Nokia Lumia 800 Review
By on June 4th, 2012

nokia lumia 800 intro

Introduction

The Nokia Lumia 800 is the company’s first Windows Phone powered smartphone. This handset was announced along with the Nokia Lumia 710 at the Nokia World 2011 in London. It runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. This handset looks strikingly similar to the previously launched Nokia N9 smartphone, which was powered by the Meego Operating System.

The design of the phone is absolutely stunning. It comes with a 3.7 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz single-core processor, 16 GB internal memory and much more. It also comes with a 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash. However, the much needed front-facing camera is missing from the device.

nokia lumia 800 intro

Nokia Lumia 800 Specifications

  • 3.7 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1.4 GHz single-core processor
  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • Dual-LED flash
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • 512 MB RAM
  • A-GPS
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • MicroSIM card support
  • Up to 265 hrs of stand-by time
  • Up to 9 hrs 30 mins of talk-time
  • 1450 mAh battery

What’s In The Box?

nokia lumia 800 box content

  • Nokia Lumia 800
  • Nokia Fast USB Charger AC-16
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-185CD
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-902
  • Quick Guide
  • User Guide
  • Product information leaflet

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.

design feel

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.

Hardware

nokia lumia 800 hardware display

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.

nokia lumia 800 volume rocker

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.

phone top

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.

nokia lumia 800 hardware back camera

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.

Interface

homescreen

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.

preloaded app

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.

nokia lumia 800 themes

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.

preloaded app

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.

preloaded app

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.

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.

nokia lumia 800 music

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.

nokia lumia 800 music

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.

Connectivity

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.

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 800 sports an amazing 8 megapixel sensor and f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens with autofocus and dual-LED flash. The maximum resolution for an image is 3264 x 2448 pixels. It allows you to take 8 megapixel and 3 megapixel photos with 4:3 aspect ratio, while you can also take 7 megapixel and 2 megapixel photos with 16:9 aspect ratio. This handset allows you record and play amazing videos in HD (720p). Sadly, the much-needed front-facing camera is missing from the device.

nokia lumia 800 camera

The UI of camera app is simple and easy to use. On the left side you can spot the back button, while on the right side you can find the video mode, zoom in, zoom out and settings options. You can easily switch between the picture and video mode. The settings option allows you to change the scenes, white balance, exposure value, ISO, effects, contrast, saturation, flicker reduction and much more. If you want to share a small video with your friends on the social networking sites, then you can change the resolution of video recording from HD to VGA in the settings.

You can half-press the camera button to auto-focus, while you can also click on the screen to do the same. You can open the camera app even when the phone is locked just by long-pressing the dedicated camera button. Most of the photos taken during the day are absolutely stunning, while the ones taken during the night were above our expectation. The dual-LED flash does its job very well. Even the videos taken from this device were pretty decent.

Camera Samples:

nokia lumia 800 camera sample

nokia lumia 800 camera sample

nokia lumia 800 camera sample

nokia lumia 800 camera sample

Battery Life

The Nokia Lumia 800 comes with a 1450 mAh battery. According to the specs sheet, this handset offers up to 265 hrs of stand-by time, up to 13 hrs of talk-time and up to 55 hrs of music playback time. When the phone was launched, the device had some issues with the battery which does not allowed the device to stay alive even for a day. However, Nokia rolled out a couple of software updates, which nearly doubled the battery life.

Our review unit lasted for less than a day with heavy usage before showing the critical battery warning, while the battery lasted for a day and a half with normal usage. While testing this handset, we were able to use the device for less than a day with a few calls, YouTube videos, SNS services, mails and couple of games.

Conclusion

The Nokia Lumia 800 is an amazing smartphone with brilliant display, powerful hardware, beautiful user interface, great camera and above average battery life. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.24,999. It is the best Windows Phone 7.5 powered smartphone currently available in the Indian market. The Nokia Lumia 800 comes with a head-turning design and powerful specs. The amazing curved polycarbonate shell gives this device a very premium feel.

games lumia 800

This handset is absolutely fast, even though it does not sport a dual-core processor. The 1450 mAh battery allows us to use the device for a single day, but the company should have packed a large battery similar to the HTC Titan II, so that the phone can be used for few extra hours without charging on a normal use. The 8 megapixel camera is quite impressive. However, this handset does not packs a front-facing camera for video calls.

On the whole, we were quite impressed with the design and built quality of this device. Windows Phone 7.5 is definitely a great Operating System, while the Metro UI is refreshing and looks extremely beautiful. Nokia might soon launch the Nokia Lumia 900 in India, which comes with a large display and better specs. If you don’t want to wait for the Lumia 900, then you can go ahead with the Nokia Lumia 800. We personally liked this smartphone and we will rate the Nokia Lumia 800 at 7/10.

angry birds lumia 800

Positive Features

  • Marvelous design
  • Beautiful UI
  • Amazing camera
  • Good battery life
  • Great call quality
  • Curved polycarbonate shell

Negative Features

  • Micro-SIM card slot
  • No Flash support
  • No Silverlight support in browser
  • No USB mass storage
  • No memory card slot
  • No front-facing camera
  • Display not clearly visible under sun-light

Techie Buzz Rating: 7/10 (Excellent)

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Author: Omkar Dutta Google Profile for Omkar Dutta
Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr

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