- Vlad Savov , The Verge
Nokia's vanguard Windows Phone has arrived, all dressed up in the N9's clothing
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.
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)
Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)
It is easy to hold and has good design with strong body
Surprisingly Good, Not Quite Impressive
Superior build and design, above average camera performance, unchangeable battery
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.
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The Nokia Lumia 800 provides an unmatched experience on Windows Phone
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 i... Full review
Speedy CPU, excellent snapper, eye-catching design
GorgeousAMOLED, clearblack Display, beautiful Design, no replaceable battery
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... Full review
Brilliant display, minimalistic design, sleek and fluid UI
No MicroSD slot, responsive, Windows Phone Mango
Slim and sleek, well-built, too pricey
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... Full review
Top-notch ClearBlack AMOLED, extraordinarily designed, solidly built
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 disa... Full review
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