WP7 Perfected May 9, 2012
Reviewer: Brad Lloyd (Farmington Hills, MI USA) -
Coming from an HTC Trophy I was familiar with Windows Phone 7.5 but what a difference a larger screen, faster processor, and better camera make. I've read the camera on this phone is sub-par when compared to other devices, but compared to my old Trophy it's astounding. I've eliminated my point and shoot camera and use this device exclusively for photos now. I'm also an avid Xbox gamer so the achievement system on this phone is a must-have for anyone else who's into that.
Best Windows Phone Out There May 3, 2012
Reviewer: W. Riddle "Reviewer_in_WA" (Moses Lake, WA) -
Which in my opinion makes it the best smart phone available. Beautiful screen, crisp response, good call quality. I've been carrying it in my pants pocket most of the time and so far the screen shows no signs of wear (no screen protector).
Find a store that has one available and play with it, if you haven't already. UI wise it blows Apple and Android away, again, personal opinion.
I own one, and I hope you do too! April 24, 2012
There are no one, two, or three star reviews....enough said!!! This is a great phone for anyone that is looking for a elegant OS, eye catching design, and superior build quality. The phone is made in Korea and not China, which I think helps validate the quality of the phone.
Made the switch from Blackberry, love it! April 20, 2012
Reviewer: Herschel (Washington, DC United States) -
this phone is great! very simple to use and I am just getting started with learning all of the things I can do. I was warned that I will never go back to the blackberry and that is the truth. I just had my tech guy at work in my office to sinc my work outlook and it took him 90 seconds. I was embarassed I didn't just do it myself. No complaints so far. Camera is sharp. Tiles are simple to use and it has everything I need. Very cool, good job Nokia and Windows, I am a fan!
Former iphone3 owner April 17, 2012
Great phone, excellent hardware :) I like how the OS integrates all my contacts and facebook etc.
Definitely a vast improvement moving from IOS.
This phone is awesome!! April 16, 2012
Coming from Android samsung Galaxy(which is a really nice phone) i found this phone to be so refreshing..I had played with a windows phone before and for some reason the windows apps and the whole screen looks so good..maybe it's the OS..It's snappy ..forget the dual core...the screen is so beautiful..forget the low resolution..I was waiting for Galaxy S3 but wanted to give this phone a try and I don't think I am going back to android now..or iOS which is even more boring than android.
Good OS - Good Hardware April 14, 2012
Operating System (OS)
For those of you have never used Windows Phone 7 (WP7) it's a great and simple OS. (I've taught my 50 y/o mom how to use it.) It has all the capabilities of other OS' without copying their design/structure.
Pin to your home screen - You can pin just about anything to your home screen, including contacts. It's a quick easy way to get through your facebook stalking, weather, and news updates.
Xbox Live - I enjoy games and giving me gamer points that tie to my console Xbox achievements is nice.
Apps - There really are enough apps to satisfy me. And unlike iOS WP7 has built in features like QR code reader, text scanner, and even translation built directly into WP7. So you really find you need less apps.
Folders would be nice but I haven't felt that they are as necessary on WP7 like they were needed on my iPhone.
Nokia has done a great job on the build of the Lumia 900, it feels great in your hand, solid, and well laid out. I got the Cyan because I don't want a case and wanted something easy to spot. This is the first smartphone I've bought that I didn't feel needed a case.
Screen - The screen clarity in bright light blows away AMOLED screens. In fact it's one of the lowest reflective screens ever tested! [...]
It's not a super high resolution but that's a MS requirement. And think about it, how much does HD matter on a 4" device? Get a nice TV if you want to watch the best HD. The screen still offers great quality for Netflix (yes they have the app) and games.
The camera is good but could be better. Nokia, please work on your drivers! Once they update this I expect the camera will be fantastic.
The 'chrome' plate on the back is stupid. I wish it was matte black because all it does is get scratched. Not that I really care but why make a shinny surface the point of contact for every time you set the phone on a surface?
Bold OS combined with an eye catching design April 13, 2012
First off the phone is just such a unique and wonderfully engineered phone. Love it curves at the corners out of the solid polycarbonite body. The camera is outstanding with the Carl Ziess lens. The screen is very easy to use outdoors even in bright light and has great colors that are vibrant but not over done. The only thing that takes a little getting use to is the placement of the power button on the side with the volumn control and the camera button. The natural thought is that it would be on the top but it seems that Nokia was thinking that it would make it easier to handle with one hand. The sound quality of the phone calls are crisp and clear which all my contacts have told me they could understand me very easy. In fact they told me I sounded just a bit on the loud side so I have actually tried to tone it down a bit. I haven't had any troubles with a conectivity bug but some folks have reported some problems connecting to the AT&T network. To Nokia's credit they have quickly admitted a flaw with the firmware and have offered everyone that purchased before April 22 a $100.00 dollar credit towards there AT&T bill. I just installed the new firmware on the phone which came out only five days after the official release. I think this is a very honest and fair offer when compared to Apple's response the the antennea problems with the Iphone 4. I really love the Windows Phone OS and find it offers a very easy and comprohensive experience. I had read some reviews that say that the system lacks apps, but with over 80,000 currently available I havnen't found a situation that I could find an app for a particular need. All in all this is the coolest and best phone I have had to date.
