Nokia Lumia 900 cracked open, fails to impress

Nokia Lumia 900 cracked open, fails to impressThe Lumia 900 marks the first joint assault from Nokia and Microsoft on US consumers, but it hasn’t exactly bowled over reviewers across the Atlantic.

Now TechRepublic has torn the Nokia Lumia 900 to bits, and it’s probably fair to say it’s not particularly impressed with its innards.

The gents at TechRepublic note that the Nokia Lumia 900’s single-piece polycarbonate shell gives the smartphone a sturdy feel, but that’s pretty much where the good stuff ends.

Other observations include a “good, not great” display (4.3in AMOLED at 800 x 480), a single-core processor (1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2), an “average” amount of RAM (512MB), and the fact that the Nokia Lumia 900 is thicker and heavier with less storage (16GB) and lower battery life than many of its rivals. Oh dear.

The Nokia Lumia 900 was originally thought to be a US exclusive when it was unveiled at CES in January, however it popped along to Mobile World Congress in February too.

Head over to TechRepublic to watch the cracking open in full. It looks pretty tricky, man.

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17 comments

Pondlife  Apr. 4, 2012 at 16:38

Don't see much of that is surprising, the display couldn't have better res than that and seemingly wp7 doesn't need as good processors or as much ram, lower battery is a bit lame, but could easily rise as they've just done on 800?

Fails to impress seems rather harsh considering the conclusion they reached too.
"And even with its less-than-cutting edge hardware, I found the Lumia’s overall performance on par with the other two phones."

yarkiebrown  Apr. 4, 2012 at 17:01

it seems to me this website decided a long time ago how it felt about nokia and wp7 and is sticking to it

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 17:27

it seems to me this website decided a long time ago how it felt about nokia and wp7 and is sticking to it
Well, why is the Lumia 900 so impressive, in your opinion, then?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 17:30

it seems to me this website decided a long time ago how it felt about nokia and wp7 and is sticking to it

A few of us actually have/had WP devices. And seriously, are you blaming us for the whole world not going exactly crazy about Windows Phone?

We have featured tweaks/mods for WP, and nobody here denies the 'beauty' of the Lumia etc etc... it's just - you know... WP is a bit sucky :p Nah, after years of bashing Apple for the iPhone's restrictions/locked-down-ness, why not bash someone else for being even more samey and locked-down? :p

It's hard to review a WP device because - the hardware aside, they are all very samey.

If you have something interesting to say, why dontcha? :)

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 17:32

Fails to impress seems rather harsh considering the conclusion they reached too.
"And even with its less-than-cutting edge hardware, I found the Lumia’s overall performance on par with the other two phones."


To be fair, the article's headline is 'Nokia Lumia 900 teardown reveals mediocre hardware, reasons for great price'. That's not exactly a ringing endorsement.

krogothnx  Apr. 4, 2012 at 18:14

i'm not sure what the phone in that picture is but isn't the lumia 900 an oversized 800 with a screen that pops out a little? dunno what that device in the pic is.

Pondlife  Apr. 4, 2012 at 18:25

Yeah does look rather different. Quite more rounded and smooth, oddly like both of them.

blizzard7  Apr. 4, 2012 at 19:01

i'm not sure what the phone in that picture is but isn't the lumia 900 an oversized 800 with a screen that pops out a little? dunno what that device in the pic is.

Nice spot. That picture was the supposed leak before it was announced :P

blizzard7  Apr. 4, 2012 at 19:49

Weirdly enough, the Lumia 900 has been a sell-out in the US!

Treab  Apr. 4, 2012 at 19:59

Weirdly enough, the Lumia 900 has been a sell-out in the US!

easily done though. i can sell out of a product if i wanted to.. just shrink the numbers available gives a great headline if its sold out makes it sound desirable...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 20:09

Treab has a point, restricting supply and selling it for cheap makes "sell-out" and easy title to achieve.

AhmadCentral  Apr. 4, 2012 at 21:32

Man i miss the old Nokia. I wish they'd stuck with Symbian or at least gone with something other than windows phone.

I hate how since they've gone Windows exclusive they keep releasing good symbian phones with no future. And then they just don't release half of them in the UK or advertise any of them properly. Whats the point!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 22:04

Man i miss the old Nokia. I wish they'd stuck with Symbian or at least gone with something other than windows phone.

I hate how since they've gone Windows exclusive they keep releasing good symbian phones with no future. And then they just don't release half of them in the UK or advertise any of them properly. Whats the point!


When I broke my Pre 3 last week, I used my lady's HD2 for a couple of days... that 'oldie' with winmo 6.5 was miles and miles better than any WP device... even though there were no great apps for winmo.

AhmadCentral  Apr. 4, 2012 at 22:11

Do you remember the Compaq ipaq PDA phone that came out 2003. That phone ran winmo and it was the fastest phone I've ever used when it came to navigating menus and opening apps. Sure the GUI wasn't very pretty but at least everything worked on that phone. Much better than the windows phones and androids and ios's of today.

There's a recent review on YouTube if you want to check it out.

AhmadCentral  Apr. 4, 2012 at 22:18

No wait it wasn't a phone, it was just a PDA. But there is another phone I had back then that was like the ipaq, think it was a Samsung. That ran really fast with win no as well.

yarkiebrown  Apr. 5, 2012 at 08:08

yeah, maybe didn't come across quite how i wanted to yesterday.
had been reading some of the iphone users comments in the lumia 710 thread over on HUKD yesterday, and think they'd wound me up a bit, then came on here.

I dont even own a wp7, girlfriend does, but i find it a really nice phone to use.
But, I suppose this is a tech website, and its purpose is to promote the latest and greatest in mobile tech.

Treab  Apr. 5, 2012 at 14:17

Fight the power yarkie... JOIN ME ON THE DARK SIDE...

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