Nokia Lumia 800

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Nokia Lumia 800 ReviewOver the past few years the once mighty Nokia has slipped in terms of mobile phone sales and popularity, however a cash injection from Microsoft and access to the latest Windows Mobile operating system looks set to change all that! The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first phone to really captialise on their new relationship with Microsoft and looks set to usher in a new dawn (for Nokia) as they are once more able to go head to head with the latest Android / Apple IOS models. The Lumia 800 is a beauty to look at with a 3.7-inch Nokia ClearBlack Gorilla Glass AMOLED screen. The display is shaped with a sexy convex curve that fits tightly into the frame. At 142 grams this isn’t a super lightweight phone, but the uni-body, polycarbonate construction feels sturdy yet easily fits even smaller hands. The Lumia 800 provides a fast 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU, 512 MB of RAM and 16GB of storage under the hood. This Smartphone is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and the video recording at 720p video@30fps. The Nokia Lumia 800 will enter the market as a strong competitor, but it does have some weaknesses. These may not matter depending on what you want from your Smartphone.

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It’s certainly not hard to look at the Nokia Lumia 800. Resting quietly next to you on the side of the desk your eyes are drawn to the slim, sleek beauty. The exterior is free of unnecessary markup, only the Nokia logo, earpiece symbol and Windows Phone symbol on the front of the phone sort of like beauty marks on the face of a model. However, this model is no Twiggy. At 142 grams it’s no lightweight, but the quality construction and Gorilla Glass display confirms that this phone is going to survive even the toughest days at work. Since Nokia based the Lumia 800 on the older N9 it’s only natural to compare the two models. That’s where you’ll notice some significant omissions left out of the Lumia’s configuration.

If you require video conferencing to keep up with your blog fans or to prove to the boss you actually aren’t asleep, then you are going to miss the front-facing camera. This is a big difference between the 800 and the N9. Also the LED notification buttons are gone from the display leaving you to wonder just how much battery power is left. Also, you can’t tell if it’s charging once you plug in the charging unit. You’ll also notice the display is a tad bit smaller than the N9 and instead 1GB of RAM, the Lumia 800 has 512MB. If you plan on storing a load of videos, images and music take note that the Lumia is maxed out at 16 GB rather than 64GB with the N9.

Reception and phone call quality are reliable with the 3G or HSDPA connections. Unfortunately HSPA+ is not available and neither is Internet tethering via Wi-Fi or otherwise. This means your only option for Web browsing and downloads is to drag data through your phone connection which will impact your monthly data allotment.

The Nokia Lumia 800 provides two methods for taking pictures or videos with the 8 megapixel camera. Thankfully, the phone has a physical two-stage camera button. The first stage sets exposure and focus and then press through the second stage to snap the picture. Another option is to point the camera at your subject and then tap the screen to take the picture. The 8 mp sensor and the bright F/2.2 lens does a decent enough job to capture your memories, image colors and contrasts are good.

Nokia apps and services are impressive. This one area where the Windows Phone Mango has an edge over the competition. Nokia provides 25GB free storage on their Skydrive service, free-for-life voice-guided navigation and MixRadio online streaming service.

  • 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
  • 2G Band: Quad-band GSM support, 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Band: HSDPA 850/ 900 /1900/2100
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM; 16 GB storage no expansion
  • Connections: Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port 2.0; Wi-Fi: Yes, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
  • Display: 3.7-inch 480 x 800p, 16M colours AMOLED-backlit LCD, multi-touch input, Gorilla Glass
  • Camera: 8.0 megapixel; 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash; Carl Zeiss optics
  • Video: autofocus, 720p@30fps; No secondary
  • Dimensions: 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc
  • Weight: 142 grams
  • Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Battery: Li-ion battery
  • Battery Life in Stand-by Mode: Up to 335 hours (3G)
  • Battery Life in Talk Time: Up to 9. 5 hours (3G)


  • Gorgeous unibody polycarbonate case
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Skydrive, voice navigation and MixRadio
  • Black, blue and pink cases


  • No access to battery compartment
  • No front-facing camera for video conferencing
  • No LED for notification
  • On-board storage maxed out at 16GB

To review, the Lumia 800 is powered by a single-core 1.4Ghz CPU, 512MB RAM, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, a 3.7-inch screen (480 x 800 pixels), a 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, and 16GB storage. It weighs 142 grams. The Nokia Lumia 800 is available in three different colors – black, blue and pink. That fact alone may give Nokia the edge on sales as there aren’t that many Smartphones available in pink.


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