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 social networking

    Like other Windows Phone devices, the Lumia 800 comes with People Hub, which permits people to set up groups of contacts for quick access to email, messages and updates from social-networking services such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. It also lets people look at all updates from all contacts, if they prefer. 

    The design of Lumia 800 stands out as different to that of its main smartphone rivals, somewhat echoing the Nokia N9. It is available in black, blue or pink and weighs 142g. It is 12.1mm thick. The side of the handset is home to power, volume and camera shutter buttons.

    The Lumia 800 also has three microphones: one for calls and two for noise cancellation on the rear. On the bottom of the device is a speaker for music playback and hands-free calls.  

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  • Nokia Lumia 710 Nokia Drive

    The Lumia 710 is the lower priced of the two devices — at around €270 — and features many of the same hardware specs as the Lumia 800. One of the differences is the 710 comes with a 5-megapixel, rather than an 8-megapixel, camera. It also has removable interchangeable rear covers, allowing access to the battery, unlike the Lumia 800.

    Nokia Drive, which is pre-installed on the smartphones, provides real-time voice-guided navigation. Unlike other mobile navigation products, such as Google Maps on Android and iOS devices, Nokia Drive pre-loads all the mapping information it needs. This means it does not need a data connection to navigate. If a user deviates from the pre-loaded route data, the handset will simply download the rest of the data required to get to the destination.

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  • Nokia Lumia 710 Office features

    Like the 800, the Lumia 710 provides Microsoft Office integration, with access to documents stored locally or remotely. The remote files can be kept on SharePoint or can be stored in a user's back-up on SkyDrive, which comes with 25GB of storage as standard.

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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!