Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far. Warning: spoilers...
Nokia Launches the WP7-Powered Lumia 900
It’s no secret that Windows Phone 7 hasn’t exactly taken off. Yes, we have a vibrant hacking community in our midst, and the revolutionary Metro interface is nothing short of spectacular; but for some reason or another, the sales figures have simply not kept pace with Google and Apple’s juggernauts. While part of this is due to Microsoft’s late arrival to the modern smartphone OS party, I wager that the lack of a killer flagship device is also holding back the OS. After all, Google has the Nexus line and Apple obviously has its iPhone.
Stephen Elop believes that Nokia can change all this. To that end, Nokia has just launched the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-powered Lumia 900, which mates a large 4.3″ ClearBlack AMOLED screen with a powerful 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor. In addition, this svelte device will be compatible with AT&T’s nascent 4G LTE network, and will feature a gargantuan 1830 mAh battery to back it up. For those who aren’t lucky enough to live in an area graced by AT&T’s LTE, the Lumia 900 also features HSPA+ connectivity. The camera’s no slouch either, featuring f/2.2 Carl Zeiss optics and a wide-angle 28mm focal length backing up an 8-MP sensor. And of course, all of this is wrapped in a deliciously designed poly-carbonate casing that only Nokia could whip up.
Are you salivating yet? Judging by the sheer awesomeness of its predecessor, the Lumia 800, Nokia’s latest offering brings much needed device lust to the Windows Phone ecosystem.
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