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Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Nokia Lumia 800

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What Nokia lacked with Symbian it hopes to gain with the adoption of Windows Phone 7.5, with the OS's key strengths being a modern, unified aesthetic, easily navigable smartphone functionality and an affordable ecosystem. With the latest update, Windows Phone 7.5 retains all the visual flare of its launch build and bestows the Nokia Lumia 800 with some much needed function, including elements such as copy/paste, multi-tasking and deeper social-networking integration amongst others. Couple this with Nokia specific inclusions and there's every possibility the Nokia Windows Phones could stand out after all.

At the core of the OS are still your two primary screens: homescreen and applications. The homescreen consists of live tiles which act as both shortcuts to apps and app specific notifications. Slide the homescreen out of the way to reveal a list of applications on the right. All these can be pinned to the start menu with a long press, or just opened from the list. In Windows Phone 7.5, a long press of the back button activates a multi-tasking pane with cards that can be swiped through, each representing an open app frozen in its most recent state.

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Nokia has also included its own key apps to make it's Lumias stand out from a sea of Mangos: Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music, as well as App Highlights. Unfortunately, in our pre-release version, Nokia Maps isn't available and the functionality of all these is subject to change.

Kicking things off with Nokia Drive, this is a voice guided turn by turn GPS app. Offering functionality you could pay hundreds of bucks for standalone, Nokia even give you the ability to cache your maps, downloading entire countries before you even set out on a trip. To say the world is your oyster is no understatement, as we simply opened the app, went into settings, found our country and clicked download. 195MB later and hey presto, no sense of direction? No problem. As far as using Nokia Drive goes, it's a harmony of simplicity and function. Large finger friendly icons, no faffing, just a simple ' set destination' and away you go with downloadable voices to guide you with an accent of your choosing. Bravo. The GPS locked onto our location in seconds when outside and performed extremely well upon every test.

Nokia Drive on the Nokia Lumia 800 - Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Nokia Drive on the Nokia Lumia 800 - Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Nokia Drive on the Nokia Lumia 800 - Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Nokia Drive on the Nokia Lumia 800 - Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Nokia Drive on the Nokia Lumia 800 - Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Nokia Drive on the Nokia Lumia 800 - Nokia Lumia 800 Review

When we first heard Nokia Music would be present, we thought to ourselves 'Zune does a pretty good job, lets hope it offers something unique'. Good news, it does. While at the heart of Nokia music, you have a predictable music marketplace that is effectively in direct competition with Zune's marketplace on your phone, you also have a feature called Mix Radio, AKA where things get exciting. Upon entering Mix Radio, you are presented with a range of 10 genres, each containing 11 playlists. These open you up to a range of tracks to discover. What really sets this service apart however is the ability to cache entire playlists for up to 4 weeks for offline listening, even pinning your favorite mixes to your start menu.

Mix Radio - Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Mix Radio - Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Mix Radio - Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Mix Radio - Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Finally, Nokia App Highlights is a selection of locally relevant apps agreed upon by both Nokia and your service provider, ensuring that wherever you are, the recommendations are as relevant as possible.

Organizer features include alarms, calculator, calendar and notes. The calendar is finger friendly, looking very clean and feeling really intuitive, especially coupled with the Nokia Lumia 800's Clear Black AMOLED. Adding appointments is simple, with the whole experience delivering a visual pleasure. There is also deeper Twitter integration in Mango, making sharing photos and keeping on top of tweets even easier.

Calendar - Nokia Lumia 800 Review

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Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800

OS: Windows Phone 7.8 7.5 Mango
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.59 x 2.41 x 0.48 inches
(116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm)
5.01 oz  (142 g)
Battery1450 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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