Nokia Lumia 900 love from mainstream media. Reasons why Lumia 900 can sell well…

| April 6, 2012 | 33 Replies

The tech blogs have had their turn and now we’re seeing news of the Nokia Lumia 900 trickle into mainstream American news who will reach more of the Nokia Lumia 900’s intended audience.

In this first video from CBS, they position it as Nokia and Microsoft teaming up (because apart from us geeks, a Nokia and Microsoft product is stil technically a new thing, even with the 710). The message is brief but it’s a very positive feedback.

“Tester’s say it’s a fast and powerful smartphone. It costs about $100 and will be in stores Sunday”

There’s a video here where Fox New’s tech expert, Haiwatha Bray, comes on to share info on the Lumia 900. He likes it and even goes as far as Smoking the presenter live on TV (even though he’s clearly taking his time to do their test). He praises that in certain actions, the Lumia 900 is faster.  Bray acknowledges WP isn’t going anywhere quick enough even though Bray thinks it’s absolutely outstanding with the Nokia Lumia 900 being a really good phone. They note a trend of people switching up their phones and without much thought, immediately going for an iPhone.

Bloomberg’s take with Rich Jaroslovsky. He says it measures up pretty well and turns out to be a very good phone and even better value. It has a number of features you might expect on more expensive phones. He says Nokia has a good number of apps like drive BUT you have to download them. He doesn’t like all the AT&T bloatware (all can be uninstalled, with AT&T, they took stuff like Drive off, though you can easily put it back on). Jaroslovsky says if he can get Nokia’s apps for free, why would he want AT&T’s? Apparently the Lumia isn’t as easy to use as the iPhone (no it’s easier! :p) It doesn’t have as many apps as iPhone or Android but found it more pleasurable than a number of more costlier phones he’s checked out recently. For $100, it’s a premium product for a value price. and well worth considering.

Bloomberg again.

Bloomberg host, Emily Chang brings up ‘software issues’ but Nicholas Thornton (a senior editor at New Yorker magazine and a Bloomberg contributing editor) shoots that down to the important point. People like it. Overall he thinks it will be a pretty good launch.  In his experience, it works pretty well.

I do like how they favour the much cheaper price of what is essentially a premium product. More so because in the UK, most can get away with paying nothing for a phone when the contract monthly price is high enough.

App problem creeps up. It’s not so much how many useful apps someone has, but the fraction available in comparison to iOS it seems. Nicholas says it’s a problem due to the small userbase. Symbian btw has the largest userbase. It was selling apps since about 2003. It introduced Ovi Store in 2009. Yet developers already complained about not wanting to develop for Symbian because of how difficult it was. By the time Qt could alleviate this, iOS was too far established.

CNN – nothing too much said there.

We posted this before, but Frobes thinks the Nokia Lumia 900 will sell.

Anthony Kosner cites the positive feedback from reviews, the great price, the nice feel, a great new OS and trusted brands. Some have expected Nokia needs to sell 1m in this quarter.


I noticed in the comments someone mention that out of AT&T’s 9.4M sales in Q4 2011 holiday season, 7.6M were iPhone, leaving 1.8M to all the top end Androids, BlackBerry’s, WebOS – everything. (Wired confirms this) Now Lumia is expected to sell 1M. That’s more than 50% of all non iPhone sales, over 10% of all total sales. Some analysts say it might only be in the hundreds of thousands.

I can’t seem to find that link at the time of writing this.

Next up, Walt Mossberg. Fan of all Apple products, he previously dubbed the 710 as being good value for money.

However, he seems to be vastly irked by the fact that for some reason the web browser did not work on his Lumia 900, which he keeps pointing out, time and time again and is the reason not to recommend even at a low price, because apparently the browser did not work over WiFi.

I think he might have a broken device. He has said himself that the browser works on other Windows Phones he has tried so clearly it is not an OS issue. This is not even something brought up by ANY reviewer. It’s a shame Walt didn’t care to mention what the browser was like without WiFi (on AT&T’s network). Kevin C. Toefel from Gigaom was extremely pleased with mobile browsing speeds – even when not on LTE.

