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05/22/2012

Nokia back in the groove again with Lumia 900 smartphone

20120410_C4102_PHOTO_EN_12064Down but not out, Nokia is back with a serious contender in the smartphone world, the Lumia 900. But does the cellphone giant still know what it takes to make a solid handset?

The Lumia 900 appears to be the Mercedes-Benz of Window Phone 7 units. Its black unibody design doesn’t just look like no other handset out there, but it feels tank-tough.

Its symmetric body is gorgeous and stands out from the crowd. It also feels solid and durable - I’m almost tempted to drop this thing on concrete to see how little damage it would suffer.

Part of what wraps the phone is a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with glass designed to hold up to scratches and other sorts of damage. It produces bright, vivid images, even in direct sunlight.

The camera is a competitive 8-megapixel unit with Nokia’s Carl Zeiss optics. They say it’s great for low-light conditions, but I found the iPhone 4S still has a photographic edge.

A real, dedicated camera shutter button, however, is a nice feature here.

While the 900 is running the Mango flavour of WP7, one still can’t help but wish there were more “fun” apps for this ecosystem. This operating system gets it right for business users, but fiddlers and gamers may want a little more from the Lumia.

Nokia Drive was a breeze to use on long drives, but the WP7 app selection still needs to grow by leaps and bounds.

Overall, the Lumia 900 is a solid performer for basic smartphone users, business users and those who want a great-looking phone. The hardware is great, typical of Nokia.

But if you’re looking for a phone offering a large selection of apps, there’s an Android or iOS phone out there for you. 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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