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Nokia Lumia 800 review: New beginnings

2 December 2011 | Read the review | Post your comment
Nokia Lumia 800 review: New beginnings - read the full textIt will take crowds erupting in delight to silence the ring of the "burning platform" speech in the Nokia Lumia 800's ears. The speaker being Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and the burning platform Symbian...


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nokia needs to change os android maemo meego you choose just not w7 it's so obvious that w7 just save you for closing good. still it's not impressing some consumers..just like me. i used to buy nokia products. then i bought iphone it dit impress me but bored me eventually why no freedom like nokia (symbian). the the only made be buy iphone was curiosity for the ui. of course i jailbroken it. many times actually but got tired. Currently i'm using samsung galaxy s2 it is both impressing me hardware and software. i rooted it also for more tweaking such as freedom on customizing rom. widgets helped me a lot. i don't need to open and app to view what's going on on my updates emails and more.

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  • 2011-12-03 17:35
  • 4CVp

Aww but i wanna use nokia ovi suite, cant i?

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  • 2011-12-03 16:54
  • v0Xt

non removable battery, no microSD card, unpopular microSIM card, etc.
better get other windows phone...

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  • 2011-12-03 16:43
  • tA$9

looks like im going to buy this =)

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  • 2011-12-03 16:38
  • pWIe

> In reply to oks4n4 @ 2011-12-03 00:05 from tA$t - click to readBecause Android buggy.

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  • 2011-12-03 16:20
  • 4vNm

Well I have one... and I'll respectfully disagree on most of the review's points:

- Display dimmer than N9: haven't compared the two, but it's still bright enough to occasionally hurt my eyes and function as a flashlight, so clearly bright enough!
- No flash/silverlight: Good effin riddance! With HTML5 support, why do you need them?
- USB mass storage: Point, but I rarely use my phone as a USB key, I carry a 32GB one on my keychain instead.
- No video calls/ffc: I have yet to see anyone I know ever actually make a video call, except to test the feature (once). So it's a gimmik afaic.
- Non-replaceable battery: I agree this is a negative. iPhone users seem to manage just fine.
- No memory card slot: Unnecessary since there's no USB mass storage anyway. There might be a 64GB version eventually. But feh, my old Android phone had 32GB and I never came close to using it all.
- MicroSIM: I fail to see how this is a disadvantage. I called my operator and they sent me a MicroSIM for my existing subscription at no cost to me.
- No native DivX/Xvid: WP7 has native DivX support. See:

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  • 2011-12-03 15:37
  • 3LWa

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-12-03 08:06 from Pv9c - click to readno, it has the same camera. its the processing that meakes a difference. hopefuly software update will fix it soon.
i have galaxy S2, but love both Nokias N9 and Lumia.
maybe N9 bit more ;)

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  • 2011-12-03 15:10
  • 3JYB

Why do we really need flash in a mobile device? To play games and to see animations? Really? There are examples of flash uses: . This was on an ipod, but you got the point.

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  • 2011-12-03 14:42
  • 0B0n

> In reply to truth @ 2011-12-03 11:48 from Lftx - click to readdont compare your grandfather with yourself.
Symbian's lifetime is over...
As i see, WP7 is equal to ios(instant response) where android is laggy.
as per maturity WP7 is not yet in a stage to be compared with Android 4.0, WP7 is just 1.0 now[Mango].
WP7 2.0[Apollo] will be ready to take head-on with Android. but it will take a decade to stamp Android.
Failure chances are there for any mobile os.
Symbian - declared dead
Meego - Born with difficulties
iOS - has cancer
Android - has got Ebola,Polio,influenza,diabetes,Hiv,Cancer and more to come
WP7 - is just born to fight the whole world of haters with just bare hands.

lets see what happens

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  • 2011-12-03 14:19
  • vGnb

> In reply to oks4n4 @ 2011-12-03 00:05 from tA$t - click to readnokia is different :) and there are many brand with android you can choose and change the brand with nokia sticker :p

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  • 2011-12-03 12:33
  • PRWW

"Despite some talk that Nokia would be allowed to modify the Windows Phone interface, the Lumia 800 uses a completely unmodified interface" Nokia need 5years to make UI :)

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  • 2011-12-03 12:13
  • PRWV

A beautiful iPhone by Nokia. But sorry Nokia, I'm not an iFan. The mobile industry is now gravitating away from sophistication and versatility towards simplicity, fluidity and dumbness. Question is, why can't we have the best of both worlds? Wait a sec, I guess that's what android is set to achieve. Thumbs-up to google!

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  • 2011-12-03 11:55
  • fsVb

Too bad that WP is the worst mobile OS on market. It's more like firmware for dumbphones than real OS for smartphones - it lacks so much functionality. Symbian had tons more functionality years ago. Microsoft paid millions of dollars to Nokia to kill Meego - they know, that Nokia with their name and patents was only one company that could save WP. They bribed the mammoth with cheap money and killed the company. Nokia is now just hw manufacturer. Sad.

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  • 2011-12-03 11:48
  • Lftx

Is it just me or i just hate nokia switching to wp plateform. Its really boring

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  • 2011-12-03 10:24
  • sy3e

I say no to this particular handset, its old os in higher price. No video calling, front facing cam, exp memory, old bluetooth, file transfer.
Is Nokia made this phone and in a high price, it will not highly acceptable by Nokia lovers. Not happy from specs. Camera not best, screen lacks small size, non user battery.

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  • 2011-12-03 09:43
  • 9GHH

great hardware with great operating system. will wait for it to launch locally and im getting this. used to have mozart but did not like the look. this is best of both worlds for me. great job nokia!

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  • 2011-12-03 08:47
  • vxi@

phone looks promising & will surely help nokia to get their true position at the top. Nice review btw

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  • 2011-12-03 08:36
  • wdM3

nokia n9 have better camera too.

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  • 2011-12-03 08:06
  • Pv9c

gsmarena u forgot no bluetooth file transfers.
old bluetooth specs.

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  • 2011-12-03 07:59
  • Pv9c

remember all, this was never meant to be a flagship, it was meant to be a very solid and good phone for the average user to boost windows OS in america and put some spark and interest into windows phone and nokia together worldwide. Nokia will use the '900' series windows devices to battle the high end devices like galaxy s3. after MWC we will see nokias and microsoft's full intentions with their flagship/s

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  • 2011-12-03 06:32
  • v64H

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