Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Nokia, wow, it's been a journey and a half tracking all the highs and lows Nokia have encountered over the past few couple of years. Losing a monumental amount of smartphone market share and abandoning their prized Symbian in favor of Microsoft's new OS. On the plus, their decisiveness to move forward and even the strengths of their now abandoned MeeGo platform have to be commended. But we're not here to lament, no, lamenting is what we did when reviewing the Nokia N9. Now we are embracing change, embracing Windows Phone 7.5, embracing Stephen Elop's vision and embracing the Nokia Lumia 800. A unibody plastic device with a beveled Gorilla Glass display, a 1.4GHz processor and f2.2 8MP camera put the Lumia 800 at the top of Windows Phone technology on paper, but the question on everyone's lips seems to be: have Nokia done enough?

The Lumia 800 is currently not expected from any US carrier. It is somehow usable with AT&T's 3G network, supporting the 1900 MHz band but lacking the 850 MHz one.


With little in way of variance between the Nokia N9 and the Nokia Lumia 800, it's fair to say our over-riding impressions of both device aesthetics are similar, however if this was a competition, on physicality alone, the Nokia N9 would be the winner. Let us explain.

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Starting with the screen, unlike the Nokia N9's Full WVGA480x854 display, the lower end of the Nokia Lumia 800 is re-tasked to function as three capacitive buttons, sacrificing on resolution (now WVGA480x800) and making the display roughly 7% smaller at 3.7 inches. What you do still get is the bevel edged Gorilla Glass fascia atop Nokia's Clear Black AMOLED display. It looks beautiful, as if AMOLED displays were made with Windows Phone in mind, with Live Tiles gliding vertically below the bevels and above the deep black beneath. This is emphasized by how responsive the Lumia 800 is, coupled with the glass offering a rich, cool sensation to the touch. If we never saw the Nokia N9, we would have been none the wiser. The Nokia Lumia 800 has a beautiful display. As we have seen it however, we also know it's not the best that Nokia can do.

Moving away from the screen and the same, high-grade polycarbonate (plastic) unibody design graces the Nokia Lumia 800 as the Nokia N9, except for two key differences. The first - the flash is repositioned, the second - there is a physical camera button. Which is better? Well that depends, form or function, which is your preference. There's no denying the camera button clutters up the right hand side of this lithe, slick bit of kit, however, we like taking photos and taking them quickly, so can embrace the advantages of the camera button. Otherwise, the physicalities surrounding the handset is the same with a microSIM card and microUSB port up top aside the 3.5mm headphone jack. The right side is laden with silver buttons: a volume rocker, lock / power button and two stage camera button while below is the loud speaker. The reverse of the Nokia Lumia 800 is the 8MP f2.2 camera with Carl Zeiss optics as well as the accompanying dual LED flash.

Overall, the hardware works beautifully with Windows Phone 7.5, from the AMOLED screen with its Clear Black technology, through to the flat bottom sitting atop your little finger for one handed use. We can't wait to see what Nokia brings us when they make a piece of hardware with Windows Phone in mind from conception. Nokia N9 comparisons aside however and the Nokia Lumia 800 is a standalone triumph.



49. Phonegenius

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i won the phone feb 2012. after 6 months the inner handset speaker broke. sent the phone to be fixed ( long process to get the phone back 14days) got a brand new phone after too months the phone was on charge and after 2 hours i had went to check the time and the phone would NOT turn on. I liked the phone very much but after two phones broke, i found the phone lacked security and battery life was brutal. Pro: great size screen, good apps, great sound (when working) , fabulous camera , great storage. Cons: battery life disappointing, could not get music unless zune software on computer/laptop, sometimes shut down, freezes occasionally, no memory insert, cant take battery out. i enjoyed the phone when i had it but i wouldn't go into a store ans buy it as it has disappointed me on many occasions. thanks :)

48. gilysolly

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Lost my previous nokia yesterday simm card and everything and just trying to get my contact phone list text file backup into my my new lumia 800. Can this be done?

46. senbobaggins

Posts: 8; Member since: May 22, 2011

7.5??????????? Phonearena, you're way too harsh on anything that's not Android.

47. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

you mean iOS

42. bbin82

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

What the ef is this "higher price" con???? Check your facts phone arena!

37. SurajS

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

The price seems to be quite expensive. samsung omnia seems to me the biggest competitor for Lumia 800.

39. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

are you talking about samsung omnia hd? sir. that phone has s60v5 if im not mistaken. better known now adays as s^3. comparing s60v5 against WP OS is like..... :))

41. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

s^3 is better than s60v5 and comparing only s^3 not anna/belle is like comparing a computer from 10 years ago to a asus transformer

36. razblack

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

no front face camera is a downer.. but they have yet to produce the american version. perhaps there is still hope ina lumia 810 or 900 iwth front face camera...

38. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

and a front face camera's use would be for? video calls? do you even use your phone for video calls sir?

35. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

something to lookout for.

28. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

Yet another Nokia phone heavily underrated for small cons...

26. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Meh that phone is worth a hell of a lot more than 7.5, only the nokia drive and music apps makes the phone waay better than anything from htc and samsung atm. Not the best review from phone arena.

25. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'm just going to wait to see if the Samsung Focus S holds any promise. PA you can't ding it for having 10% less screen size than the N9, and the battery life is better than a lot of Android handsets Having Xbox Live integration is good, and all in all, this is the best and fullest WP7 offering to date. I'm really not impressed with HTCs Windows handsets, HTC please go back to using AMOLED panels in your phones' screens.

27. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Conclusion: The N8 showed us you were keen to re-enter the battle with a good screen and great camera The E6/E7 showed us you hadn't lost your touch in business either. The X7 showed us you could still make classy looking devices The N9 showed us that you could make a modern smartphone ecosystem with a touch screen and make it work, The 701 showed us that you could turn Symbian into a Nokia-ish, more intricate Froyo and make it work like it too. Finally making Symbian able to compete with mid-range Gingerbread devices such as the SE Xperia Ray. They already perfected Symbian before the Lumia 800 came along. And the point of it was to compete where Symbian couldn't, but WP7, people are being too easy on it, its not new anymore guys. They got the hardwear right here, great camera, great screen and nice design. The price is horrendous for what you are offered ($710 off contract) but if they refine the software then it will be ok. All in all good effort, but you could've made the screen 4'' or bigger, and adjusted the price tag. But I guess we'll just wait for the Lumia 900 before any of that happens...

32. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

''Lumia 800 is expected to land for about $580 (EUR 420) without carrier subsidies''.

24. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

how come you didnt give 7 to iphone 4s since it has 3.5 screen and the unlock version is waaaaaaaaaaay more expensive! cmon lets face it. then i invite you to check unlock version of samsung galaxy, motorola droid, etc there been on the market for about 6 months and still expensier than this one!

23. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

While I like this as a great first effort for Nokia, especially for the Europe market, there are good things a-coming for the US. So if you were tempted to grab an unlocked 800, you may want to wait until the calander reads 2012 to see what is next. Not only is there the rumored 900, but this LTE gossip based on this 800 design as well:

17. orangejuice

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

If Nokia would have just kept the same hardware as the N9 for the Lumia I would have been way closer to making it my next phone. Going from a 1.4 to 1 ghz processor, 1gb to 512mb RAM and finally the fact that the N9 has a dedicated graphics chip and the Lumia does not are just too much to overlook. WTH Nokia.

18. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Actually your wrong its going from a 1GHz CPU (N9) to a 1.4GHz CPU (Lumia 800). Oh and your wrong again. The Lumia 800 has a dedicated GPU. It uses the Snapdragon S2 SoC that has the Adreno 205 GPU. More advanced than the OMAP SoC PowerVR SGX530 GPU found on the N9!

19. orangejuice

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I stand corrected, when I compared the two I must have flipped them in my mind. The Lumia is back on my radar! Thanks for the correction.

22. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Lumia is defo on my radar to :)

34. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

even so, if system and apps are fluid, what for better hardware. You don't like your battery?

15. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

people now use their phone for skype and having no secondary camera is a big disappointment. then you add the fact that it has only a 3.7" screen. and finally the price. heard its expensive. android can rest easy.

14. stevedojobs

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Stephen Elop said this phone is the real Window Phone!!!!! As for me it's not because it's the real Elop Phone instead of real Window phone.

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

but i think it deserved better than 7.5 atleast an 8.. thats what i think but obiously i hvnt used it yet.

10. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

If people video call then this phone is not for them. Honestly though who does video calling even when they have a FFC on their phone? I recon only 1-2% of smartphone users that have FFC's on their phone video call. Video calling has been going for years just hadnt caught on. People tend to prefer to be indoors when video calling rather than mobile, even then they would use a computer of sorts. The only other reason to have a FFC is if you like taking pictures of yourself lol.

9. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

How is the screen 57% smaller than the N9?? The N9 is 3.9" the 800 3.7" so it is not over half the size smaller!

11. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Hm, it is a typo. It is 7% smaller. Sorry :)

12. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Not to worry lol

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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

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