Nokia's vanguard Windows Phone has arrived, all dressed up in the N9's clothing

- Vlad Savov , The Verge 

Reviews summary

8.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 26 reviews

The Lumia 800 smartphone is a flagship phone from Nokia. Taking exterior design cues from their sleek and sexy experimental N9 MeeGo phone, Nokia's latest offering incorporates the "Mango" build of Windows Phone 7, along with a complete overhaul of pretty much everything under the hood.

The Lumia 800 features a smoothly designed polycarbonate shell surrounding a 3.7 inch 480 x 800 AMOLED capacitive touchscreen beneath a gently curved piece of gorilla glass. The display also incorporates Nokia's proprietary ClearBlack technology, meaning that colors and text are displayed against a true black background rather than the backlit gray that is displayed on many other phones. The end result is a sharp display of vibrant colors, easy-to-read text, and smooth video.

Under the hood, the Lumia 800 sports a 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor paired with an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. While, on paper, it may look to be underpowered when compared to the latest Android phones on the market, it's important to keep in mind that this phone exceeds the minimum specifications for Windows Phone 7 - which doesn't take advantage of dual-core processing at this time. That being said, the Lumia 800 runs Microsoft's current mobile OS without a hitch.

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The Lumia 800 has many of the standard features that we've come to expect to see in smartphones, such as GPS and WiFi b/g/n. The phone also includes a built-in FM tuner for listening to the radio while on the go, as well as a Carl Zeiss 8 megapixel rear-facing camera coupled with a dual LED flash that takes sharp stills and smooth 720p HD video.

A few features are noticeably absent from this phone, however. The phone's 16GB of internal memory is not expandable via external memory cards, meaning that users may run out of storage sooner than they wish. Since it has no front-facing camera, the phone cannot be used for video conferencing. Additionally, this phone is not compatible with Nokia's proprietary NFC accessories as previous phones have been, meaning that some brand-loyal customers may find themselves needing to replace accessories they've already purchased.

Overall, the Lumia 800 is a beautifully-crafted phone that has some really great features. Combined with the intuitiveness of the Windows Phone 7 operating system, this phone is positioned to be a real contender in the ever-growing smartphone market.

Need to know: Nokia Lumia 800

1. While a bit smaller than some of its competition, the Lumia 800 sports one of the most vibrant and sharp displays currently available. (The Good)

2. The Lumia 800 runs Windows Phone 7 flawlessly, allowing users to easily integrate and synchronize data between their phone and existing Microsoft software and devices, including PCs, the Xbox 360, and Zune media players. (The Good)

3. The phone is not compatible with Nokia's proprietary NFC accessories. (The Bad)

4. Users are limited to the 16 GB of internal memory, with no option for expansion (The Bad)


Specs summary

Screen
3.7"

The Nokia Lumia 800's screen is 3.7 inches with 800 x 400 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1450mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1450 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 0.5 days standby time, 780 minutes (2G), 570 minutes (3G), 247 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

8.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 26 reviews

The Lumia 800 smartphone is a flagship phone from Nokia. Taking exterior design cues from their sleek and sexy experimental N9 MeeGo phone, Nokia's latest offering incorporates the "Mango" build of Windows Phone 7, along with a complete overhaul of pretty much everything under the hood.

The Lumia 800 features a smoothly designed polycarbonate shell surrounding a 3.7 inch 480 x 800 AMOLED capacitive touchscreen beneath a gently curved piece of gorilla glass. The display also incorporates Nokia's proprietary ClearBlack technology, meaning that colors and text are displayed against a true black background rather than the backlit gray that is displayed on many other phones. The end result is a sharp display of vibrant colors, easy-to-read text, and smooth video.

Under the hood, the Lumia 800 sports a 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor paired with an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. While, on paper, it may look to be underpowered when compared to the latest Android phones on the market, it's important to keep in mind that this phone exceeds the minimum specifications for Windows Phone 7 - which doesn't take advantage of dual-core processing at this time. That being said, the Lumia 800 runs Microsoft's current mobile OS without a hitch.

