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April 4, 2012 at 7:44 AM

The AT&T Nokia Lumia 900

Smoked By A Windows Phone!!

I first laid eyes on the Nokia Lumia 900 running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in Las Vegas at AT&T’s Developers Summit, on January 9, 2012. In triumph upon the new Lumia 900′s release, Nokia had a celebration at the Playboy Club in the Palms Hotel. Mingling through the crowd were representatives of Nokia, brandishing this masterpiece of technology for you to take a limited hands on review of its magnificence that rivaled the iPhone 4/4S in design! My first impression of Lumia 900 was that the screen was spectacular in its presentation of colors and a perfect size of 4.3″! Even more so was the snappy responsiveness of the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS it was running! Windows Phone 7.5 Mango was so fresh in its appearance and operated without lag when exploring its intricacies.  Grasping it in my hand felt so natural and comfortable! Its rounded edges, soft polycarbonate body combined with the perfect width and height, it practically melded itself into your hand! Myself being an Apple fanboy with allegiance there unto, I said to myself, ” this will be my next phone,” and likely for some time!

I introduce to you the Nokia Lumia 900, the flagship Windows Phone that will create more than just magic, it will set the precedence of returning Microsoft and Nokia back to the forefront of electronics world as we know it! Pairing the Nokia Lumia 900, running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango with AT&T’s super fast 4G LTE network is like adding icing to the cake! Get ready for a fresh new Lumianating experience!


Hardware:

Connectivity

WLAN support

  • WEP
  • WPA
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • WPA- Enterprise
  • WPA- Personal

Data synchronization

  • Zune for PC and Mac Connector Software
  • Calendar, Contacts, To Do List
  • Media (Music, Video, Photos, Podcast)

Local Connectivity

  • Micro USB
  • WiFi
  • USB 2.0 High-Speed
  • 3.5mm AHJ Connector
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR

Memory

Total user memory

  • 16GB internal memory (14.5GB user memory) plus SkyDrive cloud storage

SDRAM memory

  • 512MB

Power Management

Battery

  • BP-6EW 1830mAh

Power Management

  • USB Charging

Maximum 2G and 3G talk time

  • 7hr

Maximum GSM and 3G standby time

  • 300hr

Maximum music playback time

  • 60hr

Maximum video playback time

  • 6.5hr

Operation times may vary depending  on radio access technology used, operator network configuration and usage.

Data Network

Data bearer

  • HSUPA Cat6 5.76Mbps
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPRS Class B
  • WCDMA
  • Dual Transfer Mode (MSC 32)
  • EDGE Class B
  • LTE Cat 3 (50Mbps Downlink, 25 Mbps Uplink)
  • HSPA+ Cat14 21 Mbps
  • Diversity antenna array to maximize RF performance

Extra feature

  • 3D Accelerometer
  • Micro SIM
  • Flight Mode
  • Magnetometer Sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • 2 Microphones
  • Gyroscope

Operating Frequency

Operating band

  • GSM 850
  • GSM 900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 1900
  • WCDMA Band V 850
  • WCDMA Band VIII 900
  • WCDMA Band II 1900
  • WCDMA Band I 2100
  • LTE Band 17 (700)
  • LTE Band 4 (1700/2100)

CPU Count

  • Single

Hardware CPU clock rate

  • 1400MHz

Hardware CPU type

  • Qualcomm APQ8055 + MDM9200 (WCDMA)

Design:

Key Input Methods

Dedicated Hardware Key

  • Volume Key
  • Camera Key
  • Windows UI Keys (Back, Start, Search)
  • Power/Lock Key

Display And User Interface

Display Size And Resolution

  • 4.3″ Capacitive Touch Screen, 480 x 800 pixels, 217 ppi

Display Technology

  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • AMOLED
  • ClearBlack

Camera:

Main Camera

Primary Camera Sensor Size

  • 8MP Carl Zeiss Optics
  • Dual LED Flash
Camera Resolution
  • 2448 x 3264 pixels

Camera F number/aperture

  • 2.2

Secondary Camera

Secondary Camera Sensor Size

  • 1MP Carl Zeiss Optics

Camera Resolution

  • 720 x 1280

Secondary Camera F number/aperture 

  • 2.4

Main Video Camera

Camera Video Resolution

  • 720 x 1280 pixels
Camera Video Frame Rate
  • 30 frames per second

Secondary Video Camera

Camera Video Resolution
  • 480 x 640 pixels
Camera Video Frame Rate
  • 30 frames per second