Walt does say it’s the best Windows Phone he has tested so it’s a shame something as fundamental as the browser, possibly a 1 in a million chance, did not work for him. It’s a shame that whilst accepting it might be a problem with the phone, he seems to misrepresent ALL the Nokia Lumia 900 phones to have this problem. I don’t get it. If he was able to connect to the WiFi, download large games over WiFi etc, the browser should also have worked :S. I’m sure he had many contacts he could have checked with whether it was normal or a widespread issue. I pray it’s just Walt’s handset. Nokia can’t really afford critical bugs right now. It might be a batch hardware problem? My batman Lumia takes much better pictures and the screen is much more vivid and brighter and the battery lasts longer than the test lumia I got :S

The funniest thing I find is that Walt complains that the camera is more saturated than the iPhone. The king of false saturation. Oh no. PureView Lumia can’t come soon enough. Even N8 cam would suffice to beat pretty much all cam phones. Meh. Damn you Windows Phone and your stupid restriction on camera.

Apps is of course an issue, with it only being a ‘fraction’ of iOS as opposed to perhaps having the apps people actually might want.

Back to a few tech places missed. No mention here or the other reviews of WiFi problems.

Windows Phone 7 still has less than 100,000 apps in its catalog but the overall quality of apps tends to be closer to iPhone than Android.

I wanted to bring this one up again.

Jon Rettinger. No WiFi problem here.

Honest concerns here. The 800×480 screen whilst fine, is way behind if you consider the competition has risen beyond that with either 960×640 or 1280×720 screens.

Camera apparently is just about passable (though as many are saying better than the 800 which didn’t receive much complaints when it was reviewed. It’s sad that it is not the Nokia standard. I simply hate the camera UI. Apart from the lovely touch and take focus and the swipe for gallery, the whole camera UI is unintuitive.

For apps, it doesn’t have as many as iOS but thankfully, Jon doesn’t immediately slam it down, pointing out that he has all the apps he needs or equivalent of it. Conclusion – he’s going to use one of these phones as his daily driver.

Any mention of WiFi browsing not working at all here? No.

Thanks everyone for the tip!


Category: Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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  • Bob

    I am still scratching my head as to why Nokia dropped the ball on the camera recently (N9, L800, L900) – always the jewel in the crown feature of any Nokia phone – now playing catch-up to Samsung and even HTC!

    Coming years after the N8 I think this is one disappointment.

    • Jay Montano

      Not sure either. Nokia was supposed to bring imaging as something distinctive to WP. But reports are that apparently Titan is the better for WP pics (I’ve not seem them to care).

      I don’t know why, but my first Lumia takes terrible pictures and my batman lumia takes pretty decent ones. :S.

      I think the moment Nokia had to confine their imaging, they started loosing out a little. Remember even with the iPhone, some folks (even Nokia fans) said iPhone 4S was producing better pictures.

      Perhaps for smaller sizes, the competitors have outdone Nokia (where Nokia relies on putting out phones with massive lumps to blow us away with their imaging). It was ok years ago when fat phones were ok but now a lot of phones are sub 10mm, sub 9mm, sub 8mm :(.

      • Heron

        Actually, I would think that it is because Nokia did not have time to do much with the cameras, actually. All 3 products were essentially rushed to market, the N9 less so, but still, Nokia knows Symbian best, so it’s probably easier there than on the other platforms.

        • RJC

          Blame Elop. His obsession to switch to WP and snuff MeeGo led to that rush.

          • shallow ocean shoal

            As opposed to what, a 5 year wait genius boy?

            • Saul

              Rubbish, it certainly wouldn’t have been that long.
              1st true MeeGo devices would’ve started tricking out June/July 2012 at the latest.
              (or announced at the very least)
              Before that there would’ve been 3x maemo6x devices (meego-harmattan).
              But I agree his comment is OT & trolling.

      • Meade

        Jay, have you tried taking pictures with Lumia the same way you take pictures with N9? The Lumia pictures taken with my phone was mostly disappointing until I tried doing it the iPhone way (press the thing you want to focus on and then click) but it turned out if you press the thing you want to focus on it automatically take pictures. Decent ones. My pics are even better than my friend’s SGSII. (But maybe she wasn’t that good at taking photos anyway)

      • deep space bar

        one word


        • Janne

          Yes because all the Symbian^3 phones had such great cameras aside the N8. Not.

