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So, I thought I'd write up a small review considering I've been using the Lumia 900 for about 10 days now. Coming from a rooted Nexus One with CM 7 installed, so, here are my thoughts. I'm just a fairly average phone user that won't give any biased opinions.

The good:

Overall Interface:
Windows Phone 7 (7.5 "Mango") is sleek and fast. It handles extremely well and is fairly easy to get used to. Gaming on the Lumia 900 is fairly intuitive with swipe controls, however, for the first few days I found myself hitting the capacitive buttons when there were thumbstick controls on games, killing my character or moving back to the home screen.

The "hub" style integration is fairly unique, and is very intuitive. Getting updates from friends is great as it doesn't require you to launch Facebook to read what others have posted about you. Email is also nice, you can have as many email accounts as you want from any provider (I had two gmail, one hotmail, and one company domain established) and notifications are different for each one, allowing you to see exactly which email account you need to look at.

The Tiles are interesting, some of them are "Live" and react to different inputs, such as the calendar, weather, email, phone, and messaging. You can also pin tiles anywhere you want.

Camera:
While there have been complaints about the camera, I found it much easier to use than on any other phone, with better and more robust options for zooming, lighting control, etc. It's also very fast and intuitive. There's an option to allow touch screen shutter or not, which comes in handy (no pun intended) with my ginormous hands not being able to trigger it on the screen. The camera shutter button does need a little bit of a press, but that's okay, keeps you from taking unwanted pictures.

Games:
While not as many as iOS or Android, there are some AWESOME games for this, including Tentacle (my fav) and I Made a Game (With Zombies In it).

Music:
The Zune interface is fairly attractive, I must say. While it's not as easy to control as the Android or iOs alternatives in some cases, there is a lot of awesome going on with it. The front screen controls are not intrusive and work VERY well.

Bloat:
The stock bloat from AT&T is easily removable, and replacements exist from Noklia themselves and other developers that fill these voids (such as maps, navigation, etc.)

Navigation:
Awesome. Just awesome. It will even alert you if you go over the speed limit on the road your driving on. I'm not sure if that's something in newer Android and iOS builds, but it wasn't on my previous phone. The Navigation is very intuitive and gives you options for 3D and 2D visuals, traffic, speed limits, and a setting to "Always face North."

The Bad:
Interface issues.
-No detailed battery analysis resides in the menu bar, nor are there any Tiles that support the function of telling you just how much battery is left. You CAN find it in the system settings...somewhere.....
-All system tiles, such as phone, messaging, calendar, IE, etc, only support the limited color pallete that comes with the phone. You can't customize their size nor their color or background beyond that. Supposedly that may not be an issue for WP8 (Apollo), but who knows.

Apps:
Hardly any apps that are worth your time downloading, let alone using all the time. Most apps that are free come with ads, very annoying, in the way ads.

Camera:
-720p is the limit.
-Flash is brighter than the sun.

The ugly:
-No Phone file system. You can't find a file that you downloaded unless it was audio, video, or a picture. Try finding that spreadsheet you downloaded, you can't.
-The included IE Browser is bad enough being IE, but there is no option or add-on to remove ads, no "forward" button, and the settings for privacy are lack luster, at best.
-Zero customization of Search Engine or Browser is supported. Click on a link from a news app, it will direct you with IE. Despite there being VERY few browsers on the market, there's no way to default them.
-No "rooting" at this point in time. This means no custom roms, which means you're stuck with factory issues and defaults.

The End:

I guess I'm just an Android guy, or perhaps I'm expecting too much. For how long Microsoft has been creating software, you'd figure they'd have a better idea of UI and user experience. Even Android far excels in these areas and Android has been around for what, 4 years? 5? So, for those of you looking for a similar experience to Android if only in functionality, stay away. For those that don't mind an overall, simpler package and presentation, this OS (and phone) are definitely for you.

One thing I can tell you, the "Windows Phone Smoked your Phone" ad campaign is utter crap, lol. I can do everything this phone does just as fast on other phones permitting I'm allowed to find a similar app to what this Phone has (and I can, because iOS and Android both offer more than enough software).

I REALLY tried loving this phone and WP7, but I just can't. The bad and the ugly prevail over the good, and for me, that's a deal breaker. That's just me, though. What this phone and OS do well, they do very well, for the most part. Unfortunately, there's just too much that's left to be desired for me. So back it goes and I'll be grabbing a HTC One X which I played with for a good 40 minutes today.
 

