this was 2010 the lumia would be amazing. In 2012 it looks distinctly average. Not even as good as the original iphone 4. I can't see why everyone is getting so excited over it.

Yeah, I'm afraid the iPhone is better in nearly all aspects.

Only thing WP7 has over the iPhone is live tiles (a.k.a. widgets). Being able to see my upcoming homework assignments from my home screen is far better than having to open an app.

andrewbares said,

Yeah, I'm afraid the iPhone is better in nearly all aspects.

Only thing WP7 has over the iPhone is live tiles (a.k.a. widgets). Being able to see my upcoming homework assignments from my home screen is far better than having to open an app.

the iphone has looked outdated for years. I think you two need to buy some specs or at least get an eye test, the 800 and 900 are beautiful phones, tell ya what drop your iphone from 5ft onto the ground and see how well it is made.

Mr Winkle said,
If this was 2010 the lumia would be amazing. In 2012 it looks distinctly average. Not even as good as the original iphone 4. I can't see why everyone is getting so excited over it.

Really? Even the iPhone 4s doesn't have equal hardware features in many areas.

Yes the Nokia 900 does not have a dual core CPU, but it will still beat the latest iPhone in any true 'performance' test you throw at it. (Yes performance, as in pixel and triangle fill rate, HTML5 tests, Web Browsing, App Loading, 3D Gaming, and on and on.)

This is also not a 'high' end phone, look at the cost/price point it is selling at. It is half the price of the iPhone, did you notice that part?

There is a reason it won Best of CES 2012, go look up their reasons for a point to point comparison. They could have given this award to the new iPhone4s, they didn't.


Nice article.
Read it from top to bottom
Kind of forms a short movie in my mind.

I like the Nokia design but I'm not so keen on the OS for now.

jasonon said,
this makes me hate verizon...

Just this? We HAVE to use them, and I have hated them for almost 12 years. Same crap, it just depends on what phone MFR they are angry with that year. I have watched them throw money down the drain when large corporate clients wanted specific phone technologies over the years, and they still don't care or get it. (Probably just don't care because of their 3G coverage locks in the majority of their customers.)

Even the one WP7 phone they have, is a leading seller on their web site, has the highest customer satisfaction and 'least tech support' issues of any of their smartphones. And they are determined to wait, while ATT and others slowly make them irrelevant with LTE adoption taking off and coverage expanding, that will destroy their 'hold' in the market.

As soon as ANYONE has good 3G coverage in a few remote areas we do business in, Verizon is completely gone from our company out of principle, even if the competition costs 20x as much.

BumbleBritches57 said,
The iPhone already has Achievements in Game Center /Biased Article

which is really far from the Live ecosystem, but no worries, Live is coming to iOS too ;-)

BumbleBritches57 said,
The iPhone already has Achievements in Game Center /Biased Article

Wow, talk about comparing Apples to Oranges (pardon the pun). There really isn't even a close comparison here.

However, Microsoft is bringing the XBox Live technologies to the iPhone it appears, so games should be able to also hook into the Live platform as well in the future, which will give you what WP7 has, so you don't have to defend the iPhone here, just be patient.

brent3000 said,
- was for physical buttons
I dont see how that works, unless they felt poor quality?

He said that the physical buttons feel cheap (I don't agree with that though, I thought they felt great)

andrewbares said,

He said that the physical buttons feel cheap (I don't agree with that though, I thought they felt great)

the buttons on the 900 are even better than the 800 for me, the 710 buttons do feel cheap though.

Got Lumia 900 today, replacing Samsung Titan. It's all that it should be. LTE is fast adn the phone is solid. One of the few with a properly placed USB port making peripherals easier to manufacture.

Super phone, if you've been waiting, this is it.

sexypepperoni said,
Only downside to the Lumia 900 is that is has Windows Phone 7.
If it was running Android it would run like a dog

brent3000 said,
If it was running Android it would run like a dog

android could never run on the hardware that is in wp7.5 devices, the only downside to any smart phone is android

sexypepperoni said,
Only downside to the Lumia 900 is that is has Windows Phone 7.

well, if you call a good looking, fuent UI, a trojan-free Marketplace and a no-lag OS a downside then yeah, youre right... of course if you want a badly copied, ugly UI, tons of malware and adware crap with Russian roulette for update procedure then by all means go droid

Great 'Real World' editorial. Its easy to get stuck in the hardware spec comparisons in typical device reviews. Howerver due to WP's locked in HW platform, there really isn't room for spec comparisons.

I've been really considering making the switch from Android to WP, just because over the last few years, my view of a smartphone is very utilitarian:
I need my phone to do a few things:
1. Phone.
2. calendar/contacts/email (I run exchange at home......to consolidate these things across all devices/locations).
3. social media (FB mostly, with a little twitter).
4. Tethering capabilities.

Anything above and beyond this I do not need, nor do I want to spend the time tinkering on it. I don't need fancy backgrounds, fancy shells, etc.

I have many years of experience with Android, crackberry and IOS (I have owned a now very antiquated WP as well (I think it was 5.x ...... had a stylus, a cf slot etc..... ancient....).

