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How does the Nokia Lumia 800 fare against the other Windows Phone devices: spec comparison

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How does the Nokia Lumia 800 fare against the other Windows Phone devices: spec comparison
We've just looked at how the Nokia Lumia 800 against the other Android and iOS heavyweights, but while in those lands the race is not so tightly regulated, in Windows Phone world everyone has to conform with Microsoft's rules about hardware. That doesn't completely exclude variety but admittedly makes the devices look pretty much similar. In return, you're sure that whichever device you pick at the store, you can expect the same smooth WP Mango experience.

That's why differentiation is extremely hard to achieve in the WP world – the tablet below should prove this pretty convincingly. We've picked three other top-tier devices on the platform – the Samsung Omnia W, the HTC Titan and the HTC Radar. The Titan certainly looks like the neighbourhood bully in their company – with its humongous 4.7-inch display it literally dwarfs its rivals. 

But we should also pay attention to the benefits coming with Nokia WP devices – Nokia Drive gives you free navigation and Nokia Music is unique in the way it allows you to pick music. But what about the rest of the specs? Look at the nearly identical sheets and let us know if you think that might be a problem for any particular WP phone maker.

How does the Nokia Lumia 800 fare against the other Windows Phone devices: spec comparison

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posted on 26 Oct 2011, 09:46 1

1. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


The Titan is the best of this lot, but we are still waiting on the Nokia ACE (900) and the Samsung Focus S. Really looking excitedly to some reviews and some serious hands on time with those top line WP. I do like the Lumia and it's looks.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:43 2

17. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


The screen size and resolution are a major downfall for the Titan. 4.7" screen!? I don't need a tablet in my pocket.

Lumina is definitely my pick of the litter.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 09:49 4

2. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


How Titan can be the best of them? Ridiculously large display and it's HTC....which means that camera unit is a pure crap.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:04 3

3. vmoizinho (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Sep 2011)


I like Titan's large display. Really like. That thing is just beautiful.

But you have a point, camera unit is a pure crap. Nokia's sensor with Carl Zeiss is unbeatable.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:26 3

6. Mozarrt (Posts: 294; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


The HTC Titan's camera is actually very good, in some reviews it was found better than the camera on the iPhone 5S

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:43 3

16. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


I think you meant 4S... ;) But your point is a valid one, HTC has been given a relative bad impression for their cameras... I've used HTC phones since WinMo, Android and now WP7 and the cameras are not too bad. They dont disappoint, but could be better (could always be better).

But the Titan has been reviewed numerous times with HIGH marks on camera quality!

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:39 1

10. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


"Ridiculously large" display is a personal preference. I am fine with this large of a display seeing how the actual unit is not much bigger than a device with a 4.3".

As for the camera, HTC needs a little criticism on that. History has shown it truly isn't a strong point for them. But I love the build on HTC, and camera quality is not high on my personal list of worries. And I have read two reviews on the Titan, which is released in Europe, and the camera gets decent marks.

Besides, I did mention the Titan needs to stack up to the Nokia 900 and the Focus S. Just not so much these mid range options it is pictured here with.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:08 1

14. tahnik (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


poor nokia fanboys....still upset with camera....Fuhhhh
it's the generation of apps....wake the F**k up...

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:33 1

15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


age of apps? you are blind or dumb?
How many apps do you really needs?
And yes. For me a good camera is a must have. I take a lot of pictures and I don't carry always my stand alone camera.
Since I got N8, I don't need to.
Mostly, I use maps, camera, internet, pdf reader, music and movies player.
Do I need 500 000 apps? NO.
I'd rather have really good all round device than silly custom skins showing me weather in every single location in menu.
It looks like you're a kid, who cannot afford Iphone 4 or parents refused to buy it and all you do all day long is searching craps in andro market.
Quantity=/=Quality boy.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:07 1

4. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Would like to see a professional comparison between the Clear Black Display AMOLED on the Lumia 800 vs the Super AMOLED on Samsung's Omnia. As for camera's, the Nokia camera with Carl Zeiss optics should prove most competitive of the lot, but it would be nice to see how it fairs vs Samsung...which is the only serious competitor in the mix. IMHO.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 18:58

