Nokia Lumia 800: Should You Buy One?

If you are attached to Microsoft Windows then ‘Yes’ is the simple answer, for the Nokia Lumia 800, priced at £365, runs on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 operating system and as such, is the first Nokia phone that does so. It’s like having a tiny portable computer wherever you go. Simpler social networking quickly connects you to family, friends and business associates while Internet Explorer 9 gives you faster browsing. Beautifully designed with a smooth polyurethane body that comes with rounded corners of which you can choose in black, cyan and magenta. Supplied with a powerful 8-mega-pixel camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics, an aperture of f/2.2, continuous auto-focus, a dual LED flash and 720p HD video recording at 30fps, you cannot fail to take better photos and video.

The hardware of the Nokia Lumia is similar to the Apple iPhone 4 and the new Motorola RAZR, as it uses the smaller micro SIM cards instead of regular-sized SIMs. Housing a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, complete with Clear Black Display technology, which is slightly domed to give the effect that the images are jumping out at you, and always with vivid colours and perfectly sharp pictures. The Nokia Lumia has a host of features that you would expect with one of the higher priced smart phones, from Nokia Music, a customised Last.fm style radio service which allows you to choose music of your own taste and stream it to the phone, to Nokia Drive, a Sat Nav installation which comes pre-installed and gives you directions as you are driving, to the new People App, similar to Facebook and Twitter where you can update contacts and have email conversations.

Here are the specs:

3.7-inch AMOLED Screen

8 Megapixel Carl Zeiss Camera with LED Flash

1.4 GHz Processor

16 GB Internal Memory

Windows Phone 7.5 OS

The Nokia Lumia has a speaker at the bottom which is good enough to hear your music or updates over loud conversations and driving and traffic noise. You get an earphone jack at the top and a micro-USB connection for charging and connecting to your computer. We think this is a great smart phone for those who do not want to pay more than is necessary to get a load of functions but still have the main ones and a few unique apps.

Due to hit the shops on the 16th of November, the Nokia Lumia 800 will be available on a range of pay monthly contracts. To buy visit the following websites:

www.vodafone.co.uk

www.phones4u.co.uk

www.o2.co.uk

www.carphonewarehouse.com

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