Nokia Lumia 800 – A brief overview
Released in November 2011 in Europe, the Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone went straight into the competition joining the ranks of iPhone and Android devices with its Windows 7 Phone operating system – Nokia’s first phone to run a Windows phone O/S.
- Windows 7 7.5 Operating system
- A powerful 1.4GHz single-core CPU
- 16 GB Internal flash memory
- 512 MB RAM
- 3.7″ ClearBlack Gorilla Glass screen
- 8 MP rear camera with Dual-LED flash and 720p Video capture
Good points: The Lumia 800 has a nice, clean and crisp interface which sports simple yet beautiful graphics and smooth transitions, replacing app buttons for simple tiles – some of which have animations and change between text and images. For a single-core processor, the interface is extremely quick and smooth to use. The colour of tiles and other aspects of the interface can easily be changed in the settings menu. Browsing experience on the Lumia 800 is fast without any stutters or glitches and the device comes with Internet Explorer as well as button to access Bing search along with the back and home touch buttons. The device comes with some good apps from Windows and Nokia such as Office (allowing Notes, Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents), Maps, Nokia Drive (a useful app that acts as a Sat-Nav allowing you to pre-load maps for use offline), Nokia Music (users can search for local music events, browse the music store and adjust settings. Music can be sorted by artist, albums, genres as well as the songs themselves.). Music and videos can be easily added to the device by using the Zune app, linking the device straight to a computer or laptop making transfers quick and simple. A very useful feature we found on the Lumia 800 is the power saving option, this shuts off background tasks such as push notifications which take up battery power. This can be permanently enabled from the settings menu, or set to turn on when the battery level is low. The device is great for social networking, allowing you to link Twitter, Facebook, Windows Live and other accounts into one app which automatically adds your friends to your contact list, as well as showing your notifications, latest posts and images as well as being able to check in, post statuses and tweets etc… There are many more good points about the Lumia 800, but the ones above we found stood out most.
Bad points: The bad points about the Lumia 800 are outnumbered by the good points, although there where a few small issues we found with the device. When the screen is locked, to save battery and data usage, the device automatically disables WiFi and 3G connections and this turns back on when the phone is unlocked. If the connection is poor, it can take a while for the connection to re-establish which can be frustrating Since phone contacts are mixed with Facebook friends it can be confusing for users new to the Windows 7 Phone interface to find contacts and make calls. This can also be said for texts, because SMS messages are mixed in with online chat messengers. Where the Windows 7 Phone operating system comes short with the competition with other operating systems such as IOS and Android is the market place, there are some good apps for the Lumia 800 and some of the best of these are the Nokia exclusive ones, yet there are not as many apps and games in the Marketplace as it’s competitors, especially with games as we found this area seems to be especially lacking.
Final conclusion: Although there are some bad points which puts the Nokia Lumia 800 at a disadvantage with similar smartphones by Apple and Android, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages giving these two major brands a new opponent in the competition. In some cases we preferred the interface of the Lumia 800 to it’s competitors and we think that it is an excellent choice for a modern, high range smartphone.
Whats in the box? (May vary with different networks):
- Lumia 800
- Rubberised case (different colour options are avaliable)
- USB to micro USB charginw wire
- Charging plug
- Nokia headphones
- Instruction manual
- Quick start guide