While mobile-fans look forward to the long-expected Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 planned to be launched later this spring, Nokia goes on with new updates, this time for the Lumia 800. It was earlier announced the Lumia 800, together with another Nokia model, the Lumia 710 will be refreshed with a very handy feature, WiFi Hotspot functionality....
Nokia phones are currently enjoying a huge resurgence in what has become the ultra competitive mobile phone market. The Nokia name has been synonymous with the modern mobile industry for years and the new range of Nokia phones seem to be technologically advanced and very reasonable.
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Recently, Nokia launched their first Windows-powered smartphones in the UK, The Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. Both phones pack a 1.4 GHz processor and support playback of HD video. The 800 is the more powerful of the two devices, and looks set to impress.
The Lumia 800 supports a large and extremely capable 3.7 inch AMOLED display. With a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels, it’s no surprise to hear a majority of users report that the picture quality is stunning. The colour-rich display is extremely glossy, which unfortuately means that fingerprints tend to stick on the screen. Overall, the display is one of the positive qualities of the phone.
The polycarbonate used to build the phone results in a strong and sturdy, yet smooth body – with an overall look and feel of a Nokia N8 or a good mid-range HTC smartphone, with no negative effect on its weight or its thickness.
The Lumia 800 runs the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system – a strong effort from Microsoft which has finally fully flourished with the update to 7.5. The smooth gliding from screen to screen is accentuated brilliantly by the way it stores information for contacts and web browser history. One new change from the previous version is the addition of the Nokia Maps app, now pre-installed on the device.
The one thing we’ve learned from a play with the Nokia Lumia 800 mobile phone is that the future could once again be looking good for the Finnish mobile manufacturers.
Sometimes we learn about an upcoming handset not from its leaked shots, but leaked accessories. This is the case with the latest range of cases leaked in a quite respectable source. Here we see three-colored cases coming in cyan, magenta and black, which are the colors for the Nokia Lumia 800. Anyway the cases are definitely not designed for this handset, as their form more resembles the Nokia N8.
This leads to another rumor — the cases are designed for the upcoming successor of the Nokia N8, which will come with an even better camera. We are not sure about how many megapixels the novelty will sport, but we are sure the camera lense will be huge as the hole for the camera is not something typical of current Nokia devices.
One of Nokia’s main competitors — Motorola has plans to reveal a new 13 megapixel camera device coded as Motorola Dinara. This means Nokia has to offer at least a similar camera device, otherwise the camera accent of the manufacturer will be doubted. And if Nokia offers such a device, then Motorola reps will in no way rest assured.
If it is quite difficult to compare two seemingly identical boxes, then the task becomes much easier by thinking what’s actually inside those boxes, for the content happens to be quite different when touched and tried on hand. The word is about Nokia’s twin brothers – the Nokia N9 and the Nokia Lumia 800. Both are born at nearly the same time (Nokia N9 in September 2011, Lumia 800 in November 2011), we can say even from the same genetic source, but the outcome went slightly different as to what they became. A little warning before proceeding: the word both in this review is going to be used twice or thrice more than usual due to already understandable reasons.
Both phones have the traditional already curved design, made from single piece polycarbonate. The looks are virtually the same, apart from the fact that the Lumia 800 has a Windows Phone logo below its monitor, and two other quick launch buttons on the left and right of it. As to dimensions there are no differences, as both have 116.5×61.2×12.1mm characteristics. But they actually weigh differently, the Nokia N9 is slightly lighter, it weighs 135g against the Lumia 800’s 142g.
Here is where we start to see more difference between these two, and these differences can actually make difference as which one is more preferable and why. The thing is that while both have the same 16 GB of internal storage, on the RAM side we surprisingly discover that the N9 is quicker than the Lumia with its 1GB of RAM against 512GB of the Lumia 800. That means that the N9 is potentially twice stronger than the Lumia 800. Moreover, according to SunSpider 0.9.1 benchmark, the N9 is said to be even faster than the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S II.The phonebook of both devices has unlimited entry place, and both have no card slots available.
