Hands On: Nokia Lumia 900

The Lumia 900 is Nokia's flagship device, packing LTE, a bigger screen than the Lumia 800, but the same high quality materials, it should be a serious contender when it hits the market later this year.

After playing with the device over the course of an hour, we left feeling impressed by the device and hopeful that it will make a serious splash when it lands later this year. Details were sparse on if it would hit any other carrier, but it would not surprise us to see this design eventually make its way to Sprint or Verizon.

The Lumia 900 is what Nokia hopes to make a big dent in to the US market. While the field is dense with competitors, the Cyan Lumia 900 should be able to attract enough attention to give it a fighting chance.

 

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Are you kidding me? the only real windows phone according to Stephen elop is only available for at&t? are they mad or they want to commit suicide? who buy this when there is iPhone 4S available on at&t. They really don't know that or are they retarded? this is a good phone indeed but will not succeed on at&t. on other careers (such as T-mobile that doesn't have any good phone) perhaps

S3P€hR said,
Are you kidding me? the only real windows phone according to Stephen elop is only available for at&t? are they mad or they want to commit suicide? who buy this when there is iPhone 4S available on at&t. They really don't know that or are they retarded? this is a good phone indeed but will not succeed on at&t. on other careers (such as T-mobile that doesn't have any good phone) perhaps

I'm going to upgrade from an iPhone to this phone, so I'm not sure what you're talking about. WP7 is superior to iOS, IMO. I have an iPhone, my wife has a Samsung Focus. I've just been waiting for a vendor to come out with a phone that was on par with the iPhones build quality and this looks like it's the one. Can't wait to pick it up when it becomes available.

That's it? Did you mess with the camera? Did you play any games on it? Did you open a Microsoft Office document? It sure looks pretty... but is it really any better than my Titan?

Tuishimi said,
That's it? Did you mess with the camera? Did you play any games on it? Did you open a Microsoft Office document? It sure looks pretty... but is it really any better than my Titan?

The camera isn't final on the 900, so there's no use of looking at the camera

So what is with the button(s) on that awkward spot of the phone? Bottom left. It seems like that can be quite annoying if you are talking on the phone.

Why do people want to see what it can do? It can do everything any Windows Phone can do... jesus Christ.

The body looks different thats about it software wise its just Mango.

As for the version shown in the Video, it looks much better with the Nokia logo in the centre and not the Side and it didnt have any Carrier branding on it which was great!

Noveed said,
Why do people want to see what it can do? It can do everything any Windows Phone can do... jesus Christ.

The body looks different thats about it software wise its just Mango.

As for the version shown in the Video, it looks much better with the Nokia logo in the centre and not the Side and it didnt have any Carrier branding on it which was great!


It has some new exclusive Nokia applications. Like Nokia city lens, Nokia pulse and Nokia transport.

Anthonyd said,

It has some new exclusive Nokia applications. Like Nokia city lens, Nokia pulse and Nokia transport.

Sure might have some new apps but the OS is identical to my Mango OS on my HD7. Its the exclusive apps that will differentiate each OEM other than that it is a unified experience it does not matter what phone you have it will be the same unlike android.

I don't get the excitement over these phones at all.
On the spec sheet it doesn't really look that impressive for a phone that isn't even available yet when compared to the top tier phones already available from both Apple and the Android ecosystem.
Maybe Nokia is just that great in build quality but I've never owned or even seen a non-feature phone Nokia phone outside of the stores. I don't know if that's because Nokia hasn't focused in America or my friends, family, and I just lead sheltered lives or what.
Sure the OS is "pretty" but that's purely subjective and it just seems rather ironic to me that the pro-Microsoft sites are now promoting how pretty and easy to use it is over other platforms when that's the very argument they laughed at Mac users for using in the Mac vs. PC debates.

Asmodai said,
I don't get the excitement over these phones at all.
On the spec sheet it doesn't really look that impressive for a phone that isn't even available yet when compared to the top tier phones already available from both Apple and the Android ecosystem.
Maybe Nokia is just that great in build quality but I've never owned or even seen a non-feature phone Nokia phone outside of the stores. I don't know if that's because Nokia hasn't focused in America or my friends, family, and I just lead sheltered lives or what.
Sure the OS is "pretty" but that's purely subjective and it just seems rather ironic to me that the pro-Microsoft sites are now promoting how pretty and easy to use it is over other platforms when that's the very argument they laughed at Mac users for using in the Mac vs. PC debates.

