Nokia Lumia 800
Once the largest manufacturer of smartphones, Nokia, is now out of the smartphone race by a huge margin. The Lumia series of the Windows Phones stay as the last hope for the Finnish giant. Nokia Lumia 800 is the first of the yet to come series of the Lumia smartphones powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. Nokia Lumia 800 marks the beginning of an era that will be powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
The Lumia 800 is essentially a very similar cousin to the very famous Nokia N9 which was known for its unique polycarbonate unibody design. The requirements of the Windows Phone managed to put three touch sensitive buttons at the bottom of the screen separating it slightly from the Nokia N9. In the age of dual-core processors, it will be interesting to see how the Nokia Lumia 800 fares with its 1.4GHz single core processor.
Nokia Lumia 800
One of the best things about the Nokia Lumia 800 is its polycarbonate unibody design that makes it stand out from any other phone (except for Nokia N9). The Nokia Lumia 800 is certainly not the slimmest Windows Phone, but indeed it is the most beautiful Windows Phone so far. The dimensions of the phone measure 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm ( exactly like the N9) and weighs a comfortable 142g (9g heavier than N9).
The Nokia Lumia 800 is quite the eye catcher. The unique unibody colored body makes sure that the Nokia Lumia 800 is quite sturdy and can easily take some hits and not show them. Even in case of the scratches, there is no issue of the paint peeling off and hence the phone will be as elegant as it is. The Corning Gorilla glass on top of the display is there to make sure that the display is scratch prone.
On the front of Nokia Lumia 800, above the display is the earpiece flanked by the proximity and ambient light sensors. Below the beautiful AMOLED display are the three capacitive touch buttons – Windows, Search and Back keys. The Windows key is at the middle with the Back key on the left and the Search key on the right. On the right side of the phone are the hardware control keys. Towards the top of the phone is the not so easy to use volume rocker. Below the volume rocker is the two step camera button. The camera button is positioned perfectly and making the 8MP camera of the Nokia Lumia 800 more powerful than a point and shoot camera. On the left side of Nokia Lumia 800, there is nothing but the beauty of the polycarbonate body. On the bottom of the phone is the speaker grill that can become quite dusted after some days of usage. The microphone is located beneath the grill avoid any direct contact. The top of the Nokia Lumia 800 features a micro USB port and slot for a micro SIM card. The 3.5mm jack of the Nokia Lumia 800 is placed on the top adjacent to the micro USB port. Thankfully, the micro USB and the micro SIM card slots are covered. On the back of the Nokia Lumia 800 is the 8MP Carl Zeiss optics camera which is located slightly lower than on the most phones, thereby making it a better point and shoot camera.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is powered by a powerful 1.4GHz Scorpion processor that is used on a Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset. Along with the CPU, there is the Adreno 205 GPU that takes care of all the graphical demands of the phone. The amount of RAM is quite apt which is 512MB and quite frankly it is enough to handle all the processes in the Nokia Lumia 800. The internal storage in the phone is 16GB and it is not a strong point that it does not have a microSD card slot.
The AMOLED display is surely one of the best in the market and when 800×480 pixels are squeezed into a 3.7″inch, what you get is one of the best handheld displays. The AMOLED display of the Nokia Lumia 800 is a PenTile Matrix one in which a single pixel is replaced by a couple of pixels rather than the usual three pixels. That is where the smaller screen size gives an extra beauty with increased pixel density of 251ppi. The Corning Gorilla glass is basically glued to the display which makes the display look as if the icons are painted on it making the display simply beautiful. The touch responsiveness of the Nokia Lumia 800 is quite good and the convex display glass makes sliding ease and grace.
The Nokia Lumia 800 has one of the top notch cameras in the phone industry and it gets better with Carl Zeiss optics. The 8MP camera along with dual LED flash and auto-focus is quite a different one that is capable of snapping 8MP photos at 4:3 ratio and 7.1MP photos at 16:9 ratio. The resolution of the images captured by Nokia Lumia 800 are 3264x2448pixels. The lens is 28mm wide angle F2.2 lens. The Windows Phone Camera app offers quite some features but face recognition is missing. The UI is pretty simple with controls on the right side. The photos are quite sharp except for the little noise that is seen to disturb the overall quality of the photos. The video recording options are great, but the Windows Phone restrictions keep the HD Video recording to 720p. Other smartphones in the market with lesser camera resolution (Galaxy Nexus – 5MP) are capable of recording 1080p videos, but that is for Microsoft to deal with. The UI offers plenty of features and photography can be real fun.
One thing that is very impressive about the Windows phone is their smooth and extremely easy to use Metro UI. The Nokia Lumia 800 is no different. Nokia have used unmodified Metro UI against the belief that Nokia would be allowed to change the Windows Phone UI. The homescreen is full of live tiles and other icon tiles. The live tiles light up the screen with updates about new emails, messages and missed calls or calendar events. Lumia 800 runs on the Windows Phone Mango( WP 7.5 ) and hence we can see multitasking to an extent. Holding the back button would reveal a screen with various open apps that are running and the user can chose between them. The users have the option of selecting the color pattern of the phone as well those of the tiles which is really cool. Overall the Windows Metro UI experience is quite smooth and flawless.
In terms of connectivity, the Nokia Lumia 800 is a complete package. It is equipped with all the latest features that one would ideally expect in a phone of this quality – WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS. The web browser is the mobile version of Internet Explorer 9 and it does a decent job of doing what it is asked to do. The pages do load quickly, but it can be better and quicker. Unlike the Android Market, the Windows Store does not have lots of apps to boast about, but still it is developing and we can see a healthy competition in the future.
Nokia Lumia 800 – Rating
Available Colors – Black, Cyan, Magenta and White(White Lumia 800 is simply the most beautiful phone)
BottomLine - Nokia Lumia 800 gives an expensive taste of the rich Windows experience with limited Apps