News Nokia, , , , , , — May 16, 2012 14:50 — 0 Comments

The Nokia Lumia 900: a bigger screen but not much else

Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, smartphones, iPhones

The Nokia Lumia 900, impressive camera and screen, but will it win new fans for the troubled Finnish manufacturer?

Nokia and lens maker Carl Zeiss recently announced that they are extending their partnership that contributed to the success of the Nokia N8 as one of the best camera smartphones on the market.

The troubled Finnish manufacturer followed up with the headline-grabbingand optical illusion Nokia 808 PureView, and its 41 mega-pixel sensor packed into the Carl Zeiss optics.

Coming back down to earth somewhat, the Nokia Lumia 900 is its latest Windows Phone with a 8-mega-pixel camera, Zeiss lens, of course, and a larger screen than its predecessor, the 800.

Whereas the Lumia 800 offered a 3.7 inch screen, the 900 comes with 4.3-inch screen, protected by Gorilla Glass with AMOLED touchscreen offering 800×480-pixel resolution,  putting it slightly behind the iPhone, HTC One S and Samsung Galaxy S3 in the resolution stakes.

At first glance Nokia 900 looks and feels the business and incorporates Nokia’s ClearBlack technology. The operating system on the 900 is Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

The camera records video at 720p HD, and provides decent playback, even on a larger screen, but reviews so far have been underwhelming with the consensus that the 900 is not that much better than the 800.

“The Nokia Lumia 900 looks big and bold in the hand but it’s no more powerful than the Lumia 800 so Windows Phone fans are paying a premium for a larger screen and a front-facing camera. Microsoft’s OS is easy to use but can feel slightly sterile and lacks apps. At this price, there are better Android and iOS phones,” says Natasha Lomas from CNET UK.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is only available in the UK from Phones 4u, with various price plans.

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