Nokia Lumia 800 Review

News   •   Mar 17, 2012 10:00 GMT

The Nokia Lumia 800 is noted for its ‘floating’ tiles on the homepage and it’s known for being the flagship model for a Windows Phone. The home-screen or page can be customised so you can have your favourite tiles on there for easy access. This is perfect for those on-the-fly uses you need and saves time scrolling through page after page. For instance, you can have your emails, weather reports, messages and news reports live on your home-screen so you can keep up to date at all times.

The new OS, called the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Edition, is super-slick and works more fluidly than any other before it. It’s modern and attractive and makes you feel it’s working with you rather than against. Microsoft has obviously put a lot of thought into the usability of the OS and it shows when you compare it side-by-side with an Android phone.

Where the Nokia Lumia 800 really shines is with its camera. No smartphone is complete without an impressive camera and the Nokia does not disappoint. With a 3.7” AMOLED touch screen, you can see more clearly and the picture image on the screen is so precise. That could be down to the fact that this phone houses an 8-megapixel camera and there is ClearBlack technology that adds depth and weight to each image so its crisper. The Nokia Lumia 800 features Carl Zeiss optics too, which again brings the level of image quality up to seriously high standards. Backing up the camera is a 720p HD video recorder and due to the way the glass is curved, viewing clips is a pleasant experience.

So, with the camera and video camera licked, the Nokia still needs to shine elsewhere and it does so with the Nokia Drive GPS service. Now, satellite navigation systems are expensive, but when you consider the price of this smartphone then you will see that there is no need for many other devices as the Nokia is so versatile. The new service adds the ability to download maps for a journey and this means you don’t need to waste data charges on connecting to 3G; a very clever little trick.

Instead of handing over cash for an MP3 player, Nokia is well-known for adding incredible music technology into its phones and the Nokia Lumia 800 is no different. Thanks to a radio streaming service, you don’t need to have a built-in radio, and there is a 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones too. Accessing the music store is simple and downloading your favourite tunes takes seconds.

The Nokia Lumia 800 has a sleek design and comes in a range of colours from cyan, black, white, pink, blue and more to follow so you can truly have a unique phone that can be personalised to your taste in colours. With so many mobile phone makers out there at the moment, it can be tricky to choose which one is best but as Nokia have consistently churned out some of the most user-friendly phones that are packed with technology for many years, you can’t go wrong with this one.