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Nokia Lumia 900 Review Roundup

The Nokia Lumia 900 was finally released in the US earlier this month. The much hyped device is thought by many to be Windows Phone’s hero device, and the one that can finally give the OS more mindshare amongst consumers. The device has beautiful hardware, Windows Phone 7.5, and a huge marketing budget from AT&T. All the pieces are in place for this to finally give Windows Phone a fighting chance. Below are what reviewers around the web thought about the device:


“The Nokia Lumia 900 is without a doubt one of the best Windows phones we’ve ever tested up to this point. If you can see past the limited app selection of the platform and the lack of some cutting-edge features like a 720p screen or NFC, there’s a whole lot to recommend. Those already committed to Android, iOS or Blackberry are unlikely to be swayed, but new smartphone buyers should seriously consider the phone… and not just because of its looks or software.”


Nokia’s Lumia 900 is a steal for consumers looking for dependable performance, ease of use, LTE connectivity, an attractive design and reasonable price.

Engadget also praised the phone’s solid camera, fluid UI, fast LTE speeds and outdoor screen readability. Their main gripe though was the low-res display

The Verge:

“I’ve already said this, but it bears repeating. I really wanted to love this phone. From a design standpoint, the Lumia 900 was immediately enticing. I’d already been salivating over Nokia’s N9 and Lumia 800, so knowing that a slightly larger (but more feature packed) version of that device was headed our way was fairly encouraging. But while the hardware — at least externally — delivers, the phone as a whole does not.”

The Verge loved the hardware design, snappiness of the OS, LTE speed and price, but still found that WP7 was missing a lot of features, third party apps needed work and that the specs felt last generation

GSM Arena:

Nokia Lumia 900 is arguably the best Windows Phone handset out there. It is great looking and well put together. It even manages to add a couple of exclusive software touches to an otherwise generic experience with Microsoft’s mobile OS. Internals are as cutting edge as they can be, given Microsoft’s ideas about smartphone hardware these days – especially with the presence of LTE connectivity on board.”

GSM Arena’s main gripe with the phone was the OS. They found that even though it is smooth, it is missing a lot of functionality and app support that rival operating systems offer.


Guys, this one’s such a no brainer that I shouldn’t even have to lay it all out. But I will.The Nokia Lumia 900  is an excellent handset, comes packed with a fresh new operating system in the form of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and thanks to a nifty AT&T bill credit from Nokia you can essentially get this $100 LTE-equipped phone for free until the 21st. Repeat: for free.Like I said, this one’s a no brainer”


Nokia’s Lumia 900 on AT&T is the total package in every sense of the term. It is a phone with gorgeous hardware that manages to be both classic and unique. It will launch alongside a massive marketing and advertising effort. AT&T’s retail staff is being given Lumia 900 handets and extensive training, and the device will have prime positioning in the carrier’s stores. And on top of everything else, this flagship 4G smartphone is just $99.99 or even less on contract.This is Windows Phone’s shot.

Overall BGR found the Lumia 900 to be a great phone but found the smaller app catalogue in the marketplace to be the biggest barrier to more marketshare.

Ars Technica:

If you don’t need to take cost into account and are a power user looking for the best phone in terms of performance and design, you’re probably going to walk on from the Lumia 900 to greener iOS and Android pastures. Not because of the interface subtlety—interface design isn’t a problem for smartphone vets, and there’s not much they won’t be able to figure out by trial and error. Information density can be overlooked, but not as easily. A few fixes in Windows Phone could go a long way to bringing it up to par with iOS and Android in that respect. As of right now, it’s still a little too much form over function to beat them at the game they invented” 

WP Central:

With one of the best displays for a Windows Phone around, a $99 price point and Nokia’s svelte and sexy design, the AT&T Lumia 900 is one of the best values for a smartphone today. For those people upgrading from a first generation Windows Phone to those folks just coming on board, the Nokia Lumia 900 is sure to impress.”


Overall reviewers seemed to agree that the Lumia 900 has beautiful hardware, a fast and responsive OS and is amongst the best Windows Phone devices to be released to date. That being said, the general consensus is that Windows Phone is still limited in terms of app selection, the screen resolution and overall hardware specifications are dated and that the camera is a disappointment.

Personally, I found that reviews seemed to be pretty balanced for the device. It was refreshing to see technology journalists step away from focusing purely on hardware specifications and really focusing in, and appreciating the unique design of the Lumia 900 as well as the fluid UI experience. We should have a review of the device in the near future, so stay tuned for our take on this much hyped device.

What do you guys think of the Lumia 900? Have reviewers been balanced in their assemsnet of the device?


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2 comments on “Nokia Lumia 900 Review Roundup

  1. Doug
    April 21, 2012

    The reviews have been pretty balanced as a whole and overwhelmingly positive… at least with respect to the phone as a whole. Many took their opportunity to take shots at WP7 though.

    Just out of curiosity, a couple of the reviews mentioned features that the OS is missing. What specifically do they think it is missing?

    • Nick Margolin
      April 21, 2012

      I don’t know if it is necessarily features that are missing, but more that certain features are not integrated or implemented as well as in Android or iOS. Having owned an Omnia 7 and using it as my primary device for a few months, I found that Mango had pretty much every feature the other major platforms had, but they were not as deeply integrated. One example is Maps. When I owned the Omnia 7 I found myself missing how deeply Google maps was integrated into the OS, and also integrated into third party apps.

      The criticisms of a lack of features really comes down to the fact that WP7 is still a young OS compared to it’s two competitors. Android and iOS have had many iterations that have allowed the core features of the OS to be integrated into third party apps, whereas in WP7 developers have only had access to multitasking, updated voice APIs, maps etc. for a short time. As a result many third party apps do not integrate as well, or as uniformly into the OS. I think this is where the main criticisms come from, and this is largely due to the young age of the OS, and relatively smaller user base.

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