          I’ll take my Lumia camera any day over my E7.

          Nokia has clearly had issues reducing the size of their camera expertise, more so than OS issues. Ever since they tried to go for small the results have not been what they used to be for Nokia.

  • The only mainstream news review I found somewhat annoying is Fox’s. He pointed out more negatives than positives, oh well, what do you expect, he’s an Apple fanboy.

  • lovenokia

    jarosky was high with the web browser thing, it made no sense what he said, the iphone always took more saturated photos and after that point i stopped watching the video.

  • karam

    the nokia takes oversaturated and lower detail pictures than iphone4s? huh, this Walt Mossberg guy is crazy.
    they should give the phone to a 14 year old to test it, would have been less biased

    • Honestly, I would never expect a fair review from Walt Mossberg. He is 125% Apple, perhaps the most hardcore Apple follower among tech journalists in the USA.

      I even find it possible he has hacked his device to have a strong point to criticize, of he feels this is a real iPhone competitor. (He definitely didn’t consider Lumia 710 to be the one.)

      I’m exaggerating, but perhaps no so much. Some reviewers have a hidden agenda, no doubt about it.

  • Livedotcom

    Mossberg is an Apple shill. I’ve never heard anyone have problems with wifi browsing!

  • manu

    iphone and apple sucks.why there are too many icrap fanboys out there.

    • R

      Cos apple product r good!!!! I have iphone 4s

  • deep space bar



    great reviews,

  • Bloob

    There are about new 350 apps coming to the WP market per day, and that’s expected to rise to 500 shortly after the 900 launches.

    Personally I find a large app market to be useful only on those days when you are really really really bored, and just test different apps out in hopes of finding something interesting. I have also noticed that I don’t really have those days anymore.

    • manu

      there are not enough hd games for windows phone.

      • Jay Montano

        True. At first there was a lot of new really classy polished games. Either their app discovery has become terrible or the quality of their apps is descending.

        • Quantity kills quality. But for example PES 2012 (Pro Evolution Soccer) is quite new and looks fantastic. Splinter Cell: Conviction is not so old too…

          AAA titles are still coming, but are buried under a heap of rubbish.

        • Johnny Tremaine

          A big problem I’ve read about the platform, is that it has extremely few daily use convenience type applications, like Android and iOS do.

          A few examples just off the top of my head are a total lack of any banking applications, save only one, for Bank of America.

          No major stock trading apps, i.e. E Trade, TD Ameritrade, Scottrade.

          For U.S. sports fans, there aren’t any Fantasy League apps, no fantasy football, etc.

          Good grocery list apps are hard to come by as well. The couple that are in the market, aren’t well reviewed.

          It’s stuff like this, good daily driver apps, that can promote the platform, aside from say, games.

      • akse

        games on a phone.. seriously..

  • Prasenjit Singh Bist

    Jay please bear in mind that u are coming from Nokia N8 experience, and comparing a 8 MP camera and some where in ur mind. Nokia Lumia 900 is more optimized in 3A and other algorithms than Nokia Lumia 800.

    Part of the problem with UI and all will be solved as Nokia launches the complete Nokia camera app, if u remember Mr. Elop elaborated this point some time back when he said rather than masking the stock UI Nokia will create better camera app with its own industry leading imaging algorithms.

    The point with lumia 900 is that it has Nokia’s 3A algorithms executed in image chain but accessed through MSFT UI which is not very intuitive as Jay pointed out…

    But just wait for some more months 2-3 and u will see a grate new experience from Nokia as they bring in some elements of pure view technology may be the first real product at Nokia World.

    HTC however has already modified the stock camera app
    u can check it in settings options and every where but Nokia is playing safe as yes this products were rushed as Nokia wanted to get with MSFT ASAP and second to bring a true differentiating experience Nokia engineers will need some time as windows is new for them.

  • NOK-stock

    Lumia 900 is a threat to Apple stock price. So I would not be surpriced that people in Wall Street would like it to fail and would influence reviews. Maybe Walt has Apple stocks, too.

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