IDEA Gold Awards bestowed on the Nokia Lumia 800 & 900

IDEA Gold Awards bestowed on the Nokia Lumia 800 & 900
While Nokia’s operating system choices are always the subject of much debate, one thing that we can all agree on is, when it comes to the physical design of its handsets, Nokia tends to knocks it out of the park. That has particularly been the case with its Lumia 800 and 900.

While the Nokia Lumia 900 took home 4 awards at CES this year, the duo were entered into this year's International Design Excellence Awards where, opposed to the other gadgetry it usually competes against at events like CES, the Lumia 800 and 900 went up against the best of the best designs in a large array of categories from all around the world.

The Lumia 800 and the 900 were among the gold award winners this year. They share that distinction with such other brilliant products as the LED Clear Bulb from Panasonic, the Paper Bottle by Ecologic Brands, and the Nike+ FuelBand.

“In a market in which it is difficult to stand out, the Nokia Lumia brings a fresh perspective. The iconic form is personal and inviting without sacrificing precision, and the construction is modern, efficient and well-crafted down to the smallest details. It’s a bold, gold-worthy effort, and I’m glad to see Nokia reclaim its design swagger.” Jonah Becker, Principal and Creative Director, One & Co.

Congratulations to Nokia. You have once again shown us what it looks like to be Beautifully Different. We hope to see you continue this tradition of magnificently designed products.

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Lumia 800
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1450 mAh(9.50h 3G talk time)
Lumia 900
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1830 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

These sure are beauties. A friend just got the SGSIII, and my God what an ugly, cheap looking piece of plastic that is. Runs well, though (and sells well too).

3. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

You should compare hardware too

7. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Read the article. This is about design, not hardware. Apart from that it would be pointless comparing hardware between a phone running WP and one running Android. That would be like comparing a watermelon and an orange to see which tastes better.

13. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

nokia embarrassment :P

2. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Iphone should be rewarded for the best design. Lumina design is fully copied from iPhone. They are going to be sued soon by Apple. LOL

4. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

seriously a copy of the crap phone,and y would anyone want to give an award for a 2year old design(apple iphone). nokia lumia 800 & 900 is a design purely coming from the nokia n9,it's a design with everything apple cant be,its one of the best looking handsets on the market to date. but the iphone,common dude stop dreaming,apple needs to stop playing catchup and make a new design already,geez

11. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

Apple is going to make a new design, can't you tell? -iPhone 5: new desing -iPhone 5s: same desing -iPhone 6: new design, etc. That's their strategy.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Daddy, look who's side "Windows"rocks is on...it's iPhone!! And look what he has on for his profile picture...oh no, that's an android machine!! Lumia...is way better mister!! Are you going to argue with Jonah Becker's choice??? Check your eyes please!!

5. imran_khan0786

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Superb design

6. sansam100

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Hahahahahhahahaha LOL

8. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Seriously?

9. shimshim

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

I am an owner of a nokia lumia 800 and a proud owner of an Iphone 4S and I can say that awards do not decide anything for a phone. It is no doubt that lumia is an amazing design and build but saying "down to the smallest details..." is a bit too far fetched for Lumia. Lumia has actually fell short in many aspects. For example, the charging slot needs to be opened everytime you want to charge the phone. Over time this will wear out the plastic, not to mention the possibility of snapping off the plastic strip entirely everytime you are charing the phone. Then, the build generally is very good but nokia seems to have saved some bucks over the cheesy side buttons. Now we all know that nokia went over a hundred yards following apple and samsung in designing a smart phone, why would nokia kill itself with such low quality loose buttons. I was actually quite sad and angry at nokia, but then you deserve it perhaps, nokia ! There is no need for a camera button (duh). It seems like people at nokia didnt really use the phone as an end user. The side button seems to keep switching on the phone (and off) everytime you are holding the phone, and that isn't really the position of the button but its quality. Compare that with the iphone buttons. I also noticed that the screen of the phone is actually a glass that isn't fixed in its place, so it would budge when pressed against. The camera lens has an issue that it gets covered with fingers when you hold the phone normally. Turning to the touch. Please tell me if i am wrong but lumia's touch has failed to impress. Simply said, it is not as responsive as it should be ! But i think there are bigger problems in the phone thats keeping it from selling like it should be, when it comes to the OS. Why is the WP so boring and basic? that is my only question to microsoft. With a minimal set of options and simply two screen to swipe at the user's delight, i do not think that WP will ever stand up against android and IoS. Nokia will not sell like this.

12. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

I won't give you a thumbs down because I like your insights about the Lumia 800. You actually owned the device and pointed out some things that would bother me as well. Though I'm a fan of Nokia products certain things can always be improved. But to your criticism of the Lumia 800 the only defense I have is that is was Nokia's first forray into Windows brand and I believe it can only get better in time. Also to add, I've used both Android and iOS and IMO windows is far more superior than both! Hands down! I realize some people don't like the windows tiles and then they start to judge the entire experience because they want "icons". If icons are your thing then Android and iOS is your place. Nothing wrong with that. But I'm one of those people who refuses to be a sheep. I will always champion the device with less popolarity. And as big a WP fan that I am I wouldn't want WP to surpass 40% of the market. I do not want to own a device everyone else owns. To each his own. But I still prefer the road less traveled!

14. shimshim

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

Yeah i appreciate a good response as yours. I didn't say before but I actually was so excited at nokia lumia that I went to the extent of selling my android Motorola RAZR droid (half of the price i bought it for) to get a lumia 800. I have to agree that this phone has an outstanding build and look (with its curved glass, its just awesome! but...theres a but, lots of buts). I have been using nokia for a decade and it feels like a pinch in heart to see nokia dying like this on its "burning platform". The only question i asked myself when i tried lumia a dozen times at the stores was: why is this bloody good phone not selling? Its way better than samsung's line perhaps. I actually had to own it to know why not. And thats so because i really feel sad for this great company that has been literally "connecting people". My grievance is more with Microsoft than Nokia for making a very dull OS. Its always likely that a focus group (perhaps people with migraines) will like such basic, dull, and dark interfaces, but when we talk of market, we want to know what most people would like. And i do not think WP will make a cut over google or apple OSs, tiles are fine, but it really gives off a "that's it??" impression after one minute of use. I hope microsoft and nokia together will add more teeth to the OS, since nokia is now bound to stand by its marriage with WP. So my comments are not what i would personally like, but more of why this product isnt selling out there when it should !

18. DePenguin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

For those who dont want to read that: TL;DR "Whodaboss" is a hipster.

15. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Wow long speeches. Can't somebody just be happy in a quality phone. I got all three a lumia 900 it's great and iPhone 4s it's great but time for change I'm happy with its size then just got the sg3 and all I can say is it a great screen but plastic is cheap android is ok getting better not freezing so much.

17. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

very well put ..short n sweet..

16. A.P.P.L.E-R.O.Y.A.L.L.Y

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

Nokia N9.

19. astronot

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I own a Lumia 900 for some months now and I simply love it. Never look back at my Galaxy SII. Apart from its beautiful looks, great Nokia apps (Nokia drive, Nokia maps, Office) and its intuitive menu's, I am most astonished about the vobrant colors of its screen, even in pure daylight. Much better then my friends i-phone 4s and my Galaxy SII. Yes, maybe it does nog have the highest resolution out there, but since I am not studying my screen from a inch distance I really can't notice :).

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