Nokia Lumia 800. Good Windows Phone
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Nokia Lumia 800. Good Windows Phone

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a nice looking phone..essentially a rejigging of the N9 with a smaller 3.7″ screen to accommodate the Windows Phone resolution limitation of 800 x 480 pixels. It is the kind of solid but stylish device we have come to expect from Nokia.

That smallish screen is no slouch is a ClearBlack AMOLED that just pops. bright and contrasty the images seem to float in the screen and viewing angles are good. The 800 owes its solid feel to the unibody carbonate construction..even the screen seems to be part of the isn’t..but the effect is one of quality. The USB port lies under a pop-up door on the top and the slide-in sim card is right beside it. On the right side are volume rockers, power button and a dedicated camera button.

Under the hood is a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 processor that  produced speedy performance, with fast navigation and app-loading. although that seems puny by the current dual and quad core CPUs powering Android Superphones it is more than adequate for this phone and it provides smooth touch screen operation on a par with the iPhone. Although it is a tiny but chunky the phone feels good in the hand.

This is the first serious phone to come out of the Microsoft/Nokia alliance and it is I must say a good demonstration of what the latest Mango version of Windows Phone 7.5 can do. The tiles Metro UI looks good and scrolls smoothly on this phone and in my experience all the apps I tried opened quickly and ran smoothly. Operating on the Telus 3G network the download speeds while not impressive compared to other 3G phones it was adequate for normal surfing but lagged on sites with lots of visuals. The Internet Explorer browser was smooth and multi touch gestures worked well.

The 8mp camera takes good pictures in good lighting conditions colours were a bit muted and not quite as sharp as cameras on current HTC and Samsung phones. Flash pictures close up were quite good but shutter activation was very slow under these conditions..I expected more from the Carl Zeiss optics.

The situation is about the same for shooting video. The Lumia 800 is far more does a decent job shooting video in low light, and the overall output is generally clean. Panning tends to blur the shot. Audio quality is adequate, but clearly recorded at a low bitrate of 45kbps. Nokia’s hardware is perfectly good for quick videos but, don’t expect it to perform in difficult situations

Windows Phone is not my first..or my second..choice for a mobile operating system..sure it works well but is as locked down as Apple’s iOS and frankly I prefer Android. Much has said about how you can get information faster from a Windows Phone..well look at these side by side shots of the Windows Phone home screen and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich home screen..which one provides the most information at a glance?

I feel Windows Phone 7.5 is late to the game and even with solid hardware from Nokia it is destined to be a distant third in the Mobile arena.

This is a solid stylish phone that works really well and if you like what Windows Phone 7.5 has to offer then it is a good buy at $49.99 from Telus and Future Shop..Best Buy also lists it at $49.99 but offers a $50.00 gift card on in-store activation. All prices are based on a 3 year plan. The price without a plan is $529.99

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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