The Problem with Reviewing the Nokia Lumia 900

The Problem with Reviewing the Nokia Lumia 900

Perception is Reality

I am not going to defend Nokia and Microsoft here. This is a genuine issue today, and a lot of customers are going to look at specs. Remember how Apple was also criticized before it got a dual-core chip in the iPhone? The thing going against Windows Phone now is that “all other phones” have multiple cores and more memory, so the perception is that Windows Phones are somehow lacking in their specification. Of course, we know that is not true. For most of the common tasks that you would do on your phone, Windows Phone is demonstrably faster, as seen by the results of the somewhat controversial Smoked By Windows Phone (and its equivalents around the world) campaign.

I have played with the phone at CES, although it cannot be called “testing” or “review”. I like how it is designed, the cyan color, and that it has LTE. I like the 4.3” screen, although at the size you can probably see the deficiency of 800×480 resolution. I love the fact that Nokia is throwing in a bunch of exclusive Nokia apps and also have some third-party apps and games, coming first to the Lumia line of phones. I like that the phone is priced to sell aggressively, to first-time smartphone buyers as well. Would I like to see a higher resolution screen, especially for that screen size? Sure. Would I love to have the top 10 non-game apps on iOS be available on Windows Phone? Sure. At this point though, at $99 with contract with all the other features that come with the phone, I would say this is a great phone to buy. This holds true especially if you have a previous generation Windows Phone, or if you are new to smartphones. If you are moving from Android or Blackberry, depending on how much you relied on apps, this phone may or may not be an easy substitute. Finally, if you are using an iPhone, there is a good chance you won’t bother with changing your phone in general. Smile

As for the reviews themselves, I love the feature at gdgt which aggregates device reviews in one nice place. Check it out here. Some of my favorite reviews:

What’s your favorite review? Are you going to buy the Lumia 900? Let me know!

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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.