Nokia Lumia 800

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Reviewed by Aaron Souppouris (Currently owns)

First up: this is a truly beautiful device - plastic has never felt so luscious. Mine is all-black, and i'm very happy with the way it looks.

The screen is vibrant, has great blacks and superb contrast, but is just not sharp enough for my liking. Maybe it's the OS but I found it blurry in places, more-so than the Galaxy S II, which has the same resolution stretched over a larger screen.

Windows Phone 7 is great. This has been my first experience with it, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience - could it be my daily phone? I'm not so sure - but i'll persist for now. The ecosystem seems 'fine', but it needs a lot of work. There are far too many useless applications, and far too few free apps.

I experienced a couple of cases of slowdown, and some patchy scrolling in places, but no more so than on any other device. In general, it feels snappy, but still lags behind the competition slightly.

As with most Nokias, I've had no issues with battery life, call or build quality, Unlike most Nokia's, the camera on this phone is very poor. It's a shame as the WP7 camera software is beautiful, and offers a wide-array of options. The color balance is off, the low-light performance is awful, and video takes far too long to adjust to changes in light/focus. The lack of front-facing camera is also inexcusable given the shared-chasis with the N9.

I'm impressed by Windows Phone 7 as an OS, and by Nokia's hardware in general. If Microsoft can remove the hardware limitations in the next OS update, and Nokia can fix their camera and put an updated display in there, they will be close to perfection. As it is, they're nearly there, falling just short on almost every level.

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  • Design 10
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Reception / call quality 10
  • Performance 7
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 7
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