Show more

The Lumia 800 has many of the standard features that we've come to expect to see in smartphones, such as GPS and WiFi b/g/n. The phone also includes a built-in FM tuner for listening to the radio while on the go, as well as a Carl Zeiss 8 megapixel rear-facing camera coupled with a dual LED flash that takes sharp stills and smooth 720p HD video.

A few features are noticeably absent from this phone, however. The phone's 16GB of internal memory is not expandable via external memory cards, meaning that users may run out of storage sooner than they wish. Since it has no front-facing camera, the phone cannot be used for video conferencing. Additionally, this phone is not compatible with Nokia's proprietary NFC accessories as previous phones have been, meaning that some brand-loyal customers may find themselves needing to replace accessories they've already purchased.

Overall, the Lumia 800 is a beautifully-crafted phone that has some really great features. Combined with the intuitiveness of the Windows Phone 7 operating system, this phone is positioned to be a real contender in the ever-growing smartphone market.

Need to know: Nokia Lumia 800

1. While a bit smaller than some of its competition, the Lumia 800 sports one of the most vibrant and sharp displays currently available. (The Good)

2. The Lumia 800 runs Windows Phone 7 flawlessly, allowing users to easily integrate and synchronize data between their phone and existing Microsoft software and devices, including PCs, the Xbox 360, and Zune media players. (The Good)

3. The phone is not compatible with Nokia's proprietary NFC accessories. (The Bad)

4. Users are limited to the 16 GB of internal memory, with no option for expansion (The Bad)

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It is easy to hold and has good design with strong body

from TelecomTiger (3 years ago)

The Nokia Lumia 800 has a couple of limitations like limited memory storage of only 16 GB, and no HD video resolution. Still it is a good phone and has made its presence felt in the market. Strong 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor assures fast processing and downloading. The 8 MP camera with dual LED flash... More

The Nokia Lumia 800 has a couple of limitations like limited memory storage of only 16 GB, and no HD video resolution. Still it is a good phone and has made its presence felt in the market. Strong 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor assures fast processing and downloading. The 8 MP camera with dual LED flash is amazing as it gives sharp and clear images even in less light or indoor shoot. But with 512 MB of RAM you’ll have to wait a bit to switch to another programme or apps instead moving quickly on Android. The 7.5 Mango Windows operating system is good and fits best in this phone.

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8/10

Surprisingly Good, Not Quite Impressive

from Softpedia (4 years ago)

It’s pretty clear that Nokia and Windows Phone already have its fans. Microsoft and Nokia continue to work on improving the Windows Phone environment, as well as the devices powered by this platform. While the Lumia 800 is one of Nokia’s top tier phones, we still think that the Finnish... More

It’s pretty clear that Nokia and Windows Phone already have its fans. Microsoft and Nokia continue to work on improving the Windows Phone environment, as well as the devices powered by this platform.

While the Lumia 800 is one of Nokia’s top tier phones, we still think that the Finnish company still has some things that need to iron out before it can battle Android and iOS. However, we were pretty content with the Lumia 800 hardware and software performance and think that there’s enough marketplace for all three mobile platforms.

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Superior build and design, above average camera performance, unchangeable battery

from Brighthand (4 years ago)

After testing the Lumia 800 for several days, it is perfectly clear that Microsoft and Nokia have made a terrific deal by burying the hatchet a year ago – this is convincingly the best Windows Phone device, apart from the bigger, but otherwise almost identical Lumia 900. Just about all the Lu... More

After testing the Lumia 800 for several days, it is perfectly clear that Microsoft and Nokia have made a terrific deal by burying the hatchet a year ago – this is convincingly the best Windows Phone device, apart from the bigger, but otherwise almost identical Lumia 900.

Just about all the Lumia 800’s shortcomings boil down to the platform being flawed (no Flash or Silverlight, no microSD slot), some of which are expected to be remedied with the upcoming arrival of Windows Phone 8. There's not anything to be done about the lack of a front-facing camera, though.

