Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note: AT&T Superphone Shootout

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  • Nokia Lumia 900
    Obviously, the Nokia's minimalist style and the Note's size are going to be what people notice first. But what's less noticeable at a glance is how wide the Note is. For us, the problem was the volume and power buttons are on opposite sides of the device at the top. Trying to press one or the other while holding it in one hand would sometimes result in both being pressed. That's even if you can hold it in one hand in the first place. It's that big. One other thing to, er, note. The Note AT&T version loses the home button at the bottom of the phone. It's just the four Android keys instead. IBTimes
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    AT&T likes to load up their phones with their own apps, and these two are no different. One thing to, um, note about the Note is there are more apps displayed on the screen than usual because it is so wide. So much the easier to comb through all the carrier apps many will never use. But, there aren't many apps available yet for the included S Pen. Samsung's stylus-enabled Note won't get any killer S Pen apps (Premium Suite) until the Android 4.0 system rolls out. But for the Lumia 900, Nokia is bringing its own apps like Transport, Drive, Maps and Reader. They are some of the best manufacturer apps around. Samsung's Kies Air app is good, too. It lets you sync the Note to a laptop without the USB cable for things like contacts, calls and bookmarks. Lastly, the Lumia gets apps from the Windows Phone Marketplace instead of Google Play. Reuters
  • Android ICS Update for Samsung Galaxy Note
    Nokia's new flagship features the LTE high-speed data network, and it will make short work of downloading files and uploading photos. It may not be 10x faster than 3G as advertised, but it's noticeably faster. For the Note, its main feature is the Wacom built stylus, what Samsung calls the S Pen. It lives inside the Note, and there's a tiny silo on the bottom of the device where the stylus pops in. While the handwriting recognition isn't great, the stylus itself is quite responsive and can be used to navigate about on the phone. It doesn't work with the Android keys at the bottom, though. Fingers only there. REUTERS
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    Both are all plastic bodies, but the Lumia 900 is not as high-powered as the Note. There's no dual-core processor or full gigabyte of memory. There's also no expandable memory card slot. It is about 20 grams lighter. The Note also runs on AT&T's LTE network. It has a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass to protect it. It even has 1280x800p resolution, so it looks very nice, indeed. The Nokia features a 4.3-inch AMOLED display with ClearBlack technology. That's Nokia-speak for their displays. Reuters
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    We don't know how Microsoft will handle updates to its Windows Phone lineup when Windows 8 comes out at the end of the year, but it will fun to find out. The Note will get Android 4.0 and the Premium Suite of stylus apps starting from sometime in April. Reuters
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    Both are fast for Web browsing and messaging, but the Note is your gaming and movie watching rig due to its size and more powerful hardware. That's a big reason it's $300 after all. Reuters
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    We're not sure we can quite justify the $300 price tag for the Note, but the $100 price tag on the Lumia 900 does seem hard to beat. It does depend on what you plan to do with your phone, and in this case, we doubt anyone will be unhappy with these choices. Battery life is just average on these LTE phones, and they do run very different software systems, so those are two big issues with many buyers. The Note may be a riskier buy overall, so some may wish to buy one in a few months when the price comes down. Reuters
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AT&T is prepping for a barrage of new phones in the next two months, but one of its most unique devices is already out. Samsung's Galaxy Note is a large, wide phone for $300 on contract. We're pretty certain the Nokia Lumia 900 will be $100 when it comes out, and the price isn't the only thing different about these two phones. They're completely unique, and because they are so new, many people will be wondering which one might be right for them. 

On price alone, the Note seems a bit out of reach for most. But, at least it runs a system more people will be familiar with. Android phones have been around for a few years now. Nokia's Lumia 900 runs the relatively new Windows Phone system, so despite its comparatively low price, people may still hesitate to buy it. We would consider that a mistake because even though it's a new system, the phone itself is quite striking to behold.

Really, both phones will turn heads because of their designs, so this is really a superphone battle we think many people may be interested in. AT&T is still mum on the Lumia 900 release date, but the latest rumored date is April 9. Start the slideshow to see what these two great phones have to offer. Tell us in the comments if these two phones get you excited about the 2012 smartphone wars or if you're just waiting for the iPhone 5.  

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