Best phone of CES 2012: Nokia Lumia 900

Summary:Nokia is bringing the Lumia 900 to the U. S. with AT&T, and it is the best phone shown at the CES.

Phones aren't the main focus of the CES this week but one caught my eye as the best of those in attendance. Nokia showed off the Lumia 900, and it looks like a fantastic Windows Phone with outstanding hardware, design, and software. The Lumia 900 will be coming to AT&T in the U. S. and is the best Nokia phone since the partnership with Microsoft with Windows Phone.

The clean hardware design encases a 1.4 GHz processor and a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display. Every demo I have seen of the display shows off the Windows Phone screen in bright, vivid detail. The front 1MP camera brings video calling to Windows Phone, and the 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics (F2.2 aperture) may be the best on any smartphone.

The Lumia 900 will operate on the AT&T LTE network, which unfortunately may task the 1830 mAh battery. The 14.5GB of internal memory is not expandable due to the lack of a memory slot, but will likely be sufficient for most buyers with the included SkyDrive cloud storage. While the Lumia 900 doesn't have the best hardware on a smartphone, it is the best phone running Windows Phone.

No word on when the Nokia Lumia 900 will be available from AT&T, nor pricing. This is definitely the Windows Phone to beat.

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Topics: Mobility, AT&T, Microsoft, Nokia, Operating Systems, Software, Telcos, Windows

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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