Nokia Lumia 900 Hands-on

Daniel Bader

January 12, 2012 4:23 pm


Canada isn’t currently slated to get the LTE-powered Nokia Lumia 900 — at least not yet — but that doesn’t mean we can’t lust after it. TELUS will be releasing the Lumia 800 soon, and Rogers the 710 in early February, but what I really want is the 4.3-inch goodness of those devices’ bigger brother.

I had a chance to play with the Lumia 900 briefly, and it’s a doozy. Certainly bigger than the 800, its weight is evenly distributed and the body is slightly thinner. The curved “2.5D” glass of the Lumia 800 is eschewed for a flatter smattering of Gorilla Glass, but it’s no less attractive as a result. Besides the addition of an LTE chipset, the Lumia 900 comes with a 1MP front-facing camera. The rest of the specs are the same: 1.4Ghz Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB internal storage and an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens. Happily, the 800×480 pixel ClearBlack AMOLED display is not Pentile like the 800, but more like the Super AMOLED Plus of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Nokia has had an incredible reception here at CES. The Lumia 900 won tons of “Best of Show” awards, and the booth on the show floor has been constantly busy, with hundreds of new and old fans huddling around the various devices for some hands-on time. Windows Phone has been embraced in the last few weeks in ways I couldn’t have imagined six months ago: Nokia has not only brought more attention to the platform, but to other Windows Phone vendors like HTC and Samsung.

While the Marketplace is still fairly short on quality apps, an increasing number of dev houses are recognizing the importance of having Windows Phone apps and that bodes very well for Microsoft in 2012.

  • Keith

    C’mon bring this phone to Canada. It is arguably the best smartphone on the planet right now.

    • wtv

      All the ones who disliked this comment have small ones.

  • Alyssa

    Re-thinking the 900, it’s pretty large for my smallish hands!

    • CADDMan

      That’s what my girlfriends say.

  • Sean

    Why do I have a feeling Bell will get this, they always get the high end phones and AT&T probably wants this to seem exclusive for a little while

  • Dalex

    Nice read! They did seem to fix most of the issues with the rushjob in the 800. The front facing camera is nice. The non Pentile display is a major change, if Daniel mentions it being on the level of the SGS2′s super amoled plus, I am quite impressed.

    It’s certainly not the best smartphone on the planet right now, but its probably the best WP7 handset and I really hope they bring it to Canada.

    • Wia

      Ever had a time where you feel like you don’t wanna know which carrier has it, and you just wanna buy it out straight or buy an unlock version somewhere? Yea, this phone gives me that feeling.

    • AsadRaza

      2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
      3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
      4G Network LTE 700 / 1700 / 210

      I asked Nokia when this will be launched in Canada and I was told the announcement would be made soon. So I believe Canada will get it :)
      I am waiting for this baby and will buy it as soon as it is launched.
      Tired of seeing same looking mobile phones everywhere. This is different and this is the best (in CES there was an open challenge to all mobile owners to compete with this, 21 lost (including dual core and iphones4s), one was tally and this lost to only one iphone4s with a friction which we could easily call a tie. I was in favor of MeeGo but WP7 decision was not wrong either.

    • Keith

      Any phone that wins CNET’s Best Smartphone at CES is automatically a strong contender for best smartphone period.

  • JL

    Oh so it’s not Pentile and close to Super Amoled Plus. This is great news as a Pentile WVGA on a 4.3inch screen would look shitty but just fine on anything under 4 inches.

    Bring this to Canada with LTE please!

    • bob

      Still, 1280×720 would have been required for this device to be considered high end.

  • T1MB1T

    OF COURSE bell will get it and lock out the AWS so it will not work on wind!!! when are you all going to see this is a conspiracy to keep wind in the basement!!! revolt!!!

    • CADDMan

      Funny, I thought it was Wind’s small number of customers compared to the BIG 3′s due to their limited coverage and poor customer service that was making the handset makers ignore them.

  • Paynus Uranus Chite Phoque

    4.3 is too big. The Nokia 710 is a more comfortable 3.7″

  • np8989

    I actually don’t think the snapdragon they used supports pentaband so it really has nothing to do with locking WIND out

  • sYn

    Bell will get this device I am almost certain. And only because it is the best and fastest network in Canada, bar-none.

  • cheenachatze

    It’s a shame. Most Nokias since the N8 had pentaband radio. Most sold directly from Nokia unlocked as well. Did Microsoft put an end to that? If you Want freedom from carrier, stick with Nexus Galaxy or HTC Amaze.

  • kenypowa

    looks just like every other WP7 phone. Slick but unexciting.

