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Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800

 
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Announced by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as the ‘first real Windows phone’, the Nokia Lumia 800 is Nokia and Microsoft’s debut Windows 7.5 smartphone in the UK. Competitively priced, with great design features and a good package of software on the operating system, the Lumia 800 is an impressive result of this collaboration, and makes a strong addition to the line-up of smartphones on the market.

Quality Camera Capabilities

Though it may not be quite as quick as the iPhone 4S, the picture quality on the Lumia 800 is a stand-out feature: it includes an 8MP camera lens, 720 pixel video recorder and dual-LED flash. Be aware, though, that it doesn’t feature a front-facing camera. The camera feature is accessible through an instant dedicated camera button which is particularly handy, so you can start snapping quickly.

Look and Feel

Although slightly thicker than the some of the other very slim handsets on the market at 116.5mm x 61.2 mm x 12.1 mm, the Lumia 800 has a smooth polycarbonate shell curved handset that fits comfortably in the hand. Attractive and neat in design, it’s also relatively lightweight at 142g, but is fairly sturdy and very difficult to do much damage to, which will be a relief for clumsier smartphone users.

Super AMOLED Screen

The screen display is one of the best features of the Lumia 800; it’s made of curved Gorilla Glass and the Super AMOLED screen is particularly vivid and bright. This is especially handy for using the phone in strong daylight; when other phones often become difficult to see this one remains clear. The strong colour contrast ratios are also an improvement on the Lumia 710, with a better depth. The screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels may be a bit lower than some competitors, but given the smaller size of the screen this isn’t really a problem.

Great Software Options

The Lumia 800 features Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, which is proving itself to be a competitor in the field against Android and iOS with its simple design and impressive speed. If you’re after Microsoft software for your smartphone, the Lumia 800 is the obvious choice. There are several pre-installed apps available to use immediately, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer 9. Though they may not run at the level of function you can expect from your PC, they are certainly enough for use on your smartphone, and a particularly strong distinguishing feature of the Windows-Nokia collaboration.

Maps and Directions

Although Bing Maps is included as standard, Nokia Drive is also available; the first free sat nav app on a Windows phone, making the Lumia 800 a strong competitor when it comes to map and navigation apps. The accuracy and speed at which the app can find your location and direct you onward is particularly impressive, although it is still in the early stages and has some limitations.

Nokia Music and Media

The media capabilities on the Lumia 800 include Nokia Music, which features radio stations organised into genres to help you find new tunes, which you can then listen to live or download to your phone to listen to offline. It is recommended, however, that you run Mix Radio through WiFi if you’re on a limited data contract, as it’s a streaming connection and can run up data quickly. An MP3 store is featured too, where you can buy music quickly and easily. Grouped together in the Lumia 800 apps are other media options, like radio, videos and podcasts, all of which have an impressive audio quality. Video is especially enjoyable on this device given the high screen and colour quality and clean, simple interface.