The long-awaited Nokia Lumia 900 launches this weekend on AT&T in the USA, but we are still awaiting a release date for European markets. When it comes, our own Windows Phone fanboy Henry Hunt will get one straight away, and, with the help of my 710 and forthcoming 800 reviews, we can help you find if a Nokia Windows Phone is right for you.
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
This is it. The stakes couldn’t be higher. The future of Windows
Mobile Phone hinges on the success of the Nokia Lumia 900. The phone has a huge amount of hype. It’s priced right at $99 on-contract and it’s a drop-dead gorgeous device. Nokia’s latest marketing campaign directly targets Apple and Google. If any phone could rocket Windows Phone 7 to success it’s the Lumia 900. It’s just too bad Microsoft and Nokia tasked lowly AT&T of all carriers to launch this pivotal phone. And for whatever unknown reason, on Easter Sunday.
The Lumia 900 is arguably the hottest phone of the year so far. It debuted back at CES where it was called a larger Lumia 800, which is about right. The 900 shares the same design spec as the 800 but sports a larger 4.3-inch display and 4G LTE connectivity. But that’s not a bad thing. Much like the 800, the 900 is a looker with a very unique design and very bright screen. It’s proper fine flagship phone.
Previous Windows Phone 7 devices haven’t made a splash. I bet only true mobile geeks can even name another Windows Phone 7 device. And that’s the problem. So far, Microsoft, the makers, and the carriers have yet to fully commit to the platform. Microsoft might be pulling in more money from licensing patents related to Android than Windows Phone anyway.