Nokia Lumia 800 Windows smartphone review
The Nokia Lumia 800 is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous phones out there. In fact, it is the best Windows Phone available in the market currently, without a doubt.
The Nokia Lumia 800 looks quite different from everything out there. It has a rectangular form factor and doesn’t have any curved edges like other phones. At 142g, it’s a bit on the heavy side. The 3.7-inch ClearBlack display is one of the best features of the handset as the curved glass touchscreen is as smooth as silk, really, you can actually keep running your fingers over it and it will feel good every time. The 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm form factor is one thing we were impressed with. Despite being rectangular, the edges never feel too sharp as the handset is curved around and feels smooth to hold. The handset’s full polycarbonate body feels a bit plasticky at first but you can get adapted to it very soon. Nokia has also added chrome buttons and a metallic strip at the back both of which add to the glitz of the handset.
But as you switch on the handset, the colors start feeling a bit drab. Unlike your usual Android, the Nokia Lumia 800 features either black or white backgrounds rather than wallpaper.
The touch-sensitive search, menu and back buttons located the bottom of the screen were pretty easy to us. Unlike Android, you don’t have multiple homescreens here. You just have one main screen that informs you of the charge, Wi-Fi access and signal, the usual date and time and how many unread mails and messages you have. The screen also informed us of American holidays such as Groundhog Day, which we hardly found relevant in Indian context. Wallpapers though, were pretty attractive and the Windows icons look pretty good, they gave us a respite from the usual row x column Android/iOS icons.
Apps and Services
It’s the Windows side that needs to improve though. When we get to Windows apps, the appstore is quite limited, without a doubt in comparison to Android or iOS. The most average games like Angry Birds are actually quite expensive while the free ones are hardly worth much.
The set comes loaded with MS-Office, but it hardly read any other Word documents, except the ones we loaded on the handset itself. The Xbox Live is just their as a fancy feature. You can hardly even compare it to the normal Android games let alone a real Xbox.
One of the disappointments with the Lumia 800 was the lack of a MicroSD slot. The 14 GB available memory will fill up soon in case you love your music or take a lot of pictures. The least we would have recommended would have been at least 32 GB considering the price tag.