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AT&T Best of CES 2011 Nokia Lumia 900 4G technical review

Best of CES 2011 Nokia Lumia 900 4G technical review

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With a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass display which has passed a hammer torture test in at least one YouTube video, the Nokia Lumia 900 4G Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone is one tough phone. But the handset also delivers options not found in other smartphones. For example, the Carl Zeiss optics package in the camcorder on board the back of the handset delivers an extra-wide panorama mode allowing for more width than other smartphone cameras when recording video and taking snapshots. The handset also delivers the largest display for a smartphone ever designed by Nokia, at 4.3 inches. Visuals are represented in more than 16 million separate colors, an FM Stereo radio is present, and the processor is one of the fastest in the entire smartphone marketplace.

The Lumia 900 arrives in typical smartphone candy bar form factor, measuring 5.03 x 2.70 x 0.45 inches in size (127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm), and weighing 5.64 ounces (160 g). The 4.30 inch display uses AMOLED technology and Nokia ClearBlack display engineering to deliver excellent viewing even in extreme sunlight. That display is represented in 480 x 800 pixels at 217 pixels per inch, and standard light and proximity sensors offer auto brightness adjustment and battery conservation, the entire display lying under the protective and scratch resistant Gorilla Glass overlay.

Talk time runs approximately 7.0 hours from a single charge of the 1,830 mA battery, and a Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon microchip package is on board to power the handset. That includes the above referenced 1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU, and a graphics dedicated Adreno 205 chip. 512 MB of RAM memory is on board, as is 16 GB of built-in, user accessible storage.

The camcorder mounted on the back of the Nokia Lumia 900 4G is an 8.0 megapixel model with dual LED flash, and video capture is capable of 720P HD resolution. The handset also delivers a full cadre of features, including autofocus, exposure control, Geo tagging, continuous autofocus while capturing video, image stabilization and the special “double wide mode” mentioned above. There is also a front facing 1 megapixel chat cam on the handset, which supports video calls and portrait snapshots.

In the multimedia package on board the Nokia Lumia 900 4G, a proprietary YouTube video player joins a built-in music player which supports all major file formats, as well as the Stereo FM radio with RDS mentioned previously. Social media junkies will be happy to know that Facebook, Twitter and Picasa online destinations have been pre-installed. AT&T recently lowered the retail price of the Lumia 900 4G to $39 on contract at select retailers.

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  1. Hi John, interesting Lumia 900 review but I wonder if all information is correct. While it seems that the FM radio should have RDS, Nokia says, ‘no RDS’. Nokia spec sheets also say ’1 megapixel front facing camera’ as opposed your your info’d “1.3″. I hope this information helps. All the best

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