Nokia Lumia 800

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Reviewing the Lumia 800 is a hard and, dare I say, unprecedented task. Never before have we seen a phone like Nokia's N9 — a benchmark setter in some design aspects, yet a complete dead end in terms of software ecosystem — and now the 800 arrives ensconced in a nearly identical physical body. How do you begin to grade a device that feels, superficially at least, like a cuckoo — a parasite occupying the shell that rightfully belongs to another? Well, you probably start by dispensing with...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.48 inches
Weight 0.31 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 3.7 inches
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7.5

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 4.59 inches
Width 2.41 inches
Thickness 0.48 inches
Weight 0.31 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black, Blue / Black, Magenta / Black
Loudspeaker Yes
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 3.7 inches
Technology AMOLED
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 252
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850
Max WWAN downlink speed 14.4 Mbps
Max WWAN uplink speed 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Model MSM8255
Clock speed 1.4 GHz

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External No

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p
Video framerate 30

Software

Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7.5

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1450 mAh
Removable No

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8.3

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  • Performance 9
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 7

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by Jrexxx (Previously owned)

    This phone has been a love-hate relationship for me: I absolutely love the hardware. I find myself touching it and just holding it in my hand without using it.
    On the downside, the camera is very sub-par, the screen is pentile and the pixelation is very clear and visible. The battery life is inconsistent and sometimes horrible: I have to charge it twice a day.

    Even with all those faults and mistakes I would still recommend this phone just for it's design and responsiveness.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by erfan (Currently owns)

    Design: This is the best looking phone I have ever owned. It is slighly heavy but I don't mind it at all. Display: is good overall and produces beautiful colors. My device has problem of producing vertical bands on display when something dark is shown a black background.
    Camera: You can get some good shots outdoors but mostly it produces noisy pictures with less detail. Video however is very good.
    Reception, Call Quality: No droped calls during last 4 months I have been using this phone.
    Performance: is very good. I cannot notice any lag. Games run with decent framerate.
    Software: Very useful free apps from Nokia: Nokia Music, Drive, Maps, Transit, City Lense, Creative Studio, Camera Extras, Counters, Play To
    Battery Life: I can get through whole day with moderate usage.
    Ecosystem: Not the best app store but I personally don't miss anyting significant.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by aobDarkMeta (Currently owns)

    The Design is outstanding, not only in cyan, white or pink but even in black it looks amazing. It maybe doesn't stand out so much in black but it is definitely a big competitor to the iPhone in industrial design.
    For me, the Lumia 800 is easier to hold in the hand given its rounded sides, but the edges on the bottom just don't feel good but you get used to it after a short while.

    The screen on the Lumia 800 is good. Yes, it is an Pentile-AMOLED screen but I personally haven't that much of an issue with it. Colors look very vibrant but also seem AMOLED-like oversaturated compared to an LCD, the Resolution is fine too.

    The Camera (it don't feature a Front-Facing camera which is ok for me, but video-calling isn't possible) makes decent shots overall, and in a well-lit place you can get some excellent results.
    Colors seem a bit washed out in not-so-well light and Macro pictures can sometimes hard to take and probably take you multiple shots before you get the picture you want.
    Low Light Performance is Ok, the Dual-LED Flash definitely helps but then Focusing can be a little laggy.

    Performance is just as great as on every other Windows Phone.
    First-Party apps and the OS overall perform really really well, scrolling is, for me, just as good as in iOS.
    Third-Party apps though are just not so fast as the OS promises.
    Launches take usally some seconds (compared to the almost instant launches of first-party apps), some Animations are not so fluid as in the OS itself, and Wait times can be bummer too.

    Ecosystem-wise, it doesn't look that great.
    Yes, you get 120,000+ Apps in the Marketplace, but most of them are just not good.
    There are hidden gems though which can make WP special.
    But, since it is a Windows Phone, it just integreates with the Microsoft-Ecosystem great and effortlessly.

    On the Software side, you get Windows Phone 7.5 Mango which has features you won’t get with the iPhone out of the box.
    But what makes the Lumia special are the exclusive Nokia Apps.
    Nokia Drive, Maps, City Lens, Music and Creative Studio which compete really well against the iPhone and even can overtake it (like with Drive and Maps).
    Nokia keeps adding new Apps to the Lumia 800 (and other Nokia WP 7.5 devices as well) which is definetly a Pro point for this phone.

    Battery life is my only real big concern with this phone.
    It's just not great.
    You probably get a day of usage but thats about it.

