Nokia and Microsoft joined forces one year ago to attempt to produce the ultimate range of mobile phones that run on the excellent Windows operating system. Over twelve months later and we are starting to see the first products launched that were developed as part of this new partnership. We take a look at the new Nokia Lumia 800 and look at the design of this new phone and also at the screen technology that is on offer.
The new Nokia Lumia 800 shares a very similar design o the Nokia N9, a handset that was launched early in 2011 and incorporated the new Meego operating system which unfortunately was not a big success with consumers. The phone features a 3.7 inch screen which is surrounded by an attractive bezel. The screen really does dominate the fascia of this phone with three capacitive keys located at the very bottom of this display. The model sports a very angular design which helps the model to offer a more modern appearance than many similar devices that use a more traditional curved design. The phone offers a very slim profile and measures just 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm and weighs an impressive 142 grammes. The main body of the phone is constructed from Polycarbonate and when handling the phone the handset certainly feels very comfortable in the palm of your hand. Nokia have obviously worked hard on making the design of this device as appealing as possible and this evident on little touches that the model offers such as flaps to cover the charging port and sim slot which are located on the top of the phone.
The Nokia Lumia 800does not only offer a very attractive design but also a high quality display. A 3.7 inch screen uses Super AMOLED technology that produces vibrant images and contrast ratios that are generally higher than what screens using the more traditional TFT technology can offer. This screen can display a maximum resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and show a total pixel density of 252 pixels per inch while over 16 million colours can also be displayed. A really impressive aspect of the screen on this model is the incorporation of Clearblack technology which helps the display to produce stunning images even in very bright conditions. The screen is constructed from Gorilla Glass which is a very durable material that is much tougher than traditional glass panels. The display boasts excellent resistance to scratches and is also very unlikely to break or crack if the handset is accidentally dropped. The capacitive screen supports multi touch input so users can take full advantage of excellent features such as pinch to zoom.
The new Nokia Lumia 800 is an excellent handset that offers some superb styling and a very high quality display. There is a more premium Lumia 900 model in the range but the 800 certainly proves a very impressive mid range device.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is available now and the Nokia Lumia 900 is coming soon.