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  • Nokia Lumia 800 Review: Striking looks, decent performance!

    Nokia Lumia 800 Review
    The Lumia 800 is the first fruit of the partnership between Nokia & Microsoft which was announced in February this year.

    Lumia is a purely Windows device. Controls and functions are identical to smart-phones using the system, like those from HTC or LG. But the Lumia is supposed score on its striking design & Nokia’s navigation system.

    The Lumia 800 looks identical to the N9. It has a seamless polycarbonate housing with rounded corners, meaning it sits better in the user’s hand. Let us have a look at the specifications of Nokia’s new baby:

    Dimension 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc
    Weight 142 g
    Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
    Multi-Touch Yes
    Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
    - Nokia ClearBlack display
    - Touch-sensitive controls
    Card Slot No
    Internal 16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
    Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality
    Viedeo Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality
    Secondary NO
    OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
    Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
    CPU 1.4 GHz Scorpion
    GPU Adreno 205
    Colours Black, Cyan, Magenta

    A phone unlike the competition

    The Lumia 800 looks and feels completely unlike any phone on the market — except of course Nokia’s own N9, an experimental MeeGo phone that served as the launching point for the Lumia’s design. Its curved glass display makes the imagery from its eye-bleedingly sharp 3.7-inch AMOLED display almost jump out at you. The Lumia’s screen is described as “ClearBlack” because of its uncanny ability to display truly dark, inky blacks, a sign of a high-quality display.

    The phone features Windows Phone 7.5, also known as “Mango.” Unlike other manufacturers in Microsoft’s harem, Nokia was also able to include some of its own unique apps, like Nokia Drive, Maps, and Music.

    As is typical for a high-end Nokia phone, the Lumia 800 features a killer 8-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. The phone can also shoot 720p high-definition video at 30 frames per second. Long before Apple’s iPhone 4 and 4S cameras wowed consumers, Nokia was shoving quality sensors into its phones.


    Looking at specs alone may be deceiving for Windows Phone 7 as the OS is conservative on system performance. In an age dominated by dual-core the single-core CPU on the Lumia does a stellar job with handling animations and transitions very fluidly. Performance of the device is exceptional, but to release a device in under a year since the partnership was announced with Microsoft, Nokia had cut a few corners and the Lumia 800 shows its first-generation hardware roots.

    That’s not to say that performance was bad, but it does show that Nokia has room to improve upon. The Nokia Lumia 800 is still highly competitive in the market today, but a second-generation Lumia device may show more of Nokia’s innovation and the Finnish company’s DNA.

    Battery Life

    Those who are migrating from a Symbian device with multi-day battery life from Nokia may find the battery life on the Lumia to be lackluster. However, the Lumia 800 has a battery life that’s on par with other modern smartphones, and can last a full day with moderate browsing, push email, and a few short calls.

    The phone is simple, minimalist, clean, elegant, and beautiful. However, rather than focusing on form, the device is as equally functional as it is beautiful. Compared to the iPhone 4, which has hard lines, cold materials, the Lumia 800 evokes warmth and an organic experience. Though it’s currently only available in a black slab, it’s dynamic and really feels like it’s an extension of one’s own body.

    The Lumia 800 is definitely a shining star for Nokia, and it’s exciting to see what the future holds for both Nokia and Microsoft.

    Nokia Lumia 800 Pluses

    • Stunning Design
    • Super Display
    • Crystal clear call quality
    • Solid performance

    Nokia Lumia 800 Minuses

    • Minimal differentiation form other Windows Phone devices
    • Poor apps ecosystem
    • Looks like the N9
    • Expected to be expensive
    • No video calling due to absence of a secondary camera


    • Performance: 4/5
    • Price: 3/5
    • Features: 3.5/5
    • Ergonomics: 5/5
    • Wow Factor: 5/5
    • Overall: 4.1/5

    Nokia Lumia 800 Demo