Summary: If apps are what sells a phone to you, then you should hold off on buying the Nokia Lumia 800. It's more than capable of competing in any other area, however, proving easy to use, attractive and well made. We like it!
Excerpt: Crafted from injection moulded polycarbonate the Nokia Lumia 800 cuts an impressive visual appearance, lining up at 12.1mm thick the handset feels reassuringly solid in the hand and satisfactory sturdy whilst remaining light, sleek and certainly pocketable. Amply sized without being intrusive the Lumia 800’s 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display is stunningly vibrant with the WP7 OS’s intense colours popping from the screen in crystal clarity.
Excerpt: It’s the end of the year and Nokia has finally announced its “Piece de resistance” handset – the Lumia 800. It’s the first, of course in the series and is based on their MeeGo running N9 device only this one is, of course, running on the latest version of the Windows Phone 7 OS, which is Mango. We’ve already done a detailed preview of the handset where we outlined the kind of features it comes with, but here’s a closer look at the overall functionality.
Conclusion: The Lumia 800 is one of the best Windows Phones available. It’s a charmer to look at and feels good to hold as well. It also comes with a nice suite of useful Nokia apps, which help it bridge the gap with Android when it comes to turn-by-turn directions and mapping. There are some downsides, like a lack of a front-facing camera, blurry video recording, and a camera that doesn’t impress as much as Nokia boasts, but overall it’s one of the best Windows Phones around.
Pros: Vivid AMOLED screen, Solid design and curved glass, Good custom apps, Windows Phone 7.5 UI is easy to use
Cons: No front-facing camera, No microSD, Single-core processor, Poor video quality, No HSPA+ or 4G support, Unlocked in the US
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
Summary: It was a long wait for the first Nokia smartphone with Windows Phone OS. And we believe that wait has been a long but successful one. The Lumia 800 seems to be a well designed package - with looks far superior than any other WP phone out there, an excellent display, good battery life and a UI that is thrashing Androidï¿½s ageing UI hands down. Critically, it again boils down to the pricing bit, and we hope Nokia gets it right.
Pros: Unique yet brilliant design, Classy yet solid build quality, Excellent UI on WP 7.5 - Live Tiles particularly, Very good display - particularly for multimedia consumption, Contact handling much improved with Mango update, Battery life doesn't disappoint
Cons: Call clarity isn't as good as we had hoped for, Accessing the micro SIM slot is an unnecessarily long process, Disappointing camera
Excerpt: The Lumia 800 is the first lovechild birthed from the union of Microsoft and Nokia. The two companies entered into a happy alliance in February 2011, with Nokia saying it would ship the bulk of its forthcoming handsets loaded with the Windows Phone mobile operating system. So it’s no surprise that Nokia’s Lumia 800 runs Microsoft’s new Windows Phone Mango OS with aplomb. But the device lacks a few comforts you’ve come to expect from a smartphone in 2011.
Conclusion: There is, quite simply, no better Windows Phone smartphone on the market than the Nokia Lumia 800. It features wonderful hardware in terms of both design and quality, and Microsoft's operating system runs more smoothly on the Lumia than on any other Windows Phone to date. This phone is a flat out winner, and a great alternative for those that wish to rise above the flood of iPhones and Android smartphones that we wade through daily.