Well, maybe if Mac was actually easier it would have made a bigger splash. WP7 doesn't need the same amount of processing power that Androids and iPhones need. To prove this, why don't you go to an AT&T store and play with them yourself. WP7 is smoother than my iPhone and definitely smoother than Android. Can't wait until March when I can hopefully get my own Lumia 900!

Asmodai said,
I don't get the excitement over these phones at all.
On the spec sheet it doesn't really look that impressive for a phone that isn't even available yet when compared to the top tier phones already available from both Apple and the Android ecosystem.

Which shows us you are commenting on a device you have never even seen live or even ever tried a WP mango phone. While I have been using Nokia phones for about 12 years I strayed and went from Nokia N95 to LG Arena to HTC Desire dabled a bit with iPhone. After that I actualy went with a Nokia X6 for a bit and now use a Lumia 800.. WP7 is way more intuitive then anything I used. The whole system is smooth and (and this is where the punchline goes) while others screem on dualcore this and that the WP7 experience just slides along just as smooth so for the user it's irrelevant if it has 1, 2 or 10 cores.. it's just as responsive as the GS2 or iPhone the guy nextdoor uses. And they are just getting started..

paulheu said,

Which shows us you are commenting on a device you have never even seen live or even ever tried a WP mango phone. While I have been using Nokia phones for about 12 years I strayed and went from Nokia N95 to LG Arena to HTC Desire dabled a bit with iPhone. After that I actualy went with a Nokia X6 for a bit and now use a Lumia 800.. WP7 is way more intuitive then anything I used. The whole system is smooth and (and this is where the punchline goes) while others screem on dualcore this and that the WP7 experience just slides along just as smooth so for the user it's irrelevant if it has 1, 2 or 10 cores.. it's just as responsive as the GS2 or iPhone the guy nextdoor uses. And they are just getting started..

I believe I was clear on what I have and have not seen live or tried but if not let me clarify. I have not tried the Lumia 900. I have seen and played with non-WP7 Nokia smartphones in the past as well as WP7 non-Nokia phones but only IN STORES as I have never purchased either nor know anyone who has that provided me an opportunity to play with one. I don't even know anyone who has talked positively about either (besides online personalities that I don't actually know in person.)

I was not trying to insult the phone simply stating that I personally don't understand what the excitement over these phones is with the hopes of someone actually posting a rational description of what makes them so special. Saying "clearly you haven't used one" and leaving it at that is totally unhelpful and in fact wrong if you count playing around with them in a store. If you don't count playing with them in stores then the argument is essentially "You need to buy one to find out if you should buy one." which isn't the greatest selling point to me.

As for the hardware/software argument I'm not even arguing WP7 isn't the smoothest prettiest OS out there. At the end of the day what I pay for though is hardware because CPU's, memory, LCDs, etc. cost something for every single phone and once purchased can't be changed. Software doesn't cost anything to duplicate once written and can be updated after the purchase so if I'm offered two devices that have similar costs and one has better hardware but worse software and one has worse hardware but better software my go to is the better hardware unless the software is so bad it is unusable.

It is amazing that, I'm always curious as to know any demonstration of WP7, but not even in a single video I have watched that I could naturally comprehend what the hell is going on the phone.

Luis Mazza said,
It is amazing that, I'm always curious as to know any demonstration of WP7, but not even in a single video I have watched that I could naturally comprehend what the hell is going on the phone.

Find the interactive demostration, or go to a store and play with one.

The problem is, unless you have one with 'your' information and accounts, it doesn't seem impressive. When you have your email and facebook and twitter etc all setup, the way you can manage information and people is amazing.

Having used iPhone and Android for several months and even over a year at a time, it wasn't until WP7 that was able to be ok without a laptop with me, as I had 'easy' access to all my stuff and information.

With SkyDrive 'caching' and the ability to have my 5 GBs of inboxes on the phone, it is a part of my life now.

I tried to get there on Android, and even still have a couple of Android devices that I try to mimic the functionality, but always hit walls. For example, on Android, I can't get all the email downloaded, as Android doesn't support huge inboxes, and even with the limits it has, when you get a large number of messages (which olders ones just drop off the phone) it start slowing down to a painful level.

