By the time you can finally buy the eye-popping Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone on AT&T on Sunday, it will be one of the first two Windows Phones, ever, to surf 4G LTE. (The HTC Titan II, also a Windows Phone, will be the other.)
It's one thing to claim lightning-fast data speeds and another to actually produce them, so the two of us took two Lumia 900 devices on a network test in our respective cities -- Brian in New York, and Jessica in San Francisco.
Though we used the same BandWidth app for Windows Phone OS on identical handsets, results were dramatically different.
AT&T performed great for Brian, averaging 19.5Mbps down and about 6.13Kbps up in multiple neighborhoods and boroughs. The phone even managed to grab hold of a strong signal within the CNET offices, something that troubles Verizon's vaunted 4G LTE network. This kind of throughput made downloading megabytes of audio podcasts and surfing through graphically complex Web sites a piece of cake.
CNET editor Brian Bennett got blazing LTE speeds on the Nokia Lumia 900 in Manhattan.
Across the country, LTE was much more choked-up in San Francisco. Jessica's sp... [Read more]