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Nokia Lumia 800 review | Windows Phone

Published on: Friday, January 27th 2012                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone

Menu of the Nokia Lumia 800

Previously, the now outdated 'Windows Mobile' was interesting for its synchronization possibilities. Various applications/settings have been present for a while, only it remained a relatively forced mobile version of Windows desktop variant. The new Windows Phones have been rigorously rearranged: everything is arranged from the user’s point of view. After unlocking the Nokia Lumia 800’s screen, the menu is visible in two parts, the so-called ‘tiles’ and the actual main menu. The tiles are a combination of quick launch links and Widgets. The actual main menu is made up of a long list of main programs. You can switch between this list and the tiles by moving across the screen from left to right.

Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone

Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone

Microsoft Windows Phone Mango

The tiles are the new Windows Phone operating system trademark. They can be arranged according to preference, and the icons are interactive. You will receive a notification every time there is a new message in a connected account, or when there are updates for applications. The Lumia 800’s menu structure takes some getting used to because it is not the same layout that we are familiar with. It was very daring to change the layout so radically, but I find it a positive change. Everything works very quickly and smoothly, there is a ‘back’ button that shows every screen previously used back to the main menu. That is another form of multi-tasking. The search button under the screen brings you to the Bing search engine. It has a scan logo, and after selecting it, you can scan QR-codes or text and then translate it.

 

Nokia Lumia 800 camera

Nokia Lumia 800 camera

8 megapixel digital camera

The Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone has an 8.0 megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss lens technology. The camera application is started up by choosing the camera option in the menu or with the quick button on the side of the Nokia Smartphone. The camera application starts up fairly quickly; you can start shooting in about 2 seconds. This is a handy bonus when starting the camera from the stand-by mode. Even if the phone is locked, you can still start the camera application by holding down the camera button. This certainly saves time when you quickly take the phone out of your pocket or purse to take a snapshot. Nearly the whole screen serves as a viewfinder while shooting.

Nokia Lumia digital camera

Nokia Lumia digital camera

Taking photos with the Nokia Lumia

While shooting photos, on the left there is a small border of the previous photo and to the right some quick buttons for settings, zoom and switching to the video mode. You take a photo by holding down the shutter release button, focusing is skipped. You could hold down the button halfway first in order to focus, but this does not always work. If you should touch the screen, the camera will focus first. Via the Nokia Lumia 800’s settings menu you can adjust the scene mode, contrast, ISO-values, resolution and even effects. The photos shot with the Nokia Lumia smartphone are acceptable. There is a lot of noise visible, however, and the colors appear nicer on the AMOLED screen than they really are, so that the photos are disappointing on the computer.

 

Nokia Lumia 800 Multimedia

T he Nokia Lumia 800’s display is an incredibly clear AMOLED Touchscreen with ClearBlack technology, for the ultimate display of multimedia applications. Black is truly black on this screen, and the transition from the screen to the edge of the phone is almost invisible. This beautiful screen is perfect for showing movies. There is also an Xbox Live environment for gaming, where your Avatar dances to the music that you are playing. Of course there is an extensive music player available where you can easily find your favorite music. There is also a music store, where you can listen to a demo of every track before you buy it.

Nokia Lumia 800 review

 
 
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