Hey all, Howdy Imran here Here is my experience with the flagship Windows Phone from Nokia, Lumia 800. Nokia after announced its transition from Symbian to Windows Phone, they have released three powerful devices Lumia 800, Lumia 710 and Lumia 900.
First of all thanks to Nokia Connects team for giving me the chance to trial the awesome Windows Mobile. Its really a nice and different experience using Windows OS in Nokia and I’m sure the Nokia fans should definitely love the new UI and OS experience.
When I use it in any public places, all the people near me rolling their eyes on it.I was really excited and it was a nice experience.
Now lets see the cool specification of the powerful device.
Dimensions – 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc
Weight – 142gm
Screen – 16million colors powered with AMOLED capacitive 3.7″ touchscreen
Touch – Multi Touch protected with Gorilla Glass
OS – Microsoft Windows 7.5 Mango
CPU – 1.4GHz Scorpion ,Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor
Memory – 16GB internal storage with 512MB RAM [No Micro SD Slot]
Connectivity – GPRS, EDGE – [Class 33],WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth – Yes 2.1 and MicroUSB v2.0
Camera – 8MP, Carl Zeiss optics, Auto and Touch Focus with 720p@30fps video recording
Radio – Stereo FM radio with RDS
and last but not least…
Colors – Black,Cyan and Magenta which gives a sexy look to its design.
UI and Design:
As usual Nokia made Lumia 800 with its solid, powerful and sexy design. And it always looking great and handy. Everyone will love the design not only the Nokia fans 😉 Its a fine and powerful product by Finnish. I never used any of Windows phone previously and it is my first one which impresses me a lot. And its resembles the Nokia N9 powerful Meego device designed by Nokia. 3.7″ inch screen is pretty big and looks sturdy with gorilla glass protection.
As well as Volume key at right top, Camera Hot-Key at right bottom and at right middle Lock Key are the only keys in Lumia 800. At top, there are two slots one for SIM card and the another one for Micro USB V2.0 which can be used to charging the Mobile and to connect with PC. Both the pins covers and we can push at the corner to open the Micro USB slot and then slide right to open the SIM card case. As you all know, Lumia 800 supports only Micro SIM card, and I don’t know about other countries, but in India Micro SIM Card was just announced and we can manually cut it. 3.5mm audio jack at the top corner which is more comfortable to hear music with headphone at all time. At bottom of the Mobile is for speaker, which do its work in a perfect manner.
After the Nokia’s own Symbian Anna, Nokia Belle and Meego.., Windows UI joins to the new list of Nokia’s pretty UI with its new tile based home screens and I’m sure you will love this new UI design. We can pin all Social Network and needful apps in one HomeScreen to get live tile notifications. With Eleven theme colors, we can make our homescreens colorful and lovely. Microsoft have done a really good job in its UI design.
Lumia 800 features 8 Megapixel camera which comes with Carl Zeiss lens which gives perfect shot. It also comes with Dual LED flash, Face Detection, Auto Focus and Geo Tagging. And we can shoot 720p HD videos with 30fps . And well the picture quality is impressive but not much. Unfortunately no secondary camera. See some pics which was shot by Lumia 800
Lumia 800 is the first Nokia device which runs on Latest Windows OS none other Windows Mango 7.5. The 1.4 GHz processor with Qualcomm chipset gives much smooth performance to the UI. This makes the Lumia 800 to perform way faster than any other windows phone device and also makes decent Multi-Tasking with 512MB RAM (I feel, it is faster than iPhone4).
WiFi, EDGE and GPRS connectivity are pretty good, which makes us to be online and connected with Social Networks all the time.
And the billion dollar question is Why the phone has Bluetooth connection. I tried to pair it with many devices such as Nokia Lumia 800, Lumia 710 and Samsung Omnia, but it fails. As usual the Micro USB for charging and to connect the device with PC. Only we can share the files with Microsoft Zune. I don’t know why Microsoft made such a crappy software to sync with Mobile. I’m not much impressed with Zune.
But developers found a new tweak registry to enable the mass storage, we have already posted about the tweak. If you still don’t know how to enable the tweak, here is the link, USB Mass Storage Mode in Lumia 800.