A rather overly-defined concept of this platform has resulted in the previous devices featuring Microsoft's mobile OS looking so much alike that it was difficult to differentiate them, thus making them uninteresting. The Lumia 800 is different, especially regarding its design and performance, and it offers a far more pleasant and promising experience while working with Windows Phone than any other competitor does.

Furthermore, the Lumia 800 feels fantastic when held in hand, offers optimal ratio of resolution and display size, as well as exceptional contrast. The device is fast and economic when it comes to battery use. Everything seems well thought on the Lumia 800 and this is surely a smartphone that will do a great job for Nokia’s (as well as Microsoft’s) return to the big league of mobile gadgets.

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8/10

The Nokia Lumia 800 provides an unmatched experience on Windows Phone

from Mobile Syrup (4 years ago)

The Lumia 800 is not a perfect phone, but it appears so when first held in the hand. It’s about the conscientious in-box additions, including a colour-matching silicone case and one of the best-designed wall outlets I’ve seen. It’s about the otherworldly polycarbonate finish that repels stains and... More

The Lumia 800 is not a perfect phone, but it appears so when first held in the hand. It’s about the conscientious in-box additions, including a colour-matching silicone case and one of the best-designed wall outlets I’ve seen. It’s about the otherworldly polycarbonate finish that repels stains and protects against scratches. It’s mainly about the fact that this company, which practically disappeared from North America, has rebounded in such a remarkable way. The Lumia 800 is the company’s first flagship Windows Phone, but it won’t be the last. There are some glaring omissions in both software and hardware, but Nokia has definitely worked some magic here to ensure the Windows Phone experience is the best one you’re going to get right now. For the optimist in me, that is a huge feat.

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Speedy CPU, excellent snapper, eye-catching design

from Techsmart (4 years ago)

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and with the Lumia 800 Nokia’s Windows Phone adventure is off to a smooth start. If the company is capable of making it to the top of the sales charts remains to be seen, but the Lumia 800 at least proves that the Finnish giant can st... More

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and with the Lumia 800 Nokia’s Windows Phone adventure is off to a smooth start. If the company is capable of making it to the top of the sales charts remains to be seen, but the Lumia 800 at least proves that the Finnish giant can stand toe-to-toe with the iPhone and its Android-running rivals. Nokia’s Mix Radio and Drive navigation software also elevates the Finnish company’s Windows Phone offering above those of Samsung or HTC. The Lumia 800 goes for a recommended retail price of R6999.

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GorgeousAMOLED, clearblack Display, beautiful Design, no replaceable battery

from UnleashThePhones (4 years ago)

It’s very evident that the Nokia Lumia 800, is a sign of a whole new Nokia.That being said, the Nokia Lumia 800 is far from being perfect. There’s no front facing camera, no NFC, and that microUSB port cover worries me.But those minor annoyances are just that, minor… annoyances. Once you get past al... More

It’s very evident that the Nokia Lumia 800, is a sign of a whole new Nokia.

That being said, the Nokia Lumia 800 is far from being perfect. There’s no front facing camera, no NFC, and that microUSB port cover worries me.

But those minor annoyances are just that, minor… annoyances. Once you get past all that, the Nokia Lumia 800 is a gorgeous smartphone. It makes using a phone fun, and it’s the first Nokia phone in a long time that I’ve been really keen on showing off. Moreover it’s the first Nokia phone in a long time that I’ve had people noticing, and ask me about in public.

All that is mostly down to that stunning screen, but it’s surprisingly also thanks to the Windows Phone UI, which shines on the Lumia 800. If anything, you’d want to get the Lumia just to be different from all the iPhone and Android users out there. Admittedly, it’s not a phone for power users, which is why I’d choose a Lumia 900 over the Lumia 800, but it’s still a lovely phone.

Noone has been more critical about Nokia and the Lumia 800 than I have. There are some things I absolutely hate about it, but there are some things I absolutely love.

All in all, I’m happy to say, if anything the Lumia 800 is a nice shiny sign, that Nokia, ladies and gentlemen, is back.

