TechSpot: Nokia Lumia 800 -- Best Windows Phone Yet

One of the problems we've seen with Windows Phone devices thus far is that if you've seen one Windows Phone, you've basically seen them all. After all, how much can you do when all the phones feature the same basic specifications and are dominated by a similar touchscreen. The answer usually is "not much."

Or so we thought... Nokia has proven to the industry that it can do Windows Phone better than the competition. Its Lumia 800 features one of the best hardware designs found on a smartphone today -- on any platform -- it also comes bundled with Nokia-developed software that makes the company look like they've been writing Windows Phone apps for years. In short, it's a fantastic smartphone that truly takes Windows Phone to the next level.

While virtually every Windows Phone smartphone is the same on the software front, give or take an app or two, hardware is where manufacturers can build some differentiation. It shows that Nokia has taken that approach with the Lumia 800. The 800's body is carved out of a solid block of polycarbonate, just like the Nokia N9 that it shares most external traits with. There are no seams on the body, and its tapered design feels wonderful in the palm of your hand.

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TogoP said,
Just got my Lumia delivered - stunning phone. Get one now.

Lucky bugger- i still have a year to go on contract - i love my omnia 7 but the lumia is so much better

- small screen size
- no ff camera
- reg camera does not hold up next to the competition
- no removable battery (my HD7 batteries cost $2.00 online btw)

- So the ONLY thing this phone does better than Focus S or Titan, is design. Sorry Nokia, your not getting a pass from me. Not this time. If that's all I was looking for I'd buy an IPHONE which is never going to happen.

The first question that came to mind as I read this article was "according to whom?" I like the Lumia 800 generally, but proclaiming it as the "best" Windows Phone? I couldn't disagree more. Right off the bat, as several have mentioned, it doesn't have a front-facing camera. Plus, reports so far peg the one camera it DOES have as NOT being the often-hailed "king of cameras" that Nokia has been known for----the Focus S and the Titan seem to have bested Nokia there. And, more important to people like me, it's got very limited onboard storage. This is where even my original Focus beats ALL Windows Phone contenders, since I have been enjoying 40GB on my device since last year. So, someone needs to get off of crack if they are actually proclaiming the Lumia 800 as best of show.

The overall package including build quality and design (which you don't mention) makes it the best and it does have great stats. FFC, well there's really only one popular application that makes use of that (as of right now), and it still has a pretty damn good camera. Also has nokia apps that may be useful to people (like Drive).

Also, it's a review, and all reviews are personal no matter the website or topic, so to answer your "according to whom"...according to that guy who made the review.

It runs on a single-core processor (1.4GHz), but the screens scroll and pan more smoothly than you'll find on any dual-core Android smartphone.

And they say we need dual core eh? :roll

I was considering the Lumia 800, but went for the Titan instead. Definitely the best phone Ive owned, just let down by a lack of decent marketplace. There are a few good apps, but still lacking in some respects. After a couple of years of often frustrating Android usage, I'm glad I've swapped platforms. My Android phone used to crash and freeze a couple of times a day, so far in the seven days I've had the Titan I've not had a single crash or freeze, (though last nights update reset my clock, which was slightly upsetting!)

Nokia definitely should have put a front facing camera on the Lumia... Then again, who knows what else they have up their sleeve.

They really should have announced a high end phone to take on the Samsung Focus S at Nokia World. There is a big gap in their line up that they can't really afford to have right now.

Nope, no front facing camera, but the rear camera takes pretty decent shots (compared to my Bold 9900 and HTC Desire). It is certainly the nicest WP7 handset yet in my books, I really like the look and feel of it.

WhatWarning said,
Does this phone have Apollo? Because from what I hear from the Windows Phone "Community", Apollo will shake things up.

Windows Phone Mango has ALREADY made it the best Smartphone platform out there. Apollo will FURTHER improve that. But no need to wait for Apollo. If you want the best smartphone OS right now, you should go for Windows Phone Mango devices. Plus all of them can be updated to Apollo when it is released.

england_fanboy said,

Windows Phone Mango has ALREADY made it the best Smartphone platform out there. Apollo will FURTHER improve that. But no need to wait for Apollo. If you want the best smartphone OS right now, you should go for Windows Phone Mango devices. Plus all of them can be updated to Apollo when it is released.

I don't want something mediocre. I hear people telling me to wait for Apollo.

WhatWarning said,

I don't want something mediocre. I hear people telling me to wait for Apollo.


Mediocre what? Are you talking about things like lack of a dual-core processor, or internal storage? Because the software is quite simply wonderful to use. It is of extremely high quality.

WhatWarning said,
Does this phone have Apollo? Because from what I hear from the Windows Phone "Community", Apollo will shake things up.

Apollo is the codename of new version (late-2012), so no phone in market has Apollo,

And for Apollo will shake things up, I hear the same about Nodo, hear the same about Mango, will hear the same about Apollo talking of next Windows Phone version?...

WhatWarning said,

I don't want something mediocre. I hear people telling me to wait for Apollo.


Rather than listening to others, it's best you read into all of the different smartphone platforms and decide for yourself. Some people are apparently telling you to wait for Apollo, but I would tell you to go for Windows Phone right now because of how great it is. What people are telling you means nothing, as it is down to your tastes.

