Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900

"Nokia? Aren't they that company that makes flip phones? I remember my first Nokia! I could play snake on it!" Oh Nokia... your fall from grace has been incredible. At one point you were the top of the world and now you're... well... the quote above pretty much sums it up. Sure, Europeans love your Symbian operating system. Sure, you probably sell lots of those phones to blond-haired, blue-eyed Fins across Scandinavia. But the truth is, I live in the United States - a land where you've been missing (but not necessarily "missed") for years. We've replaced you with iPhones, Samsungs, HTC's, LG's, ZTE's, Pantechs, Motorolas, and even Blackberrys. You've become unnecessary to us.

But you'd like to change that wouldn't you? You've really gone all out this time too. You've partnered with a company that you believe (and I honestly hope) has a really good chance of succeeding as the next big operating system for smartphones. I can't say I blame you. Symbian didn't do well, but Windows Phone!? Heck yes! It's easy to use and it's unique! I'd have fallen in love too. I worry though, since you're not the only company making Windows Phones. How are you going to stand out from the crowd? (Reader, you can find out by reading the full review).

- Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) build 7.10.8112.7
- 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss Lense and 720p HD video capture with dual LED flash, 1 MP front-facing camera with f2.4 aperture
- 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 4.3" Clearblack AMOLED display, 480 x 800 pixels
- Up to 7 hours of talk time, battery is 1830 mAh
- 16 GB internal storage, not expandable
- 4G LTE capable, with support for HSPA+, HSPA, GSM (3G), and EDGE
- Available in Cyan or Black
- Included Micro-SIM tray remover pin

Nokia, since it's been so long since I've seen a phone hit the U.S. that is even worth mentioning, I want you to make the first move in this relationship. And, it appears, you have. You've gifted AT&T with 15,000 Nokia Lumia 900's. Because of that, I received my review unit over two weeks before the official launch day and really do appreciate that. As if that wasn't enough, you gave us pens, t-shirts and lanyards and lowered the cost of this high-end, flagship, LTE-packing phone to a mere $99. An attractive quality, to be sure. You've really buttered me up for our date and I'm excited. I can't wait to get to know you better.

Just looking at you, Nokia Lumia 900, I get a sense that despite your low price you are built from quality material. It seems as though you put some thought into how you look and how to present yourself. From your unique, squared-off edges on top, to your curved sides and matte finish, you have the look and feel of phones of a much higher quality. The shiny silver buttons and camera housing is a nice touch and adds just the right amount of class. You feel solid, like I can lean on you (against a counter) and not have you fall apart. The one reservation I have is that you have really stuck your screen out there. Quite the bold move on your part... but nothing a good case can't fix I suppose.

The speaker for listening to music out loud and speakerphone
I know this is going to be a sensitive topic for you - it is for most people - but you need to lose a bit of weight... Don't get too offended It's not necessarily a bad thing to have a little extra bulk here and there! It's just that... well... you're a little too much for me to handle sometimes. You're heavy and thick and sometimes I worry that if I drop you, the extra weight will propel you to the ground much faster and you may break. If that were to happen... oh, I just can't even think about it... It also seems that you could have cut a bit of space off both the top and the bottom of the phone to save space in my pocket.

Your Micro-SIM tray (complete with pin to open it) looks warmly familiar. It's almost like I've seen something similar on other phones. The same thing could be said for the availability of your bumper cases in various colors. None-the-less, it's effective. You've caught my eye. You're different from all other Windows Phones.

Now, how do you work, Lumia 900? What makes you tick?

In switching back and forth between apps and the home screen and more apps, I was rarely able to trip you up. You load videos amazingly well! Running (most) apps on you is a breeze. I rarely ran into trip-ups, but there were a few rough spots here and there. While playing one of my favorite games, MiniSquadron, you were a bit laggy and inconsistent. GroupMe had some problems too. For an entire day, I couldn't open that app without you forcing it to close! And sometimes you just barely make it through a typed sentence. Why does this happen with you and not with other Windows Phones like the Samsung Focus S? Those small things aside, you were smooth and quick between transitions and I enjoyed that about you.

You are great a playing music. When I want to listen to my music collection, you're there and easily accessible. You flawlessly play songs with the utmost attention to quality. Whether through headphones, bluetooth, or even speaker, you sounded great. You even payed special attention to detail when you put the speaker on the bottom of the phone instead of the back. That way, I can place you on a counter with your screen facing up and I can still hear you clearly. The one drawback, however, is something you share with all other Windows Phones so far... you're a bit short on memory and it can't be expanded. It's something that I can overlook because I honestly don't need more than 8-10 GBs of music on my phone but it's something that other people may pass you by for.

Sometimes the way you look at me is... fuzzy... to say the least. Your camera takes okay pictures, but when blown up onto a computer screen that's when you start to notice that the edges of things are not quite as defined as other cameras. My iPhone 4S and my Samsung Galaxy S II make my heart melt with the pictures they take for me. You... although you do a great job... don't measure up to the others in this respect. That's just speaking of still shots, of course. Taking videos was great for you. For as often as I take videos on my phone (not often) you met my expectations. I would expect better from Nokia as far as stills go, but you'll for now. Just try better next time, eh?

Next, I want to look at my pictures and videos, and you have the perfect solution for me don't you? That Clearblack AMOLED screen of yours is great. I can see the screen perfectly - better than any other phone - while in the light. This makes it easier to take outdoor pictures in the bright sunlight, view those pictures, and over-all just use my phone. It's incredible! You polarize light better than any other phone.

To ignore the upsides of the operating system would be to ignore a wonderful quality of yours. I can't even pretend that Windows Phone is not my favorite operating system, so you're at quite a bit of an advantage there. And what you've done with it... oh... your parents, Microsoft and Nokia, must be very proud of how you turned out. It definitely would seem as though you are the favored child. Windows Phone works for you. You've taken a platform and built something around it that's made it pop. Your unique design working alongside that Clearblack AMOLED screen make the live tiles of the operating system and the artistic "metro" style really come alive in my hand. It's something HTC, LG, and Samsung haven't been able to do with Windows phone yet.

Your one weakness with choosing Windows phone is in your apps, or lack-thereof. Sure, you have the apps I need and like and there are quite a few you have that are unique. In a world that is so interactive, however, some apps like Draw Something, Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, and other interactive games that work cross platform with Android and iOS devices are going to count against you because of them being missing. I'm not missing them myself: after-all, you do have Metro Radio (a third-party app that allows you to access and play Pandora), Slacker Radio (which I believe is better than Pandora), the original Angry Birds (I AM missing Angry Birds Space), Evernote, Keeper, Fruit Ninja, Dropbox, Doodle Jump, Shazam, Weatherbug and you even have a lot of great originals like GeoDefence, Hydro Thunder, ilomilo, and TRUE Microsoft Office. Your Mom, Nokia, has even added in some great unique Nokia apps like Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps. Thank you for that, it was a really sweet thought.

Over-all, I've had quite the affair with you! You're attractive, young, and different. Now that we're past the honeymoon phase, what's the verdict? You're my sweetheart. Although there's a few things that I'd like to see change about you, (the camera could be better and some of the apps I use don't work the best) you've really impressed me and I'll be spending a lot of time with you from here on out. You've separated yourself from the rest. You're dear to me, Lumia 900. You've changed my perception of your mom (Nokia), that's for sure. Your parents will be proud. I know I am!

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