Nokia’s Lumia 900 running Windows Phone 7.5 has finally arrived on Malaysian shores, probably around late May or early June. As luck might have it, a friend of mine bought one and I had a chance to play with it, for about 5 minutes. And here’s my impression:
DESIGN: B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Just gorgeous. Felt good in the hand. Clean. The physical buttons tactile is a bit soft. I think the matte finish will help reduce or avoid unsightly scratches.
DISPLAY: The ClearBlack AMOLED display is the best I’ve seen on a mobile device. The blacks are very, well, black. Deep dark black. Photos looked really good and the colors are vivid.
CAMERA: Looked good on the Lumia 900 screen. Taking photos was easy. You can use the physical button or just tap the screen. Though pinching the screen in the camera will doesn’t do a zoom like iOS does.
PHONE CALL: I didn’t try. But come on, it’s a Nokia.
WINDOWS PHONE: To be honest, this is longest I’ve played with Windows Phone. It’s different, that’s for sure. I find the learning curve to be a bit steep. The visual cues are not as obvious I think. For example, in the People Hub, while scrolling the names of people, it took me a while to realize that I can press the letter heading to bring up the alphabet list so that I can jump to a letter that I want. I also find the 4 directional scrolling a bit too much for beginners. Again, maybe because the visual cues are not that obvious, as I don’t know where I was in the app. Loved the Office app. One downer I noticed is the un-unified mailboxes.
MAPS: I love my Nokia Ovi Maps on my aging Nokia N86. It came free, with turn-by-turn and the best feature is, the Ovi Maps maps are vector maps and are preloaded on the phone. Meaning, the maps scale easily and fast as I zoom in and out and I can use it without the need for a network connection. Surprisingly, the map app on the Lumia 900 is raster. Though there is a separate app called Nokia Drive that looked like the Ovi Maps, with the vector maps.
FINAL WORD: I have a soft spot for Nokia. I do want to love the Lumia 900. My ONLY issue, the fact that I will not be able to run any apps I’ve bought (and I have quite a lot) and love on the iOS. If I can get over that, I’ll buy myself the Nokia Lumia 900 in a heartbeat.
It’s the 6th of January, I’m late, but here’s my tech prediction for 2012.
1. Apple will not be making a TV. My logic is simple; the problem with the TV is the ‘software’. What Apple might do is improve further the existing AppleTV or even come out with a newer model. Sans the screen.
2. Windows Phone will start to be mainstream. In 2011, not many people knew, let alone saw or touched a Windows Phone. But 2012 will change that. It will not be anywhere near Android, iPhone or Blackberry, but it will be mainstream.
3. WebOS will be gone when 2013 starts. Don’t hold any breath anymore. The WebOS is done. Sad.
4. iPod Touch will have a bigger screen. At least 5”. Some might say, it’s a baby iPad. I think Apple will push it as the bigger better iPod Touch.
5. iPhone 5 will be boring. Faster, new design, better specs, boring. The iPhone will not have a screen bigger than 4”. Most feature will be dependent of iOS, not the physical phone.
6. Google+ will find its place in the niche. It will not be a competitor to Facebook.
7. Touch technology will not pick up in the business sector. The keyboard + mouse will still be the best way to do most office related computing.
8. Even if Nokia fails with Windows Phone, they will not release or even engage with Android. It would make Nokia even more irrelevant.
9. LT… what?
10. NF… what?
11. The PC will not go away. It will not even become irrelevant. People who can only afford one device might be incline to get a tablet, but function wise, the PC is still far ahead than the tablet.
12. A new social tech phenomenon will take place this year, spark by political and world events like the Olympics or US presidential polls. Will be the birth of the next big thing with the calibre similar to Twitter or Four Square.
13. Closer to home (Malaysia):
13.1 STILL, no DRM free or hassle free online music (don’t even mention video) store. The entertainment industry here sucks big time.
13.2 Broadband quality and take up will improve substantially.