Windows Phone Thoughts: Illuminating the Lumia -- The Nokia Lumia 900

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Illuminating the Lumia -- The Nokia Lumia 900

Posted by Don Tolson in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 08:00 AM

Exterior Shots

Although Microsoft has been pretty prescriptive about the physical specifications for Windows Phones, there have been signs that they are willing to 'loosen' up a bit, and Nokia has taken the first small steps into differentiation of their products from others on the market.

From the outside, we can see only minor modifications from the previous Microsoft 'standard'.

Figure 2: Here's the front of the Lumia 900 which you've probably seen in numerous advertisements, etc. but without the 'makeup' :-) At the top left corner is the 1mp front camera for video conferencing and in the centre above the Nokia logo is the earpiece. At the bottom are the standard Windows Phone 7 action keys. These are actually etched into the screen and glow a soft white when activated. The phone also vibrates slightly when each one is pressed. The idea is that this haptic feedback makes up for the lack of a physical button.

Figure 3: Along the bottom of the Lumia 900 are the speakers (behind the grill). I'm assuming there's a microphone here somewhere as well, to pick up your voice while on the phone, but it's not obvious where it is located.

The screen is protected with Corning's 'Gorilla Glass' which you can just see the rim of in the photo above. The glass is scratch and dent resistant, but it sure does attract smudges and fingerprints.

Figure 4: There's not much on the back of the unit except for the lens for the Zeiss 8mp rear camera and the dual LED flashes just above it.

The body of the Lumia 900 is a single cast polycarbonate unit. Except for the SIM slot in the top, there are no removable panels anywhere so there is no back panel to permit access to the battery or removable storage.

I'm getting used to the idea of not having an accessible storage card, since I don't store a huge amount of personal data on my phone. But I admit that I miss the ability to access huge amounts of videos, music, etc. and shift them around from phone to phone.

I'm not sure how I feel about the lack of removable battery. I haven't had to do it very often, but the ability to 'kick start' things by removing the battery for a couple of seconds has helped in a couple of situations. Just in the last couple of days, there was a case where I thought the L900 got stuck, becoming totally unresponsive to any buttons, etc. Fortunately, a longer push of the power button got things restarted.

Figure 5: Nothing at all along the left side of the unit. I'm thinking this phone was designed for right-handers.

Figure 6: Most of the functional buttons are located on the right side of the phone. From left to right they are: the camera button; the power/sleep button; and the volume down/up rockers. There are also no markings on the case at all to give any hint as to what the buttons do.

Figure 7: At the top of the unit on the left is the micro-SIM card slot. In the centre is the micro-USB charging/sync port, and to the far right is the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. I'm not exactly sure what the small hole to the left of the headphone jack is, but the specs say that the Lumia 900 has two microphones. Maybe this is another one???


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