I just think its time to trim it down to the bare necessities with a phone that I don't have to leave on the charger all the time.

I'm convinced...........is it pay day yet?

Septimus said,
Outdated hardware and a nice OS. MS need to update that hardware spec.

the hardware is not outdated as the phone runs flawlessly and smooth with the single core processor, at this point in time they don't need more hardware, but when wp8 devices are released you will see new hardware that will simply just blow away other phones.

Oh, good GRIEF!!!!!!!! Are you too lazy to actually see if there's a third-party app? Who needs an "official" Pandora app when you have THREE really good third-party apps. I use MetroRadio and LOVE it. I'm sick of ignorant fools who too lazy to do their homework before reviewing something. Sheesh.

ScubaDog said,
Oh, good GRIEF!!!!!!!! Are you too lazy to actually see if there's a third-party app? Who needs an "official" Pandora app when you have THREE really good third-party apps. I use MetroRadio and LOVE it. I'm sick of ignorant fools who too lazy to do their homework before reviewing something. Sheesh.

I am still surprised that in the emerging era of HTML5 which is designed to provide Apps in the browser (RIA), that people don't just open the browser to some of these web sites and see if their online 'Web App' version works.

Pandora works great and with the HTML5 audio features of IE9 and how it integrates into WP7, it runs perfectly in the background and even the 'media controls' of WP7 work with the HTML5 audio content.

There is a lot of newer sites that are HTML5 designed, that give App functionality without a 'dedicated' App for each mobile device. (Apple kind of started this, with web sites pushing their iPhone 'Apps' instead of just providing a rich web App.)

It was necessary at the time when the iPhone didn't have background Apps or handle HTML5, but Android, WP7, and iPhone all do HTML5 well, which removes the need for dedicated 'Apps' when you can 'pin' a web site as an App and just use it instead.

Note to all users...
Anyone that uses any online service that has has a nice web interface, try using the website on your phone, you will be surprised how often what you are wanting is already available, no matter which smartphone you use.

(Heck even things like the Windows 8 HTML5 game, "Cut the Rope", it runs and works perfectly on WP7, just open it with IE9, you don't need the actual 'App'.)

Nice to see good reviews about the phone when other tech "pundits" are making ridiculous arguments against the phone.. Clearly its time for WP7.5 and Nokia to get their due recognition.

A day of use?

Well that's slightly better than my abandoned iPhone could manage with everything turned off, but still - I long for the day that someone releases a smartphone that is not gimped by poor battery.

Wakers said,
A day of use?

Well that's slightly better than my abandoned iPhone could manage with everything turned off, but still - I long for the day that someone releases a smartphone that is not gimped by poor battery.

Droid Maxx?

Wauw, this is pretty much the first review of the Lumia 900 where the reviewer doesn't write a whole monologue how the screen resolution is the most important factor in any phone, future and the past.

Nice read as well!

all lumias will be upgraded to wp8 and some the the others to. maybe a few featuires disabled that the phone cant actually support prolly due to hardware

10 minutes to go before we have to go in and to pass time and I browse the marketplace, Spotify (my go to music app is there) but a few other critical apps like Pandora and Mint are missing (I am an obsessive Mint user, the lack of an app is almost a deal breaker). But, the marketplace does have many offerings, 80K published apps at last report, but that doesn't mean they are any good.

No official Pandora app, but there are some good 3rd party ones. Not sure about Mint. I think there are some alternatives in the marketplace, but I really haven't done much smart phone banking, even when I had an iPhone...

It is unacceptable that Skype works so poorly on Windows Phone. Especially since Microsoft owns Skype. My understanding is that it's an API limitation. Hopefully WP8 will fix this...

I simply love this phone, software aside the phone is great, simple yet elegant, very clean, im not a fan of lots of round corners, I love the weight of the device, lets me know I'm holding something. I'll admit I wish the camera was a little better, but if it takes facebook quality images I'm OK, I have a DSLR if I want super fantastic pics.

The software.....this is what makes the phone a 10/10 for me, despite the camera quality I cant find a thing wrong with this phone. Having done IOS and Android for many years and not like either one of them, they seemed to be "too much" for what I wanted in a phone. WP7 gives me what I need and still a little more. I just love the people tab, Facebook integration, it could use a few more features but still great none the less, multiple calendars, great email application, and I just love the overall feel of metro on a phone (unlike how i feel about it on an actual PC). Battery life is amazing, so far the most I have gotten out of 1 full charge is about 40 hours with moderate use, this includes 4 hours of zune time while at the gym with some smart dj, facebook randomly, couple 30 minute calls at work, lots of 1 min calls hear and there, crap load of text messages, and all this while being on LTE for about 95% of that time, the phones ability to manage your data connections while locked I think is great.

All I can say, as a phone that literally MADE me $100, I couldn't have asked for a better phone. I know some people have had issues with the data and I'm glad i was lucky enough not to have to go through that but once fixed I think you will enjoy the phone and its simplicity very much.

FoxieFoxie said,
Brad, are you from Canada?