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Yea Microsoft hasn't put much of an effort into Windows Phone. The whole thing is still basically a prototype. It looks and feels nice, but it only runs on a single set of hardware and you can't really do much with it. Android has the advantage of using all of Google's wonderful services, as well as proper webkit based browser. Microsoft however has to rely on Bing and the incredibly dated Trident engine, and just like Bing and Trident, WP7 is usable, but only if you don't have any other choice. All they have to throw behind WP7 is XBLA and XNA based games.

Also, if you stripped all of the functionality that WP7 doesn't have out of Android it would run just as smooth. Microsoft needs to get the Metro UI running on multiple chipsets at multiple resolutions before they can play with the big boys.
 

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After taking Windows Phone 7 for what it was, a consumption device, I actually started to really enjoy using the phone and started using it for a different purpose than I did my android phone. Don't get me wrong I love my MyTouch 4G and even miss my G1 at times, but having developed roms for both of the devices I feel like I can safely say that Android is as much of an experiment as WP 7 is. If you account for the fact that the first iteration of Android had about the same if not more flaws than (I believe the second ) iteration of WP then there is definitely room for improvement.

Unfortunately for microsoft, I'm not entirely sure there's a market or even time for improvement since Android has made pretty significant leaps and bounds since its inception including things, but not limited to, an onscreen keyboard, exchange support, USB mounting without having to eject the microSD etc.
 

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My review of the Lumia 900:

Its fugly. I don't understand how anyone thinks this is a good looking phone. After seeing press shots of the phone, I was definitely looking forward to seeing it; however, when I saw it in person I almost threw up it was so ugly lol. Has anyone seen the top and bottom of the phone?
 

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My review of the Lumia 900:
Its fugly. I don't understand how anyone thinks this is a good looking phone. After seeing press shots of the phone, I was definitely looking forward to seeing it; however, when I saw it in person I almost threw up it was so ugly lol. Has anyone seen the top and bottom of the phone?
That all boils down to personal opinion, I think it's actually a very good looking phone and feels really good in the hand. If anything, it feels more natural in my hands than the iPhone, HTC G2, Nexus One and especially the Galaxy Nexus but again, that's personal preference.
 

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That all boils down to personal opinion, I think it's actually a very good looking phone and feels really good in the hand. If anything, it feels more natural in my hands than the iPhone, HTC G2, Nexus One and especially the Galaxy Nexus but again, that's personal preference.
I agree with you that it's my opinion, but I think it's horribly ugly lol.
 

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I agree with you that it's my opinion, but I think it's horribly ugly lol.
You're not alone in that, I have a few friends that think I'm insane for thinking it's a good looking phone. Then I try to go into how great WP 7 is and could be and then I just get shot down, I guess it's my fault for getting them all hooked into android in the first place and having them all get Android phones.
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I gave WP7 a try ~ 3 weeks and was not really for me. I need the phone to do certain things. After that its how easy its to do them. With WP7 there where just too many things i could not do.
 

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You're not alone in that, I have a few friends that think I'm insane for thinking it's a good looking phone. Then I try to go into how great WP 7 is and could be and then I just get shot down, I guess it's my fault for getting them all hooked into android in the first place and having them all get Android phones.
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When my Droid X got Gingerbread, I was ready to switch to Windows Phone after my contract was up because my experience was so horrible with motoblur. After the Nexus came out though, I went with a pure ICS phone and I'll never get another phone thats not stock Android. WIndows Phone has a lot of problems that ICS doesn't have right now.
 

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I'm currently using a Lumia 900 after using both an iPhone 4 and some Android devices (mostly the Atrix and Transformer). I personally love the device. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that my phone is a phone. I don't need to have a full fledged computer in m hands if it does what I need. Email, social, texting, and calling are all done extremely well.

You mention that the smoked thing is crap but I disagree. I have a tiny fraction of the apps I had on my iPhone and have barely lost any functionality. So much is built into the phone that I don't need to download 50 extra apps to do it all. At least that's been my experience.

You are limited to the color options of the phone UI for a few reasons. 1) You can use either a light or dark theme and so the colors have to work equally well for both. 2) The color isn't just for individual icons, it propagates to accent colors in apps and across the platform. This gives a unified feel to the device and makes apps feel like extensions to the OS. I love it.