    • Another_CADDMan

      I heard somewhere that’s also why Brad Pitt broke up with Jennifer Aniston.

  • wtv

    Rogers, you better get this!

  • Kevin

    I REALLY hopes this comes to bell, I’ve been waiting for a good WP7 on their network since it came out!

    • Lowell

      We went with Bell because of the HD7, which we’ve been very happy with… it’s one of the most distinctive looking Gen1 phones, 4.3″ screen. But I’m hoping that because Rogers has the 710, and Telus the 800, that Bell will get the 900.

  • Andy c

    Hopefully Nokia will release a unlocked hspa+ version

    The 800 is pentaband so this should be as well

  • Paul Q

    Why does Nokia get praise when it catches up to last year and RIM gets a new a*s? Windows? Please. Phony phone snobs. So it can do some of what other phones can do. BEST PHONE EVER!

  • Silentbuddha

    Lumia 900….I would drop my iphone4s for this distinctive looking device…I dont care if its penta band or not..but must be quad band. Can’t wait for device to be availble in Canada…imagine..sititng around a table with all your friends…they all pull out Apply, Android…and BAM!…you pull the Lumia 900.

    Brings back nostalgic memories of Nokia 5190 / 3390 and when i changed the entire casing and antenna etc…

  • frederick edwards

    Microsoft Stores will be selling the Lumia 800 unlocked soonish. The Lumia 800 will be optimized for AT&T Networks, ie: Rogers in Canada, and support 3G bands: 850, 1900, 2100. The Lumia 800 (RM-819) will run at HSPA+ (14.4Mbps) speeds; which is sometimes branded as 3G+ or 4G-Lite.

    If you were one of the ‘must have it’ crowd and picked up a UK edition (RM-801) then you will be pleased to know that the XDA-Developer community is going to be testing the flashing the US Lumia 800 RM-819 ROM on to the UK Lumia 800 phone to enable the 850 MHZ band. They’ve already flashed multiple UK/FR/DE firmware between phones and have successfully unbranded the phone from European carriers.

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  • Jongie

    I have a question. That said I’m not saying anything negative about this device, Nokia or windows phone OS. I have owned Nokia devices in the past and been satisfied with the experience.

    I just don’t understand how this phone could be garnering so much attention with what I perceive to be “run of the mill” specs. Aside from it being a Nokia device and running WP OS it’s specs are either equal to or inferior to current counterpart devices offered by other companies. Are there special features on the phone that aren’t being talked about? Basically I’m asking what is making this device so interesting? I feel like I’m out of the loop here.

    • freestaterocker

      The trick is the OS. WP7 is slick, fast & smooth. YouTube the “my phone for smoked by a windows phone” challenge from CES. Even with significantly lower specs than most of it’s competition, the WP7 device outperformed most devices in real world exercises. (postic pics to social networks, checking weather in a specific cities, etc.) The only loss the WP7 device (a Titan, I believe) suffered was to an iPhone 4s, and the challenge was posting a pic to Twitter. It also had 3 ties and over 20 wins, facing even top new devices like the Galaxy Nexus.

    • np8989

      It is hard to compare specs of phones that are on different platforms. The operating system on windows phone is completely different than android therefore it has different needs for hardware.

      Honestly, windows phone doesn’t need the extra power to be fast or smooth and that is exactly how Microsoft intended it. 1.4Ghz single core with 512mb of ram would probably still be faster/smoother than most high-end android phones.

  • freestaterocker

    I really hope you guys are right about it coming to Bell. I am on Bell with an HD7. I’m happy with it, but I want a WP with a ffc for tango.

  • Tyrone

    It’s hard to get excited about any Microsoft products.

  • Chris

    I would have love this phone more if it had a 12MP camera (Since the N8 had it and most new phones at the CES will have 12MP or more…) and a SD Micro card slot… Unless they create a 32GB version… Good to know that Nokia is back.

  • Chris

    Sorry for my part 2 of my posting.. Curious does anyone know if the Lumia 900 will come with 32GB and 64GB memory like the N9? Or is it too early to know?

  • Daniel AJ

    It really looks ugly. The N9, that was great UI design.

  • Nino

    Rogers, please please get this one on your line of WP7 phones! We were all expecting Rogers to get Lumia 800, but Telus got that one! I thought Rogers has a good relationship with Nokia. What happened there!? I hope Rogers won’t loose this one to another carrier!

  • freestaterocker

    Looks like Bell will NOT be getting this beauty… My inside source has seen their latest roadmap, and no new WP7 through June. Best hope for Bell devotees is Apollo devices… :’(