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Nokia Lumia 900 hands-on: First encounter

10 January 2012 | Read the review | Post your comment
Nokia Lumia 900 hands-on: First encounter - read the full textNokia's Windows Phone flagship was unveiled at CES and we got some quality time with it. The Nokia Lumia 900 builds on the Lumia 800's innovative design and offers improved specs (like the 4.3" ClearBlack AMOLED display) along with some new features...

 

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Hmmmm...

I think to be fair Android as an OS definitely used to be resource-hungry and lag...
I've pretty much been there since the beginning (with my juddery HTC Hero) and now I have a GS2..

I think I can safely say that Android NEEDED dual core to function properly - the jump from GS1 to GS2 was nothing short of phenomenal...

I think this year we're at a happy plateau with Android - I think if you're running a dual core 1.2+ then you're pretty much guaranteed a smooth ride...

Anything above dual core now is a bonus and is probably going 'refine' processes making things faster, opening up more opportunities for development and so on...

Technology isn't going to advance and new possibilities aren't going to present themselves if people don't push boundaries... whether they're needed or not... throttling tech specs like M$ is doing is only stifling their own OS, because the competition is racing ahead here, even iphone is rumoured at being quad core this year...

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  • 2012-01-10 16:17
  • GjjS

> In reply to Fongy @ 2012-01-10 15:36 from GjjS - click to readThis year's fall almost surelly gonna bring dual cores to wp 7.5/wp 8 when some Android phones will "benefit" from quad-core processors. For a good game, 1080p playback and recording dual is enough.Difference is none untill full desktop games will come to Android or video recording is pumped up to 2160p or something ...

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  • 2012-01-10 15:50
  • 0C1V

> In reply to bob @ 2012-01-10 14:17 from 0Uhm - click to readThinking about Motorola's ex-Motoblur, HTC Sense and Samsung's crappy Touchwizz sadly on top of Android(hungry already for resources) core race for them it's a must...

WP7 dissapoint's me as the larger storage capability is 16gb...

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  • 2012-01-10 15:40
  • 0C1V

> In reply to bob @ 2012-01-10 14:17 from 0Uhm - click to readI do agree with you, but only up to a point...

The problem with W7 and M$ is that we're not even talking about processors (although that's one point) - I don't think they've even got dual-core yet... and trust me - the difference between the GS1 and GS2 is unbelievable re: performance..

But forgetting processors, we're also talking about restricted screen resolution, restricted RAM, restricted storage, no SD cards, no flash, no real multitasking, etc. etc. all of these things make a phone individual and all of these things add variety and functionality...

Bearing in mind that the most recent processors are meant to be the most battery-efficient yet - battery life is woeful on ANY modern smartphone - mainly due to internet connection and screen... so that can't be used as an excuse for M$ borking specs...

This would all be acceptable if people were still using Eclair or iOS 3 or whatever, but these crazy limitations / restrictions against ICS and iOS 5 mean that M$ are keeping its OS two years behind the competition for no good reason...

And it's this that will ultimately be their downfall unless they speed up their OS development...

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  • 2012-01-10 15:36
  • GjjS

No new innovative,no cool!!.

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  • 2012-01-10 15:35
  • nSS0

Nokia is good at this game. Look at their 2010 phone range. Cheaper C6-01 raised with almost same specs as N8 flagship(minus the camera and HDMI port) wich was almost the same in specs as keyboard E7 almost identical too with X7-00 one.

Anywhay, still wondering what Lumia 800 owners have to say after they bought it thinking this is it and after a month Nokia released another one pumped up(whith the specs everyone yelled about: front facing camera and larger screen).

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  • 2012-01-10 15:32
  • 0C1V

I believe the will be variants of the 900 for Europ and Asia. The US are so lucky to have the 900 first. This beauty with Nokia's other accessories (Like the Luna and Purity) will be a really cool combo.

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  • 2012-01-10 15:27
  • PF5n

MS is imo doing a good job forcing manufacturers to a common hardware spec and I'll tell you why I believe it so.

With Android, the CPU core race has started, Tegra 3 is quad core and while it has lower power consumption, battery life is already pathetic on most phones. Why would you need a quad core CPU on your PHONE?

The other thing is that you'll get less optimised code with an OS and apps that are more and more power hungry. While at the same time these power hungry apps or OS might not even work on your two year old phones. Thus rendering them from a technological viewpoint obsolete.

On the other hand with WP7 being optimised to run fluently on "limited" resources, the experience remains consistent for every user on whichever device they choose to go with. This also forces developers to optimise their code thus giving you a better experience and also gaining them experience.

I'm not saying WP7 is perfect because it's not (the thing doesn't even got mass storage mode), but you gotta ask yourself is a quad core CPU really necessary? Especially for an OS that doesn't need it.

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  • 2012-01-10 14:17
  • 0Uhm

It's clear that Nokia are doing the best with what they're given...

BUT

Until M$ stop crippling manufacturers by capping technical specs (I can understand minimum requirements - but 'maximum' caps too?!?!) every W7 phone is going to be 'meh' - just plain - just middle of the road - nothing to differentiate themselves from the pack... No matter how hard Nokia try they're constantly going to be borked by M$...

It's a totally crazy situation that is just going to kill any chance W7 Mobile has...

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  • 2012-01-10 13:53
  • GjjS

No new innovative,no cool!!.

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  • 2012-01-10 13:32
  • nSS0

Biggest problem with all the WP7 phones is storage, 16GB nowdays is way too small.

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  • 2012-01-10 13:30
  • mhPV

Just a mid end solution with a big screen and crappy os

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  • 2012-01-10 13:23
  • p{tq

just my opinion but this is crap...

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  • 2012-01-10 13:19
  • t}BQ

So it was SS who started this pentile/RGB arrangement issue. What a havoc caused by the company. haha

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  • 2012-01-10 13:11
  • tu6x

Same script,different cast.

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  • 2012-01-10 13:05
  • M$Fq

The phone is hot and pretty cool. Hope to get one soon

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  • 2012-01-10 12:35
  • fuvx

So a nice WP phone for the Americans... good way to enter I guess...with the design that is clearly more sexy than other devices....
But that spec sheet will not be impressive in SE Asia and Europe... We still want another Symbian powered monster(read N8 Successor) to hold on to the market...
Regarding pentile... I am using a Moto Razr, it has pentile, dont find much difference though and the vibrancy is better in Pentile....

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  • 2012-01-10 12:14
  • M8T2

same phone just bigger screen. Nokia heading the same direction as before. guess the Finnish never learn

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  • 2012-01-10 12:14
  • 3akN

Every AMOLED screen until now is PenTile except Samsung's SAMOLED Plus, therefore if it's not specifically mentioned and marketized as RGB matrix then it is almost certainly PenTile.

Oh, and you can see it in every ambient, especially with 800x480 resolution.

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  • 2012-01-10 12:10
  • 3qGa

Nice! :)

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  • 2012-01-10 12:06
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