Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Nokia Canada is AMAZING and sent us here at Zunited a brand-spanking new Nokia Lumia 800 in eye-catching cyan!

I have been using this phone as my dedicated device for the past two weeks and so this is not your average “first impressions” review. I want to put a disclaimer at the beginning of this article to let you know that I love this phone. Any and all critiques on this phone are not to be taken as objective negatives to this phone but rather things that I see as areas in which Nokia could benefit from changes or improvements.

 

Hardware

In my opinion, the biggest thing that the Lumia 800 has going for it is its design and form factor. The polycarbonate unibody feels unlike anything I’ve ever held – and I’ve held most generation v.next devices on the market right now on nearly all operating systems.

Since I received this phone I have had countless people – strangers and friends alike – tap me on the shoulder and ask “what phone is that?” You can see the sense of wonder and amazement in their eyes as they cradle this thing in their hands and flip through all the apps, features, and hubs on the device.

The curved Gorilla Glass is sleek and probably my favorite thing about the body of the phone. The clear black technology is near identical to the quality of the Samsung Focus’ Super AMOLED screen and makes the colors pop off the screen. For some reason though, the Lumia 800 manages to produce an immersive experience when using the phone and this is all the result of the time and effort that was clearly taken to designing the display of the device.

Next up on the hardware side of things are the hardware buttons on the side of the phone. Unlike the Samsung Focus, all of the Lumia 800 buttons are located on the right side of the device. This is neither a positive or negative but simply a difference. It took all of 5 minutes to get used to it and I have to say, I quite like the locations of the buttons on the 800. To press, they are very decisive and definitely moreso than the Focus buttons which can tend to be… squishy.

Last notes on the hardware are the capacitive buttons just below the screen. This is something that I think could benefit from some change. The buttons are just too darn close to the screen and I find myself accidentally the . It certainly isn’t a deal breaker but about once or twice a day I’ll accidentally tap the search button

Camera

Carl Zeiss Carl Zeiss Carl Zeiss. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the camera on the Lumia is very good. 8 MP of clear, fast, and top quality images of the calibre you’d expect from any Nokia phone. The flash works perfectly and I receive consistently good photographs with this phone.

This is a quick shot I took with the phone on a typical gloomy day in Ottawa

Only thing that took away from the perfection of the camera is the lack of a front-facing camera. I know that it’s the mid-range phone with the Lumia 900 coming out soon-ish but it would have been nice to use the Skype beta to its full capacity.

Performance

This is how Windows Phone is supposed to feel. When I open processor intensive apps I like to have that smooth-as-butter motion as I do for all the others. Perhaps there’s no better example of this than my Lumia experience with PrimeTV. On my Samsung Focus this app is certainly usable and it’s a good thing because I depend on this app to keep track of the many shows I follow. Never did I expect the fluidity and usability of the app to be that good.

On the Nokia Lumia 800 every app feels it’s tailored to your efficiency needs. When you tap on the People hub on your first gen device you may not realize there’s that half-second moment of lag… At least you won’t notice until you hold a Nokia Windows Phone device in your hand. The hubs pop open instantly saving you precious seconds every time.

There are some users reporting some bugs like bass-less sound quality when listening through headphones connected through the 3.5mm jack at the top of the device. I can attest to this as well as poor battery life (still better than my Focus) but fear not, for a fix is on its way!

Nokia Lumia 800

In conclusion, if you’re in the market for a new phone: this is it. The Nokia Lumia 800 holds its reputation as the first real Windows Phone. I cannot rave enough about this phone, and my friends agree: it’s beautiful to behold.

Do you have the Nokia Lumia 800? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts!