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83
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

Nokia's Lumia 900 is a steal for consumers looking for dependable performance, ease of use, LTE connectivity, an attractive design and reasonable price.

Pros
  • Solid camera
  • Fluid user experience
  • Blazing LTE speeds
  • Useful Internet Sharing feature
  • Screen is easily readable outdoors
Cons
  • Low-res display
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Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

100
dangish
I've never had a Nokia device and while this one may not carry a dual core processor,...read more
90
snocom79
The Nokia Lumia 900 is the greatest thing to happen to the WP7 platform. The...read more
90
Saad073
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average user Score

Reception and call quality

95
 

Display

89
 

Battery life

83
 

Camera

77
 

Ease of use

93
 

Design and form factor

93
 

Portability (size / weight)

85
 

Media support

85
 

Durability

93
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

80
 
 
100
dangish
I've never had a Nokia device and while this one may not carry a dual core processor, its not needed. The single 1.4GHz processor and ie9 mobile do more than any "highend" Android and the speed of loading pages is comparable to the iPhone 4s. This flagship device is coming out swinging. I hope this is a hit and Nokia brings more devices to the table. As technology advances and this phone may not have the most cores or "highest" resolution that only tech nerds want in the device pissing contest, you will still win with the Lumia 900.
 
90
snocom79
The Nokia Lumia 900 is the greatest thing to happen to the WP7 platform. The sleek form factor combined with the Carl Zeiss camera aperature make for a phone with looks and performance. The bright screen (with auto brightness that rivals Samsung displays) and snappy response time make this the perfect phone for business people, stay at home parents, and teens alike.
 
90
Saad073
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
Dragonis72
I recently bought this phone and I liked it but there are several problems that I found frustrating about it. The camera is not as strong as N8 that I had before and the battery dies faster than my last phone. The other thing that I was disapponited was the sameness of this phone with other WP7 phones in the market. There isn't any uniqueness in this phone except the design.
 
80
marc
I've been enjoying this phone, and to be honest, that's not something I expected. My experience with Microsoft's Mobile OSes -- going all the way back to Windows CE -- hasn't been good, and the last Nokia phone I used regularly was some turn-of-the-century model (the 3360, I think). But the Lumia 900 was a surprise, from its sturdy-yet-slim form factor, to its great AMOLED display, to the complete usability of Windows Phone 7.5. I can't switch from Android; there are too many apps I use regularly, from MLB At Bat to all of the Googleverse apps, to Skype, and, now, to Instagram, that just aren't available on Windows Phone. But if the platform matures and developers support it, there could be a Windows Phone in my future.
 
100
Lprd2007
This is the phone that Windows Phone really needed. It can easily beat the iPhone and Android, in terms of design, consistency, fluidity and ease of use. And don't buy those comments saying that it lacks apps and stuff, because that's not necessarily true. There are 80000+ apps right now and counting, and the big players are there. There's certainly more to come.
 
100
kimb
As a current Windows Phone platform owner i have grown a custom to the UI. I know how the phone works, i know how to use it efficiently, and i know what i am getting when diving into the windows phone operating system. What really sold me on this phone was the design and the fact that i had a flagship windows phone from 2010. It looks well like a windows phone, 3 buttons on the front and the tile UI design but what this particular phone has succeeded in is the presentation. And really without the WP operating system i would just be another phone really the android op. That is exactly what Microsoft And Nokia need.
 
100
tnethacker
A good sized phone with everything a tech adapter could wish for (except for the apps). Nice design and form factor + good sized screen makes it a nr. 10 in my books.
 
90
seanpalmer
The screen is the best part of this phone. Read email in direct sunlight AND perfect blacks for watching movies! I definitely recommend removing the crippled AT&T versions of the Nokia apps and installing the real ones from the market. The UI hardly ever stutters, it's very smooth but a little bit slow IMO. One major pet peeve is that AT&T limits some of the podcasts I subscribe to for being "too big" to download over the cellular connection, I have to connect to wifi. But I have a tethering plan, so I could just connect something to the phone's hotspot and download the same file anyway! Lame.
 
90
Simmerj12
The Lumia 900 is the USS Constitution of phones; a flagship worthy of its praise.