Nokia Lumia 800 is the first product of the Finnish company's landmark alliance with software giant Microsoft Corporation. As such, it is the first ever Nokia phone to run the Windows Phone operating system.
Last week, Nokia Corporation headquarters in Finland sent TechPinas a review unit of Nokia Lumia 800 to play with. I wanna share with you our quick unboxing video of this much-anticipated handset as well as our initial impressions of the device.
Nokia Lumia 800, being the first Nokia handset to run Windows Phone OS, is a crucial release as it will show everyone just how well the company can create a high-end phone with a new platform while keeping the features and elements that Nokia fans have come to love on their handsets throughout the years. Likewise, Nokia Lumia 800 as the company's answer to questions by the tech community on how Nokia can differentiate itself from other WP handset manufacturers like HTC, LG and Samsung and how it can compete in a high-end smartphone category that's currently dominated by iPhone and flagship Android releases.
Watch Nokia Lumia 800 undergo our traditional One-Handed TP Unboxing --
What's in the box?! Again, we have the unit itself, the silicon sleeve, charger, microUSB to USB connector cable, and earphones.
Now, on to our initial impressions:
1. Nokia Lumia 800 looks almost exactly like the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9. Almost. Both have the same polycarbonate monoblock shell and curved Gorilla Glass touchscreen but there are a couple of design differences, which we'll show in a separate comparison post.
One design element I love on our unit is the glossy finish that wraps around the whole body - even on top of the metal accent at the back. My lovely Nokia N9 doesn't really have that. This finish I think makes the Nokia Lumia 800's shell more dirt-and-grime resistant -- perhaps even less prone to scratches.
2. The phone runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS and Internet Explorer Mobile very smoothly. Even multitasking feels seamless. I've been playing with the phone for a few days now and I haven't really experienced crashes or any noticeable lags. I guess the single core 1.4 GHz processor and 512MB of RAM are good enough to run the system.
3. Putting the OS aside, one area where Nokia Lumia 800 totally excels in is in taking photos. Not all 8 MegaPixel cameras are alike and I guess the Carl Zeiss optics really made this phone extra-special. The quality of shots (and even videos) I got from Nokia Lumia 800 approximate that of Nokia N8.
What I noticed though is that it's still best to tap on the screen to take photos. I totally appreciate the fact that Nokia bothered to put a hardware camera button on Nokia Lumia 800 but oddly enough, I get better photos - especially portraits - when using the touchscreen. For some reason, people's skintone appear yellow or greenish when I use the camera button and they look alright when I use the screen. I hope Nokia can look into this. Will post sample shots soon.
So where can we get it? Nokia Lumia 800 is now available in the Philippines exclusively via Globe Plans. We have the official price schedule here; Check it out --
That's it for now. Stay tuned for our full review. In the meantime, you might want to be more familiar with complete technical specifications of Nokia Lumia 800 --
|Name||Nokia Lumia 800|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.08 cc|
|Available Colors||Cyan, Magenta and Black (Rare: White)|
|Operating System||Windows Phones 7.5 Mango|
|Display||3.7-inch, WVGA 800 x 480 pixels, AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, Nokia Clear Black Display, 16M colors, 2.5D curved glass seamlessly integrated to unibody|
|Processor||1.4 GHz Single Core Scorpion, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, autofocus, dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss lens|
|Video Capture||High-Definition 720p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, m42, m4b, wma, EVRC, QCELP|
|Ports||microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1, 3G HDSPA 14.4 Mbps HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Memory||16GB non-expandable internal storage|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Uptime||• Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 13 h/9.5h |
• Standby time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 265h/up to 335 h
• Music playback: up to 55 hours
|Value-Added Features||Carl Zeiss lens, Curved Glass Display, Unibody Design, Hardware Camera Button, Nokia Drive, IE9, XBOX Live, Outlook Mobile, Nokia Music, Mix Radio, SNS Integration|
|Announcement||October 26, 2011|
|Availability||Philippines: April 2012|
|Price||Amortized via Globe Plans|