I Dumped iPhone 4s for Nokia Lumia 900 and I am not Going Back!

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Over a decade ago, I bought my first mobile phone, Nokia 3310 followed by a Nokia 6600 and Samsung’s PCH-10 (briefly) before I became a hardcore iPhone user. After 3 years and 3 different versions of iPhone, I dared to try something new and refreshing and I finally did with Nokia Lumia 900.

This is not a complete review, these are my first impressions as I’ve only been using this phone for the past 24hrs.

Lets take the good, the bad and the ugly approach and talk about things I liked the most (The Good) followed by things that could have been better (The Bad) and few that are outright worst (The Ugly)!

The Good

Windows Phone OS: Beautiful! I never thought I’ll use this term to describe any other mobile OS but, HP’s WebOS. It’s obvious that Microsoft paid great deal of attention to the details to ensure that the OS stands out on it own. It’s well polished (mostly) and ready for the prime time. I’ve been an iPhone user for the last three years and I couldn’t help but notice that there is so much one can do on a Windows Phone without installing a single app vs iOS.

Users can post messages, keep up with their family and friends on Facebook and Twitter without installing any applications. Check-in to places and look for places around you without installing applications like Foursquare or Around me, etc..

One of the other small but awesome features I like is how pictures from your friends albums start appearing in the pictures app once you login to Facebook or Twitter. You can select a set of friends who you want to keep up with and every time a friend from the select group uploads a picture on Facebook or Twitter, it appears on your phone without having to search for it. Pretty cool!

Live Tiles: Brilliant concept. You can pin almost anything to the “Start” screen on your windows phone to keep up with that piece of information without having to navigate through multiple screens or searching for applications. For example you can pin a specific folder from Gmail on the Start screen and dive right into it without having to launch the email app and navigate to that folder.

You can create Group tiles by adding a bunch of contacts to a group and “pin” it as a live tile. Every time you open that group, it shows all updates from Facebook, Twitter, recent emails, text messages sent to each of the contacts in that group, etc.. Within 24 hours I’ve grown to love how social Windows Phone is and I probably won’t got back to an iPhone again.

The Bad! (Can be better!)

Nokia Lumia 900: Awesome phone! I like the screen size, touch-n-feel, the texture, etc.. Its not too heavy and slides into the pocket without a problem. I feel Nokia could have done a better job shaving the edges, there is a lot of padding around the screen, getting rid of that would have reduced the overall size of the handset while maintaining the bigger screen size.

I’ve had some voice issues with the phone, if I don’t keep the talking end of the phone close to my mouth, I am not very audible and the moment I turn the volume more than half way up, person on the other end start to hear echo of their own voice. It might be a little too early to say its a definite problem, but at least two people I’ve talk to have pointed these issues out.

Windows Phone UI: Though I feel that the overall experience with Windows Phone 7 OS is great, it can be improved by making changes to the UI to eliminate a few swipes and clicks to complete a task.

For example, if the phone is in sleeping or lock mode, you cannot take the call unless you slide the screen up and hit “Answer”. That’s a two step process, where as it should just be one, sliding the screen up should automatically answer the call. Another one I can think of is the notification system. When you receive a text message or some sort of notification shows towards the top of the screen just like it does on iPhone but these notifications are read-only, meaning, nothing happens when you click on these notifications. Ideally, on-touch these notifications should open the application that triggered the notification, but that not the case.

Apps: List wouldn’t be complete without talking about the Apps in the Marketplace, would it? I’ve already installed most of the applications I regularly use on the iPhone, but given that the market place has about 70k apps only, there are a LOT of apps yet to come to the Windows Phone OS.

Microsoft has done a splendid job with the OS itself, now the success of the phone completely relies on how quickly the of apps in the market place grow to offer a better and bigger experience to Windows Phone users.

The Ugly!

Camera: Camera is the only component of this phone that makes me feel like I am downgrading from iPhone 4s, otherwise everything is great! I noticed some sort of a strange cast in the middle of the frame and the white balance is completely off.

For now that the only thing that makes the ugly list, I’ll update this post as I continue to use this phone and Windows Phone OS.

My overall experience has been great so far. Though I’ll have to compromise by giving up on few applications that I use to use on iPhone, I think its totally worth it. Windows Phone OS is by far the most social mobile platform I’ve ever used. If you were thinking about getting a smartphone or maybe dump your iPhone, Android or Blackberry and try something new, I bet you wont regret your move to Windows Phone OS with Nokia Lumia 900!

If you’ve recently upgraded to Nokia Lumia 900 or Windows Phone OS, feel free to share your experience with us.

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8 Comments on This Article

  1. By: Maryam on April 8, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Awesome Review. I hope Nokia reads into this!

  2. By: Sanrag on April 8, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Small correction: Tapping on notification does take you to the app which triggered it (even Messages app). This flow is stopped if the notification is above the lock screen (and your phone is pin protected, I'm not sure if this condition is also mandatory), but as soon as you unlock, the flow continues.

  3. By: Abbas on April 8, 2012 at 4:31 am

    You are right Sanrag, now that I try it again, its doing what you suggested it will do. Thanks for pointing that out.

  4. By: Groover1971 on April 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    That is a pretty glowing review after only 24 hours. I am not surprised that you switched but that you switched so fast. My family's phone arrangement is something of a rarity in that we are now a two (2) Windows Phone household. I have had mine (HTC Arrive) a year and my wife recently traded her Evo in on one like mine. She has used it for almost two weeks and, after briefly considering the iPhone 4, has finally decided to keep the Arrive. The only reason she considered the iPhone is that she has had an iPad Touch for several years and loves the calendar.

    I only wish Sprint would have 2nd gen WP. I would love to be using the Lumia 900 although I do love the sliding keyboard on the Arrive.

  5. By: Abbas on April 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Groover :)

    It was love it first sight! My only hope is that Microsoft and AT&T will work things out to offer regular updates and hoping I won't have to buy a new phone to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 when its released!

  6. By: kmsridhar on April 11, 2012 at 12:05 am

    My phone als have the same echo problem. Is it a hardware issue?. If i keep the call volume above 7, people on the other side get echo when they speak

  7. By: chrisakatrace on April 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    You may like the camera better if you touch the screen to take pictures rather than using the camera button. Touching the screen focuses where you touch and this focus really works. Also, I found that if you take a picture of text, you will need to set "Focus Mode" to "Macro".

    WIth the focus feature, I think this camera actually takes better pics than the iphone. The colors are more accurate. The iPhone does snap pictures much more quickly, which is beneficial when you need to capture a quck moment.

    It would be nice if the camer button took quick unfocused pics and touching the screen does exactly what it currently does. Overall, the focus feature is much improved over iPhones.

  8. By: kmsridhar on May 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Got a replacement phone and no more echo issues. Love the Phone