When the likes of Apple, Samsung, HTC and the like started taking over the smartphone market, Nokia had no choice but to take the back seat and watch as other manufacturers get all the fun and reap the financial rewards. This is really sad because there was a time that the Finnish company was one of the best smartphone manufacturers back in the time when its E-Series line of handsets was the toast of the town.
However, Nokia had no plans of being relegated to second class status in the competition so what it did was it entered into an “unholy” alliance with software giant Microsoft and began developing handsets for the Windows Phone platform. With this sudden shift of production focus, Nokia once again regained its relevance in the smartphone market when it began flooding it with its Lumia line of devices.
Nokia began its quest last year when it released the Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 800. Both devices received glowing reviews and Stephen Elop even boasted that the Lumia 710, the company’s return device in US shores, has exceeded their expectations and they are very happy with its performance. The best Windows Phone handset to be released by Nokia though is the Nokia Lumia 900, its current flagship device.
Released back in April, on the 8th to be exact, the handset instantly shot up to the top of the leader boards and even claimed the first and third spots in the bestsellers list of an AT&T-authorized retailer even if it was launched on a National Holiday (Easter Sunday) that fell on a Sunday no less. Since then, the handset also received positive reviews just like its older siblings but some of the users of the handset got disappointed with the fact that the Nokia Lumia 900 will not get upgraded to Windows Phone 8.
To appease the users of the Nokia Lumia 900, Microsoft recently released a video clip showing the handset running Windows Phone 7.8. The video shows the Start Screen of WP7.8 and clearly confirms that this version of the WP operating system basically has the same User Interface as that of Windows Phone 8.
As for the Nokia Lumia 900, the handset is still at Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and this is powered by a QualComm MSMAPQ8055 SnapDragon chipset which gives the smartphone a single-core 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor and 512 MB of RAM to ensure that its performance is always snappy and smooth. The storage on board the handset is pegged at 16GB although there is no option to have this expanded. Its display on the other hand is a ClearBlack-powered 4.3-inch AMOLED panel with a 480 x 800 resolution. The Nokia Lumia 900’s shooting department equips the handset with a rear-facing 8MP shooter and a front-facing 1.3MP video call and self-portrait camera. You can buy the Nokia Lumia 900 starting at just one penny!