This phone is amazing! April 12, 2012
Reviewer: Mr. Sagiv Hadaya "sagivh" (Bellevue,wa) -
General: I had the device for a week now, I used to have the samsung focus and the iPhone 3GS before that - just for comparison.
The device is amazing, feels premium and rich.
The battery life is awesome.
the screen is great and big - great for ebooks.
Camera produces great photos - I got lots of positive comments about my shots so far.
I got Visual voicemail! woohoo
External Speaker is loud and high quality
16GB is tons of space compared to my previous phones which all had 8GB.
Upgrading and reinstalling my Apps, plus migrating my settings was a pain
Great phone build, great OS! April 12, 2012
Reviewer: P. W. Achleman "Phil" (Decatur, IN) -
Ive been a Windows Phone user since the very beginning but this phone tops all, it feels so good in your hand, the weight is just right, the material is just the right tackiness that you dont feel like at any turn you are going to drop it!
I will own Windows Phones as long as they make them, but so far this is by far my favorite! Thank you Microsoft and Nokia!
Outstanding Phone April 20, 2012
Finally I can use true MS Office on my phone. I never even use my Ipad anymore. No more half a** apps trying to run my spreadsheets. This phone is sleek and smooth. Operation is also great. One great thing that the Windows phones have is that apps all have a trial period so you don't have to pay until you try it. I have had most of the major phones and this is by far the best.
It really works and is fun to use June 15, 2012
Reviewer: RatherBeBiking "szeliadt" (Seattle, WA United States) -
I've had several androids and have purchased several iterations of iphones for my boyfriend and serve as his IT department. I absolutely love the switch to my Lumina 900. There are a couple of apps I miss, but all the folks discussing the lack of apps are crazy. I've downloaded hundreds and there really are only a few that matter. Spotify is one of them, and it works quite well on my Windows Phone.
What I like most about my Windows phone:
- Moving from app to app. It is just a fun user interface.
- The automatic text reading via bluetooth in my car. I was totally freaked out the first time my phone got a text while I was driving and a lovely voice asked me if I wanted it read. Then guided me through responding in a matter of seconds. The way it worked was flawless. I love this feature.
- Calendar. I and my family are crazy complicated google calendar users with multiple work, joint, and personal calendars. WP7 is awesome. My appointments actually get entered when I enter them. It is easy to do. And super quick to glance at. I love the calendar on this so much more than my android or iphone.- Skydrive. I am now addicted to saving documents in my skydrive folder and reading them in meetings. Microsoft really did this right. I'm still trying to figure out where my boyfriend's photos go sometime with that whole icloud thing.
- Email. I hate email. I hate it. I try to keep Outlook and gmail closed as much as possible when I'm at my desk. So I depend on email while in transit. It just seems to work on Lumina. I can respond to those that just need a quick note and easily move the ones requiring thought to my Important box. It just works.
- Podcasts and audio books. The one app I miss is Audible. I started listening to lots of podcasts. Then I found some easy instructions for how to upload audiobooks as podcasts and I don't really miss Audible. I'm sure it is will be on WP7 soon.
- Phone and voicemail. I actually like talking on this. After too many frustrations with the quality of past mobile calls, and calls dropping, my default is always to use my desk phone. I'm actually picking this thing up to make calls. Imagine that. I actually think it is easier to hear people with this. And it is easy to put in a headset.
- Love the Netflix app. I know, there is the ipad laying around. But I'm finding myself looking forward to a little Netflix time before bed with my Lumina.
Go for the Lumina. It truly is impressive. It is awesome to hold, almost cuddly.
...I have a new Atrix 2 if anyone wants it.
Love this phone June 8, 2012
Reviewer: K. Edson (Seattle, WA USA) -
Great software coupled with beautiful Nokia hardware. The People app and the live tiles help me quickly see what's up with family and friends. I'm looking forward to having the same UI on a tablet with Windows 8.
Awesome phone, great value!!! June 8, 2012
Switched from iPhone 3G to Nokia Lumia 900 and have no regrets. My contract was up and I was looking for a new phone. I switched primarily because I wanted a bigger screen and picking the Lumia 900 for my wife and myself was a no brainer. With the $100 rebate Nokia had at the time of the Lumia 900 initial introduction, this flagship Nokia phone cost me virtually nothing. With taxes and everything, I would have to spend over $500 between me and my wife if we wanted to get the iPhone 4S. So, $500 for 2 iPhone 4S or $0 for 2 Lumia 900? Like I said, it was a no brainer.
