The Lumia 900 is a special device in that it’s the beginning of a shift. At least, that’s what Microsoft and Nokia are hoping for. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in September that a third mobile platform would emerge to compete with Apple and Google, and to be honest the only OS that even stands a chance is Windows Phone.
That said, Nokia is putting more eggs in the Microsoft basket than any other WP7 partner, and will thus bring some of the best Windows-flavored offerings to the table. The Lumia 900 is just the beginning, so whether you consider yourself an early adopter or a late technological bloomer, it’s worth figuring out whether a reinvented Nokia and a much improved mobile Microsoft are worthy of your time and consideration.
So after some long, hard thought, I’ve come away with a sort of pros vs. cons list that may help you.
Here’s what the Lumia 900 has going for it:
But the Lumia 900 may not win when it comes to:
As you’ll notice above, the same conclusion keeps popping up: this is a phone for brand new smartphone buyers. If you’re sick to death of our current mobile ecosystem, or need two phones, then by all means I absolutely think you’re right for the Lumia 900. But in any other situation, I’d have to look at this phone as a downgrade.
On the other hand, new smartphone buyers won’t be bothered by any of the little things, but rather enthralled by the cool new OS on the block. This is exactly what Nokia and Microsoft are banking on, as proven by the mid-range specs and ridiculously cheap price tag. And if enough noobs jump on the Lumia bandwagon, perhaps Microsoft will tweak that stupid 480×800 thing and start building truly competitive flagships at equally competitive price points so that seasoned smartphone owners can make a play at Windows Phone too.
NOKIA is a Finnish multinational communications corporation. It is primarily engaged in the manufacturing of mobile devices and in converging Internet and communications industries. They make a wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business mobility and more. Nokia is the owner of Symbian operation system and partially owns MeeGo operating system.
Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. Starting in 1980 Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM allowing Microsoft to sell its software package with the computers IBM manufactured. Microsoft is widely used by professionals worldwide and largely dominates the American corporate market. Additionally, the company has ventured into hardware with consumer products such as the Zune and...
Windows Phone 7 is the successor of the Windows Mobile 6.5 mobile operating system in development by Microsoft, scheduled for release by October 2010. Microsoft’s goal is to create a compelling and predictable user experience by redesigning the user interface, disallowing partners to modify or replace it, integrating the operating system with other services, and strictly controlling the hardware it runs on.