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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

Audio

The Lumia 900 supports MPEG4, MP3, WMA9 and 10 formats for audio files. Again, as with most smartphones, the Zune player software is adequate and the sound is generally good. The earbuds provided by Nokia in the package are OK, but not great.

There have been some comments on the forums about low volume on phone calls, but I have to admit that I don't hear this at all. For me there is plenty of volume on phone calls, even outside. The quality of voice is much better than the Samsung, and people have remarked on the clarity and quality of calls from the Nokia.

Video

According to the specifications, the Lumia 900 should be able to handle WMV 9, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, 3GPP (H.263), AVI, VC-1 and ASF formats. I ran the Nokia Lumia 900 through our ThougthsMedia 'battery' of video test files, which doesn't include all of these, but a pretty good selection, at various resolutions and framerates. The Lumia was easily able to handle the .m4v, MPEG4's, h.264's, WMV's, and DiVX's I could throw at it. There were no instances where there was skipping or stuttering, even up to 1080p. The only files it wouldn't handle were QuickTime (no surprise there) and AVCHD.

The main rear camera boasts a video screen resolution of 1280x720 and can take video at 30 frames per second. The front camera is a 640x480 resolution which can also shoot video at 30 frames per second.

Conclusion

From a functionality point-of-view, there's not a lot of difference between the WP7 phones available today. If Microsoft has done one thing really well, it's that all WP7 phones work almost identically, regardless of manufacturer or platform technology. It's basically the same look and feel no matter what phone you pick up.

Is the Nokia Lumia 900 the hottest phone on the market? Not really. I think the Focus S still has some better specs (1G RAM, better processor and broader Wi-Fi) and better overall performance, but the Lumia 900 is a very solid performer. I guess that's the most important feature; it's a solid phone. It feels good, it works well, and the support I've seen from Nokia on the forums so far has certainly made a believer of me. (I just hope Rogers follows through from a carrier perspective.)

Don is a Senior Solution Architect for Fujitsu Consulting, specializing in Enterprise Mobility, Security and Privacy. When not bugging the local Rogers retailers about the availability of the latest and greatest handsets (which they never sometimes have), he's helping his sons and wife fully appreciate the wonderful, social side of cell phone ownership :-)

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