Yet on a much 'technically' slower piece of hardware with WP7, I can instantly search 4gb of email, and flip through my 4 inboxes instantly.

It is a quick, easy, pleasant experience, and you never are looking at FC (crashes) screens, or an 'timer' animation waiting on the phone to do something.

It is something you have to use to experience, but it is why users are so 'happy' with the device.

(Just a moment ago I picked up my phone to read new email, and I have two computers in front of me. The reason, it is fast, and there and a better experience than I currently have from any email client on a computer. (Which is one reason I know Metro will blow people away with the 'cool' and powerful factor that now people don't recognize until they use it.)


It is the fluid and fast and 'just freaking works and also does this for you too' type of attitude that makes it easier...

/sales pitch off

thenetavenger said,

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Android e-mail clients are terrible. Copy and paste could also be improved.
Let's hope there's a nice handful WP devices to choose from, this year.

This++; - sent from wp7

thenetavenger said,

Find the interactive demostration, or go to a store and play with one.

The problem is, unless you have one with 'your' information and accounts, it doesn't seem impressive. When you have your email and facebook and twitter etc all setup, the way you can manage information and people is amazing.

Having used iPhone and Android for several months and even over a year at a time, it wasn't until WP7 that was able to be ok without a laptop with me, as I had 'easy' access to all my stuff and information.

With SkyDrive 'caching' and the ability to have my 5 GBs of inboxes on the phone, it is a part of my life now.

I tried to get there on Android, and even still have a couple of Android devices that I try to mimic the functionality, but always hit walls. For example, on Android, I can't get all the email downloaded, as Android doesn't support huge inboxes, and even with the limits it has, when you get a large number of messages (which olders ones just drop off the phone) it start slowing down to a painful level.

Yet on a much 'technically' slower piece of hardware with WP7, I can instantly search 4gb of email, and flip through my 4 inboxes instantly.

It is a quick, easy, pleasant experience, and you never are looking at FC (crashes) screens, or an 'timer' animation waiting on the phone to do something.

It is something you have to use to experience, but it is why users are so 'happy' with the device.

(Just a moment ago I picked up my phone to read new email, and I have two computers in front of me. The reason, it is fast, and there and a better experience than I currently have from any email client on a computer. (Which is one reason I know Metro will blow people away with the 'cool' and powerful factor that now people don't recognize until they use it.)


It is the fluid and fast and 'just freaking works and also does this for you too' type of attitude that makes it easier...

/sales pitch off


It looks so good, it's almost edible.

And that blue color of plastic is exactly the same as that of tiles. That's a really nice touch.

FMH said,
It looks so good, it's almost edible.

And that blue color of plastic is exactly the same as that of tiles. That's a really nice touch.

Seriously.

FMH said,
It looks so good, it's almost edible.

And that blue color of plastic is exactly the same as that of tiles. That's a really nice touch.

It's not plastic, its metal. Poly-carbonate...I believe. And its not paint. The color is the color of the material.

TechieXP said,
It's not plastic, its metal. Poly-carbonate...I believe. And its not paint. The color is the color of the material.

You are write that it is polycarbonate. But polycarbonate is a type of plastic.

Enron said,
What would be really impressive is if I change my tile color, the plastic changes too.

^^^^THIS!!!
ATTN ALL R&D TEAMS!! GO GO GO GO!!

Minimoose said,

I hope this is trolling, poly must give it away...

No, it is not trolling. And stop making a big deal out of it. It was a mistake.

Yes please. Though I'm chuffed with my Omnia 7 I cant wait till upgrade time in October. Nokia WP8 bvy Nokia here I come!

GP007 said,

Don't tell me you wanted a 1hr video?

A video showing it doing something would have been handy regardless of how long it was

DomZ said,

A video showing it doing something would have been handy regardless of how long it was

I wasn't being that serious, but anyways, there's quite a few 900 hands-on videos on other sites to check out.

GP007 said,

I wasn't being that serious, but anyways, there's quite a few 900 hands-on videos on other sites to check out.

The point I'm making is that if we are putting news stories up with a video I then don't want to have to go to another site to look at a detailed video rather than a quick 39 second shot of it doing nothing and some guy talking which seemed to be half way through the conversation