Software and Applications :
Applications for Windows mobile have a unified store called MarketPlace. Yeah, its the Microsoft official App store which have around 50,000 apps. Most of the apps I tried in Nokia Lumia 800 apps are really nice and fun. I hope the Marketplace continue to evolve with more apps soon.
All the new available updates for the installed Apps will be notified in the MarketPlace tile as Tile Notification. I like this notification very much . MarketPlace, Apps are categorized into three.
1. Apps from Nokia
In the Apps from Nokia category, we can see the Nokia’s official Apps like Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Contact Transfer and etc., Currently six apps are available in the Apps from Nokia category.
In the Application section, we can see lots of cool apps with dynamic background. We can see the new apps, featured apps, top rated apps by swiping the application screen. Most of the apps are free to download. If you want to download any apps, just click the app, it will show its rating, screen shots and reviews. If you like it means just tap the try or install button. It will get downloaded automatically and installed in your mobile.
Here we can see the most favorite and addictive games. Here also dynamic background with new, featured and top rated games like Application section. Here if we install any games, it directly goes into Xbox Live section.
Nokia Drive :
Nokia Drive, this is why I like Nokia. Awesome navigation which is available in both 2D and 3D with Map Colors, Collection of Maps and Voice Navigation available in more than 50 languages. Nokia enhanced their Navigation apps with more features in Nokia Lumia. It gives a perfect route with awesome UI. I have never seen this navigation like before.
And here are my most favorite Apps like Rowi (Twitter Client),Facebook, 4th & Mayor (Foursquare client), Lumia Music, WP Shortcut Tiles, Flashlight-X, Moodagent and YouTube Download.
XBOX Live :
The another nice thing that I love in Lumia 800 is XBOX Live, Microsoft have put some effort to bring some most famous Games like Angry Birds, Assassin’s Creed, NFS Undercover, Doodle Jump and many more. And there is a gamer tag and Live Avatar in XBOX Live. We can create our own Live Avatar in XBOX Live. You can find out more exclusive games in Marketplace and if you download, it will directly goes to XBOX Live.
Microsoft have a nice jon to use one live account in all their services. Once we sync our Windows live account, it allows us to use Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, SkyDrive and download apps from Marketplace. We don’t have to check the b’day notification daily in Facebook account. Once we sync the Facebook account, the b’day of your friends automatically sync with calender entries and which gives the tile notification in Calendar tile and also in the locked home screen.
The Messaging notification in the top of the screen is looking great, if we want to open that message just tap the notification and swap right to hide the notification. The live tile home screen notify the new messages, new mail, new updates, missed call alerts and also new tweets,mentions and dm’s too. It depends on the third party app.
In the Picture menu, we can see the camera roll pictures, picture editing apps, recently added pictures by the friend in your Facebook account and much more. We can share the pictures from the camera roll to any social network sites which is already synced. Here are some snaps took by Lumia 800.
In Music and Videos section, you can see the Musics and Videos which is synced in your device via Zune. It also shows the application which is used to play Music. Lumia 800 plays only the .mp4 format videos and not others. It is really awesome to hear songs from Lumia 800. Yeah!! Especially by Headphones, its wonderful to hear. The Surround system and Bass are awesome in Headphone as well as Loudspeaker. The another one thing I feel up is YouTube videos. Really such a fantabulous one, awesome videos in 3.7″ display.
The other thing is Nokia Music, here we can see the special touch by Nokia. We can surf all the Music here easily by its Genre. We can directly play it through Internet and also can download it by paying some bucks.
Simply, Lumia 800 is Nokia’s best thing. Nokia have built each and every part of Lumia 800 with its special attention and they never fails in it. Very strong and sexy looks gives much more attraction to it. All Nokia fans willlove it definitely, it gives a new refreshing experience to them with smooth and simple UI in blazing speed. Gorilla glass is strong. Believe ME!! I really tested it. I think no one can try the scratch and drop test like me 😛 . It was a nice experience to try something completely different. I liked the experience hope you did too. I wish Nokia a very good luck in unveiling more WP smartphones with PureView Camera and other Nokia specific stuffs.
Once again i thank all the Nokia Connects Guys to gave me such an awesome device for me.