Since the Nokia Lumia 900 was unveiled in the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, pundits have been touting it as the device that would not only give life to the dying Windows Phone – a mobile OS that was slowly losing its battle with mobile OS giants, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS – but also herald Nokia’s first potent foray into the smartphone market. According to estimates, Nokia shipped about 2.2 million Nokia Lumia 900 units in the first quarter of 2012, and those numbers are expected to rise in the coming months. It is also one of the best-priced smartphones in the market today, with the cost ranging somewhere around $600, or less if you can avail of a Newegg Coupon or buy it pre-bundled with a network subscription plan.

Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone

Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone

At first glance, the Lumia 900 seems to be a larger sibling of Nokia’s previous October 2011 release, the Lumia 800. Both share almost the same design as the Meego-powered N9 (an earlier smartphone released a few months before the Lumia 800), but the Lumia 900 has the biggest screen at 4.3 inches. It boasts a ClearBlack AMOLED 800×480 pixel display, housed in a sturdy polycarbonate frame. To top it off, the size and weight perfectly blend to make the Lumia 900’s display easy to look at while at the same time the phone is comfortably easy to handle. Clearly, the Lumia 900’s form factor is one of its best selling points; it won a number of awards at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show and has been recognized by leading tech websites such as CNET, Popular Science and and GottaBeMobile.

The camera’s performance is on the average side of things. At 8 megapixels and equipped with a Carl Zeiss 28mm wide angle lens, one could expect it to match the photo-taking capabilites of an iPhone 4s. Pictures taken under bright light and outdoors look crisp and vivid, but those taken indoors show a bit of noise. The camera can also take videos in 720p HD. Though the Lumia 900 only packs 16GB of storage, anyone can create an account with Microsoft’s Skydrive service and obtain an additional 25GB of cloud memory. Taking a cue from the iPhone, the battery is not removable, but the performance is pretty decent. Under heavy usage, the Lumia can be expected to last for a whole day before it needs recharging.

Overall, the Nokia Lumia 900 is a pretty sleek smartphone, and offers a great value for its price. Amazingly, the Windows Phone 7.5 OS works wonders for this phone, and the tile layout is easily intuitive. There are 80,000 apps that are available for download at the Windows Marketplace, and more are still in the making. It still remains to be seen if the Lumia 900 can restore Nokia’s former glory, or make the Windows Phone OS a formidable contender in the mobile OS arena. But as far as things go, the Lumia 900 is looking good.

Nokia Lumia 900 is the upgraded version of its predecessor Nokia Lumia 800.