What Mobile bestows Phone of the Year award to the Nokia Lumia 800

What Mobile bestows Phone of the Year award to the Nokia Lumia 800
We reported earlier that the Nokia Lumia 800’s release in the UK on Wednesday yielded mixed reviews on initial sales. While Nokia reported a great launch, two carriers reported that the actual sales were not as strong as the iPhone 4S or high-end Android devices. While we wait for everyone to sort out sales numbers and debates whether or not a comparison to iPhone 4S sales is a realistic way to measure the success of a launch, what we found out for sure is, readers of What Mobile, a UK magazine, are enamored with Nokia’s first Windows Phone.

What Mobile launched its annual poll in October, before the phone was even available in the UK. After thousands of readers cast their votes, the Nokia Lumia 800 came away with the Mobile Phone of the Year award. Nokia responded to the win by saying on its blog, “We’re delighted with the reactions to the Nokia Lumia 800, but this one caps them all.” Nokia went on to say, “We’d like to say a big thank-you to What Mobile readers for their support.

What Mobile editor Richard Melville said, “It’s no secret that Nokia make great phones but with a new Windows Phone Mango operating system, great design and a competitive price, the Lumia 800 feels like real innovation for smartphones and, importantly, one that’s cool enough to attract everyone from gadget geeks to casual, fashion conscious phone users.

Congratulations to Nokia on your first award for the Lumia 800. We look forward to hearing from users to find out if the phone lives up to their expectations.

source: Nokia via WMPoweruser



1. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Good news.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What Mobile is aptly named - what mobile award are they talking about? Windows Phone award? Maybe. But all phones? Serious denial.

15. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Doug who? I guess you have not been out side for awhile. There's a new kid in town.

23. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

@ superEd whats new about ms or nokia? mango is just a remixed version of software from the 2008 zune player & windows.I have used many ms products over the years & ms is totally against any kind of real inovation. I remember MS giving the same lies when they came out with the zune player.What a joke that was! the released 30 something apps in 3yrs. & expected 2 compete with apple. the specs on these phones are not nearly as good as the top Android phones.Wish I did have a reasonable alternative 2 apple & android

24. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Specs ? Like having 2.5 GHz quadcore in a mobile phone ? What for ?

3. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

What a load of crap Nokia Luma 800 these people must be form another world. iLLuision

5. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011


4. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So.. is that magazine owned by MS or Nokia? Phone of the year? seriously?

17. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Is that all you have to say? impications like that will get you nowhere. Grown up son. Now, if you go over to CNET or ZDNET, THEN....maybe you can surmize that those media sites are indeed either owned or perhaps Apple/Google provide free devices. :-)

6. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Bunch of Lagdroid fans in here... Just because your phone that looks like ever other Lagdroid phone out there didn\'t win, you\'re upset. Get over it. The Lumia 800 has a fresh design that looks like nothing else. Innovation my friends, not re-innovation .

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There are many people who think the BB 9900/9930 is the best phone in the world. That doesn't make them right. Oh, and about the innovation thing - Android did what is being claimed as ground-breaking for WP7 almost 2 years ago. Been there, done that. Time to move on. No credit for a good effort if it has already been done. Losers play catch-up. Ask the co-Bozos over at RIM about that.

9. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@ Droid_X_Doug The features of a product don't have to be ground-breaking to be considered innovative. In this case, it could simply be the WAY in which Microsoft implemented stuff in WP7 that could be considered innovative. And no, Android hasn't done it in the way WP7 is doing it. Android never did hubs, like the People hub. Android never integrated forms of communication as well as WP7 has. Android never integrated a local search, music search, and visual search into the OS the way Microsoft has. Android never focused on a consistent, smooth experience the way WP7 has. Ice Cream Sandwich is playing catch up in the user-experience segment. Get off your high horse for Android. Each OS has its merits, and clearly you are willing to give due credit nowhere other than Android, which renders your opinions rather untrustworthy.

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. Penny, I don't recall the article mentioning the evaluation criteria for awarding the Nokia Lumia 800 the award that it received. However, I doubt that the people hub or WP7's communications or local search are award cirteria. Rather, I think an award was made to the local team. If Nokia had been running Bada, it would probably have received an award. There are phones that are competitive to the Lumia 800. Maybe not to you, but they are competitive, even superior on their respective merits. Perhaps you could give an example or two where I have discredited features of other non-Android handsets that were objectively better than current edition Android handsets? My recollection of my comments about WP7 in particular have been in regard to pitiful sales numbers and bordering on obsolete hardware specifications. But I could be mistaken. Just because you make an assertion without backing it up doesn't make it true.

14. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Doug, first of all, I am not the type to dismiss the merits of a product because I prefer others. In fact, it was just a couple days ago that I was asking YOU why you were mocking the competitors to Android. Second, my previous comment had nothing to do with the criteria for the award. In fact, if you look at what I wrote in Comment #8, you will find that I make no assumptions as to what the criteria were. Furthermore, I pointed out that it was based on a vote from the readers of that publication, which means that it is based on more of an emotional/subjective scale than an objective one. Third, I did not leave my assertion unsubstantiated in the least. My entire previous comment to you was dedicated to providing features that I felt you discredited by saying "Android did what is being claimed ground-breaking for WP7 almost 2 years ago...Losers play catch-up." I'd say I look forward to your response, but I actually don't think I want to continue taking the time out to explain these things to you if you are going to continue to fallaciously debase my objectivity.

22. siform

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Non-Android handset that objectively better than curent edition Android handsets???? Yeh, I have one Apple Iphone 4S.

19. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

@penny, I signed in just to thumb you down! Do you really believe all you are saying android doesn't have?! Have you ever really used a android device?! The only thing I agree to in all your bulls**t about what WP7 has and android doesn't is the over-hyped "people hub". Dude, get your head out of your ass and USE a android device before you can make claims you're unsure of. Android has the flexibility of use and customization your precious WP7 is yet to introduce to its platform. i can boldly tell you my 2010 DHD has all that you're claiming android lacks and I have used a 2011 WP7 mango running HD7 and the DHD puts it to shame. Stop coming on these forums to mislead people just to sound like you know what you're saying.

20. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

yeah, but all those customizations you do on android doesn't give you a lag-free experience and top of that you still get the ''force-closed error''. Why can't you guys understand that MS is just making sure that everything is done right. No matter what you have on your android phone cuz you still don't get an error-free experience.

21. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@dmakun The key word I repeated over and over when I was talking about those features was "integrated." Android will allow for many of these features through customization, apps, and roms, but what I am arguing is that WP7 has integrated them into the OS. For instance, when I open my Text Messaging area, I have the option of logging in to my Facebook and LinkedIn, and I can use my ordinary integrated messenger to chat with these people, while they could be logged in online on Facebook or whatever. Another feature I was talking about was the search function. When I click the dedicated search button on my Windows Phone, there are four buttons that appear at the bottom of the screen. One of them is a local search, where I just click it and it gives me local restaurants (with reviews), shops, and places of interest. The second button is a Music Search, basically an integrated Shazaam. Third button is visual search, which is a real-time Tag/QR Code scanner, and also allows you to scan, translate, and copy text. The fourth one is your standard internet voice search. Again, I never claimed that the features or technology in WP7 are groundbreaking - almost all of it exists already. The point I was making is that the way these features have been integrated in WP7 is better than Android's implementation of them. And remember, this conversation started when Doug claimed that Android did 2 years ago what WP7 is claiming as innovative now. My points still stand, and I have no intention of misleading anybody.

16. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Doug. Keep trying. But all the bashing and naive comments will get you nowhere.

8. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Agreed. First of all, this isn't the only mobile tech publication in the world. So stop being so dramatic, people. Second, phone of the year isn't reserved for the highest spec phone. Nor is it reserved for the best selling phone. Nor is it reserved for the particular phone of which you are a fan. In this case, it was given to the phone that readers of the magazine were most excited about. And yea, the phone does look pretty great in my opinion. The nice paint finish, the sexy curved glass - it is pretty fresh.

10. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Agreed Penny. The readers of that magazine voted on the Nokia Lumia. Not on sales, apps or screen size, but on overall performance and what they liked about the device. Keep it up Nokia. I'm sure the BEST is yet to come.

12. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

What the F%@k is a Lagdroid?! It's fandroid, for the love of pete!

11. phunkinc

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Would like to say that this phone looks great, simply put. However, everyone saying that this is or is not the best phone in the world or best phone this year is creating an opinion based upon an opinion. This award is an opinion based announcement, you don't have to agree or disagree with it. Honestly, no phone is the "best". No phone stands out SO much that the world will just flock to it. I mean, look at Phone Arena's news feed, it's all about different manufacturers, different operating systems, different carriers, etc...this industry is about innovation and about the option we as consumers have. This whole world is opinion based, please recognize that when bashing everyone else's opinions on anything. Every Mobile Manufacturer, OS, Carrier, etc. has their ups and downs, just like everything in this world does. It's as simple as that.

18. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

I have my Lumia 800, and I can say it's really really good. It's just gorgeous. And the curved screen is a joy to use...it has a kind of sensuality. And I appreciate having a high-end phone without a huge screen. It's still a phone format (for those who think a high-end MUST have a 4,3"+...well, why don't you look at the Titan ?). And Windows Phone is really cool, really smooth, really smart (not boring, with smart transitions - but it's not too much with many 3D effects and so on...you have just little smart touches here and there). Finally : maybe it's not a geek's phone, and the article says that's why it has been elected. Specs are a criteria, huge screen is one...but design and simplicity is one too. It's a matter of what you search. And I'm not sure the average people praises dual-core more than simple and clean interface and good design.

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