Design and Feel
Like I said above, the design of this handset is absolutely stunning. This handset looks similar to the previously launched Nokia N9 smartphone, which runs on the Meego Operating System. The Nokia N9 comes with a 3.9 inch display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution and a 1 Ghz processor, while the Nokia Lumia 800 features a small 3.7 inch display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution and a powerful 1.4 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon/Scorpion processor.
The Nokia Lumia 800 fits perfectly in our hand, thanks to the smooth curves. Unlike other smartphones, you can easily run this device using one hand. The problem with most of the smartphone these days are that, they comes with a large display and bulky design, which in turn, does not fit perfectly in our pockets. On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 800 might not be slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S II or the iPhone 4S, but the device slides perfectly into the pocket. The curved polycarbonate shell gives this device a very premium feel.
On the front of this device, you will find a 3.7 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The screen is covered by the tough and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Below the display, you will find 3 touch-sensitive buttons – Back, Start and Search. These buttons lit up while you are using the handset. However, these buttons are visible even when the phone is not in use.
The Back button take you back one screen from where you are. To open the App switcher, you’ll just need to press and hold the Back button. The App switcher shows you all the apps you have currently open on your phone. The Start button takes you back to the Start, no matter where you are or what you’re doing on your phone. When you press and hold the Start button, it will automatically activate the Speech option. Last but not the least is the dedicated Search button. When you press the search button, it will go straight to Bing, where you can Visual Search, Audio Search or type whatever you’re interested in.
On the front of this device, you’ll also find a earpiece compartment, which is placed right above the display. If you look closely, you’ll also spot the proximity and ambient light sensors. Like I said above, Nokia Lumia 900 packs a 1 megapixel front-facing camera. However, the Nokia Lumia 800 does not comes with a front-facing camera. Which means that, you cannot use this amazing device for video chats.
There are no buttons on the left side, while there are three buttons on the right side – volume rocker, lock/power key and a dedicated camera button. The flat volume rocker button allows you to increase or decrease the volume. However, sometimes you might get confused, since the device comes with a single button instead of two different buttons for increasing and decreasing the volume. The dedicated camera key not only helps you to click amazing pictures on the go but it also allows you to take pics even when the phone is locked. You’ll just need to long press the camera button and it will directly takes you to the camera app.
The universal 3.5 mm headset jack, microUSB port and microSIM card slot are placed on the top of the device. If you are not satisfied with the audio quality of the bundled earphones, then you can connect your favorite pair of headphones, thanks to the universal 3.5 mm headset jack. The microUSB port is placed next to the headset jack and it is covered by a plastic lid. You can easily press the end of the cover to open the lid. However, you cannot use the L-shaped USB cable, since the plastic lid will block it.
At the end, you will find a micro-SIM card slot. Personally, I didn’t liked the micro-SIM card feature in this smartphone, since you cannot easily find a micro-SIM card in emerging countries like India. Moreover, I found it little difficult to place the microSIM card smoothly in the given slot. The loudspeaker grill is placed at the bottom of the device. I was not able to find microphone pinhole below the display and even at the bottom, but I guess the microphone is placed inside the same grill.
On the back of the device, you will find an 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash. It allows you to record and play videos in HD (720p). The worst part of the device is the non-removable 1450mAh capacity. You cannot replace the battery with your additional battery, if you run out of juice while travelling or when a charging point is not available in the vicinity. The Nokia Lumia 800 is available in 4 vibrant colors – Black, Cyan, Magenta and White.