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Nokia Lumia 900 Review

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Nokia is rightfully lauded for its superb hardware and the Lumia 900 is no different. Going back in history, the Lumia 900 takes its cue from the stunning Nokia N9. The N9 brought to the world Nokia’s stunning unibody polycarbonate design. Having had that phone in for a one month review, it was as premium as a handset could get. Indeed the Lumia 800 is the direct almost identical twin of this device. While the Lumia 900 shares much of the design language and is very clearly of the same family, think of it as the bigger burlier brother of the twins.

Nokia Lumia 900

The Lumia 900 is a big device, but with a delightfully reassuring and satisfactory heftiness. The device is bigger in all dimensions than the 4.3” Samsung Galaxy S2 for example, but that device often feels flimsy. The length of the Lumia 900 might be a problem for some. As such one can imagine the Lumia 900 is also quite heavy. It is, however, a device of astonishing beauty and incredible quality.

Nokia Lumia 900

It differs from the Lumia 800 and N9 in two other respects, the screen and the battery. The screen is not only bigger compared to 3.9” and 3.7” on the N9 and Lumia 800, but more importantly it is not pentile. So much is made of screen resolution but being exposed to the retina display of the iPhone 4S and 720p display of the Galaxy S3, I think this hand is overplayed slightly. However, having fuzzy outline and weird colour tones due to a pentile configuration is unforgivable in my eyes. The screen also eschews the curvature that was such a hit particular with the N9. To be honest, I always felt the curved was an N9 feature and was superfluous with the Lumia 800. The Lumia 900 screen is flat but has a raised edge that is a little bit irritating due to the slight protrusion. Let us also not forget that Lumia 900 comes with Nokia’s rightfully Clear Black Display light polarizing technology. As we hit spring here in South Africa and look forward to baking sunshine, this is a display that remains remarkably visible in even the harshest light.

Nokia Lumia 900

The larger body of the Lumia 900 means that a bigger battery was fitted into the device. Whilst it is not as large as that 2000 mAh monster of the Galaxy S3, I was impressed by the imoprivement in battery life over the Lumia 800. I am notoriously hard on phone batteries, and had to charge the Lumia 800 every night, I have managed to sneak into a second day a few times with the Lumia 900.

There is one annoyance with Lumia 900 and that is the housing of the SIM card slot, which requires its own special implement to remove. The little key is so tiny that I have been worried about misplacing it and I found it fiddly to use. I much preferred the implementation on the N9 and Lumia 800.

Nokia Lumia 900

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By , Columnist, Johannesburg office

Published on Aug 27th, 2012 GMT +2

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