Everyone thought that is was the end of the Finnish company Nokia, after the world saw new versions of the Apple iPhone and the ever-increasing popularity of Google’s Android mobile OS and a whole bunch of amazing smartphones powered by it. Although Nokia had to face tough challenges in the recent past, the company has certainly made a good comeback after making a strategic alliance with Microsoft.
On 11 February 2011, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft employee, announced that the company collaborated with Microsoft, and would replace Symbian and MeeGo with Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. However, the mid-to-low end phones from Nokia would continue to run under Symbian. Nokia currently being one the of largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world at present, suggests that the partnership with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 would contend against Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
Having released its first Windows Phone handsets, the WP7.5 Lumia 710 and 800 back in October 2011, Nokia came up with the next version of the Windows powered mobile OS, Lumia 900 at the CES 2012 last week. It is Nokia’s first 4G LTE smartphone for AT&T, and has pretty much the same design as its predecessor, but has larger screen size and better functionality. The phone is powered by Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, Windows 7.5 Mango and with this, Nokia hopes it to be a true competitor for top high-end smartphones, like the Apple iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2.
The best thing I love about the phone and the OS is the user interface, which I find it very distinct from the other smartphones. Well, the phones has several new features and enhancements, and I’m sure you would definitely love them all. Before we go in depth with the Nokia Lumia 900 features, let us have a look at the full specifications first.
Nokia Lumia 900 Specifications
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Processor and Storage
The Nokia Lumia 900 has a single CPU count and is powered by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon processor with an Adreno 205 GPU. The Windows 7.5 powered phone comes with 512 MB RAM with an internal storage of 16 GB. The reason for such a huge internal storage is due to the SkyDroive cloud storage, which uses to store bulk data in the phone memory. With a huge storage capacity, Nokia decided to exclude the support for Micro SD cards. In other words, the phone does not have Micro SD card slots.
The iPhone 4S is powered by the new A5 chip and has 1 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, which certainly is faster than the Nokia Lumia 900.
The Nokia Lumia 900 runs on the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system called Mango (Windows Phone 7.5), while the Galaxy S2 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and will get an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade soon.
Display and Size
The Nokia Lumia 900 is very similar to its predecessor Lumia 800; however, unlike the Lumia 800, the 900’s screen is flat. It comes with a bigger screen size of 4.3 inches with a of resolution 800 X 480 pixels. It also sports an AMOLED ClearBlack Corning Gorilla Glass display (a 16m-color WVGA ) technology with capacitive touch screen. The phone’s screen size is slightly bigger compared the iPhone 4S, but does not sport the retina display which the iPhone boasts.
It has dimensions of 5.03 in (128 mm) x 2.7 in (69 mm) x 0.45 in (12 mm) and weighs just 159 grams.
The Nokia Lumia 900 includes both front and rear camera. The rear camera has an 8-megapixel with 3264 x 2448 pixels (with 3x digital zoom) Carl Zeiss optics lens, autofocus, dual-LED flash and 720p video capture.
Nokia has also added a 1 megapixel for the front-facing camera with an f2.4 lens, to enable video conferencing with the built-in Tango application. The 1 megapixel is definitely a plus point, while the iPhone 4S has a VGA front-facing camera.
When it comes to battery life, I think the Nokia Lumia wins over other smartphones. The phone has an amazing battery life with up to 300 hours of standby time. It uses an 1830 mAh battery with 7 hours 2G and 3G talk time, 60 hours of music playback and 6.5 hours of video playback time.
The phone features Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB 2.0. Lumia 900 also has the Wi-Fi Hop Spot feature with which you can enable your phone as a Wi-Fi Hot Spot for other Wi-Fi enabled devices. In other words, your Nokia Lumia 900 can act as a wireless router for five Wi-Fi enabled phones.
The phone also features EDR with speed of HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps DL data. It has LTE connectivity on AT&T’s network, where it will be a carrier exclusive. That makes it Nokia’s first LTE phone.
Nokia Lumia 900 Gallery
Pricing and Availability of Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia announced the phone during the CES 2012 held last week in Las Vegas. Although it is known that the phone will be available from AT&T, sources indicate the Nokia Lumia 900 will be available in March 2012. The Lumia will be available in black and cyan. With respect to the pricing, there are no official details available yet. We are hoping that Nokia Lumia 900 will be released soon with its official price tag.
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