Nokia Lumia 800

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Nokia Lumia 800

The tie-up between Nokia and Microsoft, announced last year, has resulted in the Nokia Lumia 800, one of the first smartphones to use the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system.

Windows Phone is a strong competitor to the likes of Android and iOS and works well on the Lumia 800, with a few tweaks from Nokia, such as the basic sat-nav system, for example.

The lightweight, curved polycarbonate chassis is strong and functional and, when coupled with the Gorilla Glass screen provides an impression of sleekness and quality that feels good in the hand. The Clear Black OLED screen stretches from edge to edge of the phone and it is easy to read, even in bright daylight.

Technically, the Lumia 800 is a direct competitor with the HTC Titan, which also uses the Windows Phone operating system. But while the Titan has a huge 4.7-inch screen, the Lumia 800 has a 3.7-inch screen. Both the Titan and the Lumia 800 have the same 800 x 480 pixel resolution, limited by the operating system, but the smaller screen of the Lumia 800 provides a little more clarity.

The Lumia 800 has a 1.4GHz MSM8255 CPU which works well with the Windows Phone and produces a snappy performance. It also has 16 Gigabytes of internal storage. The Windows user interface is simple and intuitive, using LiveTiles, which, instead of the iPhone and Android systems start screen, shows a 2 x 4 grid of tiles, and read applications, that extend downwards to accommodate as many applications as you may have.
The Microsoft influence is seen too in the apps list, which looks remarkably similar to a Windows PC start menu. Apps are listed alphabetically, which makes it easy to find your favourite. Browsing is handled through Internet Explorer 9, although one disappointment is that Adobe Flash Player is not supported.

In line with other smartphones, the Lumia 800 includes a camera which is situated on the rear. It has an 8-megapixel-f/2.2 lens and dual LED flash, producing capabilities of 720p video recording in HD. A plus with the Windows Phone OS is the inclusion of a dedicated camera button. Whatever you¿re doing on the phone, pressing the button will enable the camera within seconds.
In summary, the Lumia 800 is a good first-up offering from the Microsoft-Nokia joint venture. The overall size, shape and weight delivers a feeling of comfort in the hand and the user interface is responsive and intuitive. Things that could be better include the battery performance, video recording would benefit from a zoom facility during recording and the speaker performance is tinny. But apart from these, it¿s probably the best Windows Smartphone available now.

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