Nokia Lumia 800

Verge Review

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 such...

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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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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by frankie.r (Currently owns)

    Great comeback from Nokia. This Lumia has an awesome design; the polycarbonate body and the curved glass are really beautiful and make this device pleasant to handle.
    What about windows phone? Well, it has some flaws and it's still lacking some apps, but it is simply one of the best OS out of there. Try to believe.

    PROS
    + Great OS
    + Freshness of design
    + Smoothness of the UI
    + Nokia Apps
    + Display: great colors, deep black

    CONS
    - Poor battery life
    - Display: low pixel density (compared to iPhone 4/4S or Galaxy Nexus)
    - Ecosystem: some apps are missing

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by SigiSigi (Currently owns)

    Great daily driver. Facebook and MSN Messenger are integrated to messaging so your friends can contact you so easily and you can see everything in one place. When they still get Skype integrated its going to be supreme..

    MS Office is just best on any platform. hands down. Also native email client is maybe the best of them all.

    Battery Life could be better, although latest update improves this around 30%. Currently getting battery life for whole day.

    Screen is fine. Still lacks tethering.

    App selection is fine. Even it lags behind iOS and Android in number of apps there is enought for anyone. Plus "Try" option on marketplace is best, you can try almost any app before buying one.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by weka (Currently owns)

    The phone feels great in hand and has a very attractive and unique style. I love the tidy UI and the ability to breeze around the device without any hint of lag. It never feels slow.

    The ability to glance at live tiles and people hub has changed the way I use a smartphone. The music player is also really nice.

    I highly recommend a newsreader app called fuse, it had google reader integration and hot live tiles that really bring the homescreen to life.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by willfisher123 (Currently owns)

    With a much improved battery life since its release, and an ever growing ecosystem the main errors in this phone, the lumia 800, are becoming less and less of an issue. The design is brilliantly put together, the performance is astounding on it's single core, 'lower specs', which I can consistently out do Iphones with, speed wise. Overall I love this phone, and I will never go back after owning this windows phone.

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    • Battery life 8
    • Ecosystem 7
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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by jistark (Currently owns)

    It's the best Windows Phone experience so far, but software (OS+Apps) needs to grow and mature: lacks apps that i'd love to grow in (and make a better use of) the platform, and don't know why those apps haven't been ported from iOS or Android (do developers doesn't want to code for WP7?). Social Network integration (and also in standalone apps) performance it's quite laggy. Camera is forgettable for quality and autofocus issues. Oh, and it's one of the most beatiful phones I've ever had (it wins on the "wow" effect, it happens every time).

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by niekBM (Currently owns)

    Windows Phone 7.5 is smooth. Very, very slick and smooth. The hardware looks and feels amazing. Even though the specs look sub-par for modern smartphones, it runs better than any new release Andoid product. Coming from Android, this platform has taken away all my frustrations of the buggy and beta like experience. Battery life and camera could be better, Microsoft and Nokia have already indicated that these will improve in future updates.

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by ljpuk (Previously owned)

    There are two sides to the Lumia 800.

    The hardware:
    Looks great, amazing build quality and is one of the best looking phones that has come out for a while. It has the usual good Nokia optics (although I found the quality of the pictures a bit hit and miss) and uses a better flash than on most phones.

    The screen is clear and the text is easily legible, although I found the browser to be a bit pixelated when zoomed in.

    Its only single core but you wouldn't notice.

    The Software:
    I love the metro UI style and WP7 is a fresh approach to a mobile OS. The issue I had was the availability of apps that I use to get through my day. There isn't a massive amount of apps at the moment and although you have the basics such as a Facebook and Twitter client there isn't a lot of apps that I rely on such as productivity e.g. a good to do one.

    Give it a year or so and I think WP7 could be in with a chance.

    So hardware = amazing
    Software = great UI and got promise but needs more apps.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by cdpinker (Currently owns)

    First impressions - http://wp.me/pZtLs-aS

    Conclusion (or, “would I choose it over an iPhone?”)

    There is so much that the Nokia and Microsoft have got right with this phone and platform. Its novel user interface design and excellent social network integration are far superior than Apple’s dated iOS design. In order to have demonstrable success though, Microsoft and Nokia are going to have to mature the features and ecosystem and fill in the gaps. If they did that, and the iPhone stayed the same, I’d switch anyday. They haven’t though yet, and Apple will continue to evolve their design so we’ll just have to watch this space.

    The one thing I would say is that Apple’s product development methodology is inherently iterative. They slowly improve things bit by bit, thereby maintaining stability and keeping true to their core design values. However, this makes radical changes in the face of competition less likely. Microsoft already have the upper hand in terms of the fundamental interface design (in my opinion), and iterative changes are exactly what it now needs. I think they have an advantage here, and I really hope they use it.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by m.assal (Currently owns)

    1. The best display I've seen and used so far,
    2. Wonderful hardware design that matches the elegant software,
    3. The Windows Phone is very integrated and easy to use for anyone; The OS is very stable and responsive as well,
    4. Nokia Apps are not much but very helpful,
    5. Battery life is much better than other windows phones I used (with moderate usage of calls, browsing and working = 1.5-2 days on each charge)

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by mjenabi2 (Currently owns)

    Although I dont own this phone, i did use it for a good couple of weeks. I am very familiar with windows phone as i've owned a HTC Mozart since the launch day and can only say it works much better and faster on the Lumia 800 than it does on my Mozart. That is not to mention the extra memory capacity.

    if you are in market for a windows phone, it's very straight forward at this moment. if you dont like a large display, but you want the second gen Windows phone, this is practically your only option, in Europe at least.

    The phone seems to be very durable, very attractive, a head turner i must say. The display may not have the high and frankly mouthful figure of the iphone's, but it's nothing short of perfect, at least to my, and all who have used this device, eyes.

    I would not recommend this phone to any hardcore smartphone users however, unless you get a great deal on this. The reason being, this is at best a first gen phone with the bumped up cpu. If you want the best WP experiance, get your self a cheap second hand WP7 now, and wait for the good stuff.

    But this phone is perfect for new comers in the smartphone category. If you have been using a dumb phone or a feature phone, this is a perfect phone for you.

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