After having played with the Nokia Lumia 900
at this year's CES we were extremely excited to see Nokia's newest Lumia device in action. The word was that the Lumia 900 would be an LTE device and would be launching on AT&T and so far, both of those stand to be true. Although, we've gotta be honest and say that we don't necessarily think that a solo launch on AT&T is the best choice, and we do hope that they'll launch on other carriers like T-Mobile.
Oddly enough, at CES 2012, we were not allowed to actually interact with the screen of the Lumia 900 as it was stated as not being ready yet. While this did worry us a bit back then, its been a few months since the Lumia 900 was in such a state and we're hoping Nokia and Microsoft have worked out the kinks that might have prevented the press from interacting with the Lumia 900.
Lumia 900 we played with at CES 2012
The Nokia Lumia 900 is the bigger brother to the Nokia Lumia 800, which was Nokia's first Windows Phone device to market. That phone was followed by the Lumia 710 and Lumia 610, both of which launched on T-Mobile for the grand old price of free with 2 year contract. Currently, we believe that Nokia's Lumia line of devices have been very well thought out, but not without some growing pains. There were early reports of the Lumia 800 having issues with battery life on some carriers. Nokia announced that they were aware of the issue and already had a fix in the works during their press conference at MWC 2012.
The Lumia 900 appears to borrow most of its stylistic prowess from the Lumia 800 which is also known as the Searay which is simply an internal reworking of Nokia's N9 Meego smartphone who's success was torpedoed by Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop stating that Windows Phone would be their main OS moving forward. While we still do not agree with Stephen Elop's decision regarding Meego and the Nokia N9, there is no denying that the N9 and subsequently N800 are very attractive phones. As such, Nokia has taken a lot of these very good design cues and translated them into a much larger phone.
Lumia 900's speaker
The Nokia Lumia 900 is a 4.3" AMOLED touchscreen (compared to the Lumia 800's 3.7") featuring Nokia's ClearBlack technology. Furthermore, the phone will feature an 8 megapixel camera featuring a wide angle 28mm f/2.2 Carl Zeiss optics for extremely sharp and high quality photos to show on the 480x800 display. While we're not entirely sure that Nokia should have necessarily gone for such a low resolution display on such a large screen, we guess we'll only see how its 217 ppi pixel density really looks once we've reviewed it. Most displays of that size do feature higher resolutions, though.
As we stated earlier, the phone will feature LTE on AT&T's network and will similarly have an 1830mAh battery, which is pretty beefy when you consider the Lumia 900 is still a single core phone and the Lumia 710 that we're reviewing has almost the same processor and a smaller screen with a 1350mAh battery. There is no doubt, though, that this polycarbonate unibody design will not allow for you to easily swap batteries, but it will make the phone extremely durable. Hopefully, the battery life on LTE won't be as bad as some other phones we've seen in the past.
Lumia 900's headphone jack, USB port (data and power), and SIM card slot
As we stated in the title, the Lumia 900 will be selling on AT&T on April 8th for $99.99
on 2 year contract and can be pre-ordered starting March 30th. It will be available in two colors, Cyan and Black.
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