21. ecthroi (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


there's some pics over here at this article. seems about even, from all i've seen.http://preview.tinyurl.com/3jflfk2

in almost all reviews i've read, the Titan's camera is about as good as you're gonna get currently. not perfect, of course, but quite nice overall.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:25

5. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Yeah.....and maybe Motorola...but I think Moto stopped develop their camera units along with X2. Don't know why.
And the only good HTC with camera is Touch 4g.
And you got a point. It depends on what you prefer. For me, 4 inch is enough.
And now I'm curious. If anyone still repeats that Nokia has ancient res. when the res is the same as S II for example.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:28

7. terabyteRouser (Posts: 412; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I think the uniformity here is going to pay off big for Microsoft in the long run. Microsoft has certainly taken the role of the tortoise in this tortoise and hare race. And I think this is a wise choice on their part; it's certainly proven itself with the Xbox and Xbox360.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:30

8. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


I thought the Lumia has a 1gb ram?

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:41

11. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I think that is the 900 (ACE) that has the 1 Gig. Not sure enough to put a paycheck on it, though.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:39

9. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


Victor, your weight listing for the radar shows the thickness again. thanks for getting up what the readers were asking for.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:44

12. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Why not just get the HTC Radar?

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:01 2

13. King85Kong (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


I don't understand why they would not put in a front facing camera on the Nokia 800. Front cameras are standard now-a-days. That alone will keep me away. I get there are minimum standards, but surprised none of the companies are going beyond that with incorporating 1080P video recording and high resolution screens. I'm just happy that finally new phones are coming out, has taken forever. I'll probably go with the Samsung Focus S. Don't think I can wait till 2012.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 14:57

18. kamen (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Poor 800 - I had so much hopes about it. Small battery, thick and heavy. I'd like a bigger screen, though less than 4 is also fine for me. But 4.7 at that resolution is really bit too much. HTC should had put a 4.3 or 4.
Those days cameras rarely suck during daytime. As for night - phones stopped being night shooters with noone bothering to get back to xenon flashes. And, by the way, HTC are trying hard on the camera side. At least that's what reviewers say for Titan.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 16:50

19. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


They can try and so what? They've been on the market for a long time and they still cannot produce decent camera, even for their smartphones.
And people still use camera during night. Why not. If it can illuminate sth pretty well, why not? And xenon can do that.

That kind of excuses is sth like "we don't have it, or what we do have is a crap, so we will tell everyone that this is unnecessary and flop"
Yeah, we don't have it, so fu%^ it.
It reminds me situation with N8.
Noone mentioned about Pentaband, USB OTG was silly (and now every single manufacturer trying to add this function), bluetooth 3.0 was unnecessary and so on so on.
If someone wants big screen, what he can't have decent camera or good signal?
Those are smartphones, not series K or W from SE 3 years ago (you can get good camera or good music).

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 02:36

23. kamen (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


At least HTC are trying. There's no success without that. And with Radar and Titan having similar sensor to T-mobile myTouch, they may some time succeed.
As for Xenon - that was my point, too - I want nice pictures at night. But I cannot have it with these two miserable LED flashlights. Because LED is just that - a flashlight.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 16:52

20. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


One more thing.
Thick? 12 mm is thick???
Too heavy? 130 g is too heavy? Please...

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 02:38

24. kamen (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Its certainly heavier than 130 :)
After 3.5in phones are just on the edge to start looking as bricks. And manufacturers shall be very careful with that. And 800 being the thickest here cannot be excused with - say - nice Xenon flash, cool battery or anything else.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 01:54

22. msgme (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Oct 2011)


I don't think we can compare all four devices equally. We should least take out Titan since it is premium phone. Titan should be compared with Samsung Focus S and Nokia ACE (900).

TMO just announced Radar will be $99 for 2yr
AT&T Focus Flash (Omnia W) will be priced lot lower than Radar for 2yr contract.
Nokia coming out in US?

Since they are all similar in specifications, I would buy one based on the pricing.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 03:35

25. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Every single consumer should take particular phone in his hands and ask: "is it comfy enough? "
Don't look in the spec sheet and grab "the lightest, the thinner, the blablabla"

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