Nokia Lumia 900 - What's the Big Deal?

13/04/2012 13:32 BST | Updated 13/06/2012 10:12 BST

Microsoft and Nokia have been kicking up a fuss about their latest Windows smart phone and after the Nicki Minaj concert in Times Square to celebrate the launch of the Lumia 900, I'm left wondering what the big deal is?

The phone was released in the US on the 8th of April and managed to make it to the number 1 spot on Amazon's best sellers list. Anything less would have been a disappointment for Nokia after their big marketing push.

The Lumia immediately came into trouble as there was a bug that prevented users from getting online. Nokia were quick to fix the bug and have also dropped the price of the phone as an apology.

Any bugs or issues with the Lumia 900 should be ironed out before it's UK launch on the 27 April.

What's all the fuss about? Why are Nokia making such a big deal about the Lumia 900?

It runs Windows Mobile "Mango" 7.5, has a beautiful Amoled screen, a single core 1400MHz processor, 512 of Ram and 16GB of internal memory.

By today's standards, that sounds really poor. The high end phones of today come with Quad core processors! I'm not one for rating phones based on their number of cores but a bit of extra power would have been welcomed.

The Windows 7.5 operating system is one of the biggest selling points of the latest Nokia. It's a smooth and beautiful interface that actually doesn't need more than a 1400MHz processor to operate seamlessly.

The phone comes with the Microsoft Office packages pre-installed as well as Nokia's own apps. Nokia drive and Nokia music are examples of some great additions that Windows phones from other manufacturers don't get.

Although Windows Phone doesn't offer access to as many apps as the bigger players (about 80,000 compared to over 500,000 on iOS and Andorid), it does offer something different that could be tempting for users who want a smooth user experience that's tightly integrated with the social networks.

The issue here is that the Nokia Lumia 800 which was released a few months ago runs Windows Phone 7.5 too.

Another big selling point that was marketed in the US was the Lumia 900's support for 4G LTE. Unfortunately the UK version won't support LTE and even if it did, our networks won't be supporting them for a while so again, that's no reason to go for the Lumia 900.

The Lumia 900 is starting to look a lot like the Lumia 800.

Why would you buy a Lumia 900 instead of just getting a Luima 800 or even 710?

  • The Lumia 900 has a bigger and slightly better screen. It's 4.3 inches compared to the Lumia 800's 3.7 inch screen.
  • It has a 1MP front facing camera for video calling which is one of the key features that wasn't available on the Lumia 800.
  • The Lumia 900 supports DC-HSPA+ which is somewhere between 3G and 4G. It's not yet available in the UK but it should be towards the end of 2012.

That's pretty much it! The Lumia 900 has a bigger screen, a front facing camera and a slightly better connectivity option that may become available towards the end of 2012!

If you love what Windows "Mango" 7.5 can offer and you need a front facing camera as well as a larger screen then the Lumia 900 is a great option.

If you're not planning on using a front facing camera and you're not too fussed about the bigger screen size then you could always go for the Lumia 800 which has been in stores for months!

If you're interested in pre-ordering or buying the Lumia 900 when it's available then you should check out the price guide here.

What do you think of Nokia's latest smart phone? A load of fuss over nothing or a decent upgrade from the Lumia 800?