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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  • 7.0
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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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by wilkov (Currently owns)

    The good: The Lumia has a superb screen it really is super smooth and bright. The OS is a a big positive for me all the major apps are there and I like the live tiles, the people hub is a brilliant addition and improves the facebook experience no end. The Phone is beautiful to look at and hold. The camera is good if not spectacular.
    The bad: The battery life is poor but Nokia say there is a fix coming coming so hopefully that will be arriving ASAP. 32gb would have been nice for a high end phone. Podcast support is poor for non-US owners which still grates (OS problem though)
    I have upgraded from an iphone 3GS and couldnt be happier. Glad to be rid of the grid icons and Nokia have done a superb job on build quality.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by travisonfire (Currently owns)

    This phone is so much smoother than the iphone 4. This phone looks sleek and feels great in my hand. It is one of the simplest phone I have used so far, the typing is great and can be compared to the iPhone 4. The camera to my surprise was quite good if you compare it to other 8Mp camera phones , the pictures looks better. Yes, there are quite a lot of apps in the marketplace so you don't need to worry about it. The interface is really good and there wasn't much lag. The screen is very clear & bright, screen colour more vivid than iphone 4. Just amazing overall!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by kwiiiq (Currently owns)

    The Lumia 800 is the best Windows Phone out there right now. While some might criticise the lack of a front facing camera, gyroscope and smaller screen when compared to the HTC Titan - the Lumia's overall package, look and feel is distinct and different when compared to anything else out there.

    Having used iOS and Android devices before (in fact, I still use an iPad on a regular basis) I enjoy using Windows Phone 7.5 more than either of those platforms - it's more focused and integrated than either platform and is very fast. Livetiles are a killer feature too, and more and more apps are finding creative uses for them too. Yes, both iOS and Android have more apps available to the end user - the focus and integration of Windows Phone means that I'm not missing much. Spotify and WhatsApp are fantastic on this platform, and the Facebook and Twitter integration is brilliant.

    Yes, Windows Phone isn't for everyone - if you're already fully comitted to an ecosystem, like iOS or Android it can be hard to make the jump as it truly is quite a different experience, but as an end user it is one I enjoy a lot more. If like me, you have an iPad - you won't miss any of the apps you get on that platform either, and you'll get the best of both worlds.

    Back to the phone, the Lumia is the best crafted device - the design is not only striking, but also very practical, with the gorilla glass screen and polycarbonate body that keeps it looking new without the need for a bulky case. I haven't had any complaints with battery life - which already seems to have improved after the last update.

    Both the Lumia and Titan are great phones, and if you're on the fence about either device I recommend you try both in person - they meet the needs of two different users and I'm sure one will win you over.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Impartial@disquss (Currently owns)

    Finally, a Microsoft and Nokia combo that one easily falls in love with. My girlfriend is seriously jealous, no kidding!

    If you have an xbox this is the phone to get, and it works sweet syncing with your gmail and hotmail too.

    Only shame is the screen is the same size of an iphone, which is a bit small for me, but even then it is really nice the way you whole phone feels like a screem with the clear back tech, it is awesome!

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Luffy07 (Currently owns)

    Best device I've ever used. Magnificent build quality, gorgeous screen. I'm kind of dissopointed by the camera but it's still good. It's WP so performance is amazing. The battery is good, I can last 3 days with minimum use and a day and a half with regular use. They say WP lacks apps but I've never been a huge fan of apps and the most importants are already build into the OS. I love to be able to control the xbox from my lumia, that's really great.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Jurre (Currently owns)

    me and my girlfriend both recently gotten a lumia, and we both have grown to love this phone very fast.

    the phone itself is beautifull, we have the blue and the pink ones, and they both are eyecatchers, the curved glass works well as a design statement too and the colors on the screen really pop. the little piece of metal around the camera picks up scratches easily, wich sucks, you do get a rubbery case to protect your phone though.

    both me and my girlfriend we're actually looking at different phones, i was planning on going for the galaxy nexus and she was going for the iphone, the store suggested otherwise and let us borrow the lumia and a android phone (nexus) for 1 week to try it out and let us decide if we like a windows phone, ios phone (we allready both own a iphone) or an android phone.

    it turned out we both really like windows phone mango, it's a simple and stylish system. nokia drive wich comes with the lumia is great too. i personally don't care about the lack of apps, 40.00 is still more then enough and most of the good ones are allready there. the integration of office is great, much better then on android or ios. and the "people" tile system works well.

    the camera is ok, not great, like on most phones.

    our phones have the update, so we don't have big battery life problems, battery is like the camera, good, but not great.

    I didn't think i would prefer the lumia over an iphone, or the new nexus, but i do. give this new nokia and especially windows phone mange a try, you probably won't be disappointed might well be pleasantly surprised!

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Renverse (Previously owned)

    The Lumia 800 is a gorgeous phone. From the moment you pick it up, it feels like a solid, high quality, seriously well-crafted device.

    Almost everything about the design of this phone is perfect, but not everything. The buttons, for example, are so flush with the phone that it poses a problem. Particularly the volume controls are problematic. By touch, you can't distinguish which is which.

    I also take issue with the trend of placing the sleep button on the side, it should really belong in the top to prevent accidental pressings. That said, there are other decisions which I don't get-- Why is the USB port on top? That won't be useful for docking. Move that to the bottom, put it in the middle and the speaks aside it.

    The display on the Lumia 800 is gorgeous. I love the way it curves, and it's Clearblack AMOLED. What that means is that blacks are, really, really black. Try turning on your phone in total darkness, and it'll look like the tiles are floating in your hand.

    The camera failed to impress me. Sure, it takes solid shots, but for the hype they created for it, and especially when compared, inevitably, to the 4S, it falls short. It's a really hit-or-miss camera. It can create beautiful shots, but it probably won't 60% of the time.

    I haven't had much problems with calling and reception, and was actually pretty good. The speakers are loud and clear, and what more do you want, really?

    Performance is typical of a Windows Phone device-- it's good. You won't notice that 1.4GHz processor in daily use, but as soon as you start playing games, and especially if you had a first gen WP device like me, you'll notice that it renders every much smoother and better. App also open a bit faster, but otherwise the performance is pretty indistinguishable. And that's a good thing.

    Windows Phone Mango is very good, and has a lot of things going for it. The tiles, groups, the animations, they all make for a really fun experience on the device. There are still some annoyances for me, but I think Windows Phone is now equal to iOS and Android, or even superior in some ways.

    Battery life is not impressive. It gets through the day, but with heavy use it might run out before you get home. Nokia says they have battery improvements on the way, so that's something we'll see.

    The WP7 ecosystem, contrary to popular belief, is great. There are some really quality apps out there. It might not have half a million apps but it's growing, and growing fast.

    All around, I think this is a great phone that will please everyone. I would recommend this over an android phone anyday, but the iPhone still poses some fierce competition to it.

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