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Nokia Lumia 900 review

Nokia's Lumia 900 mostly delivers on the promise of Windows Phone as a viable third mobile platform.

Our Verdict

The Lumia 900 may not be perfect, but it's a recommendable phone, and the best Windows Phone being offered.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480

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For

  • Fantastic apps
  • Gorgeous hardware
  • Windows Phone 7.5

Against

  • 16GB storage
  • Mediocre camera
  • Empty marketplace
  • Limited push email
  • Bloatware

Nokia Lumia 900

Messaging gets its very own tile on the Lumia 900 Start screen, and once launched, cycles between traditional SMS/MMS threads and integrated Facebook chat, which can be disabled in settings if you don't want it.

Tap the + icon to create a new message, where you can attach a photo via MMS or record a voice memo to send instead.

Sadly, videos can't be sent with the Lumia 900 (or any Windows Phone device), but are promised for a forthcoming update. (Receiving videos works just fine.)

Contacts are easily added with a tap, and the Windows Phone keyboard makes good use of the display with tall, well-spaced keys providing a board to match the stock Android one, although like the Android offering, we did find ourselves hitting the wrong key on more than one occasion.

Nokia Lumia 900

We liked the pleasing, understated "tock tock tock" sound as we hit keys, compared to the more shrill sound used on competing mobile OS platforms.

If you require a bit more travel between keys you can always turn the Lumia 900 landscape and the accelerometer with flip the keyboard round, providing a more spacious layout.

Conversations are threaded in coloured boxes which echo the Start screen tiles, and can be individually deleted by selecting "delete thread," a function tucked away under three small dots in the lower right corner, which is a system-wide method used for accessing additional features.

An annoying quirk with the Windows Phone platform is if you haven't flagged a friend's number as 'mobile' in their contact profile, you won't be able to find that number in the auto-search box of a text message's contact field.

Nokia Lumia 900

This means if our mate Dave's number is set to something like "home", when we start typing Dave into the "to" box in a new message, his number won't show up – a highly frustrating issue we hope will be ironed out in the next software update.

While in People hub, if you have linked contacts you can initiate a Facebook chat, write on that user's wall or even mention them on Twitter as well as send email to any of their connected accounts.

New accounts are added via Settings > Email + Accounts, where you can choose from Windows Live, Outlook, Nokia Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Google, LinkedIn or any POP/IMAP email.

New accounts are added via Settings > Email + Accounts, where you can choose from Windows Live, Outlook, Nokia Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Google, LinkedIn or any POP/IMAP email.

Nokia Lumia 900

Push email only works with Microsoft and Google accounts, which our iCloud account was none to happy to hear about.

Initially, each email account appears on its own tile, which can get pretty messy for those of us with more than a few of them.

But Microsoft comes through again with linked inboxes – simply add all of your accounts and like magic, they'll appear in a unified "Linked Inbox" tile.

Email is done quite elegantly here, but we stumbled across a few nagging issues, such as being unable to move an email between account folders.

Nokia Lumia 900

Aside from traditional SMS and Facebook chat, instant messaging is otherwise MIA on the Nokia Lumia 900.

Thankfully, there are a few apps in the Marketplace to add this functionality, including the excellent (and free) IM+, which works with almost every service you can think of – from stalwarts like WhatsApp, AOL and Yahoo, all the way down to a few you've probably never heard of.

While both Twitter and Facebook are well integrated into Windows Phone for casual users, power users will probably want to download the official free apps from Marketplace, or seek out one of several paid third-party options.

Microsoft's official port of Facebook is actually one of the slickest we've used, which even allows users to decorate backgrounds using their own images.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory16 GB
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 700
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product Model900
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)160 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height127.8 mm
Width68.5 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 900 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002Z4N0
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 900 Smartphone
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable
  • Nokia Fast USB Charger
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Quick Guide, User Guide and Product Information Leaflet
  • SIM Door Key
Limited Warranty2 Year