Audio and Video
The Nokia Lumia 800 comes with the “music + videos” app. This app not only groups all your music and videos, but it also has the option to listen to radio or watch and listen your favorite podcasts. The music option has 5 tabs – artists, albums, songs, playlist and genres. All your music are grouped according to the name of the artist or album in these tabs. You can even create your own playlist, just by connecting the device to the Zune software on your PC.
The music player is quite simple and easy-to-use. Some important features such as the equalizer and music slider are missing from the device. This makes it difficult to FF and rewind through the songs. However, you can long press the back and next button to FF and rewind the song. The handset does not provide an easy option to create a playlist. If you want to create a playlist right from the device, then you will need to select an individual song or album, add it to the now playing list and then create a playlist. You can even pin your favorite track or album on the homescreen, just by long pressing the track or album and selecting the pin to start option.
The video section also have 5 tabs – all, tv, music, movies and personal. TV episodes will be grouped in the TV tab, while the music videos will come under the music tab. The movies and personal tab will group the movies and personal videos taken from the camera. If you want to check all your videos under a single list, then you can go to the all tab which shows all the videos saved in your device.
The video player is quite basic. You can forward or rewind the video just by long pressing the previous or next button. You can also drag the slider to FF your videos. This handset has the ability to record and play videos in HD (720p). I tried playing few HD movies and videos and it worked perfectly. You can also download the Youtube app from the marketplace and watch all the latest, favorite and bookmarked videos on the go.
The podcasts section allows you to store all of your downloaded audio and video podcasts. The radio section lets you start the FM Radio and listen to your favorite local radio channels. The bundled earphones were quite satisfactory. However, you can connect your favorite pair of wired headphones and enjoy the music and videos, thanks to the 3.5 mm headset jack.
This handset comes with various connectivity options such as GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0. Sadly, the Bluetooth is currently limited and it does not allow you to transfer files. Even the much needed Mass storage mode is missing from the device. You will need to connect the device to the Zune software on your PC via USB cable or Wi-Fi to transfer your music and videos from the smartphone to your computer and vice versa. Thankfully, this handset comes with the Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, which allows you to share your internet connection with your laptop, tablet and other Wi-Fi capable devices.