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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

If you're in the US then you'll be able to pick up the 4G LTE version of the Nokia Lumia 900, but for those outside of the states you'll more than likely have to settle for the 3G version.

We had no problem connecting to networks, although we didn't hit anywhere near that (4G LTE) maximum, but we did hit a respectable 7.05Mbps download (upload speeds were sadly under 1Mbps), which is comparable to what we've seen on the iPhone 4S.

The Lumia 900 also packs Wi-Fi b/g/n, which we found to pick up the majority of wireless networks and provide a strong link once connected.

Nokia Lumia 900

Perhaps the weakest link on the Lumia 900 – and Windows Phone in general – is the choice of a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9 for its browser. Render speeds were noticeably slower with IE9, and fonts looked downright chunky when finished.

IE9 also brought poor results in our speed tests, clocking 6962.5ms on the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark (compared to our iPhone 4S at a speedy 2241.4ms) and 137 on the Peacekeeper universal browser test, well below either the Samsung Galaxy S2 (255) or iPhone 4S (314).

Clearly, Microsoft has a way to go before the browser is up to snuff on Windows Phone, but a few third-party contenders are trying to get discovered in the Marketplace in the meantime.

IE9 includes a setting for selecting mobile or desktop websites by default, but the browser frequently seemed confused as to which one it should display.

Nokia Lumia 900

Unlike its desktop big brother, IE9 for Windows Phone features the absolute minimum bare essentials when it comes to settings, and like early versions of Android, suffers from no way to sync desktop bookmarks.

We were able to mostly get around the bookmarks limitation thanks to Xmarks, a free app available in the Marketplace to Premium users who pay $12 (around £8) per year for the service.

Xmarks allowed us access to all of our synced bookmarks from desktop Safari, Chrome and Firefox (which are get synced to iOS via iCloud) as well as open tabs.

Not a perfect solution, but we were happy to have it at all.

To no one's surprise, Adobe Flash is missing in action from the Windows Phone 7 platform – but fear not, Flash fans, the $4.99 (£3.99) FlashVideo for WP7 app promises to right that wrong, should you be so inclined.

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