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Nokia Lumia 800: A Taste of Something Different

Sleek smartphone shows why Windows Phones has promise!
by KC Calpo | Aug 23, 2012
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Look who decided to pay us a visit! It's the Nokia Lumia 800! Launched globally late last year, it was (finally) unveiled in May 2012 for the Pinoy tech community. In case you didn't know, the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 800 is one of the stalwarts of Nokia's Lumia smartphone line and, as such, has the features to potentially bring Android and iPhone users back into the Finnish company's bosom.

Looking good there!

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In terms of size, the Lumia 800 is a bit smaller than several other top-notch smartphones from other brands, like Sammy's Galaxy S III. It's also not as thin as recently launced smartphones (hello, Sony Xperia S). But its smaller size and bigger heft, along with its curved sides, make it easy to hold and use for long periods. It's also quite the looker, thanks to its 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display. And unlike many of the old Nokia phones (like the uber-popular 3310), you won't also have to deal with any removable plastic covers with this one. The whole exterior is polycarbonate plastic, which certainly helps it look more sleek and masculine. In fact, we find our shiny black test unit as the best terno to a dark suit and tie (sayang, we don't own a dark suit and tie).

Push its buttons!

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As for usability, there are three dedicated keys (for Back/Home/Search) at the bottom of the curved
display. On the right side, you'll find three silver buttons for the camera, power, and volume rocker.
A 3.5mm audio jack is accompanied at the top of the phone by a micro-USB port and the microSIM slot, with the last two nicely hidden by separate covers that pop up with a slight push and slide out. The back
showcases the built-in 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash perfect for all your camwhoring needs. Meanwhile, the bottom part holds the internal speakers. For those who don't want it in black, don't worry; this smartphone also comes in light blue, white, and even pink for the ladies.

Under the hood

Specs-wise, the Lumia 800 gets a pretty good grade from us. The 1.GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
chip makes short work of all the stored content and user-given commands. Connectivity
options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G, a big help for those of you who always needs to be updated even if they're AFK (that's geek term for "away from keyboard"). This Lumia model also offers a maximum 16GB of storage. You might find its 512MB of RAM lacking, especially if you're the type who uses multiple apps at the same time. But if you're no serial mobile apps and games user, 512MB is more than enough to get a smartphone running smootlhly.

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NEXT: Introducing, Windows Phone 7.5!

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