Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Nokia Lumia 900 is the latest windows phone mango from nokia. Nokia Lumia 900 is intended to be the high-end windows phone which will compete with other smartphone from various brand. In this article we’re going to review Nokia Lumia 900 and see the performance of this windows powered phone.

Design

From the appearance, we can see that nokia lumia 900 is very similar with other nokia phone such as nokia lumia 800 and nokia N9. The difference is that nokia lumia 900 have bigger dimension because the use of 4.3 inches display. This 4.3 inches AMOLED display already equipped with corning gorilla glass for scratch protections.

The screen resolution of nokia lumia 900 are 480 x 800 pixels. It’s the same screen resolution as nokia lumia 800, although nokia lumia 800 have smaller 3.7 inches display.

Nokia lumia 900 is using the same material as nokia lumia 800 that is polycarbonate plastic with doff finishing makes it comfortable when we holding it in hands. The buttons on nokia lumia 900 also the same as nokia lumia 800.

Nokia lumia 900 also using micro SIM card just like nokia lumia 800. Most of today’s smartphones are using micro SIM card. But i personally prefer normal size SIM card.

Compared to nokia lumia 800, the lumia 900 have new mechanism to open the micro SIM card slot. Nokia lumia 900 have special pin that can be used to pull the micro SIM out.

Software

Nokia lumia 900 is using windows phone 7.5 mango operating system. Unlike android OS, the windows phone mango doesn’t have custom user interface, all windows phone looks the same. It seems like microsoft doesn’t allow nokia and other company to customize the user interface. This is a bad thing.

The nokia lumia 900 that we have here is already installed with microsoft office mobile full version. This is really good application, i can make presentation slides or excel sheets while still on the road.

Nokia lumia 900 also comes with nokia drive, nokia maps and microsoft zune player. The microsoft zune player works just like iTunes on apple devices. When we connect the nokia lumia 900 to computer, the zune player automatically detect and filter which files that can be played on nokia lumia 900.

You can also buy applications and games (Xbox Live) on windows market place, but compared to android and iOS, there’s not much software you can download, it sucks.

Hardware

There’s no significant hardware improvement on nokia lumia 900 over the nokia lumia 800. Nokia lumia 900 still equipped with the same processors, single core scorpion CPU speed 1.4 Ghz, same graphics adreno 205, same RAM and ROM. Also the camera on the back still using 8 mega pixels dual LED.

But compared to lumia 800, the nokia lumia 900 have front facing camera 1 mega pixels which can be used to make video call or video chat. Besides front camera nokia lumia 900 also have better network connection with high speed 42 Mbps.

Here’s hardware comparison between nokia lumia 900, lumia 800, and lumia 610.

Nokia Lumia 900 Nokia Lumia 800 Nokia Lumia 610
Operating System Windows phone 7.5 Windows phone 7.5 Windows phone 7.5
Screen Size 4.3 inches 3.7 inches 3.7 inches
Gorilla glass yes yes no
CPU 1.4 Ghz Scorpion 1.4 Ghz Scorpion 800 Mhz snapdragon
GPU Adreno 205 Adreno 205 Adreno 200
RAM 512 Mb 512 Mb 256 Mb
ROM 16 GB 16 GB 8 GB
Front Camera yes no no
Rear Camera 8 MP dual LED flash 8 MP dual LED flash 5 MP LED flash
HSDPA 42 Mbps 14.4 Mbps 7.2 Mbps
HSUPA 5.76 Mbps 5.76 Mbps 5.76 Mbps
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1 v2.1 v2.1
GPS yes yes yes
FM Radio yes yes yes
Micro SD slot no no no
Micro USB slot yes yes yes
Battery Li-ion 1830 mAh Li-ion 1450 mAh Li-ion 1300 mAh
Price (+/-) $449.99 $368  $199

As you can see the improvement over lumia 800 is the use of bigger screen (but same resolution), front camera, high speed network, and bigger battery capacity. Other than that everything else is still the same.

Camera

Nokia lumia 900 have 8 mega pixels carl zeiss optics camera on the back. This camera equipped with not one but two LED flash. And yes i must say that this camera is quite good for both indoor and outdoor photo shooting.

But for video recording nokia lumia 900 only capable of recording 720p HD video at 30 frame per seconds, not 1080p. I think for $400+ phone it should be able to record 1080p video resolution.

Nokia lumia 900 have 1 mega pixels camera on the front which can be used to make video calls using software like skype or tango video calls.

Conclusion

Nokia lumia 900 is a beautiful phone, stylish and elegant. But it lack of hardware improvement over the previous lumia 800 makes this phone not really worth to buy, specially if you already own lumia 800.

But if you’re windows phone fans (or nokia lovers), you should buy nokia lumia 900. You might also consider the nokia lumia 900 dark knight rises limited edition, it has batman logo on the back which makes this phone really cool.

Besides the cool batman logo on the back, nokia lumia 900 dark knight rises edition also comes with dark knight rises content such as movie trailers, games and wallpaper. Other than that, it’s the same as regular nokia lumia 900.

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