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 such, it isn’t great for people who want something that fits nice and easily in the pocket, but it is amongst the best phones for those who enjoy browsing the web or watching movies on their handheld devices.
Said display is also absolutely gorgeous, featuring beautiful colors and a resolution that makes it perfect for viewing photos taken with the very solid camera. As always, you can also expect the build quality of a Nokia phone to be amongst the best on the market and the Lumia 900 doesn’t disappoint. Just make sure you get a screen protector, as you never know what might happen if you do drop it.
It’s not all perfect though. There are some very oddly placed buttons that can make the phone a little bit of a chore to use, plus there are some little gaps that you may notice that seem to serve no purpose. They don’t seem to affect the durability of the phone itself though.
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. If anything, you could argue that the OS looks a lot better on the screen offered by the Lumia just because of the high resolution and obvious quality on display.
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.
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. Call quality in particularly could do with being improved, as it is extremely inconsistent. At times it will feel very muffled and unclear, whereas at others the call sounds extremely loud. This can make it a little hard to talk when the phone has decided to go the unclear route, though you should still be able to figure out what is being said. Still, for a manufacturer that can usually be relied upon for quality it is a pretty poor effort.
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. The phone also has a front-facing camera, which is a feature that is sorely lacking from many of the Windows Phone 7 offerings that came before it.
Moving away from the impressive camera, the phone comes with many of the features that you would expect, such as a headphone jack, micro sim compatibility and some handy control buttons that should allow you to do everything that you want to do with the phone without too many issues.
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.
All told, the Lumia 900 is probably the most impressive Windows Phone 7 offering to date, having obviously benefited from the design expertise of Nokia, the partnership with Microsoft and the fact that the phone has managed to learn from any mistakes the launch models made and has mostly been able to improve upon them.