Nokia Lumia 800 Comparison Review

Whether you’re looking to buy a new smartphone or just trying to keep up with all the smartphone developments today, smartphone comparison is great fun—mostly because the landscape changes every day.

Nokia’s Journey

Nokia, the Finnish company that has become synonymous with mobile phones for many years, took us a step forward from simple feature phones into the world of smartphones just a couple of years back, releasing the N series in 2005, followed by the business-oriented E series in 2006.

Fast-forward to today in 2012, Nokia seems to have been overshadowed by the likes of Apple’s iPhone and the vast army of Android smartphones, spearheaded by Samsung and HTC alike.

But if you ever thought that the Finnish giant was going to call it quits, think again.

Opening Windows

Ditching their long-established Symbian OS, Maemo in the N900 and Meego in the N9 more recently, Nokia has now chosen the path of Windows, having released the Lumia 800 that features Microsoft’s Windows Mango 7.5.

Now championing the 3rd most popular smartphone operating system, Nokia could finally be back in the smartphone comparison game to give both Apple iOS and Android more than a punch of renewed competition.

Just recently launched at the end of 2011, the Nokia Lumia 800 is Nokia’s very first smartphone that runs Windows Mango 7.5 OS. Though a very new smartphone OS that is still in its infancy alongside established rivals iOS and Android, Nokia’s “fruity Mango” choice could be a fruitful one indeed, since Microsoft has put together a new interface that is also slick and easy to use in a unique way.

Unique User Interface

The Mango OS on the Lumia 800 is characterized by the large, one-touch widget tiles on the home screen, which certainly presents a uniquely simple interface. This design of the home screen makes social networking and calling very simple and convenient, since contacts are also grouped together seamlessly, coupled with access to the latest Internet Explorer 9, as would be expected of Microsoft’s mobile OS residing in the Lumia 800.

Innovative Unibody Design

The Lumia 800 also stimulates smartphone comparison through its innovative design, since it inherits most of the build of its predecessor the N9. Featuring a desirable unibody design and a curved polycarbonate chassis, the Lumia 800 sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a 800 by 480 resolution, and is pretty nice to hold at only 12.1mm thin and weighing a decent 142 grams.

Display and Camera

Visibility on the touchscreen is good even outdoors with its edge-to-edge display, made durable and scratch-resistant with Corning Gorilla Glass. While not top of the line in its camera like the earlier N8, the Lumia 800 still has a strong camera offering in its renowned Carl Zeiss Optics packed into the 8MP camera featuring 720p HD video at 30fps, and a double LED flash for those dark shots. Picture quality was sharp with decently vibrant colors, and the dedicated camera key is a great plus.

Fast Processor

The strength of Windows OS comes into play here with the ease of uploading photos to Facebook. Powered by a speedy 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM and the Adreno 205 GPU graphics processor, speed and performance is not at all lacking in the Lumia 800 when compared to its high-end Android contemporaries such as the HTC Sensation XE or the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Memory and Storage

Packed with 16GB of internal memory, there is a micro SD card slot supporting an additional 32GB, yielding a maximum memory of 48GB. Not lacking in cloud storage providers, Nokia provides an additional 25GB of free SkyDrive storage, which is quite a lot more than the free 5 GB of Apple’s iCloud.

Connectivity

Connectivity is now a standard complete package with the Wi-Fi, HSDPA at 14.4Mbps, Bluetooth 2.1, Micro USB 2.0, the standard 3.5mm audio jack, and not forgetting GPS navigation.

Comparison with Other Smartphones

Though the Lumia 800 does not trounce its rivals in sheer power and specs, it is a strong offering from the upcoming Windows OS category. With the faith that Microsoft is out to outwit Android and iOS in certain OS aspects, Nokia’s leap of faith with the Lumia 800 keeps the cross-platform smartphone comparison game well alive and kicking by providing a new package of balanced smartphone usability, design, and power.

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