Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on

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.

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.

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.

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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Lumia 800
  • Display 3.7 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 1450 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 7.8



56. rigo

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

hope Tmobile USA gets this bad boy" too bad Nokia did not go for the dual core,xenon flash and front camera to put this baby on top of the line, WP7 is already catching up with IOS of not already there" with the exception of the apps, really liking windows phone 7 with my mango update on my unlocked Mozart" too bad I can not get 3g conection here in the US but still love it, hope to see more of Nokia and WP7 os, and the addition of animations or setup styles to the live tiles

55. dan_md

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2010

"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." - Phone Arena. I couldn't agree more. There is a spoilt screen estate with the display in nokia 800 reduced to a mere 3.7" versus the 3.9" screen of the N9. The N800 could still span the same screen estate and then utilize the bare area of the black area below as the location of the capacitive buttons. this could have resulted to a more "floating" effect. It' s already tedious typing on a 4.0" screen, I could only imagine portrait typing on the narrow screen of the nokia lumia 800.

54. sylvia123

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

this shyt look sweet

51. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Ask uncle google. Every single phone with android system must be paid. And MS is the one who gets the money. That's fact. Ps. It's all about patents. This company wants to be at war. Other company wants to earn money. Simple choice.

49. mobiles

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

fantastic phone . i think nokia is gonna rule the smartphone universe once again with microsoft.

43. dansus

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Meego (Harmattan) is far from dead.

42. dansus

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Slight mistake in your copy, the 800 has quadband 3G, its the N9 that has pentaband.

39. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I prefer the N9 even tough meego is literally dead

44. dansus

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Meego (Harmattan) is far from dead.

34. kimchman

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I know. It is a disposable phone. Nokia usually makes cheap merchandise. They always disappoint me. If you buy Nokia, You must make a donation to Nokia. :-( I'm waiting for Galaxy S3 or Iphone 5.

38. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

LOL. And when you buy andro phone you are actually paying MS and Nokia as well. Don't you know that?

47. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Really is it?Can i get the source of this info?

32. foodib115

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Why do people always seem to want something as soon as they cant have it anymore? (MeegO, HPtouchpads, ETC). Maybe its true that these products didnt have a fair chance to shine, but you guys aren't giving WP a chance to shine either.

31. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

beautiful device

25. IEatApples

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

so ms and Nokia bet the farm on this? Wow.....good luck. If Nokia built android phones like this I think they would make a bigger splash in the market. Its a very attractive phone that i would probably buy if it ran android. Oh well Samsung got it right with my gs2.

29. decoy56

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Android is a crappy OS, I'm sorry -- and yes i had one for quiet awhile. All you ignorant people need to stop bashing other mobile OSes because they don't fit into your warped reality. Why would Nokia join a cut throat fraternity? Android is a copy of iOS and even most of the handsets are rip-offs of the iphone design. Great people lead and others follow. Leading is exactly what Nokia and MS are doing.

46. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

What warped reality? How about MS abandoning Windows Mobile? Promising updates that never materialized? Sorry, I don't care for the MS way, every two years re-thinking everything and making it consistently worse. Windows ME? Windows Vista anyone? Not a chance that I rely on MS for my telecom needs. Windows Phone is about 1% of the market now. I don't see how this phone will change much.

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I would BUY THIS PHONE IF IT HAVE MEEGO. But they sold themselves out to M$

23. wisdom01

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes it's that time of the year for Nokia to screw the US by offering them there new line of toy phones the 710. Why would anyone buy the 710. Maybe the 800...but opps sorry thats not available for the USA. Here is what the USA gets. THE AMAZING NOKIA 710 HAHAHAH WHAT A JOKE.

22. Rockimaru

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

i had my first android phone for about 2/3 weeks before i switched to a WP7 phone. i was skeptic because it didnt seem like WP7 can do much customization. but i got the htc surround anyways and it was an great phone, granted the slide out speaker was quite useless but it was a big plus to a mobile phone. the people hub was great fun to use, the app store had a couple addicting games. camera got the job done. what i like most about WP7 was the portrait QWERTY keyboard. very easy and fun to use. but it did had a few glitches here and there being that WP7 launched with htc surround along a few other phones. so i decided to switch to the Nokia N8, and give time for WP7 to mature a little bit more. now i can't wait to get my hands on WP7 again. but Meego on the Nokia N9 looks fantastic. its gonna be a tough choice for me...

33. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

How much money do you have? lol

37. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

wish i could buy N9 :"(

52. Rockimaru

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

haha. im college right now without a job so... haha yeah.

21. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

How does a Clear Black AMOLED display compare to a Super AMOLED display?

36. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

they are just equal but super amoled now has HD resolution in Note and Prime...maybe you need an extra core for that resolution

19. wisdom01

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Once again Nokia shafts the US markets. Check out the crap phone they are providing to the US consumer, the Lumia 701 hahah what a joke of a phone, 2009 specs.

18. wisdom01

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

12. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 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!

10. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

15. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

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

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