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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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really no flash in browser?? come on out of all the things they couldn't put something simple like that in their phone. they are going down hill big time at least they can do is come out with a phone that can compete with the rest of the competition.. And they wonder why they lost half their shares hmmmmm i cant see them doing business for the next years to come

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  • 2011-12-06 20:58
  • Iv{F

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-12-06 14:56 from CRm9 - click to read+1
Contact sender is available in marketplace (free).
Syncing with cloud (the best at this moment) - very great. At last all my contacts are combined.
Rumors says tha Skype (MS owns it) will be integrated in OS. It is just a question of time.

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  • 2011-12-06 17:36
  • mJr{

> In reply to rokil @ 2011-12-05 16:45 from uEBd - click to readYup, same thought here..

I think it offers the smoothness (or maybe even better) of iOS but with more features, but yet not quite on par with android..

But still, if all OS have the same features, what differentiates them?
All of them have dis/advantages.. and for me, i think WP7 is quite amazing considering its age..
I am not inclined to iOS phone, yet i am not fully satisfied with my android phone, which is kinda laggy and 'heavy' sometimes.. and playing with the lumia for sometimes really makes me think that, 'hey, maybe android is for me to tool around and really pushing the phone to its limit in terms of customisation, but the lumia is great for my daily normal usage where i will just need that connectivity without having to think about customisation etc..' it's like the android for my wild side and the wp for my more serious side..

I don't really care what my android has that this phone doesn't..
Most of the time, i don't really use those.. i play around with my phone, but i will eventually come back to making phonecalls, smsing, checking emails and social networking.. and i think the lumia is more than enough for that..

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  • 2011-12-06 15:10
  • CRm9

> In reply to Bailey @ 2011-12-05 12:05 from i5BK - click to readI have to agree with you.. having android sometimes is nice.. but when i tried this phone several days ago for quite a while.. well, i have to say it was kinda love at first sight.. beautiful design and smooth OS.. even my hardcore iPhone fan girlfriend said she might just get this instead.. and to be honest, it's more like an iOS, with its closed ecosystem.. but it was nice.. it was beautiful.. something that my android can't give me yet..
Yes, my android may be more customisable, has more features like mass storage and all that.. but, sometimes, i just want simplicity, something beautiful and smooth in this quite a mess world.. and i think it just gives me that..

And to be honest, i wish my android has some sort of syncing program that can take care of my photos and especially my musics.. cus i'm just too lazy to do them manually..
Yes, iTunes is a great way to manage them, and that's the ONLY thing i wish android can have, a management software, without being dependent on it like the iPhone..

But one thing that i would need to consider before getting this phone.. the front camera..
Living far from family, i really want to use this feature, and i am using it quite often right now.. yes, i am one of the few who actually use ffc for vid call and not for self portrait..

Oh, and maybe i would miss the mass storage, contact transfer and bluetooth..
But heck, i didn't even have color screen three years ago..

I think apart from its price and the ffc, it's a one beautiful phone that i just love to hold, the smoothness, the Metro, the curves.. i can't get that experience elsewhere yet..
Anyone can say what they want, but i still think that it's gorgeous..

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  • 2011-12-06 14:56
  • CRm9

You have used incompatible stereophones (test device). Please recheck spec or consult with Nokia. It is very important. It's well known problem with old stereophones - sound degradation.

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  • 2011-12-06 14:23
  • mJr{

> In reply to Simonster @ 2011-12-04 05:12 from 7BQ6 - click to readGreat. Your loss, our gain.

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  • 2011-12-06 05:33
  • RK6@

P means Progressive,

I don't have time to completely explain but its the way the picture is displayed, for full reference have a google on Progressive vs Interlaced Scanning.

Progressive is far better and in real simple lamens terms, if you put a camera to an Interlaced screen, you see those funny lines like in old monitors, when recording a progressive its displayed dynamically... its more indepth than that but you get the picture.... see what I did there? hehe

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  • 2011-12-06 00:57
  • mpSq

what does p mean in 720p

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  • 2011-12-05 16:57
  • 3AxW

waited, and i think with mango, wp is "fully usable" (when first launched, no copy&paste, missed some other functions). in fact, i think, it's comparable with ios & android. i've an iphone and used a number of android handsets; se mini pro being the latest one i also carry now, i do miss the many features/functions on android, but i cant stand the bugs/lagginess/force-closes etc. on-screen keyboard were sub-par too (thats why i switched to se mini pro w/ a physical qwerty)...i guess wp is the middle ground between android & ios...more features/functions than ios but not yet at the android level..

