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Nokia Lumia 900 review

Nokia's Lumia 900 mostly delivers on the promise of Windows Phone as a viable third mobile platform.

Battery Life

Nokia has favoured form over function with the Lumia 900, which includes a sealed, non-removable, yet sizable 1,830mAh battery.

This decision is likely only going to chafe Android or die-hard Nokia fans used to having removable batteries, allowing for hard resets – although we didn't require this during out test period.

Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia promises up to seven hours of 2G/3G talk time and more than 12 days of standby time, but those figures will vary wildly depending on how many apps you choose to run in the background.

We had no problem getting through an entire day with frequent use on both Wi-Fi b/g/n and HSPA+ networks, but a night time charge was required afterwards to ensure a full second day's use.

This puts it on par with the competition, as most high-end smartphones will just about last a full day on a single charge with relatively large amounts of usage, although if you constantly hammer it, you'll need a mid-afternoon top up.

Connectivity

Nokia has chosen Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR for the Lumia 900, and we had no problem connecting it via Microsoft SYNC to our car.

Nokia Lumia 900

We were a little disappointed to discover there's no way to connect via Bluetooth for hands-free phone use while using the built-in speaker for turn-by-turn navigation, a task that the iPhone 4S handles quite deftly.

Nokia offers a Bluetooth-enabled Contacts Transfer app free as part of its own collection in addition to those baked into Windows Phone, such as Google, Hotmail and Windows Live.

Nokia includes an "internet sharing" feature tucked away in Settings, allowing you to set the Lumia 900 up as a personal hotspot – although this will significantly eat into your data allowance, so proceed with care.

There's the standard microUSB port up top, however there's no microSD card slot, meaning you're stuck with the in-built 16GB of internal storage – although Windows Live and Hotmail users are offered 25GB of free SkyDrive storage, which is handy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory16 GB
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 700
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product Model900
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)160 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height127.8 mm
Width68.5 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time300 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 900 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002Z4N0
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 900 Smartphone
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable
  • Nokia Fast USB Charger
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Quick Guide, User Guide and Product Information Leaflet
  • SIM Door Key
Limited Warranty2 Year