Photos and Video:

 

Review:

So after using the Nokia Lumia 900 for the last 2 weeks would my impression of the phone come away with the same initial impression I received in January at CES? Lets just say this phone is “SMOKIN HOT” in every aspect!!
Set up and syncing was as easy as the iPhone! With Windows Phone Connector for Mac transferred  my music, videos, photos and podcasts from iTunes, iPhoto and Aperture on my MacBook. If you have a Microsoft PC you use Zune for PC for setup and syncing. You will need to open up a Windows Live account as this sets up your account with the Marketplace and keeps a cloud backup of sorts incase there are problems that require a backup of what was on your Nokia Lumia 900.
Many people’s big concern with going to a Windows Phone is the availability of their favorite apps. The Marketplace with over 80,000 apps and is adding 350 new apps everyday, has almost every app I use on my iPhone except for a few that I was able to find something with the same capabilities. The Marketplace has many of the most popular titles like Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, eBay, Amazon Mobile, Spotify, Netflix, Skype, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja to name a few. Microsoft with Nokia’s help have taken an aggressive approach to adding more top apps to the Marketplace. They have done this by adding more countries who can contribute to the Marketplace, as well as giving monetary incentives to developers to push its continued population with these new apps. The Marketplace is anticipated to have close to a 100,000 apps by summer.
The Windows Phone 7.5 Mango software is snappy and responsive without lag, that is certainly helped along with the 1.4Mhz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. For someone coming from using the iOS platform for so long, the Windows Phone 7 OS is fresh and exciting as my experience was with iOS back in 2008.  The Mango UI is most certainly as easy to setup and navigate around as my iPhone is with iOS. This is important to users coming from other mobile platforms like Android and BlackBerry as well. The Lock Screen shows notifications of calls, voicemail, texts, email and calendar highlights. You can also add pictures to your Lock Screen to personalize your Lumia. Upon opening the Lock Screen with a swipe of your finger up you are presented with two rows of vertically placed tiles with your primary features like phone, messaging, email, Calendar, Internet Explorer, and more!! The Live Tiles feature is one of the highlights of  the Windows Phone OS’s personality. Take for instance the Weather Channel app’s Live Tile gives you up to date temperature, weather conditions and radar shots. Another favorite app of mine is 4th & Mayor app, which is for posting to FourSquare. It does it much better and efficiently than the FourSquare app! The Me Tile is your notification and posting center for instantly posting to all your social medial outlets or looking at the most recent responses to your posts. The People Live Tile is like a hub for quick access to your selected Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Facebook is integrated into the OS in many areas with the ability to post quickly either comments or pictures to your Wall. Though to be truthful Facebook for Windows Phone is not up to the standard of iOS, Android and Blackberry’s Facebook apps in one fairly important area, Messages. Facebook chat messages are slow to come to your attention by notification of the app or within your Messaging app where your texts also come to reside. Though for whatever reason this has seemed to improve for me speed wise as I kept using the Lumia, so this could be a integration API problem between Windows Phone and Facebook though I’m not sure. Some people have also said to get rid of the Facebook app altogether, I have yet to try that, but plan too. In the upper right is arrow that takes you to a listing of your apps and settings. These are displayed in alphabetical order though it would be nice if they allowed you to customize the order of these. This is where by pressing and holding down on any app gives you the options of pin to start, rate and review or uninstall. So overall the Windows Phone 7 experience on the Nokia Lumia 900 is fresh, exciting, informative, customizable, user friendly and fun to look at with the ever changing Live Tiles profiling your your life highlights.
