The highly anticipated and advertised Nokia Lumia 900 is a Windows Phone Mango-powered smartphone, first unveiled January 9th, 2012 by Nokia at Consumer Electronics Show, where it won the Best Smartphone award.
Nokia also celebrated the US launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 with an event at Time Square in New York with a special performance by Nicki Minaj. The Nokia Lumia 900 is a mainstream phone, relying on the simple charms of its colourful design and easy to use software. With such a big budget to gain the interest of the masses, many would expect the technology of Nokia’s latest model to be a top competitor in an ever growing market.
No LTE, but DC-HSPA??
The main difference between the US version of the Lumia 900 and the UK version which will be seen later this year is LTE.
You may ask what the difference is but don’t be alarmed. DC-HSPA in simple terms can be seen as a cross between our 3G and LTE. It’s supported by using two ‘channels’ to send and receive mobile data over the current 3G network (Apple’s new iPad uses it).
The 4.3-inch Lumia 900 is significantly bigger than the 3.7-inch Lumia 800, but the 900 has a flatter screen and a front-facing camera for video calls. Otherwise you’re essentially looking at its twin, which comes in eye-popping Smurf blue or black/white.
It’s heavier than most phones at 159g, but it feels solid. The Windows Phone is lacking as many apps as the iPhone or Android phones. Apple’s App Store has over half a million where as Windows just under 100,000. For smartphone beginners, they will find most of what they need.
Nevertheless, Nokia Lumia 900 is a pleasant place to hang out if you love social networks like Facebook and Twitter, you’ll find their tight integration into your phone really handy. These Nokia phones included apps such as Music and Maps are terrific too, and more importantly free.
The display itself is definitely one of the Lumia 900’s best features. The AMOLED screen features ClearBlack display tech. Colours are rich and sharp and the picture is incredibly bright. Battery drain tests show that the phones talk time on the Lumia 900 lasted 6.87 hours, and a full day without charging under moderate-to-heavy general use.
Nokia Lumia 900 Bug
Nokia is hoping an emergency rebate program will calm American consumers who rushed out and bought the company’s new flagship Windows phone only to be stung by a serious wireless data bug.
The Lumia 900 is Nokia’s big comeback phone – and also Microsoft’s biggest ever shot at the mainstream US market. A spokesperson for the Nokia explained;
“A memory management issue was discovered that could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity. This issue is purely in the phone software, and is not related to either phone hardware or the network itself. As a proactive and prudent measure, we decided to take immediate action.”
Nokia furthermore said that they will push out a patch to Lumia 900 to owners next Monday and will exchange 900’s affected. In addition, anyone buying one between now and April 21 will receive a £63($100) rebate on their AT&T bill. Also users who wanted the update immediately could trade in their handsets for a model already running the software fix.
Nokia have stated that tough competition had affected net sales in emerging markets and had also led to gross margin declines in its smart device business, which is seen as another setback for a group which is attempting to muscle its way in the back door into the lucrative smartphone market against the two big heavyweights Apple and Samsung.
Nokia announced the details of 4,000 job cuts, two weeks after posting a £905m loss for the three months to the end of December 2011. Shares in the company have more than halved in the last year.
“Our disappointing devices and services first quarter 2012 financial results and outlook for the second quarter 2012 illustrates that our devices and services business continues to be in the midst of transition,” said Stephen Elop, Chief Executive of Nokia.
To conclude you’ll need to decide whether you want to commit to the new Windows Phone platform before you consider the phone itself. The Lumia 900 is fashionably appealing and is definitely one of the best Windows Phones around. Mainly it will come down to price — and your own preference of screen size and lifestyle for apps.
In regards to the bug it should be sorted out by the time the Nokia Lumia 900 makes its way to UK retailers. Visit Mobilesplease.co.uk for deals on the Nokia Lumia 900 or to compare mobile phones and find the best deal to suit you.