Nokia Lumia 800: The Box
While Nokia N9 got a minimalistic box content, I don’t think anyone was expecting something different from a Nokia Lumia 800 in the similar sleeves and we are in for exactly the same content except the phone and manual obviously.
Nokia Lumia 800 – All screen handset with 3 Touch Buttons at the bottom
Nokia Fast USB Charger AC-16
Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-185CD
Nokia Stereo Headset WH-901
Get started guide
For the details on each of these, you should either hit over the links or check out the last Nokia N9 post page 1.
There was nothing special to mention separately as I already wrote about them with Nokia N9 in just last post, so skipping that part entirely and heading toward the hardware exteriors.
Nokia Lumia 800: The Exteriors
No matter what you feel about Nokia nowadays, no matter what you think of Windows phone ecosystem, no matter if you mocked Lumia 800 as a less capable twin of Nokia N9, there would be no denial of the fact that Nokia Lumia 800 represents the Windows Phone in its most beautiful form that world has ever seen.
The same design was praised whole heartedly by almost all the big blogs once came with Nokia N9 and there is no reason that you don’t appreciate the same with Nokia Lumia 800 as well.
Nokia N9 and Nokia Lumia 800 go beyond the point till where we could have called them just “similar”. They actually are twins and it would be hard for any non-geek to recognize the two from a distance. Same one piece engineering brilliance, same rounded edges comforting your hands, same flat bottom letting the device stand, same tiny MicroSIM/ USB slots on top and finally the same Nokia Logos on top & back.
Then how come geeks find difference between the two devices apart of software that it houses? This actually not that hard. Its kind of 50-50. There are actually three sides of the device from where you can’t tell the difference in Nokia Lumia 800 from Nokia N9:
From the left side of the device
From the bottom side of the device
From the top side of the device
And three sides of the device from where you can tell the differences in Nokia Lumia 800 from Nokia N9:
From the back, where LED flash is in line with Camera module than being in side (as was in Nokia N9)
From the right side, where we get much needed inclusion of Physical Camera shutter
From the front side, where we get actually 3.7” screen than 3.9” and bottom has 3 Touch sensitive buttons (Back, Windows, Search)
If you go more closer to the phone then you will find one more big difference that is “lack of front camera” (Trust me, this came as a big shocker to me).
it was much bigger shock than what I felt about Nokia X7, when I seen the same without a front camera. That’s another thing that the presence of front camera in Nokia N9 was kind of just formality, but when a company is launching their first ever Windows phone with the particular version that finally started supporting Video calling, then you expect them to avoid excuses. (Will come back to this in next parts).
Rest build etc goes just the same as Nokia N9. Same iconic build that make even geeks from other side of fence lusting for it. The thin one piece build of Nokia Lumia 800 feels just like what Nokia fans would have been wishing for their Nokia Touchscreen phones since always. Kind of no competition hands down.
One thing that I missed to add about this build in my Nokia N9 review is the fact that the MicroUSB Cover button has a magnetic lock that removes one of those possibilities that some of my friends had in their mind that it might get loose over time.
To know that why this build is so special, you need to take a look at the other best looking phones in the market. Be it iPhone 4S, be it Galaxy Nexus, be it Moto Razr or HTC Sensation, none come close to its homogenous yet durable build quality of Nokia Lumia 800. One has to admit that as of now Lumia 800 is a benchmark in terms of industrial design. Not just the looks but the kind of material used as well, where Nokia used the RF transparent injection moulded plastic for crystal clear reception.
You might be fan of any platform, but you would sure wish to have a handset that looks like Nokia Lumia 800. If pictures not to be believed then you should take it in your hands for once, any Chroma Stores or Nokia Stores around would sure love to allow you for the same. Do it once for sure.
Only complaint with the build is the same as was with Nokia N9, the metallic part of the camera panel on the back that looks great but prone to visible scratches even after extreme care of the device. The other issue that I faced with my unit (might be issue with one unit only) was a little loose camera button, which works perfect, but feels a little loose than the other buttons on side. With the Black unit, the metallic buttons shine like some jewel and interestingly I got no scratches on any of the button like the way, I received scratches on the metallic camera panel on the back.
Nokia Lumia 800: The Interiors
I might sound like a fanboy but trust me, when you take a Nokia Lumia 800 in your hands and play a little with it, then the specs like processor or GPU might be the last thing to complain for. In fact, the same is the case with almost all the Windows phones. I had my hands on Windows phones from Samsung, HTC and LG as well and never found the UI lagging for any moment unlike Android\Symbian. But one always need to know what’s running his\ her phone so let’s visit the highlights of Nokia Lumia 800 specs sheet:
Dimensions 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm (7.6mm at corners), 76cc, 142g (7g heavier to Nokia N9)
Windows Phone 7.5 a.k.a. Mango (Some Nokia apps inside but no Nokia specific changes in Core OS)
1.4GHz Single Core MSM8255 CPU, Snapdragon /Scorpion S2 chipset, Adreno 205 GPU (One generation down than the one on HTC Sensation)
512 MB LPDDR2 (Same as in iPhone 4S), 512 MB ROM, 16 GB Mass Memory (Plus 25GB SkyDrive), no MIcroSD Card support though
HSDPA Cat10 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA Cat6 5.76 Mbps, WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
It got Quad band connectivity rather than Pentaband connectivity of Nokia N9 (WCDMA Band IV (1700/2100), WCDMA Band V (850) missing)
3D Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Compass (Magnetometer Sensor), Proximity Sensor
8.0 Megapixels Carl Zeiss AF camera with an aperture f/2.2
1280 x 720 pixels video recording resolution with 30fps
FM Radio (with a very simplistic UI)
2 Microfone inside, one serving purpose of noise cancellation
Micro SIM Support only
Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR (without capability of Dial up connection or Data Transfer)
BV-5JW 3.7V 1450mAh non-removable battery (not soldered on chip though)
Its been a strange story that while the platforms that do not have real multi-tasking enjoy higher specs while the real multi-tasking ones like Nokia or BlackBerry always been shy about the specs. Logic?? Anyway, Windows Phone is a relatively new platform and yet to start supporting Dual Core or Quad Core processors or retina like high resolution displays, so it was bound to be the same story with Nokia Windows Phones of 2011, reasonable over specs rather than flaunting names. But trust me, Windows Phones make you feel the fact that its not megahertz that matters for performance, but its about optimization.