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.
Nokia Lumia 800 Review: A Windows Phone that Stands Out from the Pack
28 April 2012
Summary: After testing the Lumia 800 for several days, it is perfectly clear that Microsoft and Nokia have made a terrific deal by burying the hatchet a year ago – this is convincingly the best Windows Phone device, apart from the bigger, but otherwise almost identical Lumia 900.
Just about all the Lumia 800’s shortcomings boil down to the platform being flawed (no Flash or Silverlight, no microSD slot), some of which are expected to be remedied with the upcoming arrival of...
Pros: Superior build and design, Screen contrast, Above average camera performance
Cons: No Flash or Silverlight support, Unchangeable battery, No secondary camera
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
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.
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
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.
Summary: If Nokia is looking to get back into the U.S. market, the Lumia 800 is a great device to crack the door open. Its sophisticated yet understated design is one of the most attractive we've seen, and it's matched by the sleekness of Windows Phone 7.5. If you don't mind buying unlocked phones, this is the Windows Phone to get. The problem is that this device isn't available through U.S.
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!
Conclusion: And so it begins, Nokia's partnership with Microsoft has reached fruition and the first taste is in our hands. Bearing in mind how quickly Nokia got this to market, the custom Nokia Apps they pulled out of the bag and the reformatting of MeeGo hardware to fit a Windows Phone platform, we can do little but commend. The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a beautiful screen, slick design and promising OS only made more attractive by the inclusion of Nokia Maps, Drive and Music.
Pros: Solid, stylized design, Nokia apps add real value to WP, Smooth, fast operation
Cons: Smaller screen than N9, High price, Battery life could be better, No front facing camera