Nokia's Lumia handsets hands-on

Nokia's Lumia handsets hands-on

Summary: The flagship Lumia 710 and 800, launched this week, are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and run on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, with Microsoft Office integration and Nokia Drive


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  • Nokia Lumia 800 display

    Nokia has introduced its Lumia range of smartphones, the first from the Finnish company to run on the Windows Phone platform.

    The Lumia 710 and 800 handsets, which debuted at Nokia World in London on Wednesday, also mark the first time Nokia has used Qualcomm Snapdragon chips in its devices.

    Both devices run the Windows Phone 7.5 mobile operating system, called Mango, and both use the 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. They also both come pre-installed with features such as Mix Radio and Nokia Drive, and use a mobile version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 browser. In addition, they have a micro-SIM rather than a standard SIM card.

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  • Nokia Lumia 800 camera

    The Lumia 800, described by chief executive Stephen Elop as Nokia's new flagship device, has the better specifications of the two. It will launch in the UK in November with a price tag of €420 (£367).

    It combines the usual smartphone staples of Wi-Fi, HSDPA connectivity GPS and Bluetooth with a 3.7-inch Amoled display. On the rear of the phone is an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, capable of capturing HD video. Internal storage is limited to 16GB as standard and cannot be expanded, as there is no microSD slot. The device also has a fixed rear panel, meaning owners cannot change the battery themselves.

    The touchscreen display performed particularly well in the limited hands-on tests ZDNet UK conducted. Similarly, the device did not show any signs of lag when opening or closing apps, indicating that the processor has enough heft to smoothly run the Mango operating system.

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  • Nokia Lumia 800 Office

    Like other Windows Phone Mango devices, such as the HTC Titan or Radar, the Lumia 800 comes with Microsoft Office access built in. This allows users to access documents such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint files stored locally or remotely.

    A Microsoft Lync messaging and communications app will be available as part of Office on mobiles before the end of the year, a Nokia spokesperson told ZDNet UK.

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Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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  • I want a Nokia 800 NOW! - This is an Iphone 4s killer, and it's fresh. Better than Android. And perfectly balanced for battery life and performance. If you have well written coding upon the OS, then that alone can possibly compensate or not need dual core processors just yet. - Nokia is back with a big bite. I am so glad to see. I am waiting for symbian Belle - which as we know is better than Android and iOS5 - As we know it has had very good reviews. - So with Nokia giving us a range of OS's such as Symbian Belle - Which is better than Android and Apple. And now with Microsoft offering yet again a superb OS - Nokia have won the crown. They are the Rolls Royce of Phones alongside with it's brother Microsoft. And we know that common people go for common cars.

    I want a rolls royce of a phone, not something that everyone has. I want something original and the best in balance overall. Something special like a rolls royce of smartphones, something that is not common like everyone else has... And that is the Nokia Lumia 800.

    So many common Androids and iPhones - sick to death of those things, the remind me of BMW drivers.

    Get a life, get a decent phone such as a Nokia! Apple and Android are way over-rated by joe public who haven't got a clue about phones or technology. And the magazines reviewers sometimes haven't got a clue either.

    I used to work for NATO Satellite Comms. Using Sky/BBC technology.

    Only a Nokia is powerful enough and versatile enough for what I need. An Apple and Android just can't do it for me.

    Good job Nokia.
  • What a ridiculous comment.

    a) Your assertion that "getting a life" depends on your mobile. Get a life.
    b) A Nokia WinMo is -not- a Rolls Royce of a phone. It barely competes. It doesn't even have the apps to back it up. It looks nice, but for now ... no horse-powered apps. Sorry.
    c) An iPhone/Android is perfectly acceptable for "joe public". They are the most advanced and app-backed phones out there and the wisest choice, vs "status"-fools such as your good? self.

    I hope you were paid well for staining the internet.
  • LOL at "iPhone killer"; nothing can take that behemoth down.
    But it IS a beautiful looking phone, I'm mesmerized by its design and I haven't even bought it...yet!