If we were asked to describe in one sentence the difference between the designs of these two, then we could say that there is a big eyed brother (the Nokia Lumia 800) and its small eyed brother (the Nokia N9), and all this refers to screen sensor buttons. Both handsets have AMOLED capacitive touchscreens, 16M colors, Gorilla glass displays, Multi-touch input method and fingertips swipe of a sliding motion. The display size is almost the same, the N9 being a little longer, as to anti-glare thing, the N9 uses Anti-glare polarizer, whereas the Lumia 800 works with Nokia Clear Black display system.
The two smartphones are packed with an 8MP camera with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, an autofocus and a dual-LED flash. As to frontal camera, the N9 is equipped with a simple VGA front camera, but the Lumia 800 considered it unnecessary. Video recording again is of the same feature in both with 720p at 30fps.
Nokia N9 sample video
Nokia N9 sample photos
Nokia Lumia 800 sample video
Nokia Lumia 800 sample photos
Here Lumia 800 takes revenge over N9 for its RAM lag by having a slightly stronger of 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor plus Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset, 3D Graphics HW Acce, and N9 is equipped with 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset.
Here both have the same type of battery, which is a Standard 1450mAh Li-Ion battery (BV-5JW), but what it does in both devices is a different matter. Stand by duration in the N9 is up to 380 h (2G)/up to 450 h (3G) and in the Lumia 800 it is up to 265 h (2G)/up to 335 h (3G), so this makes the N9 look more attractive, but no need to hurry there. And that’s because in talk time the Lumia 800 can do up to 13 h (2G)/up to 9 h 30 min (3G) as compared to the N9’s up to 11 h (2G)/up to 7 h (3G).
As to the operating system, the N9 runs on MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan, while the Nokia Lumia 800 is built on Windows Phone 7.5 called Mango. MeeGo was released in May 2010 and is made on Linux by a mix of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin software platforms. As to Microsoft’s Mango, it was released this year at the end of September and does everything to make you forget you are using a smartphone, and think you are dealing with a laptop. Though it is easy to give preference to Mango over MeeGo, but I think it is too soon to do so, considering that Nokia would not release almost similar phones nearly at the same time. So what’s the issue here? One guess is that the Nokia N9 is indirectly directed to more sophisticated customers, who know what Linux is, and probably some programming skills. MeeGo indeed can be said to possess amazing multi-tasking possibilities, whereas Mango so more directed to general public, with ease of use and navigation. Finally, MeeGo is a dead platform, and the Nokia N9 is the only handset running it, while Windows Phone thrives.
The N9 did keep NFC feature, while the Lumia 800 dismissed it, but the latter has a built-Stereo FM radio with RDS, while it is absent surprisingly on the N9. But N9 can boast of its currently much spoken TV-out feature, whereas it’ not there on the Lumia. The N9 is also equipped with a Dolby Mobile sound enhancement, Dolby Headphone support.
Even though there is a widely accepted notion that the newer the phone is, the better, I personally think that the Lumia 800 needs time on its side to prove its superiority over the N9. The thing is that the N9’s multi-tasking and RAM advantage can be more comparable to Nokia’s main tow competitors, while the Lumia 800 is more of easy to handle, big-button, windows looking smartphone. But this is a purely subjective view, for the standards of assessment can drastically change within a small time when the Lumia 800 can really be loved and make the N9 look obsolete.
Nokia’s first smartphone running Microsoft’s newly launched Windows Phone Mango is already available in several European countries like the UK and Germany. So it’s France’s turn and we have some gladsome news for French consumers. Virgin Mobile France has announced via its Twitter account that the Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in the country not earlier than January. Of course, that’s a bit disappointing, because I guess many users have been dreaming of having the phone by Christmas time.
I understand what made you upset, as I myself am deeply in love with the Nokia Lumia 800 because of its features.
The Nokia Lumia 800 specs list
3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
16GB storage, 512MB of RAM
8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and dual-LED flash
1.4 GHz Scorpion processor
Standard 1450mAh battery providing up to 9.5 hours of talk time.
