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.
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 cover.
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.
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.
|Official announced||October 2011|
|Device status||Available. Release date: November 2011.|
|Features||OS||Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango|
|Processor||1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset, 3D Graphics HW Acce|
|Dimensions||External dimensions||116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc|
|Total weight||142 g|
|Screen||Type||AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours|
|Dimensions||480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)|
|Gorilla Glass Screen|
|General||3G Network||HSDPA 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1900 MHz / 2100 MHz|
|2G Network||GSM 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|
|Memory||Phone book||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Internal||16 GB Data storage, 512 MB RAM|
|Memory card slot||Not available|
|USB||Available, microUSB v2.0|
|3G||HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Infrared port||Not available|
|Bluetooth||Available, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|Games||Available + downloadable|
|Internet Browser||WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5, RSS feeds|
|Sound||Alert characteristics||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|GPS||Available, with A-GPS support|
|MicroSIM card support only|
|Camera specifications||Primary camera||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|Video||Available, 1080×720 pixel, [email protected]|
|Predictive text input|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)|
|Estimated talk time||Up to 13 h (2G) / Up to 9 h 30 min (3G)|
|Stand-by time||Up to 265 h (2G) / Up to 335 h (3G)|
|Available Colours||Black, Cyan, Magenta|