Review by Dan Seifert on Tuesday April 03, 2012.
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The Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T represents a number of firsts: it is the first high-end Windows Phone from Nokia to arrive in the U.S., it is the first 4G LTE smartphone from Nokia, and it is one of the first 4G LTE Windows Phones on the market.
Like the Lumia 800 that preceded it, the Lumia 900 features a stunning industrial design, great build quality, and a fantastic ClearBlack AMOLED display. Add in great network performance, solid battery life, and a fast and fluid user interface thanks to Windows Phone 7.5, and you start to see that AT&T and Nokia really might have a winner on their hands.
Unfortunately, its not all peaches and roses with the Lumia 900, as its seemingly capable camera does not live up to expectations in real world performance. Additionally, the Windows Phone Marketplace still doesn't offer nearly as many apps as its iOS and Android counterparts, though it has grown tremendously in recent months.
Despite its few shortcomings, I found the Lumia 900 to be an excellent smartphone, and I had a hard time putting it down during my review period. Read on to see if the Lumia 900 is the hero device that Windows Phone has needed from the outset to be a successful smartphone platform and whether it will represent Nokia's return to form in the U.S. market.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.