Nokia has been a dieing brand in the past few years with the increased comption from Apple’s IOS and also Google’s Android system so when Nokia made a pretty big organizational move when they decided to scrap their Symbian OS by partnering with Microsoft. Togther they made the Nokia Lumia 800 which runs on Windows 7.5 .
What is Good about the Nokia Lumia 800?
The phone on the first look has a stunning design and display. It’s design is one of a kind as it uses a single block of polycarbonate material. There is no other phone that looks like it, apart from other Nokia phones such as the Nokia Lumia 710. Though the phone uses a rather small 3.7 inch display (compaired to other Windows 7 Phones on the market), the screen resolution is awesome. The 1.4GHz processor is very well equipped to run Windows 7.5 and doesn’t seem to lag at all even with a lot of apps running in the background.
What is Bad about the Nokia Lumia 800?
One of the downsides is there is no front facing camera. Other negative points about this phone are that the camera is of rather average quality. The screen size might also be small for some who prefer 4, 4.3 or 4.5 inch screens. Another negative is that there is no expandable memory.
Sum up of the Nokia Lumia 800
Though Nokia have made a very good attempt to capture a part of the smartphone market with their new Windows devices, it has to be said that the specs of the Nokia Lumia 800 are not up to the mark. The hardware is gorgeous although too many things are missing in a phone that has a rather premium price tag. We are sure that Nokia is going to continue to churn out impressive Windows devices from now on although the Nokia Lumia 800 doesn’t have that WOW factor. If you asked me for an honest opinion, I would say that you should pass on the Nokia Lumia 800 and wait for the next generation Windows phones from the Nokia stables. But, if the form factor of the Nokia Lumia 800 is just too attractive to avoid, I would at least suggest that you read through my entire review of the Nokia Lumia 800 to learn more about individual aspects of this phone, to see if this phone truly warrants your purchase.
The design is where the Nokia Lumia 800 really impresses. It uses a polycarbonate material in its construction. A polycarbonate is actually a special type of plastic that has a very metal like feel. When you touch and feel this phone, you will feel like you are holding a phone that is made out of anodized aluminum. Another special thing about this polycarbonate material is that the surface level color goes through the entire depth of this phone. So, even if you take a sharp object and scratch away, you will just see more of the surface level color, rather than seeing that ugly shiny metallic surface that will show up in most other phones. The Nokia Lumia 800 is available in some very attractive colors such as black and cyan.
As for the dimensions, the phone is 4.59 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide and quite thick at .47 inches. What is special about the screen is that the glass is fitted on to the body in such a way that makes the glass look like it is floating on the phone. Another way to describe it would be to explain the appearance of a large drop of water on a smooth surface. If you can you imagine how a dew drop of crystal clear water would look like on a really black surface. Well, that is what the screen of the Nokia Lumia 800 looks like. Another special feature of the Nokia Lumia 800 is that the display is slightly curved. This allows for better touch screen responsiveness and control on your part.
The Nokia Lumia 800 has a 3.7 inch AMOLED display with Clear Black properties. True to its name, the clear black really looks dark and not greyed out like in regular AMOLED displays. The 3.7 inch screen puts out a 480X800 pixel resolution, packing in about 250 pixels per square inch. There is support for 16 Million colors. In summary, the display is just stunning to look at, especially when you factor in the way the glass has been set on the phone.
Like I said earlier, Nokia made a pretty big gamble to dump its Symbian OS and adopt the Windows 7.5 OS. Though Windows 7.5 OS is still catching up with Android and iOS in terms of popularity, it has a lot going for it. The Mango OS offers a great Qwerty keyboard that is better than both the Android keyboard and the iOS keyboard. Mango 7.5 also makes it incredibly easy to integrate facebook and Twitter accounts into what is called a People hub. With Mango 7.5 being a Microsoft product, it is only natural that the phone is ready for streamlining with Microsoft services like Sky Drive, Zune and Live Id services.
Mango 7.5 also offers some pretty unique features such as threaded conversations that can be transferred from one platform to another. For example, you could be having a MSN chat with a person and then continue that threaded conversation as a threaded text message conversation at a later point. You just can’t do that with the Android OS and the iOS.
One drawback with the Mango 7.5 OS is that app support is still in a very evolutionary stage. While Android and iOS have hundreds of thousands of downloadable apps, the app count at Microsoft is a very humble 50,000, as of now. But, with Microsoft being the software powerhouse that it is, one can easily expect the app database to grow astronomically, especially if Windows phones become really popular.
The Lumia 800 has 16GB of internal memory. There is no expandable SD card slot. As a matter of fact, you won’t find expandable SD card slots in any Windows phones as the OS’s architecture doesn’t support one, at least as of now (unless it was one of the Pre-Windows Mobile 2005)
The Nokia Lumia 800 does not have a front facing camera. If that was a little disappointing, we have more bad news in the camera department. The 8MP camera with dual LED flash produces picture quality that is best described as disappointing. We have tried 5MP cell phone cameras that have produced better pictures. We just don’t understand how a 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics can result in such mediocre pictures. It probably has something to do with the software integration. Whatever it is, there is a very good chance that the Lumia 800′s camera will disappoint you. This is a shame because Nokia phones like the N8 became very popular just because of their superb cameras.
Processor and performance
The Nokia Lumia 800 uses a 1.4GHz single core processor that is supported by 512MB of RAM. It is pretty snappy for general use of the phone, such as opening up of apps, Nokia Drive etc. However, the processor does drag just a little bit when you open up the music player with heavy playlists. Graphic rich games also loaded quite slowly. 1GB of RAM might have addressed those shortcomings quite easily. But then, Nokia have given it 512MB of RAM and we just have to live with it.
Though the phone uses a rather medium sized 1,450 mAh battery, it can provide impressive continuous talk time of up to 9 hours, on a 3G network. The standby times for this phone are in the 15 day range.