I've had my Lumia 900 for close to 2 months now and am still very happy with my purchase. Beautiful design. I absolutely love the unibody design and cyan color. Beautiful AMOLED screen. The deep black feature just makes the colors pop out more. It may not have the highest resolution, but honestly, I don't think resolution matters much when you're dealing with such small devices. I watch Youtube HD videos on my phone and the video quality is just awesome to me.
The camera is good (both still and video), and could be better, given all the hype it received for its Carl Zeiss lens. This is an area that could use some improvement.
Windows 7.5 Mango OS is a joy to use. Very easy/intuitive. The Live Tile feature is pretty cool. Syncing the Lumia 900 with my computer, Xbox 360 game console, Microsoft Office, etc.. via SkyDrive (over 25G storage)or via Zune is a breeze. It has a lot of cool features, too many to mention. The phone is also super fast with 4G LTE speed.
When it comes to apps, the Windows phone does not compare to iPhone or Android. But at 90,000 apps, it has most of the major ones. Windows is still adding more apps every day. I think in time this will no longer be an issue as the platform becomes more popular (especially with the arrival of Windows 8).
One minor flaw is the chrome piece around the camera lens scratches very easily. This can also be easily fixed by putting a piece of clear tape over it, in addition to using a case for the phone.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not here to bash iOS and Android. Both are great platforms. Windows OS is another GREAT alternative. If you haven't invested too much in the iPhone or Android ecosystem, this Windows phone is an excellent choice. I absolutely love my Lumia 900. I'm confident you'll feel the same way too if you keep an open mind and give it a try.
This is the best phone I have ever owned June 7, 2012
Reviewer: Will (Buffalo Grove, Illinois United States) -
Hands down the fastest phone I have had. I had the Droid X before this phone and it was slow in comparison. The WP platform lets you task-switch much more quickly and easily than on android. Absolutely love it, welcome back Nokia.
Best Phone I have ever used May 26, 2012
The user interface is intitive, I've never used something like this before. It was the right choice for me for once.
Fast and organized May 15, 2012
Whats Great: Dedicated camera button, great display, great photos, solid design.
Not Great: AT&Ts service is not as good as Verizon's. (Not the Phones fault)
This phone will keep you organized and well informed with the live tiles. The Facebook and Xbox integration is fantastic. I recommend this phone to anyone. I also recommend the Zune Pass which allows you to stream music. My Zune experience has been far above what I got with iTunes.
finally got mine May 11, 2012
I had to go through hell to get my lumia from ATT. It was well worth the 17 customer service reps (sales) and all the other bs I had to go through. It is an amazing phone. So fast and meets all my needs without lags or issues.
Lumia 900 Review: Truly a flagship! May 11, 2012
Reviewer: Robert E. Wade Jr.
In the interest of full disclosure, I hate Apple and hate Google only slightly less. I cut my technician's teeth fixing Apple products and quickly decided PCs were the way to go. The only Apple product I have ever owned is the iPod Nano, 4th gen. My wife has the iPhone 4, so I have something to compare to. I was an early-adopter, purchasing the Samsung Focus when they first came out. One of the primary reasons I chose it was that the memory could be upgraded--which I immediately installed a Kingston 32GB class 4 card in. This was my benchmark. My Focus performed better than my wife's iPhone 4 in most aspects, except the camera, of course. So, when the Nokia Lumia 900 was announced I thought long and hard about upgrading. Throttling back to only 16GB after living with 40GB was not attractive. But every other aspect WAS attractive. The screen is even better than my Focus and it performs even snappier--which is hard to believe, but side-by-side it's obvious. It significantly moves faster than my wife's iPhone 4. The battery life is also significantly better, although on LTE it clearly eats battery faster than the other radios. I can't get over how really solid the build of the Lumia 900 is. It almost feels indestructable. The rear camera, being 8MP, initially seemed average, and many have complained about it. But I've discovered that the default settings--which are what most people stick with--do NOT do the camera justice. If you educate yourself about exposure, ISO settings, etc., you can get gorgeous pictures from the camera. Also, the front-facing camera is actually quite astounding! When using Skype or Tango between the Lumia and the iPhone 4 my video looks better than the video from the iPhone. Nokia Drive is fantastic for navigation. So, solid build, solid performance, better OS than iPhone or Android, attractive all around.
Best Phone I ever had April 18, 2012
Reviewer: Quickideas (USA) -
Phone setup was a breeze. Connecting to my office exchange server, gmail and yahoo mails ( and it's free) was again the same. The interface is amazing . The voice quality is amazing, felt like I am on a land line, just amazing. Am an instant fan.