Receiving a host of accolades at CES in January, the Lumia 900 US launch looked set to pull Nokia back into the limelight for the American market. Now it is Europe’s turn, with the 900 making its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We were fortunate enough to get an early hands onsession with the flagship device at Nokia’s UK headquarters, giving us the chance to check out the next chapter in Nokia’s renaissance.
- 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens
- 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display
- Windows Phone 7.5 OS
- HSPA+ Dual Carrier Technology
- Nokia Music with free offline playlists using Mix Radio
The first thing to notice when getting up close and personal with the 900 is its similarity in design and form factor to the earlier Lumia 800. The device shares the same unibody polycarbonate construction and curved edges of its smaller sibling although the handset is noticeably larger featuring a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display which offers excellent clarity and bright colours.
Continuing the successful relationship with Microsoft, the Lumia 900 runs the excellent Windows Phone 7.5 OS out of the box. Featuring the familiar home screen and intuitive tiled UI, the device ran extremely smoothly in our time with it and the larger display only served to make the experience even more enjoyable. The usual Windows apps are in place and the bundled Internet Explorer 9 browser is on hand with HTML 5 support. Also included are Nokia’s full suite of native Lumia applications including Nokia Drive and the very interesting Nokia City Lens, an impressive augmented reality app.
As has become the norm for Nokia mobile devices, the Lumia 900 features a top-spec 8 megapixel camera complete with wide angle Carl Zeiss lens with f2.2 aperture for increased low light capability.
A vast array of different shooting functions are available from within the camera app and include panorama, burst modes and the excellent smart group technology.
The device also includes a front-facing HD camera in order to enable video calling and vanity shots.
Connectivity options are as expected for a phone at this end of the market, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HSPA+ dual carrier technology all present and correct.
Despite only having a very short time with the Lumia 900, we could not help but be won over by the device. The premium material used in the handset’s construction was particularly impressive, undoubtedly giving the device a high-end feel. The Windows Phone operating system has already proved its capabilities in the Lumia 800 and the platform looks set to grow once again in the 900. We will of course reserve final judgement until we get hold of a full production model at which point we will post a full in-depth review on the Dialaphone blog.