Nokia Lumia 900 Hands-on

Why hello there gorgeous

Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 900

Last night I went to the IMMAP Open Mic Night at Salon De Ning in Manila Peninsula. Norbert Aquende, a Microsoft Windows Phone Evangelist, introduced me to Nikka Abes, the Corp Comm Manager of Nokia Philippines. She was kind enough to lend me her phone for around 5 minutes – the Nokia Lumia 900! It was just a prototype but I think it already won me over in just the short time I had with it!

Nokia Lumia 900 Spec Sheet

  • 1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU
  • 512MB RAM, 16GB storage
  • 25GB free storage on Microsoft SkyDrive
  • HSPA+ and LTE compatible
  • 4.3-inches ClearBlack Gorilla Glass Display, 480 x 800 pixels (~217 ppi)
  • 8-megapixel camera, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Records video 720p @ 30fps
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Same sezzy hardware design with a bigger screen

The first thing that grabbed by attention was the gorgeous 4.3-inches screen. Ever since I jumped over to Android from iOS I never could appreciate any phone that was under 4-inches. That’s why I was hesitant to use the Lumia 800 as a primary phone. However all of that changed with the Lumia 900. This one is perfect for my needs! The bigger screen gives you a much better experience in messaging, browsing, and apps!

In terms of the design they stayed true to the hardware principles of the Nokia N9 and the Lumia 800. This smartphone is just as beautiful as it’s predecessors. Everything you loved about the N9 and the Lumia 800 is here and even made better!

Here’s a short video I took while playing around with the phone:


Funky music right? Sorry about that. I was a bit tipsy when I edited the video, haha!

Snappy performance, something Android can’t claim 100%

Like what we said in our review of the Lumia 800, Microsoft did an exceptional job with the Windows Phone 7.5 OS. Initially the specs look kinda underwhelming especially if you think about the quad-core Android smartphone monster that HTC is launching. However Windows Phone 7.5 just doesn’t need that much power to deliver smooth and seamless user experience. Let’s put it this way… I don’t really care if it’s dual-core or quad-core if after a few hours of use it suddenly lags and bogs down.

Back of the Lumia 900 (note it has a silicone case).

I’m looking forward to testing out the Lumia 900 for an extended period of time. The 5 minutes I had with it left me “bitin”!

By the way we’ve heard from several sources coming from different companies that we will see the Nokia Lumia 610 and the Nokia Lumia 900 launch in the Philippines this May. The Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800 is just the first wave.

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