Nokia Lumia 800 – The phone to put Nokia back on the map?

Nokia were the biggest phone company worldwide once upon a time. However much has changed and they are now announcing thousands of job cuts in order to stay afloat. The problem with Nokia was that they didn’t keep up with the technology and didn’t innovate. When the iPhone came out a Nokia executive said it would never take off and doubted the iPhone. Nokia’s cockiness caused their downfall and look where the iPhone is now in comparison to their phones. However Nokia has spent a lot of time and money on their latest smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 800.

The Lumia 80 is styled on the quietly announced Nokia N9. However the screen has been reduced to a 3.7 inch screen with a  screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Like the N9 the Lumia 800 has 16-bit AMOLED ClearBack technology built into the display. This results in a clear and sharp display with vibrant colors.

Under the exterior is a single core 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor. It adds a quick zip and responsiveness to the smartphone. With 512MB of RAM as well the processor and RAM compliment each other to give a speedy load time and handles multi tasking well. However most smartphones now have a dual core processor with at least 1Gb of RAM so in this respect the Lumia 800 is slightly lacking.

The phone also comes with 16GB of internal storage, however there is no lot for micro-SD cards or any other form of expandable memory. Being a Windows Phone you do get 25GB of free space on Microsoft’s cloud storage system SkyDrive.

The Nokia Lumia 800 runs the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system, rivaled by HTC’s Titan and Radar. Unlike other operating systems Mango uses a tiled system which can be added to for unlimited tiles. They have gone for a different approach to the home screen and application grids seen on other OSs. Windows Phone works well and has good usability.

The Lumia has a 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss technologies. Unlike the HTC Windows Phones the Nokai doesn’t have a front facing camera, making video calling a difficulty. The phone has a dual LED flash and can record videos in 720p. The Lumia 800 produces a really vibrant and colorful image and is a top camera.

In terms of apps the phone comes with Internet Explorer 9 which is incredibly fast. Xbox Live is available on Windows Phone which makes gaming enjoyable. Apps are constantly being added to the Windows Phone Marketplace but it isn’t in the same league as the Apple or Android app stores yet.

Overall the Nokia Lumia 800 is a decent phone and much improved on recent Nokia phones. However i don’t believe it has the ability to compete with the iPhone, Samsung nexus or HTC Sensation. However in terms of Windows Phones the Lumia 800 is a good phone but not quite on par with the HTC devices.

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