The Problem with Reviewing the Nokia Lumia 900

The Problem with Reviewing the Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900 Reviews

Last night (April 3, 2012) the embargo was lifted, and Nokia Lumia 900 reviews started flowing in. At first glance, one would think the reviews were mixed, or even that the device was being slammed. Lots of good words, but bottom line being negative. I went through most of the top reviews, and as you unpeel the onion you see that generally, everyone agrees that this phone definitely has the chops to compete with the top smartphones on other platforms. The issues that have been brought up are actually a problem Nokia and Microsoft will have to tackle somehow. These are, generally speaking, issues faced by techies, but since techies control the message nowadays, it is a situation that needs to be addressed.

First though, the key selling points for the device: fantastic design, great screen (ClearBlack AMOLED), LTE, low price, good camera and a fresh (compared to iOS and its poor clone, Android) operating system. Some reviewers contradicted each other on some of the features (like The Verge’s Josh Topolsky and PC Mag’s Sascha Segan criticizing the camera but Engadget’s Joseph Volpe and PC World’s Ginny Mies claiming it was great and versatile), and of course different reviewers rated the “good” on different levels of the spectrum based on their preferences and experience.

The Problem(s)

However, I saw some of the issues that the reviewers brought up in their reviews, and Nokia and Microsoft both have to be concerned. First is that expectations are sky-high for Nokia. They are known to make excellent devices and after putting all their eggs in the Windows Phone basket, a lot is expected of them. Also, with RIM imploding, there is nobody else to take the 3rd spot behind iOS and Android, so the anticipation is heightened. As a result, even a minor issue will get amplified.

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Romit Mehta

Romit writes about mobile news and gadgets, and is currently a Windows Phone owner (Nokia Lumia 920).Find him on twitter @TheRomit. Personal site is

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  • Mr. Double B

    First time here, but i must say i am so glad you posted this. I agree with every single word!

    I used WinMo 6.1, Android on Glaxy S2, Android on Xperia Arc S, and am the proud owner of a Lumia 800 for a month now. I would never go back to Android. Period. WP7 feels so “solid”, “well put together”. It’s like a German car :). And the Lumia is a perfect fit.

    Having said that, MS shoud really be beaten with a stick for stupid omissions/restrictions like lack of BT file transfer, lack of ability to send a contact to another phone, and IE9 not always resizing wide blog entries properly. But the negative comments in some 900 reviews about “jerky” apps , slowdowns, etc, are total BS. The only thing the “low specs” (RAM, CPU speed) show, is that you don’t need a dual core CPU and a gig of RAM if you have a proper OS. This thing is as fluid as a video.

    • Thanks for the comment, glad you agree :-)

  • Excellent post!! you hit the nail on the head. As a fellow blogger, I have read all the same reviews as you have. And I was thinking most the same thoughts you were. Microsoft and Nokia have many obsticles to over come. Yet I think what everyone will have to say when MS releases Windows Phone 8. But I must say the Lumia 900 is a great device and I would put it up against any device on the market now!

    • Thanks, Trent. I am ineligible for upgrade so will have to wait. Meanwhile, I got an 800 from a friend. So good.

      • Romit I have the 800 also, I won at a Nokia Dev event. But will use my upgrade for the 900.

  • I like your counter rant to Josh T.’s.
    Unfortunately, since Nokia is investing so much into the US market, Canada is once again left in the shadow. There has been zero advertising of the lumia 900’s preorder. there is a promo website set up, but rogers doesn’t even have it on their front page. The launch is rumored to be april 10, and I think it’ll be a quiet date, to be honest, since there’s literally no marketing/advertising being done.