Good: Lumia 900's Plastic Self-Heals; Bad: More Connectivity Woes Pop up
May 7, 2012 12:00 PM
Lumia 900 remains a strong experience, with some ups and downs
I've been using the
Lumia 900 LTE
by Nokia Oyj. (
) as my day-to-day smartphone since mid-April. So far living in the Windows Phone world has
been a great experience.
I. The Good News: Lumia 900 Appears to Have Self-Healing Paint
Perhaps the most surprising thing that has occurred during my brief tenure with my colorful new smartphone occurred a couple weeks ago when, whilst shuffling several items when entering my car, I dropped it on the hard pavement. I feared the worst.
The glass did not shatter or chip, to my relief, but that relief turned to dismay when i examined the back face, which had long, deep black gashes in the previously pristine blue plastic back-plate. My mind flashed back to Nokia's
snarky commercials making fun of the easily-damaged screens on Apple
, Inc.'s (
) iPhones and I felt a bit bitter at Nokia for not magically creating a way to better protect their phone against user carelessness, such as my own.
Except, apparently they had.
After a couple days I tried to "tune out" the damage and stopped looking at it because it was depressing me. But last week, while I was discussing my new phone with a couple of colleagues, I went to show the the back, and noticed something extraordinairy -- the subtle, but distinct black gashes were gone, completely filled in. I could not even spot them with my eyes.
The only remaining evidence of the drop was a slight dent on the corner of the phone -- and even that had visibly shifted and lessened.
My Lumia 900's back-face is back to a pristine unscratched state.
I believe Nokia has incorporated some sort of
into their Lumia 900's eye-catching colored polycarbonate-derivative backplate. I'm surprised that they haven't made a bigger deal marketing this. But I'm sure not complaining -- it made my damaged phone look pristine once again.
Such self-healing paints/plastics have been
rumored to be coming
to the smartphone space for several months now, but this is perhaps the first phone to be spotted in the wild sporting the robust coat.
I searched for information and could not find anything much specific to the Lumia 900. But either my phone was healed by Jesus or the Flying Spaghetti monster, or Nokia has a (perhaps) industry-first self-healing case design.
II. The Bad News -- More Connectivity Issues
I've noticed a couple of times that my phone seems to drop its data connection, despite
the bug fix
, which was supposed to remove the connectivity issues in Nokia's firmware.
About the best I can figure is that the issue sometimes appears to be correlated to having just downloaded several apps. The issue is somewhat infrequent, but when it lands, it is persistent until I resort to a soft reset.
My Lumia 900 LTE keeps losing data connection with AT&T's network, post update.
[Image Source: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton]
While I've only seen a handful of reports, it appears some other users are experiencing this.
"21stNow" on AT&T, Inc.'s (
) support forums:
This gives me evil flashbacks of my iPhone 4. An update was supposed to fix a problem that I didn't have, I did the update, then I started having the problems. Please fix this Nokia!
At this point I'm unsure if the issues are with Nokia or AT&T. But clearly the problems aren't all solved. The good news is that powering off and on appears to fix the problem for me.
I'm not on
an LTE connection
, my region of service only has HSPA+. I mention this, because some early reports on the connectivity problems, suggest LTE-to-HSPA+ handoff errors were to blame.
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