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Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on

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Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on
It's that time of the year again, Nokia World is upon us once more and back in London's ExCel Exhibition Centre. Nokia has taken this event as an opportunity to look back at what 2011 brought with it, stand by some tough decisions, and outline what to expect this coming year. One of the most important announcements is that of Nokia's new flagship device. With the Nokia N8 carrying the crown last year, this year, we have the Nokia Lumia 800 – a Windows Phone 7.5 powered smartphone.

Lumia is a term used to refer to art crafted from light, and with a pin sharp Clear Black Super AMOLED display, we can understand why this name ordains Nokia's Windows Phone line. The Nokia Lumia 800 is a Windows Phone 7.5 device occupying an almost identical body to the N9. With the rich, slick styling, curvaceous sides and a beveled screen, it also sports an 8MP camera and 1GHz processor.

The form factor is minimal, elegant and cohesive. Unlike the N9, there is a physical camera button on the right hand side, making the Nokia Lumia 800 more functional as a camera phone. The screen is also 3.7" in contrast to the N9's 3.9" display. With this being the extent of the physical variance, and the handset feeling superb in the hand thanks to the rich, matted plastic build, our overall early verdict is shared across devices - beautifully played, Nokia.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a Windows Phone 7.5 device occupying an almost identical body to the N9
The Nokia Lumia 800 is a Windows Phone 7.5 device occupying an almost identical body to the N9
The Nokia Lumia 800 is a Windows Phone 7.5 device occupying an almost identical body to the N9

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a Windows Phone 7.5 device occupying an almost identical body to the N9

Inside the handset lies the key difference, with MeeGo's swipe UI making way for some Nokia flavoured Mango, full of live tiles, over the top screen transitions and some Nokia exclusive applications. We're big fans of Mango and Windows Phone in general, and overlaid atop the Nokia Lumia 800's crisp, vivid Clear Black AMOLED display, it looks sensational. The lock screen is punchy and vibrant, contrasting beautifully as it makes way for the illuminated tiles, which appear to float and glide upon the endless black backdrop. The Nokia Lumia 800 effortlessly flows through the spectrum of applications, with its 1.4GHz processor, putting it firmly at the top of its game along-side the HTC Titan. Core functionality remains unchanged with the OS, however, Nokia includes Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and ESPN Sports Hub - all exclusive to Nokia. Our one criticism would be that the capacitive buttons being embedded below the screen look like a bit of an after-thought, looking less refined than the N9, clearly a result of the OS being retro-actively fitted onto the MeeGo hardware.

Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on
Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on
Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on

With an 8MP camera loaded with a dual LED flash and f2.2 Carl Zeiss lens, we're expecting similar results from the Nokia Lumia 800 as we got from the N9. Upon first impression, it does indeed feel like the same camera with a new UI, delivering quick snaps with focus appearing to be marginally better. The handset is also capable of recording 720p video at 30fps and has 16GB of storage on board to store your photos, music and movies. As is standard with Windows phone, Nokia handsets running the OS will interact with Zune PC software enabling media management and wireless synchronization.

Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on
Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on
Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on

Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on
Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on
Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on

This slender, pillow-esque phone also resides at the cusp of connectivity technology, shipping with penta-band 3G and quad-band GSM, you can also expect the other usuals such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity and both GPS and A-GPS, the latter of which is complemented beautifully by Nokia Drive, a cache-able turn-by-turn voice navigation system.

We hope you get a clear idea of our first impressions of Nokia's flagship device for 2011/2012, the Nokia Lumia 800. In a nutshell, a slick, curvaceous and minimalistic Windows Phone device with Nokia at its heart. Probably the best looking Window Phone on market. It appears to perform fluidly as we've come to expect from the OS. The inclusion of Nokia specific apps help the Nokia Lumia 800 stand out from the crowd, though there's no denying Nokia has lost a little of its identity to Microsoft. That said, throw a great camera into the mix and as far as the product goes, we think this should be a great flagship. Keep an eye on PhoneArena for our full review coming this November, when we'll be able to give you a conclusive verdict on the Nokia Lumia 800 and more in-depth coverage.

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posted on 26 Oct 2011, 07:31 14

1. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

Looking beautiful. Way to go Nokia... But bring back the meego

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 07:59 15

4. nanozander (Posts: 97; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


posted on 26 Oct 2011, 22:02 4

26. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

no way... wp7 is well on its way to becoming huge and this is just a piece of the pie... wp7 will be much more successful with microsofts backing than meego could ever be

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 00:10 3

27. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)

It sucks that people in the UK get a free Xbox 360 when you purchase this phone :(

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 01:07 2

28. ivanprskalo (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)

Why that sucks? I'm not from UK but I'm not jealous...

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:48 1

41. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)

I meant the us doesn't get a free xbox for this phone...

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 01:37 1

50. mobiles (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)

free xbox 360 .
insane much?

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 03:06

35. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

for now, meego is looking good but after apollo WP will be great!!

