Nokia Lumia 800 Review
With Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handset the Nokia Lumia 800 having now entered the realms of reality, alongside its mid-market sister the Nokia Lumia 710, T3 has gone hands on with the hub and tile based OS touting device to bring you our first hands-on Nokia Lumia 800 review.
Lining up with a 1.4GHz processor and Carl Zeiss optics bragging camera wrapped within a compact shell, the Nokia Lumia 800 looks set to be the first Windows Phone 7 device to rival the likes of the Android powerhouses such as the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation XE and new Motorola RAZR in terms of high-end high-performance specs.
Nokia Lumia 800: Specs and Design
Crafted from injection moulded polycarbonate the Nokia Lumia 800 cuts an impressive visual appearance, lining up at 12.1mm thick the handset feels reassuringly solid in the hand and satisfactory sturdy whilst remaining light, sleek and certainly pocketable.
There is also a top notch set of Nokia and Monster Purity HD headphones for personal sound time.
Amply sized without being intrusive the Lumia 800’s 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display is stunningly vibrant with the WP7 OS’s intense colours popping from the screen in crystal clarity. The device looks attractive and surprisingly high-end in all three of its black, cyan and magenta colour schemes.
Nokia Lumia 800: Camera
Following a somewhat snappy sampling of the Lumia 800’s rear mounted camera we are initially impressed with the handset’s image capturing abilities. Bright, vibrant images were caught in challenging light conditions ranging from gloomy alcoves to harsh fluorescent lighting.
The Windows Phone 7 handset’s dedicated camera capture button is solid and fluid in use with the metallic finish offsetting the polycarbonate casing well for a stylish, high-end aesthetic.
Nokia Lumia 800: UI
Having done away with the clunky and infuriating Symbian OS as well as the still grounded MeeGo system, Nokia’s move to Windows Phone 7 is a welcome one and a decision that looks set to bear fruit in the form of a series of well-functioning, easy to use devices.
Like all other Windows Phone 7 handsets the Nokia Lumia 800 boasts the standard WP7 operating system and stoic user interface. Little in the way of further innovation on first impressions there is nothing separating Nokia’s long awaited WP7 handset from the likes of the HTC Titan in terms of usability.
Nokia Lumia 800 First Impressions
Looking like an all-round strong handset offering, the Nokia Lumia 800 is on track to become the first Windows Phone 7 device to bother the smartphone market leaders. Bringing the still fledgling OS to the fore, Nokia’s reputation in the consumer market is sure to see this specs impressive handset take the Microsoft OS into new ground.
Capable of holding its own on a purely specs basis, digging deeper into the new portable blower and the Nokia Drive and Nokia Music features are sure to put the Lumia 800 in the WP7 league of its own. Whilst Drive is fast to open and well designed to rival any dedicated satnav, the potential of the new subscription free music service is clear from the start.
Whilst the handset does look and feel great with its rounded edges and smooth curves we can’t help but feel it is simply a heavily influenced copy of the little noticed N9.
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Nokia Lumia 800 Review
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In our review of the Nokia Lumia 800, we give our verdict on Nokia's first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone, with info on its design, screen, camera and price
Nokia Lumia 800 Review
- Tough polycarbonate chassis
- Free Nokia Drive sat nav
- Camera and screen
- Average battery life
- Media still a pain to transfer
- Port flaps won't last
Nokia already confirmed the Nokia Lumia 800 UK release date and Nokia Lumia 800 Specs in the hope of raining on the parade of the HTC Titan to be one of the first and best Windows 7.5 smartphones in UK.
After running through our tests at T3 labs, we can tell you it is one of, if not the, best Microsoft Windows 7.5 smartphones on the market. It is also very competitively priced.
Nokia Lumia 800: OS
Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS is fast becoming a decent competitor to the likes of Android or iOS, although it’s still a way from being their equal.
We love the easy way you can link together contacts with a swish of a finger and the simple Live Tiles to help see information in a trice, but there are still some issues: having to convert any video you want to watch is tiresome.
But many will love the simplicity of Microsoft’s OS - simply flicking the finger left and right will jump between the informative Live Tiles and the list of downloaded applications. It’s apple-esque in its speed under the finger, and something newbies will warm to instantly.
Nokia has added some of its own tricks in there too: Nokia Drive is the first free sat nav service to come bundled on any Windows Phone device, and while basic, does get you from A to B.
Nokia Music is another little gem, with dedicated radio stations offering the latest tracks packaged up in genres you’ll enjoy.
Nokia Lumia 800: Design
Using the design of the ill-fated Nokia N9, the Lumia 800 brings a curved polycarbonate chassis that’s coloured the whole way through, making it light in the hand and very hard to damage.
The curved nature of the chassis also lends a neat design aesthetic to the handset, marking it out well from the reams of sharp looking behemothic handsets on the market right now.
Nokia Lumia 800: Screen
The ClearBlack OLED screen is also top notch, with the edge to edge display beneath the curved Gorilla Glass looking the part, especially impressing when taken out into blinding daylight and you don’t have to simply guess at what you’re prodding on the screen.
It’s not as impressive when it comes to internet browsing, as despite packing in 800 x 480 pixels words still look a little rough around the edges when zoomed out.
Nokia Lumia 800: Camera
The camera is similarly cool, as while it lacks the speed of the Xperia Arc S or the iPhone 4S, the snap quality is clear and vivid while the ability to quickly post to Facebook and tag your buddies is another tech-feather in the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango cap.
Windows Phone handsets have a big advantage over most rivals with prescribed camera button, and the chrome key on the Nokia Lumia is excellent - hold it down from anywhere in the phone (even under the lock screen) and you’ll be snapping away in seconds.
It’s a simple thing, but everyone loves taking pictures, and this makes it so much easier.
Nokia Lumia 800: Verdict
Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop called this the ‘first real Windows Phone’ and based on this performance, it’s hard not to agree - if you can stand the slightly smaller screen, that is.
Battery life isn’t stellar, and while we like the contrast ratios of the ClearBlack Display, it’s not the best on the market.
However, it’s going to be more than enough for those that pick up the Lumia as their first Windows Phone, and both Nokia and Microsoft will be pretty pleased with the first fruits of their partnership.
Nokia Lumia 800 availability: November 16th
Nokia Lumia 800 price: £399 SIM-free
Officially unveiled at Nokia World 2011 earlier today, T3 has gone hands-on with the Finnish manufacturer’s first Windows Phone 7 handset
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