Nokia Lumia 900 Available for $49.99

Lumia 900

Sam Byford:

AT&T has slashed the price of the Nokia Lumia 900 in half. From this weekend onward you’ll be able to pick up the flagship Windows Phone for an upfront price of $49.99 on top of the two year contract.

I’ve been dabbling with the Lumia 900 for the past few weeks, and I cannot say that I’m surprised by this move. Beyond the obvious failings of the device, Windows Phone 8’s impending incompatibility with Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone is certainly an enormous agent of difficulty for all parties involved.

Much ink has been spilled discussing Microsoft’s partner relationships lately and, although I’d like to defend Microsoft as a resurgent innovator, there is clearly a steadily yawning divide between Microsoft and its purported allies. As much as I’m fascinated and excited by this new Microsoft, there is plenty of cause for reticence in light of such a growing disconnect.

The Practicalities of Switching to Windows Phone

Windows Phone 7

Following the oddly scheduled release of the Nokia Lumia 900, Chris Ziegler of The Verge has made the switch to the device, and has decided to keep a running log of the issues such a decision entails.

Having previously relied upon a Galaxy Nexus, Ziegler outlines a list of his indispensable Android apps — many of which are interchangeable with iOS — and has given Windows Phone a running scorecard for comparable apps. Ziegler writes:

Important apps of mine with official Windows Phone equivalents: 18/51 (35.3%)

Of those that don’t have official Windows Phone versions, a decent third-party equivalent is available: 13/33 (39.4%)

Total coverage between official and third-party apps: 31/51 (60.8%)

Although Ziegler’s numbers are inherently subjective, it’s interesting to see some finite comparisons between fully-developed platforms and Windows Phone. I would imagine an iOS versus Windows Phone comparison may be slightly less favorable but, at the end of the day, it is clear that Windows Phone is by no means dead.

Stereotypes of developmental stagnation and stunted growth tend to overlook evident trends toward the growth of the platform — no matter how incremental gains may be. Windows Phone is a compelling and attractive mobile operating system, and I can only hope such progress, regardless of pace, continues unabated.

Nokia Lumia 900 Coming to AT&T for $99.99

Lumia 900

Roger Cheng reports for CNET:

Nokia’s Lumia 900 smartphone will hit AT&T’s store shelves on April 8, a move Nokia hopes will usher a return to the U.S. in a big way.

The phone will sell for $99.99 with a two-year contract, AT&T told CNET. It is one of the most affordable flagship products AT&T has ever sold.

The Lumia 900 is the first phone I’ve been wholeheartedly intrigued by — aside from the iPhone — in a very long time.