Nokia quickly became one of the top suppliers of Windows-based hardware in the years that followed, but during the Windows Phone 7 era they only had a limited offering when compared to the likes of HTC. However, the phone that they did create became one of the more popular phones that used the operating system, so let’s take a look at what the Nokia Lumia 900 brings to the table.
The phone crackles with the Scandinavian design methodology that has become so popular through stores such as Ikea, with a very interesting use of color helping it to stand out from its contemporaries and offering the phone a design quality that many are going to find appealing. The large screen is backed by a subtly curving rear-end that comes in a choice of white, black or electric blue. It’s also a big phone, standing at 5 inches tall and with the screen managing to take up much of that space.
As with all Windows Phone 7 offerings, the Lumia 900 had to meet a minimum design specification just to run the operating system, but that does mean that everything runs nice and smoothly. Of course, this is to be expected given the close relationship that Nokia and Microsoft have, but it is still remarkable to see just how good Windows 7 can look on a device that has clearly been built solely with running the OS in mind.
Still, the battery does offer an impressive 7 hours of constant talk time, plus the phone will generally last a day without charging at all if it is used fairly moderately.
Nokia decided to forego the 5 megapixel minimum with the Lumia 900s camera, instead opting to use an 8 megapixel camera that is going to be very appealing to people who love to take a lot of pictures.
Better yet, the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft means that the phone should come pre-loaded with a host of useful apps, plus it is quite easy to get your hands on more through the Windows app store.
The Bottom Line
Nokia almost knocked it out of the park with the Lumia 900, as it offers just that little bit more than most of it contemporaries and has a design that allows it to stand alongside the best offerings from Apple and Samsung with pride.
The only point of contention is the call quality, which can be a little hit and miss. Muffled sound and inconsistent volumes seem to be fairly commonplace, though it’s a minor issue for those that use their phone mostly for web browsing and texting.