Saturday, 16 June 2012
Nokia Lumia 800 first opinion
Nokia Lumia 800 and I must say I am hugely impressed.
On paper the Nokia Lumia 800 with its single core processor looks under powered when compared to the dual and quad core smart phones currently on the market but the simple fact is; it isn't. Compared to my now demoted dual core Android phone this Nokia is a lightning performer.
The new Windows 7.5 operating system using the Metro interface takes a little getting used to when coming over from an Android based systems but once you get to grips with it, it is absolutely brilliant. It is very intuitive and slick to use plus it looks good too.
Battery life on the Lumia 800 is acceptable for a smart phone. With average usage you can expect the battery to last for about 18 hours.
Included with the Lumia 800 is Nokia's fantastic free satellite navigation package called Nokia Drive. Having this on your phone truly does make the need for a dedicated sat nav unit superfluous. For those who don't drive, Nokia's other GPS based apps are excellent too. If you need to know where the nearest ATM, restaurant or coffee shop is just press the local scout tab and all be revealed, including walking directions.
The camera sports a Carl Zeiss tessar lens and has an 8m pixel resolution. The camera is quite good, but not as good as the camera on the king of all smart phones, the Apple iPhone4s.
Call quality is superb and the talk to text feature for composing text messages works remarkably well.
Synchronising email, Facebook, Twitter etc into one usable tab is a doddle.
The cut down version of Microsoft Office which contains Word, and Excel etc could come in useful at times.
On the downside there are a few quirky annoyances which I am sure will be ironed out when Windows 7.5 gets the Windows 7.8 upgrade. Firstly the alarm only works when the phone is switched on. This is not good for someone who values their sleep and does not want to be disturbed in the middle of the night by the now ubiquitous spam text messages informing you of a non-existent accident or PPI claim for which you are entitled to compensation. Secondly there is no removable media so the 16gb internal memory is what you are stuck with and finally, the Bluetooth is limited in its ability to communicate with other devices, again I am sure this is an oversight which will be resolved when Windows 8.0 is released.
Nokia as a company are in dire trouble. Just yesterday the company announced 10,000 job losses. Nokia are still a giant global player but they catastrophically misjudged the growth of the smart phone market which allowed Apple, Samsung and HTC to take a commanding lead. As a last throw of the dice Nokia has now entered into a Faustian Pact with Microsoft. Maybe Nokia's deal with the devil will pay off, if it doesn't they are doomed but one thing is for sure: The Nokia Lumia 800 is a fantastic phone and I strongly recommend it.