Summary: The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first Windows Phone handset to spring from the Microsoft / Nokia tie-up announced in February, and we’ve got our hands on an early sample to check it out. The Lumia 800 does carry a lot of design traits from the N9. All the four edges are curved, and the back is slightly sloped near the top and the bottom – ever so slightly. Below the 3.7-inch display are three touch buttons – return, home (familiar Windows Logo on it) and Bing search.
Pros: Non-reflective display, Sleek and slim design, Appealing, Intuitive and responsive OS
Cons: No front camera, Sightly expensive, Unsatisfactory camera performance in low light conditions, Lack of quality apps on Windows Marketplace, Bluetooth connectivity issues
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 800 will be running on the latest Windows Phone Mango, along with some exclusive goodies such as free 25GB SkyDrive cloud storage, Nokia Drive turn-by-turn voice navigation free app and Nokia Music with Mix Radio.
Pros: +Attractive one-piece design, +Responsive UI, +Simple control
Excerpt: Nokia’s adoption of the Windows Phone 7 platform will steer a new direction to the Finnish company. Among the first few handsets that was borne out of this new partnership with Microsoft is the Nokia Lumia 800 . Check out our full review after the jump.
Conclusion: If full Arabic support is not a requirement for you, the Windows Phone OS is now ready to be used as primary phone and Nokia has made a beautiful and fast device to accompany it. More and more applications are coming out by the day for Windows Phone which will only make the platform stronger. Give the Nokia Lumia 800 a try if you are looking for something fresh, fast and different in a world full of iOS clones. You won’t be disappointed.
Excerpt: The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first overwhelmingly positive result born from two mobile underdogs. It’s essentially Nokia’s gorgeous N9 on the hardware side, packed finally with a mobile OS (Windows Phone 7) whose tombstone isn’t already chiseled. Its curved, 3.7-inch, 12.1mm-thick polycarbonate frame and ClearBlack AMOLED display looks and feels almost like the iPod Nano on growth hormones, which is a great thing in a sea of cheapo grey plastics.
Summary: Reviewing the Lumia 800 is a hard and, dare I say, unprecedented task. Never before have we seen a phone like Nokia's N9 — a benchmark setter in some design aspects, yet a complete dead end in terms of software ecosystem — and now the 800 arrives ensconced in a nearly identical physical body. How do you begin to grade a device that feels, superficially at least, like a cuckoo — a parasite occupying the shell that rightfully belongs to another?
Pros: Excellent design, Attractive display, Brightest future of any recent Nokia phone
Cons: No Internet Sharing, Fiddly volume rocker and lock key, No front-facing camera
Galaxy Nexus vs Nokia Lumia 800 – Does Windows Phone 7 have anything on Ice Cream Sandwich?
6 January 2012
Conclusion: Interestingly, despite the difference in top performance and display resolution, both phones are pretty close to each other in overall quality and user experience. However, if it was up to me, I’d choose the Galaxy Nexus any time of the day – with the major improvements in Ice Cream Sandwich, this phone is much better than any Windows 7 smartphone out there, including the Lumia 800.
Nokia Lumia 800 Review - Nokia's Brave New Foray into WP7
4 January 2012
Conclusion: The Lumia 800 is indubitably the best Windows Phone hardware out there right now. When people previously spoke in hushed tones about wanting Nokia to make Windows Phones, the unspoken reasons for wanting a Nokia WP7 device were a few notable features - a camera without compromises, hardware build quality that’s unique and solid, Nokia’s attention to detail, and Nokia's existing market share and ability to get those devices to market.