Finally, the much awaited and anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 has been officially announced during the CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nokia introduced the New Lumia 900 which features a 4.3″ AMOLED screen and LTE technology.
Let’s talk about the successor of the Lumia 800. The Lumia 900 features the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It comes packed with 512MB worth of RAM and runs on Windows Phone 7. We all know how snappy the Snapdragon as a processor, this alone proves that the successor of the Nokia Lumia 800 is also fast and powerful.
If you loved your Lumia 800, then I am sure that you will love this handset more. With its increased size and the addition of Windows Phone 7, this is capable of giving you crisp and exciting views.
If you look closely at the Nokia Lumia 900, you will notice that it is quite identical to its predecessor. The only major difference is that it is quite bigger. The phone’s curved polycarbonate body will give you that certain heft but without giving you that heavy feeling. Well, at 5.6 ounces it is not that heavy at all.
The phone features an 8MP (28mm f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens) camera with dual LED flash. With its 28mm focal length, you are guaranteed to get more quality photos. You will also enjoy the addition of a wide angled 1.2MP front-facing camera on this handset. This is truly ideal for video chats.
So what else is new? This handset ships with ESPN sports hub and the famous CNN App for Windows Phone. However, this will only remain Windows exclusive for 3 months (90 days). If you are on AT&T’s network then you will enjoy its LTE connectivity where it is a carrier exclusive. When it comes to color options, this handset is available in both Black and Cyan.
There is no confirmed price for this handset, but Nokia’s CEO Mr. Stephen Elop said that Nokia is planning to price the handset aggressively. Well, that is a clue for you if you are planning to get this handset.
Nokia Astound is a beautifully designed smartphone by T-Mobile and has affordable price that is $79.99 with two years contract. The smartphone is running on Symbian OS 3 which means it is not user friendly and may have some performance and functional issues like Nokia N8 which is running on the same system software. Nokia C7 that was introduced in October last year is actually rebranded as Nokia Astound. Nokia Astound has 8 MP Camera, WiFi and has good call quality.
Though Nokia sma rtphones do not have very impressive system software but their hardware is always solid. The stainless steel battery cover and solid glass display does make the Astound look good quality smartphone. Astound is 4.62 inches tall, 2.24 inches wide and 0.41 inches thick with weight 4.58 ounces. Display is AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen with size 3.5 inches and resolution 360×640 pixels. Display is multi-touch with Light and Proximity sensors.
Below the screen are present three button keys for Talk, Menu and End. The upper portion of the right spine of the smartphone has volume controls with mute button in the middle. Camera button is present at the bottom of the right spine and the center of spine has a lock switch. Left spine of the Astound has the power port. microUSB port is present at the top of the smartphone. Moreover, the top of the smartphone has a 3.5mm headphone jack along with a power button.
Nokia Astound as mentioned earlier is running on Symbian OS 3.1 so it has all the same look and feel and functionality of the Nokia N8. In addition, it provides three customizable home screens on which user can add different types of widgets and can set the home screen according to needs. Main menu has the same grid layout but it can be set as list layout. One nice thing is the thumbnail view of all the applications that can be viewed by keep pressed the Menu key for a while.
Though the Symbian OS has improvement like single-tap interaction but still user has to go through a lot of menus to perform a single task and navigation through menus may sometimes give the memory full error.
Nokia Astound is GPRS enabled smartphone with network technologies GSM and UMTS and provides global roaming. Astound has support for location based services of type GPS and A-GPS with navigation. Regarding connectivity the smartphone has Bluetooth with version 3.0, WiFi (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n), microUSB with version 2.0 for connecting mass storage devices and 3.5mm headphones connector.
The smartphone has SMS, MMS and Email facility. Internet browsing supports HTML, XHTML, Flash Lite (4.0), RSS, CSS and WML. In addition, it has default online services support for Facebook and Twitter. Organizer of the smartphone has Calendar, Alarm, To-Do list, Calculator, Notes and Document viewer for Office 2007, Office 2003 and PDF.
Astound has internal memory of 8542 MB. For memory expansion microSD and microSDHC slots are available and 32 GB is maximum card size. Phonebook capacity of the smartphone depends on the system memory.
Nokia Astound has 8 MP rear-facing Camera with Dual LED flash and more features include Digital zoom, Self-timer, Face detection and Geo tagging. Video capture is supported with resolution 1280×720 (720p HD) with Video light. Supported video formats are MPEG4, H.263 and H.264. Astound also has 0.3 MP VGA front-facing Camera and has support for video calling.
Music Player of Astound supports MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA, AMR and MIDI formats. Video Playback supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, Xvid, WMV, Real Video 10 and Flash video formats. FM Radio is present and Audio/Video streaming is supported.
Other features include Voice dialing, commands and recording. There is an additional microphone present that is used for noise cancellation. Moreover, smartphone has sensors for Accelerometer and Compass.
Nokia Astound is running on single-core, ARM 11 680 MHz processor with 256 MB RAM and 1024 MB ROM. The performance of the smartphone is not very impressive as mentioned earlier. Application launching and navigation through menus take time and sometimes the smartphone held and need a reboot.
Call quality of the smartphone is decent and good with almost no noise. The download speed is good. YouTube videos are played without interruption but picture quality is not impressive and is bit pixilated. Moreover, the smartphone is powered by Lithium-ion battery with capacity 1200 mAh. Battery provides 9.5 hours of talk time and 23 days of stand-by time for 2G. For 3G the smartphone battery provides 5 hours of talk time and 27 days of stand-by time.
At the end, the Nokia Astound has the solid hardware with beautiful designed body. If the good design, call quality and Camera are all you want then Astound is indeed a good choice but if you are looking for user friendly and responsive menus, screens and applications then you should look for Android or other smartphones with responsive system softwares according to latest needs.