Reviewed: Nokia Lumia 800

Reviewed: Nokia Lumia 800

Windows Phone finally gets the phone it deserves with Nokia's Lumia 800

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With the Nokia Lumia 800 have they produced the flagship handset that Windows Phone 7 so desperately needs?

For fans of the Windows Phone 7 OS, the Lumia 800 has been anticipated as the flagship that it has desperately needed. Yet, in many ways we’ve already reviewed the Lumia 800 hardware in its previous incarnation as the N9 – does the OS make that much difference?

Well, harkening back to our N9 review we lauded the hardware while lamenting the software, so the answer would appear to be yes – with the Lumia 800 clearly backing up this statement. By any metric, this is a superbly designed phone, with the polycarbonate unibody, gently curved Gorilla Glass screen and minimalist aesthetic proving truly desirable. In fact, the only real difference between the N9 and Lumia 800 physically is the addition of dedicated camera button (one that overrides the lock screen as well).


 Windows feels slick and smooth: The Lumia 800

The hardware seems well suited to the OS as well, which feels slick and smooth when moving between screens and in video playback. Sadly, this isn’t necessarily reflected by the numbers, with the Lumia 800 scoring below many of its contemporaries in both our website load test (16.5 seconds compared to our A-Lister Galaxy SII of 9.6) and Sunspider (6793 vs 3558). Neither score is bad, but they do pale compared to some of the dual-core monsters currently on the market.

There’s more to it than just raw numbers, of course, and the Lumia 800 has an excellent feel – nicely sized (3.7in screen) and weighted (142g). Call clarity was solid in our tests and the camera reflects Nokia’s commitment to that technology, with 8MP and video at 720P. Battery life was in line with most other smartphones, with around 35% left after 24 hours. 

Overall, there’s not much to fault in the Lumia 800... if you’re prepared for Windows Phone 7. Here at PC&TA we certainly are. Especially in the lead up to the formal launch of Windows 8, we’re keen to see how the overall integration of the devices will work. In the meantime, Nokia’s Lumia 800 speaks well for the Finnish company’s continued relevance in the dog-eat-dog smartphone world.

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Comments: 1
23 March 2012
Smartphone's, I've had a few.
Started out with a Palm Vx and a little E63? Ericsson.
Then a Palm Treo running the palm software
HTC TyTnII running Windows 6.5
iPhone 3GS running iOs 3,iOs 4 and iOs5. It's now a backup unit.
Currently a Samsung GS2 running Andriod 3.2.4
The future who know's maybe a WP8 could be on the cards.

The main reason for buying my phones has been because they have been "arguably" the best on the market at the time of purchase that fitted "My" criteria. That being No1 a decent screen size, good hardware and software that integrated with MS Outlook on my PC.

The reason for choosing an iPhone 3GS when moving from the HTC TyTnII was bigger screen, it had quality hardware and the operating system integrated with outlook. I loved and hated the iOS and still do, it does some things extremely well. It's locked down which has benefits but it's so locked down that it becomes so frustrating to use in a way I find natural, so I have to learn the Apple way. iTunes, what a steaming piece of excrement and I positively hate having Apple's tentacles in my wallet.

I listen to a lot of Audiobooks on my phone, to be able to do this on an iPhone I need to rip the CD etc to M4b, if you can locate a dedicated ripper that will do it without the need to transcode then please send the link my way. The transcoding software I tracked down and use is flaky at best.

I could rant on but having said that I take my hat off to Apple for all of the above because they make using something that is reasonably technical, easy for the muppets to use.

The SGSII is an awesome piece of kit, it fits my hand well, the screen is gorgeous, etc, I truly believe that the SGSII wins over the iPhone 4s in hardware because of the all round specifications. I don't want to lug around an iPad as well just to do the odd spot of web surfing because the screen size on the iphone is too small. That would be going back to the Ericsson and Palm Vx days.

However Android while I look forward to V4 "ICS"
to see if things improve, I find it to be a tad clumbersome. Samsung KIES, what a really big pile of steaming excrement it is, almost took the phone back and swapped if for an iPhone. Then unwittingly purchasing a SGSII full of Optus Bloatware caused all sorts of battery performance issues. (I use a Plantronics Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth uses a lot of battery) Second day saw me rooting it, to eliminate the bloatware. However I have never had to purchase any apps etc.

However being an optimist at heart I look forward to the next best of breed handset to come along, if it requires I learn another OS then I am willing, so long as to overall package is as good or better that the current unit. A 4~4.5 inch screen seems to fit my needs well, the hardware and OS both have to work well.

I look forward to that day.

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