Just about everyone has a smartphone these days. It was just this past April when I was finally able to join the “real world” and get a phone that is considered a smartphone. Prior to that I had a phone that I could make phone calls with. Texting was next to impossible and it didn’t have Internet capabilities. Now that I have had a chance to use smartphones I don’t think I could ever go back to just a regular phone. I’m not addicted to things like Twitter or Facebook but I do like to be able to keep up with my e-mails and the ability to text my family to touch base with them when I’m out of town.
About two months ago I had the fun opportunity to try out a Nokia Lumia 900 phone. I have heard of the phones before but never had a chance to try out out for myself. Currently the Nokia Lumia 900 is only available through AT&T. That is unfortunate because I have enjoyed using my Lumia and would love for my husband to be able to use it (he has an older model Blackberry). We use another service which is not compatible with the Lumia.
The Nokia Lumia 900 works with the Windows phone platform. You cannot use Apple apps on the phone but there are hundreds (more like thousands!) of apps on the Android market, which is what the Nokia Lumia 900 uses. You could literally spend hours scrolling through all the different Android apps that are available. Many of them are FREE and others are a nominal fee. I didn’t see any expensive apps on my search. I know personally on the Apple apps you can find apps for $5 – $10 and more. I never use those. I stick with the FREE ones.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is a nice size phone. It’s not too big and not too small as far as the over all size. It’s a bit longer then my current phone, which took a bit of getting used to. The phone is a bit bigger because it offers consumers a larger display screen which in my opinion is a nice feature, especially when you are watching videos or movies off of NetFlix. The quality of the display is amazing too. It’s crystal clear and the colors are true to life. It’s like having a mini-HDTV flat screen TV in your purse or pocket.
I have a $$$ smartphone (I got it on sale or else I wouldn’t have it at all). It only has a 5MP camera. I LOVE taking pictures. I take pictures almost every day. It’s important to me to have the ability to take quality pictures no matter where I am. I can’t always bring my camera with me. I never go anywhere without my phone so it’s important that the camera on my cell phone be able take nice pictures.
The Nokia Lumia 900 has an 8MP camera with and auto-focus option which is handy to have. When you have kids you don’t have time to fiddle with settings. You just want to be able to take pictures in an instant.
For someone like me who is obsessed with taking pictures I am very impressed by the camera feature on the Nokia Lumia 900.
Here are some more super cool features with this phone.
- Available in black, white, cyan, and, for a limited time, pink.
- 4.3″ AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen, one-piece polycarbonate body, excellent antenna performance.
- Built for speed and Internet with 1.4 GHz processor, 4G LTE, Bing, Internet Explorer 9, HTML5, and Wi-Fi.
- Voice activation can be used to make calls, check calendars, dictate a text or even search online.
- The People Hub allows users to see “What’s New.” Whether it’s the latest Tweets or what’s happening on Facebook, users can filter information by the contact or the social media account they want to see updates from.
- All day battery life, up to 7 hours talk time.
- Nokia Drive gives users a traffic report an hour before the leave home or the office.
- Great back to school aps, including Flashcards Dictionary.com, Amazon Kindle, Smartboard Calculator Free, BoxFiles for Dropbox, and Power Planner Free.
- Includes personal navigation, such as Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps, as well as all the exclusive features of the Windows Phone platform.
The Lumia 900 has a touch screen display which allows you to scroll and flip through pages with ease. I won’t mention which smartphone I have but sometimes I have to tap or swipe more than once to get it to do what I want. I don’t like that hesitation (delay). So far I have not noticed that with the Lumia. It seems to be very touch sensitive, but in a good way.
The “People Hub’ is awesome! I love being able to keep up with friends and family on Facebook as well as see what’s happening on Twitter all in one spot. I don’t know what feature I like better – the camera or the People Hub. I’m leaning more towards the hub because it makes me feel like I have all my friends and family with me at all times. Everything is right there for you. There is no more going back and forth between different apps or folders. Everything you need to keep in touch with everyone is all right there in one neat little “package”. I WISH my current smartphone had this feature. I hate having to bounce back and forth between apps. I would rather have everything all in one spot.
I found this video for the people hub on YouTube. It gives you so much more information about the feature then I can explain. I mean I CAN get into all the details but if you read my blog on a regular basis you know I write A LOT – too much at times. I think this sums it all up a lot better (and quicker – ha ha) then I could.
If you are reading this via e-mail you can see the video here, http://bit.ly/QcJdVg. It’s worth watching.
I found that accessing apps and features on the phone were quick and easy. Everything is there for you on the “home” screen. The folders are big too so you can easily see what you are looking for. I won’t admit to it but my vision is getting bad the older I get. I refuse to get bifocals. Having larger displays helps people like me (in denial – ha ha) see what they are looking.
The battery does seem to last very long on this phone. I never actually recorded how long it lasts but from normal use it lasts a lot longer then my current phone. With my current phone I have to charge it daily with normal use. With the Lumia 900 it seemed like it averaged every other day, or longer. But that is with normal use. I don’t “live” on my cellphone. I have my laptop to work with. Others can’t go a moment without checking their phone or doing something on their phone so that battery might be used up a lot quicker in those instances. I’m only telling you my experience.
The voice activation feature is pretty cool. I didn’t use it much because I felt like a dork talking to my phone, especially out in public.
The speakers on the phone are great too. I love to listen to music on my phone, especially when I’m working. The volume on this phone is great and music sounds crystal clear.
If you like games the Nokia Lumia 900 uses XBox games, which is great for those who consider themselves “gamers”. As long as I can play Angry Birds I’m happy.
Another application I like is one that shows you what is around you, such as restaruants and shops. It’s a great feature to have if you travel a lot.
When it comes to “bells and whistles”, the Nokie Lumia 900 has them. And they are all standard features too, not just applications.
My apologies for the bad photos. I didn’t realize the phone had a low charge so I had to take pictures while it was plugged in and it was hard to use the flash because it richoceted off the phone and interfered with the picture. It’s a dark and dreary day outside so I can’t get any natural sunlight.
The only thing that I don’t like about this phone, which is not a “flaw” with the phone, but more so with myself, is that when you are typing on the keypad words pop up above the keyboard that are similar to what you are typing. I guess it’s like a spell check feature. Personally I found it distracting. But that is just me. My kids were not bothered with it at all, nor was my husband.
On the bright side the buttons on the keyboard are a nice size, even for my chubby little fingers.
Overall I REALLY love this phone. As I mentioned earlier, if it was possible to use it on our phone service (it’s only available for AT&T customers) I would certainly use this phone, or at least give it to my husband since he doesn’t have a smartphone. Even my hard to impress teenagers loved the phone. They like to use it to play games because they like the larger display screen.
If you have AT&T and are looking for a smartphone th Nokia Lumia 900 is a great choice. Sleek, stylish, colorful and packed with great features and the Android market, there is no way you can go wrong with this phone.
For more product information please visit http://www.nokia.com/us-en/products/phone/lumia900.
If you are on Pinterest you can find Nokia there too – http://Pinterest.com/NokiaUSA.
One lucky reader will win their very own Nokia Lumia 900. YEAH!!!!
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
** PLEASE NOTE ** The phone can only be used on the AT&T network. You CAN buy into a pre-paid option as long as it has a compatible SIM card. Check with companies such a Straight Talk. I believe their SIM cards are compatible. Or visit your local AT&T retailer and inquire.
To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me what feature you like most about the Nokia Lumia 900 and why you want to win this phone.
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*I received a free product sample as well as temporary service to try out the phone. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.