Mobile and Wireless: Nokia Lumia 900: Taking a Close Look Inside and Out

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2012-04-10 Print this article Print
Nokia Lumia 900 With Its Large Display

Nokia Lumia 900 With Its Large Display

This is what you get with the Nokia Lumia 900. Note that the large black display appears to be on the surface of the phone rather than recessed. The camera is at the top left, and the buttons that control screen selection are on the bottom.
The just-released Nokia Lumia 900 phone uses Windows Phone 7.5, which has shown to be a slick, easy-to-use interface. With the larger phone, it's even easier to use. The device is thin, but the screen is larger than an iPhone, and it's slightly thicker and a little heavier. But it's a well-designed, easy-to-use device that fits nicely into a shirt pocket. This phone has had a lot of hype about its 8-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, but as you'll see in these photos, it doesn't deliver on that hype. On the other hand, it carries with it an air of mystery—the controls are unlabeled. Note that because the Zeiss lens had so much hype, I decided to do a comparison test to see if the vaunted multi-element lens was as good as Nokia said it is. The comparison photos were shot using the Nokia 900, a BlackBerry Bold 9900 with a 5-MP camera and a Nikon D70 DSLR with a 6-MP camera. As you will see, the number of megapixels is fairly meaningless if the lens is awful and the camera is worse.
Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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