Nokia Lumia 800 review

Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia's comeback is off to a good start with the Lumia 800. The high-end specifications and unique services help to make it the best Windows Phone handset available and a worthy alternative to Apple and Samsung devices.
Beautiful design, Amoled screen, free Nokia music and navigation apps, reasonable battery life
No Adobe Flash support, no micro-SD card slot
Overall Rating:
4 Star Rating: Recommended
Price: Free from £26 per month on contract or £470 SIM-free
Manufacturer: Nokia
Processor: 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor
RAM: 512MB
Display: 3.7in ClearBlack display with 480x800 resolution
Internal storage: 16GB (no micro SD card support)
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera (no front-facing camera)
Operating system: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Dimensions: 117x61x12mm
Weight: 142g


Nokia has been struggling in the smartphone market for some time, and decided to ditch the Symbian and MeeGo platforms in high-end devices in favour of Windows Phone back in February.

The Lumia 800 is the fruit of eight months' labour and is a very good effort considering that it is Nokia's first Windows Phone handset. Features such as the 3.7in Amoled ClearBlack display, and Office, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music apps, make the handset a very attractive proposition for business users.

High-end device oozes quality

Nokia is renowned for crafting solid smartphones and the Lumia 800 is no exception. The handset is almost identical to the N9 MeeGo device, and features rounded edges and a slightly curved back giving it an ergonomic feel.
Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone chassis
The 12.1mm chassis is moulded from a single piece of polycarbonate that comes in black, cyan or pink. As the pigment is injected into the casing during production, the body of the phone is scratch proof. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the metal plate that surrounds the camera on the back.

Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone back
Two little flaps located on the top protect the micro-USB port and the micro-SIM card slot. Located along the right hand edge are the physical buttons to operate the camera, lock the handset and adjust the volume.

Nokia has followed Apple in two key aspects by sealing the device so the battery cannot be swapped out, and incorporating a micro-SIM. Neither of these have affected the sales of the iPhone and, with a big player like Nokia following suit, they could soon become the industry standard.

 Big and bright Amoled screen

The Lumia comes with a 3.7in Amoled display, packing a resolution of 480x800. This is the same resolution found on the larger 4.3in Galaxy S II. The iPhone 4S has a 3.5in screen, so the Apple handset sits between the two in terms of size but boasts the best display with its 960x640 resolution.

However, Nokia's ClearBlack technology produces deep blacks making primary colours pop out, particularly blue live tiles on the home screen. Blacks are so deep that at times you struggle to see where the screen ends and the bezel begins, which is impressive.

 Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone front

Text and images are very sharp and the Lumia has one of the best brightness levels on any device we've tested. Colours appear vibrant and text is readable even with the automatic brightness level set to medium. Like all Amoled screens, white backgrounds have a slight blue tint.

The screen is a good size for web browsing, and the inclusion of IE9 makes using the internet a swift experience, although there is no Adobe Flash support so viewing video content from the web is limited.

Smooth performance but still no expandable memory

A Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1.4GHz single-core processor, together with the Adreno 205 GPU, provides the grunt. The handset also features 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

The iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2 have dual-core processors, but in reality the Lumia's performance is very similar. Navigating the Windows Phone interface is fluid thanks to the 3D hardware acceleration, and features such as pinch-to-zoom and multi-tasking are just as fast on the Lumia as on competing Android and iOS devices.

Heavy-duty data users will be disappointed to learn that there is no micro-SD card slot, but this restriction is common to Windows Phone handsets and will even be omitted from the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android device.

The most disappointing hardware feature of the Lumia is the 8-megapixel camera, which doesn't quite live up to expectations. Picture quality doesn't stack up against the iPhone 4S, which also has an 8-megapixel camera and is generally regarded as the smartphone snapper to beat. Outdoor shots appear saturated on the Lumia compared to the 4S, which displays more natural colours and sharper images.

Additionally, there is no front-facing camera on the Lumia, which means that it's not possible to carry out videoconference calling.

Windows Phone Mango is good for business
V3 has taken an in-depth look at Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and the Lumia features refinements including the ability to multi-task, search for hidden Wi-Fi networks and display threaded messages.

Business users can make use of the built-in Mobile Office 2010 app to create and edit Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents. It is also possible to connect to Office 365 to synchronise work and personal accounts into a universal inbox.

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