Nokia Lumia 800: Features and Hand-on Review

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After losing significant ground to their rivals, Nokia has tried hard to fight back in the smartphone market and that proved with the launch of Nokia Lumia 800. On first impressions, Nokia has launched a first class handset that able to challenge once again in the smartphone market. From the Finnish phone maker, the Nokia Lumia 800 is the first phone to run on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Mango operating system. With Windows Phone, Nokia merges the best in stylish software with the best in stylish hardware. As a result, a colorful touch screen phone Nokia Lumia 800 is unveiled, which looks great as well as feels you greater with all the important things in just your hands.

Nokia Lumia 800: Hand-on Review

Now, Nokia is focusing its strengths on Windows along with Symbian and with the launch of new Windows Phone (Microsoft’s Mobile operating system) based devices, it has made an impression on millions of users across the world. A slick and engaging smart phone, the Lumia 800 has been branded a ‘make or break’ phone. It is a solid choice for anyone who is looking for a Windows Phone in the market. To create such a solid smartphone, Nokia has placed some of its finest craftsmanship into it. In brief, it is an amazing smartphone that truly holds the Windows Phone to the next level.

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The new Nokia Lumia 800 features 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED touchscreen display, 16GB of internal storage, and 1.4GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon/Scorpion. Its dimensions are 116.8mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm and weighs 143.7g. The design of the phone is very attractive and has a Gorilla glass on the 480 x 800 pixel screen which gives pleasant touch screen experience. The elegantly designed phone has power button, camera shutter button, and volume control on the rounded right edge. This window phone does not support microSD memory card slot as well as no user swappable battery.

Operating system

Windows Phone, Microsoft’s new OS is rapidly being a strong competitor same as the Android or iOS; however, it is still away from becoming their identical. The Lumia 800 utilizes the latest Mango version of the operating system, which contains a number of new features, not any of which is support for multi-tasking. With a swish of a finger, you can bond together contacts as well as the simple Live Tiles help to view information in a trice.

Its dynamic design and some slick 3D effects feel more modern than even iOS or Android and look absolutely gorgeous. A column of live tiles is displayed on the main homescreen, which will be dynamical updates to show you different information. To this homescreen, you can also pin pictures, applications, contacts and other bobs and bits for using it as a shortcut.

The OS has also some drawbacks; the Bing Maps incorporated in the OS are pretty poor and they don’t display many street names even on the standard zoom level that you obtain with Google Maps on the iPhone or Android. As well, the OS doesn’t support Adobe Flash player so users can not view videos on websites such as BBC iPlayer.

Design

The Lumia 800 has a curved polycarbonate chassis which is available in three colors: black, magenta and cyan. The phone looks slightly oblong with two long edges curved similar to the old iPod Nano. It has a very finest and sturdy feel. The front side is almost fully covered with the gorilla glass screen and 3 Windows Phone touch buttons at the bottom side. On the right-hand edge, only physical buttons are mounted; like a volume rocker switch, the lock button and a dedicated camera button. It gives smooth and seamless look to the phone.

Nokia has put the standard 3.5mm headphone jack at the top; further along the top edge, it has sliding cover that provides you access to the SIM card slot. The Lumia 800 is a totally closed device on the downside, like the iPhone 4S. You can’t take away the battery and you can’t insert any more memory to it, as it doesn’t support microSD card slot.

Screen

Like all latest Windows Phone handsets, the Lumia has a 3.7-inch screen ClearBlack AMOLED touchscreen display, packing in 480 x 800 pixels, the same resolution as the iPhone’s 4S screen.

The screen’s brightness levels are very high, providing an actually vibrant look. But, the display has one problem like a lot of OLED screens; whites have a somewhat blue-ish tinge which is often obvious on webpages having white backgrounds like Google’s homepage.

Processor, speed and memory

Nokia has put a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor in phone, which contains an Adreno 205 GPU. The OS includes 512MB of ROM and 512MB of RAM to play with. As well, the lumia sports 16GB of memory for storing photos, music, videos, and apps.

With the dual-core processors utilized in the Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S, these specs may seem docile but the handset still looks like a very speedy handset. Its OS utilizes hardware acceleration for its 3D menu effects, zooming and scrolling, which appears to help stay everything rollicking with a very sprightly speed.

Camera

Unfortunately, the Nokia hasn’t included a front-facing camera in this phone that means you can’t utilize it for video calling or for the video conferencing by using the Skype. Though, the lumia 800 has 8-megapxiel camera, it is disappointing as it lacks the speed of the iPhone 4S or the Xperia Arc S; the snap quality is obvious and bright while the capability to rapidly post to Facebook and tag your friends is another tech-feather in it.

In brief, the camera is slower to focus in day-to-day use and less consistent at obtaining precise focus – particularly on close-ups. It is also inclined to nosh-up highlights, representing that its active range is a little restricted, something that can be appeared on both photos and videos.

Nokia apps

Nokia Drive offers turn-by-turn navigation with voice prompts. Users can download maps to the phone and store it locally. You won’t chalk up roaming charges to utilize it abroad if you’ve downloaded the maps in advance. Voice packs and languages are also downloaded if require; the view can be switched between 2D and 3D modes, entire with landmarks.

The Nokia music app is the other big addition to the phone, which copies some functionalities of the standard Zune music app integrated to Windows Phone. Users can utilize it to playback tracks that they have transferred from a PC by making the use of the Zune desktop software. It also owns an on-phone music store where user can buy and download tracks (only at a cost of 99p each). A couple of extra features include the Gigs option, the Mix Radio option and App Highlights.

Price:

In UK, Nokia Lumia 800 is available at a price of £399 for SIM-free, costing zero on as little as a £26 Orange or Vodafone contract with Carphone Warehouse in comparison to the HTC Titan starting at £36 pm with Orange and £31 pm with Vodafone. Indian customers can purchase this handset at a cost of around Rs. 28,000.

Verdict:

In general, the Lumia 800 is a very pretty handset. As their first Windows Phone, both Nokia and Microsoft will be satisfied with the first fruits of their joint effort. The Windows Phone software is fun to use, particularly if you want to remain updated with what friends are up to on social networking sites. It also looks eye-catching and the excellent build quality provides you the assurance that it’s built to last. Mix Radio software and the Drive navigation are absolutely neat features included in it.

However, there are a few let-down features such as the lack of a front-facing camera, the quality of the main camera, lack of microSD memory card slot and user swappable battery. Overall, the handset is good but a little bit overpriced.

Nokia Lumia 800: Specifications

Operating System Windows Phone 7.5
Form Factor Candybar Touchscreen
Networks GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 mHz; CDMA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
Data GSM/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA/UMTS
CPU 1.4-GHz Qualcomm MSM8255
RAM 512MB
ROM 16GB
Internal Memory 16GB
Memory Expansion Type none
Display (main) 3.7 inch AMOLED (800 x 480)
Display (secondary)
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Type Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Front Camera Resolution
Camera Resolution 8 MP
Audio formats supported AAC; AAC+; eAAC+; M4B; MP3; MP4; WMA
Video formats supported 3GP; AVI; H.264; WMV
Photo formats supported BMP; GIF; GIF87a; GIF89a; JPEG; PNG; TIFF; WBMP
Browsing and internet HTML 5, CSS3, SV, XHTML, DOM and more
Talk / Standby Time 9.5 hours/14 days
Ports 3.5mm headphone; microUSB
Size 4.6 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches
Weight 5 ounces

Nokia Lumia 800 – first hands-on video from Youtube:

Nokia Lumia 800 hands-on video from Youtube:

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