Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, hopeful electronics manufacturers polish off their new devices and Red Carpet them before a host of showgoers, industry analysts and experts. There are literally hundreds of new devices that debut every year at CES, and while every website and print media dedicated to consumer electronics hands out there “Best of” awards, the most coveted is the CNET Best of CES title, honoring the single best new technology or device out of all those to launch that year. This year the award went to the Nokia Lumia 900 4G LTE Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone. Exclusive to the AT&T 4G LTE network, that handset recently received a retail price reduction to $39 on contract at select retailers.
When the handset finally launched on April 8, the existing stock at many brick-and-mortar retailers was absolutely ‘hammered’ down to nothing, and many of those stores were sold out within the first 48 hours of availability. However, online retailers like Amazon evidently ‘nailed’ down the exact number of Nokia Lumia 900 handsets they would need, and online supply has not been an issue. Why all the carpentry references? Because recently, a YouTube video was released by an individual who decided to use the Gorilla Glass display on the handset as a hammer, and also as a piece of lumber.
YouTube user Techcraver actually attempts to hammer a nail into the Nokia Lumia 900 display repetitively, without any scratches, breaks or other signs of wear. Then he actually uses the handset display side down to hammer a nail about an inch deep into a 2 x 4 piece of lumber, with no ill effects. Needless to say, Nokia does not support this video, but the clip came away leaving viewers with the idea that this is one tough smartphone. But aside from winning awards and doubling as a carpenter’s tool, the Nokia Lumia 900 is actually a pretty sweet phone.
The handset contains a Carl Zeiss optics package and camera feature set which is second to none in the 4G smartphone marketplace, 16 million color visuals, a fast 1.4 GHz central processor, Stereo FM radio and Nokia’s largest smartphone display ever designed at 4.3 inches. And thanks to AT&T’s most recent price reduction, you can currently get all of that for about the price of a really good hammer.