As Lumia 900 price in US is $449, not $499 (which you imply below the rating)


So Amazon is charging $50 more for out of contract price? Or is it Amazon just has the wrong price?

This is one of those stories where the story teller? right at the end of the story, instead of finishing the story he says "and then I woke up".

Funniest article I've read in a while.
What would be the better future phone Samsung Galaxy S3
or Nokia Lumia 900?

Renvy said,
Funniest article I've read in a while.
What would be the better future phone Samsung Galaxy S3
or Nokia Lumia 900?

Both could be the best on their respective platforms. If I were to choose, I would stick with WP7 (or 8 at that time).

" This is the phone that will save Nokia and Microsoft."
I highly doubt that Microsoft needs saving from something or someone. Nokia, yes, I agree. But I do think this phrase needs...well, rephrasing.

I went back and forth on that line a million times, but that's what i said and that's how i left it at the meeting...simply put, in context, I meant that the phone will save Windows Phone as this device will bring it mainstream.

bdsams said,
I went back and forth on that line a million times, but that's what i said and that's how i left it at the meeting...simply put, in context, I meant that the phone will save Windows Phone as this device will bring it mainstream.

I think it was a great line and Microsoft does need WP to succeed to stay relevant in handheld space for another decade, Nokia on the other hand needs WP to succeed to stay relevant in the next 3 years.

FoxieFoxie said,
Great article.
Skype is still in Beta and will RTM this month.

Agreed about the article, I always prefer reviews / articles that actually go on about how a device is to use in real life scenarios. If only it were longer

Though even when Skype comes out of BETA, there'll be no background calling. It's just not supported by the OS's multitasking model right now. At most, background notifications for incoming calls or IM's, but that's it.

~Johnny said,

Agreed about the article, I always prefer reviews / articles that actually go on about how a device is to use in real life scenarios. If only it were longer

Though even when Skype comes out of BETA, there'll be no background calling. It's just not supported by the OS's multitasking model right now. At most, background notifications for incoming calls or IM's, but that's it.

I think I read that multitasking for VOIP will be supported in WP8. It's a bit of a shame that it's not available now (for those few people with a FFC camera in their phone) but WP8 will be out in 6 months time so the wait's not that long.

jakem1 said,

I think I read that multitasking for VOIP will be supported in WP8. It's a bit of a shame that it's not available now (for those few people with a FFC camera in their phone) but WP8 will be out in 6 months time so the wait's not that long.

multitasking for VOIP will be more then that in WP8. It'll simply be intergrated the same way twitter, facebook, emails and txt are, and the same way voicemail and voice calls are handled with contacts pulled from all linked accounts.

We don't get Pandora in the UK, but I believe that you can still listen to it via the browser (and it runs in the backgroud since it's HTML 5).

keyboardP said,
We don't get Pandora in the UK, but I believe that you can still listen to it via the browser (and it runs in the backgroud since it's HTML 5).

The browser is painful to use for Pandora.

There are third-party apps for Pandora, but I'd rather still have the same thing (The third-party apps are basically stealing Pandora's music, they don't have the skip limit or advertisements, so pandora gets $0. I'm sure Pandora will do something about that soon)

andrewbares said,

The browser is painful to use for Pandora.

There are third-party apps for Pandora, but I'd rather still have the same thing (The third-party apps are basically stealing Pandora's music, they don't have the skip limit or advertisements, so pandora gets $0. I'm sure Pandora will do something about that soon)

Then just go to : http://pandora.com

Any HTML5 radio/music site plays perfectly, and WP7 also keeps it active in the background and integrates the WP7 music controls with the background music content.

This way you aren't stealing from pandora, and with HTML5, you don't even need an App using the Site features...

thenetavenger said,

Then just go to : http://pandora.com

Any HTML5 radio/music site plays perfectly, and WP7 also keeps it active in the background and integrates the WP7 music controls with the background music content.

This way you aren't stealing from pandora, and with HTML5, you don't even need an App using the Site features...

Don't forget you can also pin sites to the start too. So it functions very much as an app.

Got an Omnia 7 that im stuck with a bit longer due to contract, but I can live with it, love the phone and WP7.5, but looking forward for when contract is over and I (might) decide on getting a newer WP device.

I'm in the same boat. My partner has a Lumia 800 which I love (apart from the screen size which is a bit small for me) and I like the look of the Lumia 900 but I think I'll wait a bit longer and see what comes out with Windows Phone 8.

Yeah what I have found is the multitasking with some apps for example, like you said, Skype difficult because they're unsupported unlike in iOS.
And the apps, it's not Nokia's or Microsoft's fault but rather the developers as it's a less go to OS.
Overall, I find the Lumia, great

I agree, I wanted to take a different approach, rather than scrutinizing the device at every corner, I plugged my sim in, linked my accounts and went with it...this was the result.

bdsams said,
I agree, I wanted to take a different approach, rather than scrutinizing the device at every corner, I plugged my sim in, linked my accounts and went with it...this was the result.

I liked it, much more interesting than the normal technical review, a more real life and personal one actually made me read it. Also, Wordament rocks, I needed a place to feed my love for boggle!