Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Nokia is banking heavily on the Windows Phone platform to revive its fortunes in the smartphone market. Nokia, which once was a dominant force in the smartphone segment, has lost its market share to iPhone and Android phones. Nokia Lumia 800 which was announced in February has finally hit the markets and is equipped with the features which make consumers excited about Windows phone. The sleek device comes with a great camera coupled with a splendid super AMOLED display. But it is not only hardware, where Nokia has tried to make Lumia 800 exciting. There are several in-built apps in the phone, but is it sufficient enough to make Lumia 800 a top selling smartphone. Well, we guess after going through our Nokia Lumia 800 review, you will know the answer for yourself.
Nokia Lumia 800 Looks and Feel
The first thing which you will notice about Lumia 800 is its sleekness. At dimensions standing at 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, the phone easily slips into pocket. The dimensions of Lumia 800 is very much similar to that HTC Radar 4G. Most of the design traits of Lumia 800 are similar to that of Nokia N9. The edges are curved and the back is a bit sloped near the top and the bottom of the phone. Most of the body of the phone is fingerprint resistant. The phone weighs 142 grams which is a lot lighter than HTC Titan which weighs a massive 160 grams.
You will find only three physical buttons on the entire handset and they are located on the right hand side. On the top of the phone there is a 3.5mm jack and a covered up microUSB and microSIM card slots. The curved edges of the phone make it very comfortable to grip. Our unit of Lumia 800 was black in color. There are several other colors of the phone available too.
Nokia Lumia 800 Display/Screen
Even though the screen of the Lumia 800 is not as big as Galaxy S II, Lumia’s 3.7 inches super AMOLED screen is quite good. It is capable of displaying pictures of resolution measuring 800×480 pixels. The display is made up of gorilla glass which lends it durability. The Clearblack glass touch screen display improves the quality of images and thanks to the AMOLED treatment, visibility of the screen is largely improved outdoors. The curved screen gave us a enjoyable touch experience. Swiping left to right was a real treat. However, we felt that even though the display is quite sharp and crisp, its quality does not match up to the display quality of Samsung’s HD Super AMOLED and Apple’s Retina display.
Nokia Lumia 800 Apps
There are several pre-installed apps in Lumia 800 such as
- Internet Explorer
- Mobile Office
- Xbox Live Games
- Zune Music
There are some pre-installed apps from Nokia too such as Nokia Drive which is Nokia’s navigation software. Apart from it, you get Nokia Maps. Users can download their favorite apps from the Windows Marketplace. Though Windows Marketplace is not as populated as that of Apple or Google but yet users can find most of the applications.
Nokia Lumia 800 Features
Contact handling has vastly improved with Lumia 800. We could easily transfer all contacts from other phone to Lumia through Bluetooth without any problem. Let us check out some of the features of the phone.
Lumia 800 sports a standard Windows Phone keyboard which is quite comfortable to use. The keyboard was good to use in portrait mode, but we wished that the keyboard in the landscape mode was a bit larger and used the full width of the screen. The keyboard, however lacked haptic feedback.
Software and UI
The phone runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and of late the OS has grown considerably. Users get the live tile interface which displays updates and alerts in an striking and useful manner. Another great feature which users get is the People Hub which shows updates from several multiple accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.
Audio is a bit thin on Lumia 800. The placement of the speakers are also to be blamed for the below par performance. They are located at the bottom edge of the phone and when we held the phone in landscape style, the sounds were a bit muffled.
Processor, Memory and Performance
The phone is equipped with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 single-core processor. Though it is not the fastest you will find in the market, but it gets the job done. The apps open quite quickly and we could easily zoom in and out of WebPages. The phone offers a robust 16GB of internal memory which allows users to store a large amount of data. But we were highly disappointed to find that the memory cannot be increased as the phone lacks a card slot.
Nokia Lumia 800 Camera Quality
Lumia 800 is equipped with a 8MP camera equipped with f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. The camera is equipped with features such as autofocus, 3xdigital zoom and dual-LED flash. The lens is the same which Nokia had used in N8 and this camera is considered as one of the best available in the market. The camera produces great images during sunlight but in low-lighting conditions the camera failed to impress. The macro mode of the camera also failed to deliver good results. The phone did not sustain zooming while we recorded videos. The camera however offered various options to customize images, value and effects.
Nokia Lumia 800 Video Quality
Video capturing capabilities of the phone is quite good. The phone captured 720p HD videos at 30fps. The videos shot were offered deep colors and strong details. But the phone is not capable of recording 1080p videos which gives distinct advantages to rivals such as iPhone 4S and Droid RAZR.
Nokia Lumia 800 Multimedia and Music
Though the Zune player may be no more, but its software is still alive on Windows Phones. We very much liked the interface but it was a bit annoying to note that we have to connect the phone to a computer PC in order to sync music. iPhone can sync connection wirelessly. Nokia also includes its own application, Nokia Music, which not only shows music but also local concerts. For music lovers, the phone also has a stereo FM with RDS.
Nokia Lumia 800 Sound/Call Quality
When we made a call from our Lumia 800 to a landline number, we could very easily hear the audio with clarity. During most of the conversations, the audio output was quite clear.
Nokia Lumia 800 Connectivity
Connectivity with Lumia 800 was quite robust. The phone supports both 2G as well as 3G networks. Connectivity of the phone is also enhanced by the presence of 3.5mm jack and support for GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. For local file transfer, you get Bluetooth 2.1 with support for A2DP and EDR profiles. Web browsing is fairly fast with Lumia 800. The phone loaded web pages quite fast and gave us a decent browsing experience.
Nokia Lumia 800 Battery Life
The phone is equipped with a standard Li-Ion 1450mAh battery which gave us a talk time of around 13 hours which is quite impressive. On full charging, our unit lasted for about 2 days.
Nokia Lumia 800 Price and Launch
The phone has been launched on November 2011 and its price in the USA is approximately $ 500 while price of the phone in India is approximately Rs 25,000.
Nokia Lumia 800 is one of the great Windows phone available in the market. The phone is quite attractive though it has some drawbacks. If you are looking forward to have an Windows phone experience, then you can look forward to Lumia 800.