Callum said,

Rather than listening to others, it's best you read into all of the different smartphone platforms and decide for yourself. Some people are apparently telling you to wait for Apollo, but I would tell you to go for Windows Phone right now because of how great it is. What people are telling you means nothing, as it is down to your tastes.

Yeah mate, go and grab one roght now

england_fanboy said,

Mediocre what? Are you talking about things like lack of a dual-core processor, or internal storage? Because the software is quite simply wonderful to use. It is of extremely high quality.

For me it would be mediocre because it lacks 4G LTE (which I currently use for tethering), decent turn-by-turn with live traffic navigation.

Dual-core doesn't matter so much to me because I don't play games (which is perfect because the games on Windows Phone are horrible but that doesn't affect me).

Why would I devolve? I'm hoping by the time Apollo is released, it will have caught up to Android so I can try something new.

Pepeda said,

Apollo is the codename of new version (late-2012), so no phone in market has Apollo,

And for Apollo will shake things up, I hear the same about Nodo, hear the same about Mango, will hear the same about Apollo talking of next Windows Phone version?...

Oh man, are you serious? You mean the Windows Phone community has been saying that with every release? That really blows. I was really looking for a device to "shake things" up. Fingers crossed that they might be right about Apollo.

WhatWarning said,

Oh man, are you serious? You mean the Windows Phone community has been saying that with every release? That really blows. I was really looking for a device to "shake things" up. Fingers crossed that they might be right about Apollo.

Things have already been shaken up by MANGo a.k.a. Windows Phone 7.5

england_fanboy said,

Windows Phone Mango has ALREADY made it the best Smartphone platform out there. Plus all of them can be updated to Apollo when it is released.

Source please?

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Things have already been shaken up by MANGo a.k.a. Windows Phone 7.5

I do not think so....... and yes, I have Mango installed.....

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Things have already been shaken up by MANGo a.k.a. Windows Phone 7.5

Nothing has been shaken with Mango as sales and market share are falling.

alexalex said,

Nothing has been shaken with Mango as sales and market share are falling.

To be fair, Mango was released in late Q3 so you need the Q4 numbers in January 2012 to properly make that argument.

But I agree, there is no hype over Windows Phone 7. Maybe Apollo, fingers crossed.

WhatWarning said,

To be fair, Mango was released in late Q3 so you need the Q4 numbers in January 2012 to properly make that argument.

But I agree, there is no hype over Windows Phone 7. Maybe Apollo, fingers crossed.

Why do you know this and you were asking if Apollo was released?

All you did in all your posts was to bash WP by saying what it miss.

Troll somewhere else.. You are too obvious.

karserasl said,

Why do you know this and you were asking if Apollo was released?

Because I actually remembered reading that from two days ago when the Android numbers were released on the front page of this site. If I was trolling I wouldn't be defending Windows Phone by that post. Right?

I thought Apollo was being released on Nokia. I really have no clue since I would be coming from Android to Windows Phone.

I'm truly sorry if I offended you. I'm sorry for asking questions. I guess that sort of behavior is not tolerated on this site. I need to read the rules. Hopefully I don't get a warning from the great and powerful mods for this.

Here is the quote from england_fanboy

And by the way, Mango update was released AT THE END OF this 3rd quarter.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Along with Lumia 800. Period x2

Well, the Focus S does have a better camera, an additional front facing camera, a gyroscope and a digital compass... none of which the Lumia 800 has It also has a better quality SAMOLED+ screen and accepts regular Sim cards like most people use... all the Lumia has going for it is it's pretty :3

~Johnny said,

Well, the Focus S does have a better camera, an additional front facing camera, a gyroscope and a digital compass... none of which the Lumia 800 has It also has a better quality SAMOLED+ screen and accepts regular Sim cards like most people
use... all the Lumia has going for it is it's pretty :3

But 800 has that design that Focus S doesn't.
Sure Focus S looks waaay better than most of them out there but frankly, with 800, I only have one problem.
screen size

Oh and the ClearBlack display is on par to that one, if not better. Atleast from what I've seen

~Johnny said,

Well, the Focus S does have a better camera, an additional front facing camera, a gyroscope and a digital compass... none of which the Lumia 800 has It also has a better quality SAMOLED+ screen and accepts regular Sim cards like most people use... all the Lumia has going for it is it's pretty :3

wow.. i didnt know that No digital compass or gyro? and no ffc was already a bummer. I just hope.. and i really hope. Nokia keeps their unibody design for later devices aswell. and just add more features to it. If they do this.. Keep a very similar design.. ITS a WIN for them!..

Zain Adeel said,

wow.. i didnt know that No digital compass or gyro? and no ffc was already a bummer. I just hope.. and i really hope. Nokia keeps their unibody design for later devices aswell. and just add more features to it. If they do this.. Keep a very similar design.. ITS a WIN for them!..


and for us

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Oh and the ClearBlack display is on par to that one, if not better. Atleast from what I've seen

ClearBlack has virtually the same contrast and visibility as SAMOLED+, but the major defining difference being the Lumia's ClearBlack display has a PenTile matrix, and Focus S doesn't... meaning it ends up a much more readable display.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

But 800 has that design that Focus S doesn't.

I am not impressed by a design that does not allow the user to replace the battery........ no matter which company is coming from.......

Caveman-ugh said,
I am lead to believe that it does not have a front facing camera ! ....... Not good ??

Not really necessary though.