With Kacie entering the 5th grade, she has been more insistent than ever on getting a cellular phone. In the past, I’ve always said that she wouldn’t get one until she was at least 13 years old. However, with our current family situation I decided that her having a cell phone might be a good thing. So when we had the opportunity to review the new Nokia Lumia 900 . . . and in pink no less . . . I knew it was a sign.
Live life large with 4G LTE for faster network access, big 4.3″ ClearBlack™ AMOLED™ display, Carl Zeiss® optics to capture great pictures every time, and front-facing camera for video calls over Wi-Fi. Designed to help you enjoy your mobile life to the fullest.
Courtesy of Nokia
Out of the box, the Nokia Lumia was ready to go. All we had to do was pop in the sim card and set-up the phone to our specifications. That’s it! The first thing I noticed was the large 4.3″ display. I realize that a larger screen means a larger phone but what’s the point of a small screen if you can barely see what’s on it? The actual phone measures 5.0 x 2.7 x 0.45 inches and weighs a little over 5 ounces. I like how the Nokia Lumia feels sturdy in my hands and the way the edges are curved for a more comfortable hold.
But what about it’s features? After all, it’s what sets phones apart from each other, right?
The Nokia Lumia 900 is available through the AT&T Network and uses their 4G LTE technology. This means that you can surf the internet at faster speeds. Now, I have an iPhone 4S and decided to see which phone could pull up my website quicker. Using Safari on the iPhone, it took a surprising 33 seconds to fully bring up An Island Life. The Nokia Lumia 900 features Internet Explorer and took 10 seconds in comparison.
8 MP Camera
This phone has a camera that features Autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss lens optics, HD video and a 1MP front-facing camera. I like that the shutter button is on the side of the phone rather than on the screen. To me, it’s easier to take a photo since your finger is already in position.
However, I thought the flash was not as strong as it should be. I took this photo in a dim room and although the photo turned out well, the same photo that I took with my iPhone came out much brighter.
The Lumia Nokia is able to download applications from the AT&T Marketplace. You can either search for a specific title or browse through the categories – AT&T Featured, Nokia Collection, Apps, Games, Music, Podcasts. Then within most categories you can narrow down your search to specifics like Top, Free, and New. Like iTunes, most of the paid games and apps cost around $.99 and they have all the popular games like Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, Wipeout and many more. The cool thing is that you’re able to try out the paid apps before you commit to purchasing them. I can’t tell you how many apps the kids swore they wanted and then lost interest within a few minutes.
One of my favorite features is the Local Scout application. It comes preloaded on the Nokia Lumia 900 and it’s a great way to locate places of interest in your area. You can browse through categories like Eat & Drink, See+Do, Shop, and Highlights. When you find something that interests you, just tap the name and you’ll immediately receive the address, a link to get directions from your current location, the phone number, the neighborhood it’s located in, and a link to their website. Tap on the phone number and it will automatically call it for you. Tap on the directions link and you’ll receive turn-by-turn audio and visual directions. The best part is that all the information comes up instantly. I don’t know about you but when I’m in the car and trying to find a particular place, patience is not my greatest virtue.
I also really like the Calendar application. The large screen makes it easy to see the monthly view all on one screen without having to squint – yes, I wear reading glasses. Just touch the specific day and you’ll be taken to another screen where you can input all the necessary information including location, reminder, attendees, and if it’s a private event.
There’s also an alarm clock, call waiting, caller ID, Zune music player, hands-free speaker phone, voice dialing, multi-tasking, touchscreen keyboard, as well as a 7 hour talk time & 12.5 days stand-by time. My current phone has to be charged every single day even if I don’t use it.
With all these features packed into a pretty cool looking case, the Nokia Lumia 900 is definitely a cell phone worth looking in to. It has all the bell and whistles any person could want and a processor that’s faster than any other phone I’ve ever used before. Kacie is one lucky girl!
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This post was written for Nokia who provided the complimentary phone & service.
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