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Nokia Lumia 900 Review

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The Lumia 900 is a great multimedia consumption device. Everything you need is in the Music and Video hub, which brings together music, video, podcasts (both audio and video) and radio under the Zune umbrella. I’m not big on video on such a small screen device (compared to a tablet) but the Lumia 900 does excel. I watch short video podcasts and music videos on device and it was a pleasure on this device. The gorgeous screen with great sunlight legibility makes watching videos on this device a pleasure. The music player is also a delight to use, and handily one can access music player controls on the lock screen. As expected the volume controls also work under the lock screen.

Nokia, as they promised, do have enhanced multimedia on their Lumia range with the addition of the superb Nokia Music. It functions as a standalone music player on one hand, but also taps into Nokia’s impressive online collection of music. Since the iTunes store is not available in South Africa, Nokia Music has been my avenue for legal MP3s. Added to that is Nokia Mix Radio. These are genre defined playlists that can brilliantly be downloaded for offline listening. I found this a great service and one of the highlights of using the Lumia 900.

Web browsing with Internet Explorer is good. I did however find it poorer than the experience of devices like the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3. Pages load fine and speedily enough, but some pages, like my bank’s mobile site, render strangely. It is light-years ahead of the experience on Symbian devices, and probably about on a par with the experience on the MeeGo-powered N9.

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By , Columnist, Johannesburg office

Published on Aug 27th, 2012 GMT +2

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