LAS VEGAS — It’s one thing to have smart and user-friendly software, but no one will want to use it unless you wrap it in sexy and powerful hardware. And that’s what Nokia is doing with the Lumia 900, which will ride on AT&T’s 4G LTE network when it debuts later this year. We spent a few minutes with the device here at CES 2012.
Will this flagship get Microsoft back in the game? Get our impressions below along with more photos and a hands-on video.The Lumia 900 has the same unibody polycarbonate chassis as its smaller brother, the Lumia 800. It’s smooth yet sturdy with a sure grip. Although the 4.3-inch screen makes this phone somewhat large, it’s more than manageable. Around back is an 8-MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, which fired shots quickly.
On top of Microsoft’s unique OS, Nokia will bundle its Nokia Drive app for free GPS navigation, as well as exclusive CNN and ESPN apps, which weren’t up and running on our device.
Since AT&T network was getting slammed in our location, we couldn’t really test the speed of the Lumia 900 over LTE. Delivering faster speeds will be critical for Windows Phones, which have lagged behind the 4G Android competition for months. Users just don’t want to wait more than a few seconds for things to load like the People hub.
So far we like what we see with the Lumia 900. The phone’s screen doesn’t have HD resolution, but it’s still a great canvas for the Microsoft’s OS, and it offers better contrast and viewing angles than the HTC Titan II. Overall, Nokia is definitely leading the charge for Windows Phone.