    Overall, you get a good, and probably underrated, phone which performs quite well.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by yl_ksa (Currently owns)

    I am writing this review to point out two really bad things:
    1- The display is nice and the black in it are awesome but when you take under the sunlight you can hardly see a thing.
    2- In regards to call quality, I just want to point out one thing, it's really hard to hear the person on the other side of the call, even at the highest volume,.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Dunstan (Currently owns)

    I cant blame anyone for looking at this phone and writing it off on paper but this doesn't do it justice because its so much more than the sum of its parts. Just the way it feels in your hand and the way the screen melts into the rest of the body is enough for me to love it. I see the iPhone 4 as the only other "premium" feeling phone around at the moment but in comparison to the Lumia 800 it feels cold, hard and a bit inhuman. The Lumia feels like a living thing where as the iPhone never feels alive or even really yours...
    WP7 has been slagged off a lot and I can understand why, it doesn't fit with the PC in your palm mentality that android and to some extents ios does but the only real negative i can give it is the slow restarting of apps that you were in a few seconds before. Thats annoying but not a deal breaker because the rest of of the package seems to understand that this is a smartphone not a pc so you wont have constant popups telling you technical errors and a million sub menus like I experienced with android.
    This phone makes me realize I never needed all the extras available on android and I really don't miss the pc in my palm. What I wanted was something that does what its told and connects me to the outside world without silly distractions.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by jobikri5 (Currently owns)

    Perfect size and a great design. The Lumia 800 feels very solid, and the display is awesome with great blacks. The camera is a bit disappointing. i see this annoying pink spot if I'm shooting in a white area. it takes awful images in dark, but it can produce some good results in daylight and great results in macro mode. The performance is insane. It is insanely fast. Battery life and audio got much better after it´s last update. I want a lot more of the windows phone platform it lacks the great apps that the iPhone has. windows phone is just too late. I will probably go for the next iPhone

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    Reviewed by nscarsella (Currently owns)

    Tough to judge Data reception here in the States on T-Mobile. The phone is Quick, Intuitive, and User Friendly! Windows 7 is the newest most thought out user experience on the market currently in my opinion! I would recommend this phone to anyone leaving webOS, Android XX or iPhone!

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    Reviewed by ScribbleMLP (Currently owns)

    I feel that the Lumia 800 is the best Windows Phone you can get right now, for more reasons than one.

    Firstly, the phone looks beautiful. It is one of the best looking phones out there, managing to not only look the part, but feel the part too. The performance is fantastic too. You may think a single core 1.4GHz processor would be Slug City, but the Lumia very rarely lags, freezes or crashes, something I can't really say the same for similar Android phones. The display is also great. Colours look fantastic, viewing angles are superb and text does look pretty crisp, despite the 480x800 resolution.

    However, if I were to have some gripes, it would be with Windows Phone itself, in some way. The actual OS is very good, managing to be both good looking and responsive almost all the time. However, the app library isn't so much barren as it is limited. Some apps just aren't on Windows Phone, whether they be games or other applications. Sure, this may improve later once developers start getting into Windows Phone, but right now, while you will have stuff like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare etc., you won't be getting some of the things you do get on Android and iOS.

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    Reviewed by tallem (Currently owns)

    This phone have almost everything you need but you will still end up wanting all that you cannot have.

    I went from the Galaxy S2 to this and going from Android to WP7 is for me like going from using Windows 7 back to Windows 95. There is just a lack of everything. I cannot (currently) tether the phone to my computer, the phone lacks any sort of build in notes app (sure its not a big problem, but that was sort of a WTF for me), and its the same for a timer, and voice recorder...

    The hardware of the phone is really great tho, it is amazingly beautiful and feels great. The one letdown is that the screen is only 3,7 inches.

    And then there is the battery, which managed to drain about 50-70% down to a complete nothing in a matter of FOUR hours just last night while I was sleeping.

    I just wish Nokia would've adopted Android instead of WP7, cause then this phone would have a clear 10.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by mkopelke (Currently owns)

    The Nokia Lumia 800 is arguably one of the most attractive Windows Phone devices ever released, with a gorgeous monobody plastic housing that is a delight to hold. The curved sides ensure the phone feels comfortable when held, and the entire design screams quality.

    The beautiful 3.7" AMOLED display is excellent both indoors and outdoors in direct sunlight. While Nokia's ClearBack technology does make the display very useable outdoors, it does mean there is a slight fuzziness to images that could be offputting for some. Depends on close you look at your screen, and how long you stare at it.

    The 8mp camera on the back does a pretty decent job in good lighting conditions, but due to the extremely small sensor on the back of the device it's hard to recommend this phone for the camera included. It's fairly run-of-the-mill phone camera stuff, so I guess we still have to wait for an iPhone 4S competitor.

    Oh, and battery life on this thing is excellent. You can easily get a full day of use out of it, but beware of running video or GPS for extended periods of time, as that will run the battery down quite quickly.

    While this is your standard Windows Phone Mango installation, the big selling point here is access to a growing collection of exclusive Nokia Collection apps, including a completely free turn-by-turn navigation app, a free music streaming service (which seems to have a very decent collection of tracks), and even a basic photo manipulation app. This collection of quality apps is improving over time, and is a definite selling point for the Lumia range. Neither HTC or Samsung offer this level of exclusive apps out of the box.

    Overall, the Nokia Lumia 800 does have its flaws, but really if you're looking for a gorgeous piece of hardware on which to use Windows Phone, with its rapidly expanding selection of apps and associated services, you cannot go far wrong with the Lumia 800. It'll certainly get those around you talking about Windows Phone!

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