Pros AMOLED display one of the best ever
LTE speeds - 20Mbps down 7Mbps up
Distinct premium design
25GB cloud storage
Elegant & speedy OS
Nokia Drive offline/online GPS nav
Voice search & voice launch apps
Zune Pass/Xbox/MS Office
2-day battery life
Cons Power button placement
Can't change volume when screen is off
Only 85,000-100,000 apps at launch
Needs a notifications section
No expandable memory
Some older games lack fast resume
Summary You cannot find a better deal than the Nokia Lumia 900. I've never owned a Nokia before but after getting my Lumia 900 I might be a customer for life. This phone is made of a material I have never seen or felt before. It feels very solid, smooth and high quality. The cyan color is absolutely beautiful and is definitely the color to get as it really stands out as a special phone. Everything else just looks plain and boring next to this phone.
The ClearBlack AMOLED display is absolutely gorgeous and blows away any washed out LCD like the iPhone's. Colors are much more vibrant and images appear to float on the top of the screen like an actual photograph. Blacks are so dark and inky that you can't even tell where the screen meets the bezel. There are videos online comparing the iPhone vs. Lumia 900 and there is no contest; Lumia's display is much better looking and much bigger.
The signal strength is amazing and calls sound much better than any phone I've had. Visual voicemail is included with this phone for free and it works extremely well. 4G LTE speeds are blazing fast in NYC. You can get downloads in the range of 20Mbps on this phone. That is faster than most people's home broadband connection. Internet connection sharing with up to 5 other devices is available on some data plans as well. The external speaker on the phone has great volume and since it is on the bottom instead of the back it doesn't get muffled when you put the phone down on a surface or hold it in your hand. Outstanding design Nokia!
The camera is very good and can be brought up even when the phone is locked just by holding down the dedicated camera button. You can snap photos in widescreen or fullscreen mode and upload directly to Facebook Twitter or Skydrive without having to open another app. Worth mentioning you also get 25GB of free cloud storage with SkyDrive. Very nice!
So far battery life has been incredible by smartphone standards. After using my phone all day yesterday to look at apps, browse the web, take photos, listen to music, etc. I had almost 50% battery left by the end of the day. This phone can last you a day and a half easily on a single charge.
AT&T includes some nice apps like U-verse video streaming and MyWireless to check your data usage change your plan or pay your bills. You also get a ton of exclusive apps like Nokia's turn by turn navigation and public transit apps. Nokia owns Navteq the mapping company which provides map data for tons of companies like Garmin so this is a major addition to the value of the phone. There are also exclusive CNN, ESPN, Univision, and college sports applications on Nokia's Lumia phones. These apps are excellent and all have 4 or 5 star ratings from users. There are also a few dozen exclusive apps coming from Electronic Arts for the Lumia phones. I love earning Xbox Live achievements on the go. You can even see your friends avatars and edit your Xbox Live avatar on this phone!
There are a ton of great apps on Windows Phone so I'll just highlight a few of my favorites: YouTube Pro lets you download and upload videos to Youtube right from a tile on your start screen. It can play videos in HD as well and you can pin any Youtube channel you subscribe to on the start screen. The pinned live tile will update with the image of any new video that is uploaded to that Youtube channel. Radio Controlled is a Pandora music app that plays all of your Pandora playlists. Gmaps Pro gives you Google Maps on your phone including Google Latitude to track your friends and family. "Hey DJ" lets you use your voice to load songs, artists and playlists. Windows Phone also comes with great apps like voice search and voice to launch any app just by holding down the Windows button and saying "Start Netflix" or "Open Netflix." Fastest way to launch apps in my opinion. You can also search for weather by saying "weather" or find movie show times nearby just by saying "movies." This is Siri without the fluff and back-talk, it just works and it works fast.
Most of the popular apps are available as well from Kindle/Audible to USA Today/Fox News to Skype/Tango to Kik/WhatsApp to iHeartRadio/TuneIn to Netflix/Vevo to ESPN/MLB at Bat to GasBuddy/Yelp to eBay/Amazon to Twitter/Facebook to Shazam/SoundHound to WeatherChannel/Accuweather to Spotify/Rdio to Slacker/Last.FM to Flixster/Fandango to Bible/Dictionary to Glympse/IMDB you get the idea. This phone has apps, don't believe anyone who says otherwise. By the end of May the Windows Phone platform will have over 100,000 apps in total.
