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Nokia Lumia 900 Uses RGB Matrix Instead of PenTile

by GULLIVER - on Jan 12th 2012 - No Comments

The first Windows Phone-flavored Nokia Lumia 800 uses PenTile matrix for its high resolution display. And though the display of this smartphone is rather large, customers are against the usage of that specific subpixel option for the display. I believe these complaints affected the manufacturer’s decision, since the Nokia Lumia 900 uses the original RGB matrix (it is used for most high-end Nokia handsets) instead of the PenTile matrix.

What is the basic difference between PenTile and RGB matrixes? Some users state they do not see any real difference. But those having a sharp eye claim RGB matrix is way better. PenTile matrix uses too many green subpixels in comparison with blue and red, though the megapixel is rather small. In contrast, RGB matrix uses white color in addition to red, green and blue, providing more color while using less power. In other words, RGB is better adjusted to the structure of human vision.

Those, who are used to PenTile technology, won’t note any significant change. But if your vision is sensitive, then you’ll definitely love RGB on the Lumia 900.


Telus and Rogers to Launch Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Soon

by GULLIVER - on Jan 11th 2012 - No Comments

Other than announcing the Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T in the US, Nokia reps announced the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 will be available in Canada as well. The company’s policy in Canada is rather evoking. The manufacturer decided to launch the handset via different carriers. So the Lumia 710 will land on Rogers, while the Nokia Lumia 800 will be released by Telus Canada.

The Lumia 710 will be included in the Rogers affordable lineup with a price tag of $49.99 with a three-year agreement. This is rather cheap, so no surprise the lineup is described as “Smartphone Lite lineup of affordable devices.”

Telus doesn’t provide us with any info concerning the Lumia 800 price or availability dates, it’s just enrolled in the list of “Coming Soon” devices. The handset will apparently cost more than the Lumia 710. The smartphone will be sold in all available colors: black, magenta and cyan. Hopefully we won’t face the situation we had in Europe (Europe got the magenta version a month after the release of the black version).

And finally, will the Nokia Lumia 900 ever get launched in Canada? I believe it will, but no sooner than the second quarter of this year.


Unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 Comes to US in February

by GULLIVER - on Jan 11th 2012 - No Comments

The Lumia 710 coming with a rather impressive design was today launched in the US via T-Mobile. The second Nokia smartphone to be launched in the States will be the Lumia 900, but it doesn’t mean we must lose every hope of seeing the first Nokia Windows Phone, the Lumia 800 in the US.

Nokia has plans to release the unlocked version of the device in conjunction with local mobile retailers and Microsoft stores. We expect it sometime next month. The Nokia Lumia 800 uses 3G connectivity allowing it to work with both AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

The Lumia 800 will be available as a separate device and also as a part of  the package including Nokia Play 360 speakers and Nokia Purity handset. The device will be available in all its charming colors (cyan, magenta and black).


Nokia Lumia 800 Resistance Test

by GULLIVER - on Jan 11th 2012 - No Comments

I don’t know what will happen to you if you drop your girlfriend’s phone, but mine will kill me. So don’t do that even if she asks you. But this doesn’t refer to all cases, because if a TGIS correspondent asks you to do that,  do it for your pleasure — it is permissible!

When talking about a rugged handset, nothing comes to mind but the Motorola Defy. Believe me there are other smartphones with a similar rate of resistance. One such handset is the Nokia Lumia 800, which is very tough when it comes to scratching and dropping.

The video below shows nothing will happen to your Lumia 800 if you drop it on the ground or scratch with keys. Of course, we should admit that scratch resistance is not the only advantage of this phone, as the Lumia 800 is packed with a number of awesome features. But that’s another topic we have already discussed a hundred times, so now just take your time and watch.


Magenta Nokia Lumia 800 Available for Pre-Order in UK

by GULLIVER - on Jan 10th 2012 - No Comments

UK customers can finally get the magenta version of the Nokia Lumia 800 starting February. The retailer coming up with this offer is Carphone Warehouse. Carphone Warehouse will be the second to take pre-orders for the pink version of the device in Europe — the first one was Orange FR.


The device has long been available in Europe in its black option, while the cyan version was launched (by Three UK ) only at the end of the year. The successful sales results in the UK (stated by several local mobile operators) should prompt you to pre-order the device as soon as possible as otherwise you can lose your chance of getting one. So hurry up.

The pink version of the handset is available for pre-order also from various minor retailer stores. The list includes FlagShipFones and KingofGadgets, which require 467.99 GBP (around $724) and 459.99 GBP (around $712) respectively. The cheapest deal is offered by Expansys — 449.99 GBP (around $697).

The Nokia Lumia 800 is equipped with a 3.7 inch display, a 1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU, Windows Phone 7.5 OS, 16 GB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash.


Nokia Lumia 900 to be Launched at CES 2012

by GULLIVER - on Jan 9th 2012 - No Comments

The expectation of getting the first Windows Phone in the US during Consumer Electronics Show is finally justified. According to a rather reliable source (New York Times!), the Nokia Lumia 900 will be launched during the CES 2012 event. This much anticipated event will take place on January 9 (today) in Las Vegas.

