Layman’s Take on Nokia Lumia 800- Take a look over it without shadows of anything

XBox Live on Lumia 800 – Beginning of a new era:

XBox Live was Microsoft’s Take on Gaming market via their full fledge XBox, XBox 360 video game consoles competing directly with Sony’s PlayStation and Nintendo’s Wii. After success of their XBox initiative in Gaming Console market, it was a natural extension of the same into the mobile gaming itself.


Gaming on Mobiles is been an era where many have taken their own initiatives, but no one actually lasted long than Apple itself. Multi-player gaming is fun on Apple devices via Game Center. Nokia did tried with their N-Gage Games in past, but sadly that didn’t worked out for long. But with XBox Live, it seems to be a steady start for Microsoft considering the neat interfaces and effective reach to consumers.


XBox Console users might already be aware of the details, but on mobile version, what will instant connect with the consumer will be their XBox Avtar. Easy to create, easy to customize\accessorize to match even your looks, Xbox Live sure gonna be a fun thing for your kids at home. Check out video given below that how it dances on your tunes (fun but same moves for every song and that too for a small amount of time).

Like I mentioned earlier, Windows Phone groups all the related tasks into one Tile and for Gaming it will be XBox Live Tile. All the games you install on your Windows Phone automatically find their place into XBox Live. I kind of started loving this sort of automatic arrangement in each task.


May be Game apps in Windows Marketplace might not be that big in number as you find them on Apple Store, but the way, they are growing and introducing innovation, it doesn’t seem to be much far to see them competing well in a short time. Interesting part is the social aspect of gaming as with XBox Live, one can find friends who are also registered on Xbox Live. Since this is all linked to Xbox Live, you can chat with your friends on the Xbox 360 and the regular Xbox. And it will be more bigger if you have a XBox 360 at your home as Xbox Companion allows for even greater interaction and control over your Xbox 360.

I am not much into gaming so couldn’t check in that much lengths but as about the games in Windows Marketplace, you find a separate section for Games only and be assured, your Angry Bird already there.

Now comes the negative part.

Not only there are not many free games but also Games on Windows Phone didn’t felt competitive pricewise (Minimum 3$ at least (Rs 150 INR+) for even crap games). Not sure, how majority of buyers gonna react on this when they do not even have an option to sideload apps in Windows Phone without hacking it (like its been in Symbian by Installing a signed sis file or in Android an .apk file).

I would say Microsoft/Nokia need to revise this strategy on gaming apps before. it hurts big on the potential sales.


26 thoughts on “Layman’s Take on Nokia Lumia 800- Take a look over it without shadows of anything

  1. Nice review , by the way about OTA , it’s a wp7 limitation and not lumia , soon wp in market currently supports OTA same is true about other few features.

  2. Good post , though I must say I couldn’t read it in one go 🙂
    Even though I havent used or tried any WP device for more than half an hour, I just hated UI and how it looks. I don’t think that perception of ugly,over simplified UI will change.
    As expected and read all over for me 3 things stand out for WP. These can make it success.
    1) People Hub
    2) Brilliant Office Suite ( and its FREE)
    3) Email

    But sadly I feel Nokia is going away from their soul and going Apple way.
    This may be good for company(I really doubt) but not good for industry as whole.

    1. Suyog,
      I had similar sentiments about WP UI before trying it myself. Even I mentioned once that I felt those uneven fonts as ugly. But trust me, views are bound to change once you allow it grow over you. Not all the praises going around are dummy.

      1. Agree with Nitish, once I got my hands on Lumia 800, I didn’t like UI for few hours or a day and missed home screens. But later, started loving the UI and now I am a fan of UI. 🙂

    2. People hub is exceptional as just like Meego it brings all social activities at one place and like WebOS it brings all the photos (even twitter ones).
      So in all, people hub will effectively help people managing their social needs without going behind any apps that is a great thing for n00bs or even people coming from Symbian/Meego.

      Second great thing is speed of UI that literally no offers either be Symbian or Android

  3. Suyog, I’ll agree with Nitish.. in just two words…. you will see my views about it changing too… it’s actually a good UI. there are however some features that really were needed but if talking about UI, seriously I think if I was given more time with it I would been liking this UI. and I’ll not say like many out there that “Windows Phone 7.5” is not that good to be used.

    But still I’ll say that MeeGo on N9 (for its given time) has been the most *Mature* smartphone OS (in most of the aspects) among all of them.

    And Nitish; that really is great post above, I’ll try to read it completely 😛

  4. Very interesting article, Nitish. I’m very exited with Windows phone on Nokia, but lack of BT and file transfer worries me. Nokia has been great among other things because of its flexibility and versatility. Does is support USB on the go, like my N8? What about something small but GREAT in functionality, notification light? Man, I think Nokia should never get rid of this. It helps the user so much to see through a notification light, that you have a missed event.

  5. Quite a thorough article on the Lumia 800(& upcoming 900)windows phone. The most important things for me are:i’m not going to sell a Rolls Royce to ride a better handlind motorcycle-ie,my Nokia E7-00 vs any Lumia! No storage! No tethering! No bluetooth! No sale!

  6. One of the most comprehensive review of Lumia 800 I have read. sheer Brilliant.

    Are u still using this device? How is the battery life holding up for you?

    Any word on Lumia 900 launch date in india?


  7. The best review of WP that I have seen , kudos to u Mr. Kumar ! U r right , the Lumia 800 is beautiful ; it should be since it`s a copy of the N9 ! But that same design is also a problem in certain areas of the world ( more about this in a bit . ) .
    i`ve always said that WP has potential but it`s still immature ( Takes 3 years to work out enough of the bus and work enough features in , to make the OS useful . ) , seriously late to the party and there r too many other OEMs trying to get a piece of the pie . In all fairness to Nokia , they haven`t had a chance to make an impact on WP yet , maybe WP8 will change this . Nor have the Lumias been out too long , though this is changing . So it`s still a bit early to say for sure .
    That said , WP hasn`t exactly taken off yet , marketshare is still single digits . Nor do I like the Metro UI , though my issue with it is more function than form ( but I do think it`s ugly !) . I firmly believe that a homescreen should convey enough info to keep u current at a glance , and the Metro UI doesn`t do this . Even Windows Mobile could do this !
    WP`s biggest problem , IMHO , is it`s requirements for a constant connection and Skydrive . Not so much a problem in developed countries , but in emerging markets with their infrastructure issues and the need to watch data usage, it`s a different thing entirely . I don`t think WP will do well in emerging markets ( It seems to not be … ) , though it also doesn`t seem to be doing well in many developed countries either , with the USA , Finland and Russia as notable exceptions .
    Nor will do well in countries where the N9 was a success, most notably China , due to the problem that WP is functionally inferior to Meego , and Symbian , for that matter . even the new 311 is better from what I can tell !
    For these reasons , I don`t see WP as more than moderately successful , assuming it takes off , of course ! Maybe WP8 will change this , ir really needs too ! cheers !

  8. On second thought , looks like the 10/19/2012 post MIGHT have a reply so I take back the previous remark , t least to an extent lol…

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