Nokia Corporation (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) had introduced its first flagship Lumia 900 at the Consumer Electronics Show in the month of January. Steve Kovach from Business Insider had got pretty excited with that release.
It was exclusive and definitely not just another black smartphone with rounded corners and a home screen, filled with stagnant app icons. Steve experiments a lot of phones. He felt impressed by the fact that finally there was a phone that was not working hard to pretend to be an iPhone.
However, by the time Steve got an opportunity to use Lumia 900, he was met with disappointment with the final product Nokia came up with. The screen seemed dull as compared to the other top-notch smartphones. The camera did not seem as high-end as Nokia claimed it to be. Microsoft still is experiencing issues with developers to design great apps for the handset.
So, it did not come as a surprise when Nokia Lumia 900 did not make good sales.
It was just 7 months after the launch of Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia has decided to give it another shot with a new smartphone, Lumia 920. AT&T is selling this phone for $100 with a 2-year contract.
In spite of a few hardware upgrades including wireless charging, an impressive camera and a crisper screen, the Nokia Lumia 920 indicates that Nokia has taken three baby steps forward along with an enormous leap backward.
Steve found that in an era when Apple, HTC and Samsung are launching light and sleek smartphones, Nokia has introduced a tank. Although, it does not look that bad on paper, the Lumia 920 weighs 185 grams, whereas Samsung Galaxy SIII weighs 133 grams and Apple iPhone 5 weighs 112 grams. However, while holding the Lumia 920, the additional weight does make a difference. Steve hardly felt the iPhone 5 when kept in pocket, but the Lumia 920 felt like a brick. Steve had let some of his non-tech savvy friends to try the Lumia 920, who came to the same conclusion.