Unfortunately, we don’t know at what price tag the phone will come, but European mobile operators always make affordable offers, so we hope this time again we’ll see the same. Moreover, we are positively surprised at what Nokia, Microsoft and operators are doing currently, that’s why the Nokia Lumia 800 shows record numbers of pre-orders.
Yesterday we talked about a video published in Nokia’s Developers official YouTube Channel, which included an unannounced WP device. Today the video is no longer accessible. It’s marked as private, while the promo video has been edited and now it doesn’t contain the novelty. The device, which was rumored to be the Nokia Ace, is now replaced with a stable render of the Nokia Lumia 800, which doesn’t arouse any interest.
This action leads to various questions. There are basically two possible explanations. According to the first one, Nokia used a graphically made non-realistic device, so that the users of current and upcoming WP Mango devices don’t feel ignored. Well, this sounds pretty versatile. If this was the aim, Nokia could just have the text applicable to all WP Mango handsets. In this case the video edit can be explained by the fact the manufacturer decided to avoid rumors whether the device is an actual one or not. Not a smart solution, right?
The second explanation is reasoned by the fact it’s really a novelty, but the manufacturer has decided to keep silent until the official announcement. In this regard, I guess this video was just a way to cause more interest towards the novelty. If this is the case, then Nokia should launch the device sometime soon, until the interest is really at its top.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is already available in the UK via Vodafone UK, which comes with many interesting data plans. Buyers can get its black version for free or if it doesn’t go with their taste, they can pre-order the cyan model expected to be available in December.
Before you get acquainted with the data plans the mobile operator’s offering, I want to note Nokia and Vodafone UK have made a great deal, and I am sure it won’t be ignored by consumers. So the Nokia Lumia 800 packed with a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED curved touchscreen, 16GB of internal memory, an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and a dual-LED flash can be yours for free, but only if you ink a two-year contract with the operator and choose one of the data plans starting at £36. It’s not that bad as it delivers 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB of data and 1GB of BT Openzone WiFi access.
Moreover, the first 10,000 customers will receive additional £60 vouchers allowing them to purchase music from Zune or coffee from Starbucks.
There are other mind-blowing offers, and it’ll be difficult to be indifferent while passing by the shop windows. For more details, check the operator’s site.
At the moment we are familiar with only two Windows Phone handsets coming from Nokia, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia 710. But these are definitely not the only handsets planned to be released in its lineup.
In one of its promo Videos Nokia introduced a handset, which looks a lot similar to the Nokia 700 (introduced back in August, running Symbian Belle). The video demonstrates the capabilities of the new hardware created by Nokia’s Developers.
This can be just a concept phone, thus we cannot be sure about its actual release. It’ll probably look like the Nokia 700 but come with Mango OS, just like in case of the Nokia Lumia 800, which is basically the WP version of the popular Nokia N9.
Earlier we had rumors concerning a new device called the Nokia Ace or the Nokia 900, so this might be that exact handset. The specs of the smartphone are not announced. Still if we do compare it with the Nokia Lumia 800, we can assume that the display of the handset will be larger than 3.7 inches; close to 4 inches. Waiting for a feedback from Nokia reps.
Together with the release of the first Nokia devices running Windows Phone, the manufacturer also revealed the Nokia MixRadio app. It allows to stream free tunes from Nokia-specific music store. The application is developed by Nokia in conjunction with The Echo Nest.
We can finally learn more details on how the application works and what it has to offer. Firstly, it allows free music download on all of the Windows Phone 7.5 OS, including the Nokia Lumia 800. Users can also purchase tunes. The app allows to have around 15 hours of music playback while in the offline mode. Also there’s a chance of using the concert download option as soon as it is available on Nokia Music. The music is being classified within a specific genre, which makes it easy to access your favorite music.
At the moment Nokia Music allows to choose from a 15 million song checklist, while MixRadio allows to give you some recommendations based on your previous choices. The good news is that MixRadio also has the recommendation options for other music stores coming with operating systems other than Windows Phone.