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Brilliant display, minimalistic design, sleek and fluid UI

from TechTree (4 years ago)

Overall, the Lumia 800 is one beautiful phone, graced with a brilliant screen. Its interface is fluid and the attention to detail is unbelievable. The gadget offers a great camera, excellent sound quality, and an unmatched social networking experience. Furthermore, Nokia Drive adds more value to the... More

Overall, the Lumia 800 is one beautiful phone, graced with a brilliant screen. Its interface is fluid and the attention to detail is unbelievable. The gadget offers a great camera, excellent sound quality, and an unmatched social networking experience. Furthermore, Nokia Drive adds more value to the phone. On the other hand, the product lacks a secondary camera, mass storage mode, and cannot share files over Bluetooth. However, most of the cons are typical WP restrictions. All in all, if you're bored of the current crop of smartphones, go ahead and grab this one.

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8/10

No MicroSD slot, responsive, Windows Phone Mango

from What Mobile (4 years ago)

Nokia has done everything expected of them and everything they promised. The Lumia 800 is a massive step forward for Nokia and sits apart in an increasingly crowded market. Alongside Windows Phone Mango, there’s enough inside the Lumia 800 to worry rivals and make iPhone fans jealous…

Nokia has done everything expected of them and everything they promised. The Lumia 800 is a massive step forward for Nokia and sits apart in an increasingly crowded market. Alongside Windows Phone Mango, there’s enough inside the Lumia 800 to worry rivals and make iPhone fans jealous…

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10/10

Slim and sleek, well-built, too pricey

from tech2 (4 years ago)

Nokia has priced the Lumia 800 at Rs. 29,990 (MRP), which does make it one of the more expensive WP7 handsets on the market today. This could be a problem for the company as cheaper options like the HTC Radar could pose as a competitor. Granted we’re talking about a company that was once held in ext... More

Nokia has priced the Lumia 800 at Rs. 29,990 (MRP), which does make it one of the more expensive WP7 handsets on the market today. This could be a problem for the company as cheaper options like the HTC Radar could pose as a competitor. Granted we’re talking about a company that was once held in extremely high regard in this field, but if Nokia is looking to make a serious comeback, the Lumia 800, as well-built and powerful a device as it is, is just too damn pricey. The last thing we need right now is another “premium” type product with limited functionality; I think we’ve gone way past that curve.

Should the new WP7 updates bring features like hotspot creation, Flash or at least Silverlight support, HD video recording and most importantly reduce dependency on specific content transfer software like Zune, the Lumia 800 is just the handset to take Nokia back up a few notches on the list.

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7/10

Top-notch ClearBlack AMOLED, extraordinarily designed, solidly built

from Coolsmartphone (4 years ago)

I was nicely surprised by the Nokia Lumia 800 and Windows Phone 7. It didn’t blow me away as hard as the Nokia N9 did but that doesn’t mean my experience with the Lumia was any worse. In fact, it was equally great, but just… different. The Lumia with WP7 offers a consistent and very attractive user... More

I was nicely surprised by the Nokia Lumia 800 and Windows Phone 7. It didn’t blow me away as hard as the Nokia N9 did but that doesn’t mean my experience with the Lumia was any worse. In fact, it was equally great, but just… different. The Lumia with WP7 offers a consistent and very attractive user experience, it already has a pretty good choice of third party apps and those notable shortcomings will probably get ironed out in future updates anyway. On the whole, I just need to say something I never expected ever to be saying: Good job, Microsoft!

While I still feel sort-of disappointed that Nokia decided to ditch MeeGo Harmattan in the long run, I am now more reassured about WP7 as a platform with pretty bright prospects for the future. I tend to believe it has all the potential necessary to become a strong contender in the global smartphone market. This is a market currently dominated by Android and iOS, and I believe that this now has the potential to contend within the next year or two. I am definitely going to watch Nokia’s efforts with Windows Phone more closely from now on. After all, it’s a make or break situation for Finns (and one Canadian), so they’ll take all measures allowed by law to make sure every human being on Earth will at least hear about Nokia-made WP7 device very soon.

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