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Nokia Lumia 800 review

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Nokia lumia 800 review

One of the big changes for Nokia is that the new Nokia Windows Phones lack a front facing camera which places them on the back foot to start with when compared with the HTC Titan and HTC Radar and other non-WP7 devices.

This move came as a surprise as Nokia devices have long had front facing cameras with the similarly packaged Nokia N9 having one in the bottom corner.

This is exacerbated by the recent acquisition of Skype by Microsoft providing an even stronger link to video calling.

Nokia lumia 800 review

The Nokia response with respect to the lack of the front-facing camera is that the production turnaround time for the initial Nokia WP7 devices meant that they needed to have their functionality focused on their intended user-base, and those using video chat make a very small portion of the market. As the range expands these kinds of features are sure to return at some point.

Although the Nokia Lumia 710 also falls short with its lack of a front-facing camera, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 900 is to incorporate a 1.3 CMOS camera at last. This is an opportune time for this to be re-introduced based on the recent release of the first Skype beta for Windows Phone.

The rear camera on the Nokia Lumia 800 sports the same specification as that on the HTC Titan with a 8MP f/2.2 camera lens and Dual-LED flash, capable of up to 720p HD video recording.

It's a step forward when compared with Nokia's Symbian phones, as there's a touch-based method of focussing and capture feature like that offered on the iPhone enabling better control on the subject focus on photographs.

Nokia lumia 800 review

The Camera app comes with the standard settings to control Scenes (default: Auto), White Balance (default: Auto), Exposure Value (default: 0), ISO (default: Auto), Effects (default: Normal), Contrast (default: Normal), Saturation (default: Normal), Focus Mode (default: (Macro) and Resolution (default: 8MP 4:3) as well as a new Metering Mode (default: Centre Weighted) which controls how the camera manages exposure based on the light conditions across the photograph.

A nice touch on the Nokia Lumia 800 Camera app is that you are able to transition directly between the Camera and the Captured Shots and Videos by tapping the soft arrow icon or swiping towards the WP7 hard button bar, returning to the Camera by swiping away from the hard button bar again. This kind of seamless integration shows this is a next generation phone.

Once in the image viewer, there are options to share on Facebook, use as wallpaper, delete, add to favourites or auto-fix. Having played with auto-fix, it does a good job, with the only pity being that it does not remove red-eye, so you'll need a third party app for this.

Also when you select to share to Facebook, auto face recognition kicks in if you tap the tag icon on the upload screen, enable the naming of the image and tagging of anyone in it prior to uploading.

Nokia lumia 800 review

DAYTIME: This was taken with default settings

Nokia lumia 800 review

TAP FOCUS & CAPTURE - CLOSE: This was taken with tap to focus and capture with a near field subject.

Nokia lumia 800 review

TAP FOCUS & CAPTURE - DISTANT: This was taken with tap to focus and capture with a distant subject.

Nokia lumia 800 review

MAXIMUM ZOOM: Maximum zoom provides good resolution and colours.

Nokia lumia 800 review

RED-EYES: Night Mode with flash provides a good colours, but there is no red-eye flash.

Nokia lumia 800 review

FIREWORKS: Night Mode with no flash provide a good colour and contrast of fireworks display.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
ColourCyan
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time13 Hour
Product ModelLumia 800
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)142 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density252 ppi
Height116.5 mm
Width61.2 mm
Depth12.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time265 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 800 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002Z054
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing Information

All-screen design

With the seamless all-screen design and curved glass everything seems to float on the surface of the display.

Really friendly

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Very fast

Browse the web fast with Internet Explorer 9. And go from pocket to photo to Facebook in seconds.

Amazing photos

Take photos fast and share them with the world seconds later.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 800 Smartphone
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable
  • Nokia Fast USB Charger
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Quick Guide
  • User Guide
  • Product Information Leaflet
  • Soft Cover
Limited Warranty2 Year