The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. Being an Android user, I personally liked the user interface (UI) of the Windows Phone 7.5. The UI is unique, refreshing and looks extremely beautiful. Just hit the lock/power button and it will display the lockscreen, which has a customized wallpaper of you choice along with the current time, day and date. The lock screen also show calendar events, missed call, text message and email notifications.
To unlock the device, you will just need to slide up the lockscreen. As soon as the device is unlocked, you will be greeted with the simple yet elegant Metro user interface. The amazing Metro UI consists of user-arrangeable Live Tiles covering up the complete homescreen. You can not only remove or re-arrange the Live Tiles, but you can also pin your favorite apps on the homescreen to get live notifications.
The Nokia Lumia 800 comes with the “nokia blue” accent color. However, you can select other colors such as magenta, purple, teal, lime, mango, red, green, etc. The accent color will reflect in the live tiles on the homescreen. You also have the option to change the background from dark to light under the themes option in Settings.
This handset was pre-loaded with Nokia’s default apps such as the Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Nokia Mail as well as other India-related apps such as MSN India, The Times Of India, timesPoynt and much more. If you are shifting from your Samsung Galaxy S II or any other Android smartphone to the Nokia Lumia 800, then you can easily transfer your contacts via Contacts Transfer app. This app allows you to copy all your contacts from the old device to the new device within seconds using the Bluetooth connection.
Other Microsoft apps such as SkyDrive, Microsoft Office, Xbox Live (Games) are also pre-loaded on the Nokia Lumia 800. The SkyDrive app not only allows you to upload your favorite pics, videos and important documents, but it also offers 25 GB of free cloud storage without burning a hole in your pocket. The Microsoft Office suit allows you to create or edit a document, spreadsheet or powerpoint presentation on the go.
Contacts and Messaging
You can easily transfer your contacts from your old phone to the Lumia 800 using the in-built Contacts Transfer app. On the other hand, you can also sync your contacts from Google Contacts. All of your contacts are displayed under the People Hub. It not only shows your phone contacts, but it also shows your social network friends in your contact list. The contacts are arranged alphabetically. You can either choose to display your contacts from their First Name or Last Name in the Settings. If your contact list is getting cluttered, then you can even hide your social network friends from the settings. You can even pin your favorite contact on the homescreen, just by long pressing the contact and selecting the “pin to start” option.
The messaging app in the Windows Phone 7.5 is quite amazing. All your text messages, Facebook chats and Windows Live messages are grouped together in the Messaging hub. It creates a new thread for a new contact and groups all your texts under the single thread. The messages sent and received are displayed in the speech baloon. The messaging hub is divided into two separate tabs – threads and online. You can just slide the screen to see the “Online” tab. This tab shows your friends from social networking sites, who are currently online. On the top of the list, you will find the friends who talks frequently with you.