The design of the handset is still not leaked. The only description the source gives is “sleek” and “metallic.” Well, if the term “sleek” is pretty reasonable, the “metallic” leaves a space for various speculations. It might be connected with a glossy cover or a brand new interesting color option.

The name of the device as the Lumia 900 is also confirmed by the source. The carrier of the handset in the US will be AT&T. Still so far there’s no affirmation the device will support 4G LTE connectivity.

Earlier rumors suggest that the device sport a large 4.3 inch display and have a design similar to that of the Nokia Lumia 800. The only confirmed specification is the WP OS, though we are not sure whether it will be Mango or Tango series.

Nanapho Discovers Hidden Nokia Test App

by GULLIVER - on Dec 28th 2011 - No Comments

Well you can really be tired of reading how well the Nokia Lumia 800 is doing in Europe and who knows where else. To the most of Europeans, it is enough when the smartphone has such gorgeous looks, such gorgeous apps, such gorgeous marketing and so on, but to the average Japanese it is definitely not enough. The average Japanese looks much deeper into the device; he/she must find the intrigue of the device, the hidden scheme. A Geek needs to penetrate into the very essence of the device, to examine its interior, to feel its pulse, to understand how it works and operates thoroughly.

Therefore it is not surprising to find out that the Japanese website nanapho.jp has published an article stating it has discovered Nokia’s diagnostic supports tests for LTE and CDMA. The testing application interface contains options for LTE TX, TE Band Lock, MMS. LTE TX interface has fields for Server Name, Seconds to Send entries, Connect and Start Test buttons. The LTE Band Lock lets the user select the LTE band. It has Band 4 and Band 17 option, which suggest that this can be used by AT&T carrier.

Previously it was reported that nanapho has discovered the Nokia Lumia 800 has no gyroscope, whatever that means. Now it is more probable that Nokia plans to cooperate with AT&T first in its venture on the US territory.


Nokia Lumia 800 Available from Sweden’s Telia and in the Netherlands

by GULLIVER - on Dec 28th 2011 - No Comments

The Nokia Lumia 800 is now offered by another carrier. This time it’s the Swedish Telia. The handset is now offered in 3 color options — cyan, magenta and black.

The carrier asks 29.95 Euros for the device in case of a two-year agreement. In addition it gives a chance to get 12 months of free Spotify feature and free mobile traffic data.

Another great news comes from Nokia’s official Facebook page. It announces the device availability in the Netherlands. We were actually expecting the device to reach the Dutch stores later on.  Here the price of the smartphone is expected to be something around 300 Euros. The only difference between the Dutch version of the device and the international model is the lack of various features. Hopefully the handset will get a few other features to replace the missing ones. Still it’s great that at least GPS navigation will be available for the Lumia 800.

Soon the device might turn into the most popular Windows Phone device. Just imagine, it’s now available in Europe, in Asia, in Canada and in the US (though only via online retailers). So the growth of the popularity is almost guaranteed.


Nokia Drive Updated Again?

by GULLIVER - on Dec 27th 2011 - No Comments

The Lumia line smartphones have a few advantages compared with other Windows Phone-powered devices. I am not even talking about handsets running other platforms. One of such advantages is Nokia Drive, which is designed to replace the Ovi Maps. The latter is a navigation system working on Symbian handsets. To be clear Nokia Drive is something like Google Maps, but with a number of differences helping Lumia series handsets stand out. Now this feature seems to be updated to a new version.

We are a bit unsure though, especially when there isn’t a strong feedback from users claiming it’s a new update. As you know this app was recently updated, so how come and why do we have another update so rapidly? Anyway, we have one user who has updated his Lumia 800 to a version

Unfortunately, I don’t have a Lumia 800 handset, otherwise I’d check out the notifications. But if you are among the lucky ones, your comments on the case would be highly appreciated.


The Only Nokia N9 The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition in the World

by GULLIVER - on Dec 27th 2011 - No Comments

The Nokia Lumia 800 is the most wanted guest at any party, but let’s not forget it has won this title thanks to the Nokia N9, which shocked all geeks with its buttonless and outstanding design. The Lumia 800 is more powerful and this is why everything related to it causes admiration. One of them was the launching of the Nokia Lumia 800 The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition. As you know there are 40 similar devices in the world, but the Lumia 800’s similarity with the Nokia N9 helped a user become the only owner of the Dark Knight Rises – Special Edition Nokia N9.

Below is what James tweeted yesterday:

We had to create 40 Dark Knight branded Nokia Lumia 800s for an upcoming project* however, at the time, we didn’t have any Lumias to experiment with – so I volunteered my own N9.

Same body, same case, same result.

I’m now the owner of the only Batman-branded Nokia N9 in the world. Amazing

Well, that’s not a bad decision, and unless there is no another Nokia N9 The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition, this person will remain the only owner.