Most of us remember our first cell phone, and for many, there is a good chance it was a Nokia. After ruling the cellphone industry for much of the last decade, Nokia quickly lost their foothold as Smartphones emerged as the popular choice among the wireless community. Now, Nokia hopes that by hitching its wagon to the Microsoft Windows Phone and releasing their new Smartphone exclusively through AT&T, much like Apple did with the introduction of the iPhone, they can once again garner a position of honor in the Smartphone market.
Having unveiled the Lumia 710 and 800 to the European market in October, rumors persisted that Nokia would eventually bring a Windows Phone to the U.S. market and the Lumia 900 could be just the device Nokia needs to bring itself back from the edge of extinction. Loaded with features comparable to the recent iPhone 4s, the Lumia 900 lays claim to the following:
• 4.3" ClearBlack AMOLED screen (800 x 400 resolution)
• 512MB RAM
• 8-megapixel rear mounted camera with dual-LED flash and 28mm f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens
• Front-facing camera with f/2.4 wide-angle lens
• Single Core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU
• LTE modem
• Windows Phone Mango OS
While the screen resolution is certainly nothing to get excited over, Kyle Wagner of Gizmodo disclosed that "like the HTC Titan, [the Lumia 900] outperforms its resolution spec, except the color performance on the ClearBLack AMOLED screen [of the 900] might actually look a little better."
While the Lumia 710 will be the first Nokia Windows Phone released in the U.S., those willing to wait the extra month or two for the Lumia 900 should not be disappointed. Expected to be released to U.S. markets in the next couple of months, Nokia will have to wait and see just how well the Lumia 900 is received by consumers. If Nokia hopes to re-establish itself as a major player in the Smartphone sector, it will have to rely on the device itself, as well as a competitive price point, to have any chance to win back consumers.