Earlier this month I had a chance to ride around New York City trying out the latest Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. I couldn’t tell you if it was the phone or the network, but it was super fast. Riding on the clogged streets of the city I couldn’t help but marvel at how quickly I was able to load up a couple of YouTube videos or the Dancing Hotdogs website. It was like I was on a wire network at home, all I had to do was type up the site and it was there instantly.
This was the first time I got to try out a windows based phone (I have only had iPhone and blackberries in the past), I have to say that I was impressed with how easy it was to start using the phone. Everything that I needed was on the main screen, everybody riding in the limo was fighting over the phones. While I was waiting for my turn I learned a couple of things talking with others about the Lumia 900:
- The Nokia Lumia 900 is the first of Nokia’s Windows Phone to feature high-speed LTE connectivity.
- The Lumia has a super fast Has 1.4 GHz processor, IE9 Mobile, and the largest display of all Nokia phones and access to the Microsoft SkyDrive for cloud storage.
- The primary 8-megapixel camera, with HD video recording, that includes large aperture and wide angle focal length (28mm) for high-quality, uncropped images even in low-light conditions. It also has a 1-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide angle lens. I took a couple of self pics with the phone and deleted them immediately realizing that the era of grainy cell phone photos is over.
- Comes equipped with Nokia Drive, with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface. In addition there are a number of Apps available exclusively for windows phones for free.
One of the best features of the phone was the integrated people hub, which allows updates that you enter into the Lumia 900 to feed through to all your social networks all at once. This also means that it can pull up and search on all your networks at one time as well. Ultimately, I truly feel like there is an option for me outside the old standards from Apple and RIM, especially when combined with the might of the 4G LTE network.
The Nokia Lumia 900 retails for $99 and plans for AT&T 4G LTE vary in price depending on usage and area.
Disclaimer: I attended this Nokia/AT&T sponsored event but this post is my unbiased opinion on the product.