My complaints about the phone are minor, but I wish that they had spaced out the hardware buttons more on the side. The volume rocker should have been higher and the camera button a little bit lower. Sometimes it is a bit hard to find the power button in the middle; a little raised bump like those on your keyboard would have helped. I also would have liked an SD card slot to expand memory. Apps are usually less than 1MB, but if you have a lot of videos or a ton of songs you are going to need to compress them to fit on the 16GB of storage. Fortunately Zune PC software does an excellent job of handling this behind the scenes, you can even tell the software the exact bitrate you want it to make all of your songs and it will only compress them on the device, not your PC. Finally not all games have been updated yet to support fast app switching (hold down the back arrow to bring up the task switcher), this is changing over time though as each developer updates their games. All new games seem to support the fast app switching as well.
Given the insanely low price of this phone, the rare exceptional quality of the hardware, the blazing LTE speeds, and the high quality of the Windows Phone platform you would be crazy to pass up this phone. Nokia has truly made something special here in the Lumia 900.
Pros Beautifully designed, smooth navigation, high quality speaker, simple interface, great camera & video, amazing message & social media interface.
Cons Minor inconvenience in lack of customization options for phone ringing settings (i.e. no way to set sound profiles such as 'Normal', 'Silent', 'Office', 'Meeting', etc, but i'm not even sure if iOS or Android can do this either).
Summary This is the first smartphone that I have owned, and I specifically held out for THIS one after owning a Nokia 6010 for 7 years. Yes, seven straight years with one type of phone. No other smartphone appealed to me despite all the hype about iOS and Android.
Lumia 900 carries with it Nokia's reputation of high quality builds. Windows 7.5 Mango is simple, straight-forward and artistic. Though a few additional customization options would be nice (such as being able to individually control the ringer volume and the text-to-speech volume), this is in no way a deal breaker.
Synchronization of contacts between Facebook, Windows Live!, and Google was straight-forward as well, though I only have myself to blame for the clutter (some contacts from Windows Live are over a decade old). Facebook app is easy, though mostly obsolete thanks to the 'People' tile.
The screen itself is goreous and on par with the Galaxy S II's AMOLED+ in terms of color, brightness, and viewing angle. Speaker is loud and clear, call quality is good. The phone features voice recognition for speech-to-text and a few phone commands (such as "text this person" or "listen to music") which I like.
Syncing with Zune was easy, but I had some problems with DRM on old CD's which I had ripped years ago. The Zune software itself lacked a few features (i.e. you can't choose which options you'd like to sort your lists by; instead its only "Albums", "Artists", "Title", etc) but again, not a deal-breaker.
As of this point, I really haven't found anything other phones can do that this one can't. I haven't spent much time around the app market, but as of this point, I've gotten everything I need and want (such as Music Alarm Clock and Adobe Reader). The phone is great for business and work-related items especially (having a condensed version of MS Office which includes Word and Excel as well as a PowerPoint viewer) and as a student, I can read and write assignments on the fly. I would really like to see MATLAB for mobile platforms, but I think that's just impractical for any phone, unfortunately.
Despite the fact that it's a Nokia, however, I would still recommend buying a rubberized case for it and a screen cover. Fingerprints show up easily and the case is a little slippery if you don't have a full-handed grip on it. With a case, the thing could probably stand up against a nuclear bomb. Without one, it might only hold against an atom bomb ;)
Pros -Design is unique
-Gets the best reception due to the type of plastic its made of.
-Clear black technology gives it a sharp beautiful screen regardless of its pixel density
-Battery is superior to any smartphone in the market.
Cons -Nokia has given up many functions in order to run the lumia 900 on wp7. These include:
-bluetooth file transfer
-micro sd slot
-plug and play to pc (requires zune)
Being a Symbian user my whole life I was spoiled with these specs.
Summary The lumia 900 is a high performance device that I recommend to everyone. I am loving the device and all it needs is more attention from software developers for more applications in the market. Once the market gets the attention it deserves all other phones will be wiped out of the market
Pros The HW design is so unique. It feels so nice when holding it. So called polycarbonate body? Not an ordinary WP produced by LG/HTC. UI flow is so smooth and fast. Animation is consistent through out the entire UI(why need dure core or quad core??)...
Cons How do I sync my songs in iTunes?
Summary ...With Android phone I have, each application has different UI surprise:( You get to get used to it. Watched people next to me for 30 minutes, still no blue screen so finally MS has done a decent job on phone OS. It is told that battery life is not bad. By the way it opens up Office files with many functionality, not just for read only. And everything is so smooth. Downloading speed is amazing. So this is how LTE has improved!! Pretty impressive.
I have put an order and can't wait to have my own to play with!!!!!!!!
Pros flawless design and amazing windows os
the only cons is the size of this device, it's little bigger for me
Summary you will never feel having same phone everyday because it's amazing everyday