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Nokia Lumia 900: A Worthy Challenger of Android and iPhone?

(The Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone is displayed at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.)

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The Nokia Lumia 900 is finally out, and the low-priced smartphone is receiving positive reviews despite some issues with its software.

But early reactions to the new device also note a problem that could loom large for any seasoned smartphone user: The Lumia only recently added the ability to run multiple applications at once, and doing so can be problematic. The phone’s app offerings are also minimal compared to other operating systems.

A long-anticipated alternative for iPhone and Android users, the touch-screen Lumia fits in with Nokia’s slick style, boasting a larger screen and 4G LTE connectivity. And many reviewers say the phone’s eight-megapixel camera and other technology dovetails nicely with its Windows operating system.

Will Nokia’s bid to be a contender among the most popular phones on the market succeed? It depends on whether the phone’s competitive price can attract some new potential converts or build its own fan base. Good luck, Nokia. You’ve got plenty of competition.