I find the browser to be sufficient but again, I don't expect much. I'm on a phone and I'm not reading novels. It loads fast, displays well, and works just fine.

It seems you are really accustomed to Android so perhaps you would be happier with an Android device again. WP7 does everything I need and more and I don't require a completely open, rootable, system since it already fulfills my needs. To each their own.
 

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I'm currently using a Lumia 900 after using both an iPhone 4 and some Android devices (mostly the Atrix and Transformer). I personally love the device. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that my phone is a phone. I don't need to have a full fledged computer in m hands if it does what I need. Email, social, texting, and calling are all done extremely well.
You mention that the smoked thing is crap but I disagree. I have a tiny fraction of the apps I had on my iPhone and have barely lost any functionality. So much is built into the phone that I don't need to download 50 extra apps to do it all. At least that's been my experience.
You are limited to the color options of the phone UI for a few reasons. 1) You can use either a light or dark theme and so the colors have to work equally well for both. 2) The color isn't just for individual icons, it propagates to accent colors in apps and across the platform. This gives a unified feel to the device and makes apps feel like extensions to the OS. I love it.
I find the browser to be sufficient but again, I don't expect much. I'm on a phone and I'm not reading novels. It loads fast, displays well, and works just fine.
It seems you are really accustomed to Android so perhaps you would be happier with an Android device again. WP7 does everything I need and more and I don't require a completely open, rootable, system since it already fulfills my needs. To each their own.
For people that want (not need) slightly more functionality than a dumb phone, I agree that windows phone is perfectly acceptable. ICS, however, is the most fully fledged, fucntional, capable OS out there. When I think of ICS compared to iOS and WP7, I think of that song "anything you can do I can do better..."
 

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For people that want (not need) slightly more functionality than a dumb phone, I agree that windows phone is perfectly acceptable. ICS, however, is the most fully fledged, fucntional, capable OS out there. When I think of ICS compared to iOS and WP7, I think of that song "anything you can do I can do better..."
Slightly? Windows Phone 7 does just about everything iOS or Android can do out of the box. All the platforms do some things better and some things worse but WP7 is in no way less of an OS. With built in Facebook feeds and chat (integrates into the messaging app), Bing search functionality, and customization of the colors it arguably does more than some other platforms stock.
 

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Slightly? Windows Phone 7 does just about everything iOS or Android can do out of the box. All the platforms do some things better and some things worse but WP7 is in no way less of an OS. With built in Facebook feeds and chat (integrates into the messaging app), Bing search functionality, and customization of the colors it arguably does more than some other platforms stock.
Facebook is third party and is generally pre installed on most android phones. In regards to bing: I think the only people that use it are people with Windows Phones, and the color customization is outdone by android's ability to switch launchers, widgets, and live wallpapers. You're right that WP7 does some things better than Android, but I think that Android does a lot more better than WP7. Out of the box, I'm sure WP7 is excellent, but I wouldn't want to have one long term. WP7 is still missing the ecosystem that iOS and Android built a couple of years ago.
 

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Facebook is third party and is generally pre installed on most android phones. In regards to bing: I think the only people that use it are people with Windows Phones, and the color customization is outdone by android's ability to switch launchers, widgets, and live wallpapers. You're right that WP7 does some things better than Android, but I think that Android does a lot more better than WP7. Out of the box, I'm sure WP7 is excellent, but I wouldn't want to have one long term. WP7 is still missing the ecosystem that iOS and Android built a couple of years ago.
No, not just Bing the search engine. Using the hardware search button on a Windows Phone you can: scan QR and barcodes, bring up restaurants, points of interest, and shopping, identify music on radio or humming, scan book, movie, or cd covers, use text to voice, translate live text (I.E. overlay translation on text in image itself), search the web, and search the marketplace. That was 7-9 different apps on my iPhone, all done from one built in button on my Windows phone.

There is a lot of subjective on what an individual will prefer but you also can't compare live tiles to widgets. Again, it comes back to having a uniform experience across the platform for ease of use and efficiency. Android widgets looks radically different from one to another. It's just different. Although I will say I have yet to use ANY Android device that didn't lag when flipping screens or scrolling. Ever.

Windows Phone is extremely intuitive to use. One of the biggest issues with people coming to Windows Phone is the things that would be natural if they had a clean slate are skewed depending on the platform they came from. The actions, interface, and gestures on WP all make perfect sense.
 

