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Nokia Lumia 900 Review Round-Up

Image Credit: The Verge

The Lumia 900 is meant to be the saving grace of both Nokia and Microsoft. The phone herald’s Nokia’s true return to the North American phone market, while acting as the halo device of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. The device has garnered a lot of attention in the weeks since its announcement, but does it live up to the hype?

We hope to publish our own Lumia 900 review very soon, but for now you can check out these reviews from around the web in our Lumia 900 Review Round-Up!

Joshua Topolsky, The Verge
“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.”

Walt Mossberg, All Things D
“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.”

Joseph Volpe, Engadget
“Much ado about nothing? Not quite, the Lumia 900 has its strengths, coming mainly in the form of optics, but it’s the overall package and performance that’s simply too plain, too ordinary, too dependable to merit the haughty flagship halo it aspires to emanate.”

David Pogue, The 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?”

Jessica Dolcourt, CNET
“It won’t outsell the Samsung Galaxy S II or iPhone 4S (which together gobble up 95 percent of all smartphone profits), and the design isn’t strictly new, but the Lumia 900 is nevertheless a successful handset for the Microsoft-Nokia partnership.”

Adam Lein, PocketNow
“I think it’s going to be difficult to find a reason not to buy one of these if you’re on AT&T and are up for a contract renewal. Nokia has always been known as the best mobile phone manufacturer in the world. The Lumia 900 is here to remind you of that.”

Joanna Stern, ABC News
“For $99.99, the Lumia 900 is a superb value. But even if the phone wasn’t just under $100, it would be considered a great smartphone. It has a striking design, beautiful display, solid camera, fast data speeds, and a very clean and easy-to-use operating system.”

Jordan Crook, TechCrunch
“All in all, I think this phone has great potential. It’s quick, elegant, brings something fresh to the table by way of Windows Phone, and is going for a ridiculously cheap price point.”

Marin Perez, IntoMobile
“The Lumia 900 is probably the best Windows Phone out there right now, as it sports a stylish design, a refreshing user interface, super-fast 4G LTE service and a really nice camera. On the downside, the app selection in the Windows Phone Marketplace is a bit limited and there are legitimate concerns about the update schedule.”

Todd Haselton, TechnoBuffalo
“I’ve said consumers should walk into an AT&T store and get their hands on a Windows Phone device just to see how solid the platform is. That statement is even truer now that the Lumia 900 is available. It’s the perfect marriage of Windows Phone and beautiful, first-class hardware all in a super affordable $99 package.”

Casey Johnston, Ars Technica
“If you don’t need to take cost into account and are a power user looking for the best phone in terms of performance and design, you’re probably going to walk on from the Lumia 900 to greener iOS and Android pastures.”

Devindra Hardawar, Venture Beat
“The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone yet, and it’s the first phone I’ve seen to truly unleash the potential of the platform. If you’ve been at all interested in adopting Windows Phone, it’s the only option worth considering at this point.”

Peter Pachal, Mashable
“This is the device that Microsoft needs to show off how good Windows Phone can be. Sure, you don’t get Instagram (yet), but the world of possibility it opens is unlike anything else out there.”