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Viji Varghese

"Great Intuitive smartphone"

Nokia Lumia 900 Review
This is it...Nokia's resurgence back into the smart phone world and the avatar that will save the company, the Lumia 900. I have spent a whole two days with this device and it has impressed me so much that I am compelled to write a review about it.

Those that know me, know that I have quite a bit of experience working with smart phones, the technology and the business end of it. The Lumia 900 is the right phone at the right time. When Nokia was in the development stages with this device it has spent quite a few months on on deciding which operating system it should go with. At the time of the 900s development Nokia was just debuting the new N9 to the world market. A device that utilized a Linux based progeny of the famous Symbian OS. Now since Android was also a Linux based operating system it seemed like the natural flow for all Nokia smartphones to migrate to Google's monster OS. Stephen Elop the newly christened CEO of Nokia after careful consideration had another idea.

Elop came on board to Nokia at time that the mobile giant was facing an ever shrinking market share and bleeding money. For Nokia to jump on the Android bandwagen would in my opinion would be disaster. Death by anonymity, after all there are about a billion types of Android phones made by every manufacture under the sun. Thus if Nokia were to step into this OS how would it differentiate themselves? Case in point, the best manufacture of Android phones is Samsung. If you doubt me you need to only look at the last few generations of Google's Nexus phones to see that they were all Samsungs. Even a manufacture with the resources of Samsung can only do so much with the Android OS. To clarify what I mean is that, out of the box the Android OS on the right type of platform is impressive but not polished and smooth as say an iOS. This handicap is overcome by Androids reason de ettre, infinite customizability. Thus the end product though it has a learning curve, is so much more superior to the marketing driven Apple iOS. Even so there is the weakness with Android, out the box not something special, unless you grab an exclusive Google Nexus phone, and even still there is a lack of polish, a bit of fragmentation in the way it operates and conjugates the many apps and processes.

Now of course Nokia could not go with iOS 5 as it is the sole realm of Apple. I had extensive experience with the iPhone and iOS and I just am not sold on the whole thing. iOS to me is nothing special but it's strength lies in its ease of use. So what is the largest mobile phone manufacture in the world to do? After careful consideration and planning, Nokia chose to partner with the largest software company on the world, Microsoft and their Windows Phone 7.5 (code name Mango). An utter shock to all Android fan boys since everyone was speculating the migration to Google's OS was a sure thing.

The move to WP7 was the perfect fit for Nokia for a wide variety of reasons. The first being, that having a direct relationship with Microsoft allowed them to really bring the phone to spec on the OS. In other words the Lumia 900 would be the perfect marriage of WP7 onto a hardware platform ala Google and Samsungs Galaxy Nexus. Unlike the Nexus or the Iphone, WP7 has quite a few advantages. It is light weight in the sense that it is not a resource hog, it is extremely intuitive many would say more so than the vaunted iOS. From my own experience with the iphone, what would take 2 or 3 steps to perform a specific task Lumia 900 does it in 1. That to me is huge, it is truly a brilliant, intuitive OS. I guess MS performs best when there is competition.

Taking a page from Apple in the realm of quality control and manufacturing Nokia worked very closely with its suppliers to provide high quality components and integrate each one into the WP7 OS. The end result, at a cost of $217 to produce they have made an amazing phone while maintaining a 46% profit margin per device since its retail msrp is $450 without a contract. Currently AT&T is selling them $99 with a two year agreement, making it an unbelievable value and a strong refreshing case for an android iOS alternative. The Lumia 900 is THE Windows phone, case in point it swept the awards at this years CES winning best of show, a stunning achievement in the face of quadcore ipads, smart phones and other such devices.

In my two days of tinkering with this phone I can firmly tell you that this phone is living proof that it does not have to be a spec whore to be an amazing device. In the market of dual core performance phones that are clocking 2.5Ghz and with quadcore spec sheet monsters on the way, it seems down right tawdry for Nokia to offer a quailcom snapdragon single core, clocked at 1.4Ghz. Specs can be deceiving as this phone displayed no lag in switching between applications, web, email and SMS. In fact the phone is blazing fast as the Nokia engineers were able to fully utilize the single core chip. The biggest benefactor being excecellent battery life for an LTE equipped phone.

The screen is the superior AMOLED screen again great for battery life while supplying lush colors. Some complain that AMOLED screens over saturate colors, I for one like that in a smart phone, as you want the colors to pop on such small real estate, it makes it easier to read. The phone comes quipped with a great camera utilizing Carl Zeiss lens, which you find on $40,000 SLR cameras. Coupled with Nokia photo editing software makes it a joy to snap pictures.
One of the weakest points on Windows phones was a turn by turn navigation app. This has been corrected by Nokia Drive and Maps. It just so happens that Nokia is the 2nd largest owner of maps behind Google.

Overall the look, feel and operation of this device stands out and makes it feel special. I won't call it an iPhone killer or an Android beater but I will call it one heck of a luxurious phone and an outstanding value. To date over 2 million Lumias have been sold and AT&T, Nokia and Microsoft are promoting heavily, it should be a great success.

Being around mobile technology if there is one phone on the market I would get as my everyday phone, this would be it. As a proud Samsung Galaxy owner, which by the way demolished the iPhone 4S in every test and review, I have bought a Lumia 900 and I love it. A real gem.



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The Nokia Lumia 900 is a beautifully designed device, and it's the most excited I've been about a mobile device launch since the HTC EVO 4G in 2010. To date, most Windows Phones have been relatively boring, toned-down "sibling" versions of other devices; a testament to the fact that Android-heavy OEMs don't see a lot of return on investment yet.  But Nokia's different.  The Finnish manufacturer has staked their reputation on Windows Phone, and given the state of the company... more...

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