AT&T released the Lumia 900 smartphone on April 8, which is also Easter Sunday, a day known in many parts of the world as one of rebirth and renewal, as well as a reminder that Spring is here. And though the vast majority of AT&T’s retail outlets were closed that day, AT&T was hoping to put a spring in the step of their recent flagging smartphone sales, and renew their position as the top wireless carrier with the newest smartphone offering a Windows Phone operating system. The Windows Mango version 7.5 OS on board the Lumia 900 offers an alternative to the Android operating systems, and by launching their handset at only $49 on contract through select AT&T authorized retailers, AT&T immediately claimed the top smartphone sales spot on launch day on that venerable retail outlet.
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No doubt those numbers could have been even larger if they coincided the online launch with a day their stores were actually open, but in a head-scratcher, they chose not to. Sales have continued to be strong this week however, after AT&T partners began selling the handset in brick and mortar stores Monday, March 9. Offered in either a Black Matte or Cyan Blue finish, the Lumia 900 has also been hailed by critics as well. Earlier this year, respected online tech toy reviewer CNET lauded the Lumia 900 with their Best of CES 2012 award, reserved for their pick of the best new product to red-carpet at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas every year.
The Lumia 900 handset is Nokia’s first attempt at a Windows phone that supports an LTE 4G network, and it is also one of only a few LTE-capable Windows phones offered by any carrier. The 4.3 inch display is Nokia’s largest to date, and offers an above average pixel density of 217 pixels per inch, delivering an overall screen clarity of 480 x 800 pixels. That display is presented in more than 16 million colors, and protected by a scratch resistant glass coating.
What turned heads at CES this year, aside from the latest Windows Phone OS, was a hardware package built around a Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon microchip set. With 512 MB of RAM system memory and 16 GB of built-in, user accessible storage, the 1.4 GHz Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 205 graphics chip make for an attractive bundle. The Lumia also delivers a rear-facing 8.0 MP camcorder and front facing chat cam. That rear snapper provides 720P HD resolution video recording. Buy the Nokia Lumia 900 starting at $49.