…generally favorable but with some qualifications.
The Lumia 900, Nokia and Microsoft’s great hope for gaining traction in the smartphone market, hits AT&T store shelves Sunday, retailing for $99 with a two-year contract.
Here’s a roundup of reviews:
My Seattle Times colleague, Brier Dudley, says “the Lumia 900 finally gives Microsoft a unique device with top-shelf technology to showcase its phone software.”
AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg says “it provides the best home yet for the attractive Windows Phone software, but still doesn’t measure up to rival smartphones.”
Ars Technica, though, says “the new hardware can hold up against…these more expensive phones, and Nokia’s total package deserves to be taken seriously. Still, the OS has some maturing to do compared to the other two platforms.”
Joshua Topolsky at The Verge calls the Lumia 900 hardware gorgeous, but says he “struggled to find a single thing this platform could do better than Android 4.0 or iOS 5.1.”
CNET ranks the smartphone as excellent and says “with the Lumia 900, Nokia proves that it has the chops to compete.”
Engadget says the Lumia 900 doesn’t quite hold up as a flagship device but given the price, network speed and beauty of the device, it’s a “no-brainer purchase.”
WPCentral has some minor nits to pick but likes the smartphone overall, saying “it can certainly hold its own against the iPhone 4S or the top Android device.”
ZDNet calls it “likely the best Windows Phone currently available in the U.S.” and predicts that it will be “a hot seller on AT&T.”
(Image of Lumia 900 from Microsoft)