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  • 2011-12-05 16:45
  • uEBd

> In reply to Alui @ 2011-12-05 13:10 from Am9Y - click to readWhy dont you just have a pin code for your phone and also one for you sim.

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  • 2011-12-05 13:25
  • i5BK

Just some questions:
How/ can you protect individual apps? If you lose your phone in an airport before a long flight, people that find it can enjoy free internet access, or looking at the pictures guess where you live and rob your house.
I just want to know if you can lock individual apps(internet browser, settings, market, gallery, etc), like on an Android phone.
I understand the the galley tile slide-shows your photos on the screen. Can you restrict some photos of being shown?

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  • 2011-12-05 13:10
  • Am9Y

windows phone security isnt good either.

someone pirated a sofware and put for free on the market,
microsoft even approve it. they nwo removed it and wipe the app from peopel that bought it

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  • 2011-12-05 12:58
  • Pv9c

I just want to point out that Windows Phone 7(and 7.5) does have native Divx and Xvid support. If it's in an mp4 or m4v container then it'll be fine.
It's the avi video container file format that it doesn't support. If you pop your xvid/divx video stream into one of the supported containers it plays just fine and there's no long conversion process to do that.

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  • 2011-12-05 12:05
  • 3JcB

As a person that used Android and has still got a warm spot for it i decided to take the plunge and get an Nokia Lumia 800 and i have to say i love it. The people hub is amazing and so simply to use there is no lag sorry Android i really got sick of it after a while and i have yet to see a force closer sign because something didnt work. The zune player is great actually i can stream as much music as i like for £8.99 a month also i can download it onto my phone and play it where ever i go. texting is great and email is great. The one downside is that games are very expensive. I have used facebook and twitter loads more because it is built in the system. yes it is not dual core and i cant add moving wallpapers and the like but to be honest i knew what i was geting before i bought it and i dont care. I dont want to see people when i call them so front facing means nothing to me. the OS is simple and fluid to use something that i have never been able to say of Android in all my years of using it. Also i believe the reviewer needs to get a clue Nokia have never stated that this was going to be the phone that saved it we all know they only had about 7 months how much do you think they were really going to do. What they have done is make a good start and the handset is desirable all the Android handsets i have had reviewers thought they were great because of their specs but they didnt look that nice case in point Htc desire was not a looker. I have had this phone and everyone has wanted to pick it up and play with it. Sorry but i cant fault it i wish i could but i cant it just works.

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  • 2011-12-05 12:05
  • i5BK

Bear in mind people... that this really is just a stop-gap until next year (haven't they already announced the Lumia 900 flag ship?)
I would wait...
Feb / March should see a new line up and definitely an improvement on this (if W7.5 is your bag...)
As it stands this is just to get their foot in the door...
Next year is make or break for them...
And they'll have a hell of a lot of competition..
;)

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  • 2011-12-05 11:47
  • GjjS

I thought I'd like this phone, but I cannot use a Phone thats limited to 16GB of storage.
I have about 1100 songs (8gb) on my Galaxy S II, got Maps of ENTIRE Europe (about 8gb) saved. I've got about 200-300 pictures, and probably 10-20 videos recorded @ 1080p. I'm no math genius but.. What will be left for Apps? App Data?
Nothing

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  • 2011-12-05 11:43
  • SnDQ

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-12-05 08:50 from wMHH - click to readi totally agree.. NOKIA is Symbian... they should make it better...

or just get ANDROID....

posted from HTC EVO 3D

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  • 2011-12-05 11:05
  • f0J7

to start off: my wm6.5 htc hd2 has full multi-tasking (though less ram for applications) and IE with full flash support. 3 years later MS do not show any evolution, but contrary. Shame on Nokia that their "savior" is so pathetic. LOL :-P

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  • 2011-12-05 10:43
  • Svec

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-12-05 08:35 from wMHH - click to readNokia is Symbian. Nokia with anything else is a different phone--only the brand name. Symbian should have been improved instead of going Windows. It's light and requires very little hardware-wise. With this Lumia, you're buying just another Windows phone, not a real Nokia.

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  • 2011-12-05 08:50
  • wMHH

Windows, even in desktops, are products of marketing hype. On desktops, they were pretty heavy on hardware (compared to macOS or Linux). They excelled in marketing which explains their success on desktops. On mobiles, well they met with limited success for the same reason--very heavy and slow. To save itself from drowning, Nokia just grabbed a lifesaver made of cement!!!

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  • 2011-12-05 08:35
  • wMHH

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