Nokia Lumia 800


A new generation phone

Staying on top is a hard thing in the world of technology, because every year companies such as Apple, Samsung, HTC and many more think of ways to make their competitors’ products bite the dust. Nokia isn’t as popular as it once was, so they’re hoping that their Lumia 800 Windows phone and other novelties will make people resurrect the company’s old fame. And maybe the device will, because it has a beautiful display, good apps to use and a unique design. We tested the product for you. Here is our review.

8-megapixel camera

We must say that the design of the Nokia Lumia 800 is very interesting and it moreover represents a bold move for the Finnish company. Look at the smartphones today: they mostly look alike, with some differences here and there. The body of this one is made from a solid piece of colored polycarbonate which provides protection against denting and heat damage; during our test the phone felt solid, but a bit slippery. The colors you can choose from if you want to buy the device are the following: black, magenta and cyan. The Lumia 800 features rounded sides and a tabletop tail and head and measures 4.59″ x 2.4″ x 0.47″. Trying to insert it in your pocket won’t be difficult. Both sides of the product sport all the usual buttons and port; the rear comes with an 8-megapixel camera, but no battery

3.7″ AMOLED display

Arguably the best feature of the Nokia Lumia 800 is to be found on the front and that is the screen. The 3.7″ AMOLED display was fitted into the body of the smartphone so as to form a tight seal. Swiping left and right across it feels smooth to the touch. The 480 x 800 pixels of resolution and the display’s ClearBlack feature improved visibility when we used the device outside in bright sunlight; colors looked well-saturated and vibrant thanks to the incorporation of Gorilla Glass. A downside of such a small screen is the fact that you’ll find it rather difficult to read online content or compose e-mails. What this smartphone didn’t offer was protection against fingerprints.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS

The operating system used on the Nokia Lumia 800 is Windows Phone 7.5 Mango; this OS comes with an interface that offers many customization options. Features offered by this device are as follows: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, text and multimedia messaging, a Mango option which lets users switch between text and instant messaging if they are signed in on Facebook or other social network, calendar, an 8-megapixel camera and several others listed under our review. Photos and videos taken and shot in various lighting conditions were disappointing in terms of colors, sharpness, details and so on.

Qualcomm MSM8255 processor

The type of processor this device incorporates is a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255; during our tests it delivered good speed and responsiveness, as well as fast navigation.

As for apps, the Lumia 800 ships with the standard Google services, Nokia music, People hub, Bing maps and many more.

The most recent smartphone offered by Nokia provides a total of 16GB of internal memory and an extra 25GB with Microsoft’s free online SkyDrive storage.

Good performance overall

Depending on connection, full sites took around 37 seconds to load; mobile ones loaded in 19 seconds. According to our measurements, talk time and battery life was 9 hours.

It’s now time for performance results. The Lumia 800 registered good call quality, even though we must add here that the voices of our friends sounded muffled and shaky when we talked to them; however, we heard no background noises. On the other side of the receiver, our friends told us our voices were loud and clear.

Review conclusion

To conclude, the Nokia Lumia 800 proves to be a good choice if you’re into easy to use and unsophisticated smartphones that are capable of a good performance.

Technical specifications

Official announcedOctober 2011
Device statusAvailable. Release date: November 2011.
FeaturesOSMicrosoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Processor1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset, 3D Graphics HW Acce
DimensionsExternal dimensions116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc
Total weight142 g
ScreenTypeAMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours
Dimensions480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
Gorilla Glass Screen
General3G NetworkHSDPA 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1900 MHz / 2100 MHz
2G NetworkGSM 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz
Multi-touch input method
Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate
Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down
ClearBlack Screen technology
Touch-sensitive controls
MemoryPhone bookPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Internal16 GB Data storage, 512 MB RAM
Memory card slotNot available
Call recordsAvailable
DataGPRSClass 33
USBAvailable, microUSB v2.0
3GHSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
EDGEClass 33
Infrared portNot available
BluetoothAvailable, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GamesAvailable + downloadable
Internet BrowserWAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5, RSS feeds
SoundAlert characteristicsVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackAvailable
GPSAvailable, with A-GPS support
JavaNot available
MicroSIM card support only
SNS included
MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
Document viewer/editor
Digital compass
MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
Camera specificationsPrimary camera8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash
VideoAvailable, 1080×720 pixel, [email protected]
SecondaryNot available
Voice memo/command/dial
Video/photo editor
Predictive text input
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)
Estimated talk timeUp to 13 h (2G) / Up to 9 h 30 min (3G)
Stand-by timeUp to 265 h (2G) / Up to 335 h (3G)
Available ColoursBlack, Cyan, Magenta