iPhone 4S Competitor – Nokia Lumia 900 Reviews Are Out

With just a few days to go for the launch of Nokia’s Lumia 900, we’ve started seeing some of the well-known tech writers and critics publishing reviews of the Windows Phone based smartphone.

Nokia has a lot at stake with the launch of Lumia 900, as it transitions from its own Symbian platform to adopt Microsoft’s Windows Phone to take on Apple’s iPhone 4S and Android based smartphones.

Nokia has also kicked off an advertising campaign where it has taken a dig at the iPhone, following Samsung’s footsteps.

So does Nokia’s Lumia 900 have the features to give Apple’s iPhone 4S a run for its money. Here’s what some of experts have to say:

Walt Mossberg of AllThingsD

If you’re looking for a $100, high-end smartphone, or are a Windows Phone fan who has been waiting for better hardware, the Lumia 900 is worth considering. But the phone had just too many drawbacks in my tests to best its chief competitors.

You can check out Mossberg’s video review below:

Joshua Topolsky of The Verge

I’ve already said this, but it bears repeating. I really wanted to love this phone. From a design standpoint, the Lumia 900 was immediately enticing. I’d already been salivating over Nokia’s N9 and Lumia 800, so knowing that a slightly larger (but more feature packed) version of that device was headed our way was fairly encouraging. But while the hardware — at least externally — delivers, the phone as a whole does not.

I think Nokia made a lot of the right decisions, but it’s almost impossible to move beyond some of Windows Phone’s shortcomings this late in the game. Try as I might to envision the Lumia 900 as my daily driver, the math never added up. There’s just too much missing, or too much that feels unfulfilling.

You can check out the Topolsky’s video review below:

David Pogue of New York Times

This Nokia phone and its Microsoft operating system are truly lovely — more beautiful than the iPhone or Android software, and, for most functions, just as powerful.

But is that enough to make you willing to sacrifice important apps like Scrabble, Pandora and Dropbox? Is “just as good” enough to justify losing out on the universe of accessories and compatibility?

I’m rooting for these long shots. They’ve done great work. But I have a sinking feeling that this breed of underdog will turn out to look more like a Pekingese than a Doberman.

Ryan Block of gdgt:

Although it’s not perfect, the Lumia brings all the key ingredients necessary to compete to be your next smartphone, from a refined look and feel, to true 4G that won’t run out of juice by noon despite the hefty battery requirements of LTE networks, to a $99 price point. We’ve had a Lumia 900 in the lab for a couple of weeks and done the research on other critics’ findings, and there was no question that this is a phone that we’d recommend to first-time smartphone owners and first-adopters alike.

The Galaxy Nexus, with its big, beautiful display, Verizon 4G, and Ice Cream Sandwich, remains a fantastic device and for the moment still holds 2nd place in gdgt recommended cellphones. In fact, a recent price drop to $80 (on Amazon and Wirefly, with two year contract) gave us occasion to give the Galaxy Nexus’s gdgt score a bump from 90 to 92. There’s no doubt, a sub $100 Galaxy Nexus is a great deal.

The iPhone 4S remains our top recommended cellphone for just about everyone. By most metrics, from basic user experience, to the greatest quantity of really high quality apps, to available accessories, neither Android nor Windows Phone can be our first pick — but we also know that tastes and needs vary. Still, at the $199 and $99 price points, the 4S and 4, respectively, simply can’t be ignored.

Now that the reviews are in, do let us know what you think about Lumia 900 and if it will give iPhone 4S a run for its money.


We’ve updated this post with Ryan Block’s review.