You might say that Nokia is a little bit late to the party (more like a few years late), but at least they decided to ditch Symbian as OS for flagship devices and teamed up with Microsoft in order to make a comeback. Nokias marketshare was steadily declining in the past years and it seemed like nothing can stop the momentum of iOS and Android. Microsoft released Windows Phone 7 which is a unique and good mobile OS, but they couldn’t gain more than 1% marketshare worldwide. The partnership with Nokia is equally important to both sides.
And now Nokia finally presented the Lumia 800, a Windows Phone 7.5 based smartphone with great looks and solid hardware specs.
It’s great to see a company daring to try out a fresh hardware design, since all other manufacturers stick with the same standard formula of very similar looking smartphones. The Lumia is looking like the twin brother of the recently released Nokia N9 MeeGo smartphone, so it’s not a completely new design but still very charming.
It’s made of one single piece of plastic and has rounded edges on the sides and hard edges at the top and bottom. This leads to a very high quality and unique impression.
Looking at the device you’ll notice that the screen is also embedded perfectly as there is no visible gap between the display and the rest of the hardware. It looks like one single entity.
The hardware specs are not really high-end as the Lumia packs a WVGA 3,7″ SUPER AMOLED screen with a single core 1,4 Ghz CPU, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB storage without an SD card slot like all WP7 phones. But this shouldn’t stop customers from seriously considering this phone, as Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is a great mobile OS which works perfectly well based on those specs. Combine the great built quality of the Lumia 800 and the unique looks of this phone with Windows Phone 7.5 and we have a very strong combination here. Rumours are already floating around that there will be a true high end WP7 phone from Nokia soon, so the Lumia 800 should be considered as medium tier at this point, while the also announced Lumia 710 is a cheaper low end device. I think Nokia did a great job here, and gave WP7 the much needed unique hardware which should attract some more customers finally.