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 07:32 5

2. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

Where's the video??!!

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:42 1

30. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

Yeah baby!! The video's here! ;D

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 07:39 4

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

I love it! They should sell well due to the colors, if anything. So many people are tired of the boring black that's why we go crazy even for a white phone. Personally, I wouldn't want baby blue but hey, maybe they'll have better colors when it comes to America.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 08:21 3

5. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

The most beatiful phone ever!!!!

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 09:00 9

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

Seriously guys...most of end users are idiots manipulated by manufacturers. Do you really need dual/quad cores, gigs of ram, 5 inch display in super duper hiper ultra technology?
Progress is good but it is used to make money.
What else could you possibly want from you very own phone?
It has great maps, good camera (do you really need sth more than 720p 30fps??? I don't think so), looks really hot, great and big (enough big!) display, good grip I suppose (do you think that 8 mm 4,5 inch display slab is comfy to hold it???), double cancel microphone to ensure that you you are being heard by others, good build quality without "cranks" and debris inside. It's A PHONE dammit! Not ultra computer.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:33 2

11. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Don't tell us what we need. Also, I'd be willing to overlook its lower specs if it came with a front-facing camera, but Nokia seems to have left it out.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:10 5

13. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

FFC is nice, but its almost never used.. lol. i think less than 10% of my customers said they ever used the FFC. I'd take an upgrade to super amoled or SA+ and a larger battery over the FFC

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:12 1

14. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

And I agree, i hate when people tell me what i "need". YOU dont need it.. I am NOT YOU. Dont project your feelings onto mine..

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:04 3

16. jjbinkes (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

First off, no you absolutely don't need it. Need is defined by what you need to live and you don't even need a phone to live, so back off. You may WANT the phone and you know what, that's great for you, but it's not need. Second, specs only matter when they improve the end user experience. Having a dual-core processor wouldn't make window phone 7 any faster. Android maybe. The iphone 4s isn't really that much faster than number 4 in most aspects, so it really is just a marketing gimmick to "keep up" with the power hungry android.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 14:48 1

20. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

No, need is defined as to require something because it is very important. For example, if I'm going to spend $200+ on a cell phone, it is very important to me that it has a certain set of qualities, hence I "need" that set of qualities, or I won't buy the phone.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:13

40. kingpiiin (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

totally agree...leaving out the front facing camera is unforgivable.

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 11:50

45. gtrxman (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

Staying ahead of the tech curve is important to a lot of people. With the many tasks that we ask our phones to do, why wouldn't you want it to be adept at all of them. Dual core is the new standard processor. It is faster and more battery efficient. RAM is a necessity to operate more than one program or to browse flash enabled web content. While this phone is nice, it is barely being launched with 2010 specs. Nokia hasn't even announced plans for a US launch. Try selling this in Q2 2012 - good luck! This phone needed to be competitive with the best and it just plain is not.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 09:01 4

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Should fly off the shelves where the Nokia name is still respected. At times like this, I miss Peter from Sweden. He was so sure Nokia and Windows would flop....

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 14:28

53. jbash (Posts: 345; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

you didnt say the right word, if it had bada....


posted on 26 Oct 2011, 09:15

8. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

I like it, but I'm afraid that even if it makes it to the US, it will be under-promoted and collecting dust at some remote counter at your local T-Mobile.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 09:16

9. darbyb (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

All well and good - I've always stood by Nokia as a USA customer. Valued the unlocked smartphones, phone sizes, OVI Maps directional guidance, the features, capacity, and resourcefulness.

Not happy with Nokia ditching USA market on store availability, unkept promise of music download site, and inability to improve upon their flagships rather than to create new products with same features. (N95-5 could've surpassed Iphone5 by now.)

If OVI maps voice navigation fails to integrate with bluetooth car kits during (mandatory regulations) hand-free driving, how would this be proactive advancement?

Considering Android.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 13:13

17. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Well, considering the population of the US, its a relatively small market in comparison to the rest of the world. Making phones exclusive to that one country's demands could prove to be burdensome.

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 16:01

48. gtrxman (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

It is a very poor business decision to overlook 300 million people that are tech hungry. It's Microsoft's back yard! How can you not release this in the US and leverage off of MS to promote it?

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:13 1

10. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Today is the birth and the dead day of this phone!!! HEY NOKIA?!WHY NOT USE ANDROID??!!!!

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:37 8

15. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

Shoo fanboy shoo!! Go somewhere else. Some place where there's android! :P

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:08 6

12. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

When I left Nokia for SE a few years ago, I never looked back, not until now.
Although I love my android, but I'm also interested in WP7.5.
So I'm loving this "marriage" between WP7.5 and Nokia.

Nokia here I come ! I'm coming home, baby! LOL!

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 14:33

18. wisdom01 (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

The USA gets Nokia 710 crap phone. check the Nokia USA website. Europe and Asia get the good phone the Nokia 800. Nokia still shuns the US market. I won't be buying the 710.

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