The Wikipedia article for the Lumia 900 lists 'digital compass' among the features of the phone. Likewise the Lumia 900 spec sheet on Nokia's website lists 'Compass (Magnetometer Sensor)' as a feature.

Therefore the answer to my question would seem to be "yes", but when I install certain apps from the marketplace (such as the new PhotoSynth app), I get a compatibility warning:

Some features in this app might not work because your phone does not have: compass

So which is it? Does this phone have a compass or not? Or maybe there's more than one right answer?

  • What other apps other than PhotoSynth give this warning? Have you tried installing the CompassVO app? See if that works. Maybe the apps are erroneously reporting the missing compass. From the links you've shown, the lumia 900 has to have the compass. – Thomas Jun 2 '12 at 19:46
  • Same warning for that app and one other. This is very curious. – Daniel Pratt Jun 2 '12 at 20:05
  • Very strange indeed, is your phone's firmware up-to-date? – Tamara Wijsman Jun 2 '12 at 22:47
  • Yes, I'm fairly certain it is. The version information on my phone exactly matches (in all details) what is reported here wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-900-update-now-live – Daniel Pratt Jun 2 '12 at 23:06
  • The Zune client reports my phone is up to date. – Daniel Pratt Jun 2 '12 at 23:21

According to the AT&T rep I spoke with, this is a known issue with the phone. I was told that it could be fixed by backing up and performing a hard reset of the phone. I did so and it did appear to fix the problem.

To be clear, I reset the phone via:

  1. Settings app.
  2. about (system page).
  3. 'reset your phone' button.
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According to Nokia it has a compass.

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