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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

Results are also quite mixed once you switch the Lumia 900 camera into camcorder mode.

With most top-end smartphones, such as the Galaxy S2, now recording 1080p HD video, Nokia's newest flagship device appears to bring a knife to a gunfight, capable of only 720p HD at 30fps (a less-desirable secondary mode is also available for 640x480 video).

Nokia Lumia 900

Unlike many Android smartphones, the Lumia 900 wisely shoots in the higher quality MPEG-4 format, and the video is certainly better for it.

We didn't notice much in the way of artifacts or blocking in the video we shot, although outdoors in bright sunlight, the video tended to be a little too high contrast for our liking.

When in darker settings or indoors with less desirable lighting, the Lumia 900 mostly falls flat on its face. There was noticeable noise and grain once the lights went down, and the automatic white balance struggled to keep up in environments with mixed lighting.

Nokia Lumia 900

The AMOLED display actually works against the video camera, making video look worse than it actually is while shooting – an unfortunate by-product of this technology, making colours oversaturated.

Once footage was imported back to our computer, we were pleasantly surprised to see an improvement – but it did little for the noise and grain.

Nokia Lumia 900

On a more positive note, the Lumia 900 video camera includes built-in stabilization, the same four effects filters as the still camera and 3x digital zoom, but don't plan on doing any smooth zooming in or out with the latter, since it jumps from setting to setting.

The zoom also can't be toggled during filming, with the same going for the LED flash, both of which need to be set before hitting record.

The video camera also features a large time display in the lower left corner, which unobtrusively changes opacity while recording so you'll never be left wondering how long a clip is.

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