The Lumia 800 carries the legacy of Nokia N9 in terms of built quality, design and is a beautiful piece of gadget when it comes to design. It has a 3.7 inch 16-bit AMOLED Clear Black display with a resolution of 800×480. It is not the thinnest phone around with 12.1mm in thickness, but it weighs 142 grams and feels nice in the hand thanks to the unibody design and polycarbonate finish.
Unlike the N9, which ran on a dead Meego OS, Lumia 800 runs on Microsoft Windows phone 7.5 commonly known as Mango. It boasts a 1.4GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor coupled with a 512 MB RAM. The performance on Lumia 800 is just fine, as on any other windows phone thanks to the specified guidelines by Microsoft.
Like any standard Windows 7.5 phones, Lumia 800 boass the live tile interface that is stunning and refreshing. You can add or remove tiles to make your life easier with the phone. Also, you can change the color of the tiles to suit your style. Not a lot of customization like Android but that’s the way Windows phones are.
Sending a text message is a piece of cake on Lumia 800 because of its lovely and responsive keyboard. Call quality is excellent and you also get the people contact which has been a standalone feature of Mango. Under the People menu you also get recent Twitter and Facebook updates by your contacts- a feature I really had fun playing with.
Browsing on the Lumia 800 is a bit of a let down because of 800×480 display and lack of a dual core processor surprisingly whose need wasn’t felt anywhere else. Don’t expect it to match the high end Androids or an iPhone when it comes to browsing.
The camera on Lumia 800 is an 8MP Carl Zeiss lens with Dual LED flash and 720p HD recording capabilities. It is one of the better cameras found on Windows phone devices but there’s no 1080p recording capability. Plus the fact that there’s no front facing camera is a bit surprising too as Nokia is coming up with phones with front facing camera when no other company used to offer them. The video recording is not up to the mark.
While there aren’t a lot of apps on Mango, they are certainly growing and you can find excellent games thanks to Xbox Live. The office suite is pretty helpful for those who like to work on the go.
Nokia said that the Lumia 800 is expected to be available countrywide on Vodacom from 7 February 2012 on a Vodacom Business Call contract, with 100MB data per month for 24 months, at R279 per month.
Vodacom said that the recommended retail price of the Nokia Lumia 800 would be R6,999.
Overall, the Lumia is a nice phone but is a bit over priced. It simply cannot compete with high-end Android phones and iPhone. The price tag is a bit too much considering the other alternatives. Although I’ll rate it 8/10, the pricing hurts me at the end.