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Well, IEatfish, I'd have to disagree with you completely. WP7 lacks a ton of functionality. Again, there's no way to establish a default search engine or browser in WP7. It's IE and Bing. That's all. It's the default. Can't be changed.

With Android:
I can have a nifty little icon in the top battery bar to show me exactly how much time I have left.
I can change icons, colors, wallpapers, themes, and more.
I can go back to something I typed, add an apostrophe without having to delete the entire word.
I have a choice in Keyboards.
I can make shortcuts to any action I want, media controls, data and power controls, apps, etc.
Widgets. I can get the same updates from Facebook, google+, Twitter, etc, all without leaving my homescreen.
The color theme in Office cannot be switched out.
Finding files on the phone (such as spreadsheets, documents, etc) is pretty much impossible.

Again, I thoroughly ran through WP7, because, like I stated, I really wanted to love the phone and the OS. But it lacks in so many areas it's not even funny. Functionality wise it's alright, it does a lot of things very well, but it's missing some very important features that just about every smartphone really should have. Some things are forgivable, others not.

I traded it in today for an HTC One X, and couldn't be happier. Everything I want and need out of a phone for School, business, and personal life is all right there. Can't say that about WP7. And, it's way faster than the Lumia 900, when moving screens, opening apps, taking pictures. It's just a better phone hands down.
 

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you get another menu on top if you start to swipe from the top to the bottom!they erase the top bar but by swiping down you can show it!
 

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bing search main issue is this:eek:ften there is no hourly,daily ,3 days,week,month etc search option so often i am using bing on android and i have to go to google search cause bing doesnt do it!and sadly facebook+skype might be nice but in my book g+ +hangout and their new page of live feed of handout is truelly better,map!gees i tried it on nokia ,it was so sparse!but theen it is probably an option,but in android you got lot of option the default search engine you do about:debug and you get more functionality if you need those .i bet with the upcoming chrome for android it will be even smoother.(i tested chrome on window and it is better!but it keep crashing cause i have counter mesure in place and it kept trying to find sulotion so they can spam me !(hahaha)
so no for me even with all this i will move on to wp soon ,i could root the phone but why bother i can have all i need without the spam via ms!
 

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Well, IEatfish, I'd have to disagree with you completely. WP7 lacks a ton of functionality. Again, there's no way to establish a default search engine or browser in WP7. It's IE and Bing. That's all. It's the default. Can't be changed.
With Android:
I can have a nifty little icon in the top battery bar to show me exactly how much time I have left.
I can change icons, colors, wallpapers, themes, and more.
I can go back to something I typed, add an apostrophe without having to delete the entire word.
I have a choice in Keyboards.
I can make shortcuts to any action I want, media controls, data and power controls, apps, etc.
Widgets. I can get the same updates from Facebook, google+, Twitter, etc, all without leaving my homescreen.
The color theme in Office cannot be switched out.
Finding files on the phone (such as spreadsheets, documents, etc) is pretty much impossible.
Again, I thoroughly ran through WP7, because, like I stated, I really wanted to love the phone and the OS. But it lacks in so many areas it's not even funny. Functionality wise it's alright, it does a lot of things very well, but it's missing some very important features that just about every smartphone really should have. Some things are forgivable, others not.
I traded it in today for an HTC One X, and couldn't be happier. Everything I want and need out of a phone for School, business, and personal life is all right there. Can't say that about WP7. And, it's way faster than the Lumia 900, when moving screens, opening apps, taking pictures. It's just a better phone hands down.
Again, the things you don't like aren't things that WP doesn't do as much as things that Android does do. If you ignore rooting and look at phones as they are sold, that also removes many of Android's 'advantages'.

And I don't quite get what you mean about the apostrophe. You can tap on the word and it will often show word you want with the apostrophe. If not, just press and hold and put the cursor where you want...

Clearly WP isn't for you and that's okay. From the things you seem to want to do, Android is really your only option. You want a completely customizable platform. I want a smartphone. It's just silly to see so many people whine about it being underdeveloped. People going from iOS to Android complain about the complexity, responsiveness, build quality, quality apps, etc. People going from Android to iOS complain about the lack of customizing, restricted platform, uniform look, etc. Many of your complaints go for iOS just as much as WP. WP has plenty of advantages and disadvantages just like the other platforms. That doesn't make it better or worse overall, just better or worse for you. There is a line between lacking features and not having something in another OS and just because one OS has something doesn't mean all the others are less because of it.
 
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