Monday, May 21, 2012

Say hello to Windows 7.5 phone debutant: NOKIA lumia 800

The world of smartphones has seen a new addition to the current line-ups with the introduction of windows 7.5 phones introduced last year. With most users polarized towards androids or iPhones, the introduction of windows 7.5 phones (codenamed as mango) is an attempt to find a niche in the seemingly saturated duopoly smartphone market (considering the future demise of symbians). Will it be able to be a serious contender?or will it be ousted by the other two in its debut?

Enter the first contender; NOKIA lumia 800. 

With impressive looks and functionality to match, NOKIA seems quite serious in the first attempt to market their Windows 7.5 phones. Design and construction are top notch, complemented with sprawling user interface and completed with the looks to die for (for many N9 fans) androids and iOS should be pissing their pants right now. With its unique Polycarbonate unibody design coupled with  scratch resistant Corning Gorilla glass (NOKIA apparently resorted to ditch the use of aluminum in to carve the lumia 800) are nice to hold and touch. Weighing at 142 g, with the dimension of 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm (just like the N9) it feels solid and sturdy.

In the functionality department, lumia 800 proves itself that it is not just "more look than substance". The first thing to note is the full featured office document viewer and and editor which comes bundled with the phone. So, you'll get it for free.

Another notable feature is the NOKIA Drive which is also free, as what you would find in previous NOKIA smartphones (N8, E7 etc.). NOKIA Drive could very well be its biggest key selling point as you won't find anything (free) like it in androids or iPhones. As you would already know, the navigation can also be used offline thus it is easier on your wallet.

And of course, another thing that should be considered as mandatory in the world of smartphone is the ability to take decent photos and videos. If you are in for the camera, lumia 800 is packed with 8.0 megapixel camera that is capable of recording 720p videos at 30 fps. Although the figure of the camera is 4 megapixel less than the somewhat older N8, the quality of photos that you could get are far from disappointing (unless if you are a seasoned professional photographer). The video quality is great too; its decent enough to record certain memorable moments that won't require elaborate and extensive lighting such as your mom's birthday party, or your first day in the office.

In short, NOKIA lumia 800 doesn't fall short in its purpose as a smartphone and with its outrageously gorgeous looks, it is hard turn down this somewhat new offering by NOKIA.  

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