Nokia Lumia 900 review
Big is beautiful in phones right now, and with all the apps, games and media we use our handsets for, there’s little wonder that smartphones are growing in size and power. The Nokia Lumia 900 (£445 inc. VAT) is one such device, and at 4.3 inches, it’s the biggest in Nokia’s line up of Windows Phones.
The screen is a vibrant AMOLED panel, which gives a huge boost in colour, contrast and visuals over a standard LCD display. It’s up there with the best screens around, especially when coupled with the gorgeous Windows Phone interface.
Windows Phone is maturing into a fantastic operating system, and the Lumia 900 makes it easy to use. The app selection is miles behind iOS and Android, but with Windows 8 on the horizon, we’d bet on this improving drastically. You’ll find all the usual suspects present, such as National Rail, Met Office, but noticeable absentees are BBC iPlayer and 4OD, and there are only a fraction of the free games available on other platforms.
Inside the Nokia Lumia 900 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon single core processor. It more than keeps up with the Lumia’s needs, and we found the whole system to be slick and fast. The only performance issue was using Internet Explorer. Web pages rendered sluggishly, and this was echoed by a poor Sunspider score. This browser-based test scores the speed in which the page is loaded, and is a good test of your browser’s capabilities.
Taking photos was a breeze with the dedicated button on the top, and the response time of the 8MP snapper was excellent. Photos were sharp and crisp but we did find that lighting was processed poorly. There’s no doubt that media lovers are the target of the Nokia Lumia 900 laser sights, and with such a vibrant screen our video tests produced excellent results The fantastic contrast meant colours looked stunning, with blacks pleasingly dark, without annoying pixelation.
While Nokia has given the gift of AMOLED, it has taken the prize of plentiful storage space. There’s only 16GB available, and no room for expansion. Fortunately, the lack of apps means you will save valuable space for music and movie.
While big is beautiful, it’s also heavy, and the Lumia 900 weighs a whopping 160g. It’s also extremely thick, putting strain on the pockets. The Lumia 800, its little brother, is a much more manageable size and retains many of the benefits.
Battery life was a mixed bag, with an impressive score in looping HD video, but we often experienced a quick drain throughout the day, and it would be touch and go if you could make it home after a long day
with any juice left.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is a great handset, with a lovely screen that’s ideal for watching movies and media. It’s big, there’s no doubt about that, but the benefits outweigh the negatives in our opinion. Windows Phone itself is getting better but the barren app store needs to be tackled.
on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 2:42 pm under Smartphones.
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