During the past years Nokia was self-destructive. Many people accused it of choosing a wrong direction, i.e. Nokia should not work on connecting the next million but on making high-end smartphones. Some used to think Nokia had wasted all its potential to create something worthy. And the thirds used to think Nokia must refuse its native operating system and adopt Android. The financial results were too bad and more importantly, no matter what handset the manufacturer was designing, they were all doomed to failure. In some sense, Nokia’s smartphones were captives in a prison the company had itself built. There was a need for a change.
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The change was Stephen Elop. As he moved from Microsoft, he got involved in Nokia’s convalescence. The first thing he had to think of was what to do with the attitude towards Symbian. After long negotiations Nokia decided to switch to Windows Phone, though again many people didn’t believe this merge would succeed.
We have already talked that US consumers start loving Nokia but that love was not something Nokia acquired easily. Every Nokia smartphone had to face a serious obstacle and fight for its name. However, the hardest task was assigned to the Nokia Lumia 800, the first Lumia line handset, which worthily carries the name of Spartacus among Nokia handsets.
This phone changed people’s opinion on Nokia as a smartphone maker. This phone showed that Nokia smartphones can perform better being packed with weaker features like a single-core 1.4GHz processor or a screen the resolution of which can’t exceed 480×800 pixels. This phone proved to all the faithless that Windows Phone is the future, and that with the help of special Nokia apps, particularly Nokia Music, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and Nokia Transport, it will one day become unreachable for other platforms.
All in all, there are a myriad of features we can talk about for hours, but I hope you’ve read our Nokia Lumia 800 review, which clearly points out the cons and pros of the Lumia 800. Plus, this phone will not cost you an arm and a leg, for example in Europe it is sold for free on contract. Other than that, many retailers offer attractive Lumia 800 deals. No need to go deep into the mobile operators’ deals as well as the countries in which the phone was launched because in almost every country the Lumia 800 was released its average price was $550. Unlike other high-end smartphones, which you will hardly find at less than $600, its price is most affordable.
All these options helped the Nokia Lumia 800 maintain its freedom. Every place where it set foot on opened its doors in front of the phone. As a result, the Lumia 800 became a bestseller in many European countries. This made the US change its mind, and the country required Nokia to bring this handset to the States. However, Nokia didn’t hurry to open its embrace and receive the US as a prodigal son. The manufacturer started playing up. That’s why the Nokia Lumia 800 is available nationwide only at Microsoft stores. The company requires $899.99 for an Entertainment Bundle, which includes the phone and three additional accessories — Nokia Purity HD stereo headphones by Monster, Nokia Play 360° wireless Bluetooth speaker and Nokia Luna Bluetooth headset.
The story doesn’t end here, because the Nokia Lumia 800 was the first smartphone to win its freedom, while the rest of Lumias still have a long way to go to earn that status. Seems the Nokia Lumia 710 was able to follow in the footsteps of its brother. Notably, launched in the US via T-Mobile the phone managed to be included in the top 3 best-selling smartphone chart.
As to the Nokia Lumia 900, it’s the first Windows Phone-powered LTE handset, thus all the routes to the US are obstacle-free for it. Moreover, Nokia and Microsoft have prepared a most magnificent 4-8 week campaign. It’s unprecedented, and note that even Apple has never come up with such a project.
Ultimately, the Nokia Lumia 610 is the first Windows Phone 7.5.1 Refresh/Tango smartphone, which allows the manufacturers to pack the phones with weaker hardware. For example, the Nokia Lumia 610 sports only 256MB of RAM. Moreover, its price is set to be $189, which is another weapon Nokia firmly holds in its hands.
The liberation struggle has started with the Lumia 800 but we don’t know when it will end. Hopefully, the Lumia 900 will prove to everyone that Nokia is not worse than any other manufacturer.