The candy bar form factor of  the Nokia Lumia is likely the most solid feeling phone I have handled in a long time, with the exception being the iPhone 4/4S. The big difference between this solid feeling on the Lumia and iPhone was, I felt like the Nokia Lumia 900 could be dropped multiple times during the life of the phone without repercussions resulting in breakage like the iPhone’s glass body. The polycarbonate body’s solid non-plasticky feel and screen made from Gorilla Glass gives you the reassurance that it will take the licking and keep on ticking. The rounded edges makes holding the Nokia Lumia 900 much more natural in feel and accents the phones controls for easy acquisition. Scratches of the body on the Nokia Lumia 900 will not remove the the color as the polycarbonate has the been mold injected with color, so no matter how deep scratches are, the Lumia’s polycarbonate body will still reveal the beautiful color that you chose for your phone. Below the beautiful 4.3″ ClearBlack AMOLED screen you have the touch capitative buttons of, Back, Home and Search. Above the AMOLED screen is the earpiece speaker. The ClearBlack AMOLED screen is spectacular with its clarity and resolution. Colors are vibrantly pure and blacks are black as night with perfect representation on the ClearBlack AMOLED screen the Nokia Lumia 900 sports. The ClearBlack technology helps you to better see the screen when you are outside in the direct sunlight. The Nokia Lumia’s ClearBlack AMOLED screen is not on the level of the Retina Display but better than the Super AMOLED screens which in my opinion over saturate the colors and brightness giving their screens an unnatural appearance at times. On the side you have physical hardware buttons of your up and down volume rocker, power/lock button and a dedicated camera button. I am still getting familiar with the volume and power/lock button placement where often times I was pressing the volume rocker when trying to lock the phone. Though continued use of the Nokia Lumia 900 will eliminate this problem in time. I really like the dedicated camera button as you never know when your kids are going to give you a “Carl Zeiss” moment! These split second opportunities are captured by either the rear 8MP Carl Zeiss optics with dual LED flash or the front facing 1MP camera. The rear camera takes spectacular photos and video with great resolution and representation of colors. I have posted some sample pictures and video I took on a recent trip to San Antonio. I think you will agree these pictures rival the mighty iPhone 4S’s camera in picture quality. The front facing camera is great for Tango or Skype video calls and worked very well in my tests with friends. On top of the phone is is your SIM tray slot, MicroUSB charging/syncing port, secondary mic, and 3.5MM headphone jack. Personally because of my setup in my truck I would prefer the charging port had been on the bottom. On the bottom is your speaker and primary microphone. The phone has a 1830 mAh battery that with 4G and light to moderate usage gave me 1 day and 4hrs of use. On LTE I was able to use the phone with light to moderate usage for 14hrs before it powered down. In regards to call quality the Nokia Lumia 900 made clear calls to my friends via the phone itself or with use of several different BlueTooth devices I used. Pleasantly I was surprised the first time a text came in and it read the text over my BlueTooth speakerphone to me. It then gave me the option of verbally replying without taking my hands off the steering wheel. I consider this a safe way to text as it is no different than talking to someone sitting in the passenger’s seat. My job many times takes me far out of town into areas where the signal is not that great along the Texas and Mexico border. The Nokia Lumia 900 consistently kept signal better without losing reception once, where at times my iPhone 4S gave me a No Service display. I was fortunate to go to San Antonio to test LTE speeds. Wow do I love LTE!! Using a app called BandWidth I was able to get speeds of almost 19Mbps on the download and 8Mbps on the upload. I am unsure of the BandWidth app’s compatibility with LTE, though it was my best option without availability of a Speedtest.net app from Ookla for Windows Phone 7.
Overall I continue to be impressed with the Nokia Lumia 900′s design and solid feel in my hand. Despite not having a Retina Display it still looks amazing and I can sit a watch the Live Tiles all day.  Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is so fresh and exciting for me to use as my primary device. As I await for the Cyan color to arrive at the latter part of this week I feel that excitement that I felt the first time I got the iPhone. This is a big step for me to leave the iPhone as I have been called an Apple fanboy as evidenced by references comparing it to the iPhone. The Markeplace app store has a more than adequate amount of apps with new ones coming everyday. Nokia, Microsoft and AT&T have made a masterpiece of a smartphone that I feel will get many to jump ship like I have. AT&T has this tremendous phone priced at $99.99 with 2year contract is a heck of deal!! Get yours on April 8th for a Happy Easter present!! So take the jump and experience the Nokia Lumia 900!! You will not be disappointed!!!
  • http://www.attwp.com/ Matthew Ballew

    Dosent it do 1080p? The video wasn’t even in 720p..

    Idk, I lost my interest on windows phone when they held the “Smoked by a Windows Phone” contest, and the android guy won but lost “Just because”

    • Andy Kaufman

      I didn’t upload it straight from my Lumia Matthew. I used iMovie to splice it together so I likely lost my resolution. It is only capable of 720P video the same resolution that the 16MP Titan II is capable of.

  • Nathan Wright

    Love those LTE speeds! I really want it now.

    • Andy Kaufman

      I don’t even know if that app was configured to work with LTE speeds.