Nokia, the once giants of the mobile phone world, are fighting back after losing position in the market with its latest line of neat handsets. The Nokia Lumia 800 is the second in line to the 900, but is most-likely going to be the best-seller for the Nordic company. The sharp looks and the angular edges give a menacing look that defies the cutesy, rounded approach by most of the competition, possibly showing that the firm means business!
It’s a Windows Phone and boasts the latest 7.5 Mango operating system. It’s obviously had a lot of time and effort thrown at it as it’s super-quick and works in-tandem with the power of the unit. For instance, the floating tiles on the homepage, which can be personalised to your tastes, are so quick and keen to change that there is little lag time. It’s this usability that makes the Lumia 800 impressive, even if there are other phones with more RAM, memory and functions.
That’s not to say that the Nokia is lacking in the technology department, Bill Gates wouldn’t have it, and that’s why it features an 8 megapixel camera that produces stunning pictures atop of the 3.7” AMOLED touchscreen. The ClearBlack technology adds another layer of depth and clarity to the screen. Thanks to the Carl Zeiss optics the camera is up there with the best and even gives the Sony Xperia S a run for its money. Added to that there is a 720p HD video recorder and a curved screen which takes out any reflections and makes the unit easy to hold in one hand.
That’s a great start for the Nokia Lumia 800 and it’s hardly any different to the more expensive Lumia 900. As we’ve seen for many years Nokia loves to give its customers a fantastic audio experience and the MP3, radio and radio streaming service is hard to fault. The 3.5mm jack means you can add your favourite headphones rather than the natty ones you normally get with a smartphone and there are specific files that can be searched amongst for your favourite artists and tracks.
That all sounds great, but what are the downsides? Well, as you’ve already probably guessed it’s a Windows Phone and doesn’t have that edge of iOS or the super-functionality of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich. It works well, but we’re so spoilt by the market leaders that it would be good to have something extra special to draw you away from the big players. However, that being said it’s more than capable of providing an exceptional service and Windows isn’t exactly a bad system seeing that it’s been a household name for 25+ years!
If you want a smartphone that is a little different, a little eccentric and one that is packed full of technology then the Lumia 800 could well fit the bill. It’s affordable and it is something that shows you don’t follow the Samsung or Apple crowds. It’s one for the stylish fashionista rather than a techno-lover but there are plenty of sparks of tech about it.