Hi guys, My contract runs in the next few weeks so i am going to renew it, i have been looking at the Nokia Lumia 900, just wanted to know if any one has this phone or knows of it? Read some reviews most seem very good, but wanted to know from some one who can give me a bit more insight.
I have a different Windows Phone [WP], currently running WP7.8 on a custom ROM.
Microsoft set minimum requirements for the hardware, and the maximum isn't much different, therefore most WPs will give you the same user experience.
Off the top of my head the main hardware differences allowed are not part of the core Operating System [OS]. So camera hardware such as Nokia is famed for, and a separate processor for music as HTC are doing. The manufacturers all have their unique Apps, and Nokia's are possibly the best. You'll get free Sat-Nav, and I think they have a free music streaming service (but you'd better check, and that may be on WP8 only). If you're looking at the 900 and not the 920 (which I believe is sold out already) then they're selling quite cheaply now due to WP8 being released (the 800 is only £130 SIM free), but most (all?) the other WP7 phones have custom ROMs which will allow you to install most of Nokia's apps anyway, so choosing a WP7 phone is more about aesthetics than anything else. There is a greater difference with the WP8 phones.
As far as the actual OS is concerned, what it does, it does very well and very quickly. Core OS functions are quicker than my wife's Galaxy S3 which has four times the processors my phone has.
It's the most stable OS I have used, not once has it frozen or reset itself.
It's extremely intuitive, and simple to use. (Though I have read and watched reviews complaining about the lack of feature x, y or z, which in fact are
actually there, so take any on-line review written by anyone who's only used it for a few hours, or a Android/Apple fan-boy with a huge pinch of salt).
I keep reading about the lack of app vs Android or IOS, but that will not improve until more people buy into it. MS won't allow that criticism to linger long: WP was the quickest to reach 100k apps, and there are already something like 45 or 48 of the top 50 that Android and IOS have, and honestly there's too much rubbish there already. MS's WP market share at 'only' 4% is another oft quoted criticism leading to statements of future failure in review
sites, that's only roughly 1/10 of Apple's at about 33% but financial and news sites are projecting much higher %s within the next four years (the only reference I could be bothered to get in this post)
, 20% each with MS just beating Apple.
IOS I'll dismiss as simply an overpriced app launcher, and the fact that you're looking at a WP suggests you're not interested. But as you are asking about a Lumia 900, which has it's form factor as it's major differentiator I'd thought I would compare it, as that's Apple's only real selling point now that it's hardware and OS have both been surpassed. Android is essentially Windows Mobile with a consumer orientated GUI, and is probably what MS should have done. About 2/3 of all smartphones are running Android so you probably already know what that's like, and I guess that I'm one of the few who don't like it much. If you have any questions feel free to PM me or reply.