NEWS ANALYSIS: Nokia is planning to offer its Lumia 900 on AT&T’s network. While this Windows Phone device may cost less than Apple's iPhone 4, it actually offers more.
will start selling the
Nokia Lumia 900 in its stores on April 8
. This smartphone will be slightly
less expensive than the 2-year-old Apple iPhone 4, which the carrier already
while the price is nearly the same, the differences are significant. Perhaps
most important, this version of the
Lumia supports Long-Term Evolution (LTE) 4G data communications
, along with
AT&T's HSPA+ and 3G. The iPhone 4 cannot work with 4G.
differences grow as you dig deeper. The Nokia Lumia 900 has twice the memory as
the iPhone 4, a vastly better camera with a much better lens system, a larger
4.3-inch AMOLED screen and a faster processor. And while it's true that the
interface on Windows Phone is different from what you'll see on Apple iOS or
Google Android, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
fact, during my initial testing of T-Mobile's Lumia 710, and in my use of the
device since that time, I've
found the Windows Phone interface to be highly responsive, very intuitive
and very well-thought-out. It's clear in developing the Windows Phone interface
that Microsoft started with a clean slate instead of offering a slightly warmed-over
version of iOS like what you find with Android.
also important is that the current version of Windows Phone is very much like
the experience you'll have on Windows 8-based tablets.
used the first of these at CeBIT
in the beginning of March. In much the
same way that you have probably found the transition between iPhone and iPad to
be nearly seamless, the same is true between Windows Phone on a smartphone and
Windows 8 on a tablet. Yes, these interfaces are very different, but that's not
to suggest that the Windows interfaces are somehow worse. In some ways, I think
it's a little easier to use and more responsive.
also brings some apps along with apps that already come with Windows Phone. For
example, there's Nokia Drive, a turn-by-turn navigation system that actually
works quite wellsomething I found out when trying to navigate Baltimore in a
rental car after finding out that the navigation on my other phone would make
me pay for a subscription.
Phone gives you SkyDrive, which is a cloud storage app that lets you use it for
backup, much like you can do with Apple iCloud, but you can also make items in
the SkyDrive sharable, so you can do things like share photos.