Nokia Lumia 800 review
A year ago we wrote that Nokia were pinning their future on the new Symbian ^3 operating system. Well, that didn't work out so well. One year later, Symbian is dead, and Nokia are now pinning their future on the Windows Phone operating system. The Lumia 800 is the first Nokia phone to run Windows Phone, so let's take a peek and see whether Nokia + Microsoft = success.
The first thing we want to say is that we think Nokia made a good decision dropping Symbian in favour of Windows Phone. At Mobile-Phones-UK we've always liked Windows, even in the days when most people hated it :) Now that Microsoft have launched version 7.5 Mango, it's becoming quite a snazzy and refined operating system. "Easier, Faster, Funner" is Nokia's description of the phone. And even though funner isn't a real word, it's a description we can go with.
If you're used to old Nokia smartphones, you'll be used to doing battle with your phone every time you use it. It'll come as a surprise to learn that the Windows Phone operating system is actually on your side. It's working with you, not against you. There's no need to reboot your phone every few hours because Symbian crashed again. That's the "Easier" bit.
"Faster" is because the operating system isn't as greedy for resources as, say, Android. So the 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM that Nokia have given the Lumia 800 are more than adequate. There's no need for a dual-core processor and gigabytes of RAM to make Mango run fast. The Lumia 800 also has hardware acceleration of graphics. Multi-tasking? 3D transition effects and live tiles on the home screen? No problem!
What about "Funner"? Well, this must be about the way the user interface of Mango works. It's all about tiles. Obviously, Microsoft looked at the iPhone and Android phones, with their little icons dotted around the screen, and thought, "Why waste space? Let's fill the screen with tiles." Now tiles aren't icons. They're a lot cleverer. Sometimes they behave like icons, just sitting there waiting to be pressed, but often they live busy lives of their own, displaying info, retrieving data, checking for updates. So the messaging tile updates to show when you've got new messages. The calendar tile shows you what's happening today. The people hub shows photos from your social networking contacts. And when you open a tile, there's a cool 3D effect. Hence, "Funner."
One of the features we like is that social networking is built into the heart of Windows Phone. Facebook and twitter are integrated with emails and text messaging. There are a growing number of apps available for Windows Phone, and Nokia has added some custom ones for the Lumia too. Angry Birds is here and Nokia Drive gives you turn-by-turn navigation with voice prompts. On the business side, Office is available, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. One thing missing is Flash support in the browser, but the iPhone 4S doesn't have that either. Another thing missing is Profiles, which Symbian users may miss. Overall we give a thumbs up to Windows Phone 7.5, and we look forward to see how it develops and what new apps Nokia brings to the partnership.
So much for the OS. What about the rest of the phone? Well, it's a looker. Constructed from polycarbonate, it feels tough and looks cool, with its smooth, seamless one-piece body. Although rectangular when viewed from the front, it's curved and tapered from the side, making it feel slimmer and easy to grip. We like the minimalist feel, and it comes in a choice of colours too. We think it looks great in black though, with the blackness of the screen merging with the phone's body for a very cool look. But watch out for scratches! The screen isn't the largest by any means, but it's bigger than the iPhone 4S's screen, and it's big enough. It's a capacitive AMOLED screen, so blacks are very black and colours are very colourful, and with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, it's very sharp and detailed too. Gorilla Glass gives it much-needed protection.
The Lumia 800 comes with 16GB of built-in memory, which will be plenty for most people, but we'd have liked to see a microSD memory card option too. However, that's not the way of Windows Phone it seems.
Music is good on the phone. In addition to the Zune software that comes with all Windows Phone devices, the Lumia also has Nokia Music. This gives easy access to all your music tracks, organised by Artist, Album, Genre, Playlist, etc. It also gives access to Mix Radio, which streams music to your phone over Wi-Fi. Mix Radio lets you choose a genre, then you can listen to playlists streamed to your phone. There's also a built-in FM radio. As with most Nokias, music quality is excellent, especially when using the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The camera is excellent. It can't match the quality of the Nokia N8, but with an 8 megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, a wide f2.2 aperture, autofocus and a dual LED flash, it's got what it takes to match most of the competition. In poor lighting, it can be a bit noisy, but in daylight we can't fault it. The camera can also record video in HD 720p resolution. For a flagship phone, we'd have liked to see 1080p, but it's not the end of the world. We'd have liked a front-facing camera too, like on the HTC Radar, but that's also missing for some reason.
The Lumia 800 comes with a substantial 1450mAh battery. This is enough to power it through a day of heavy use. If you're economical with it, you might get longer.
So, we've come away liking the first Windows Phone product to be released by Nokia. Considering what a big change in direction this is for Nokia, they've done a great job in a short time, and we look forward to seeing what they'll do next. Should you buy the Lumia 800? It's an excellent phone, but not an outstanding one. We like the new operating system, we like the look and feel of the phone, we like the fact that the phone never feels stretched, however many apps you play with. But it doesn't wow us. It doesn't have a super-sized screen, it doesn't have the best camera ever, it doesn't have the number of apps that iOS and Android have, it doesn't even have a memory card. But it doesn't cost as much as an iPhone 4S or a Galaxy S2 either. If you like the Goldilocks appeal of being not too hot and not too cold, then you'll find yourself warming to the Lumia 800. And if you're in the market for a Windows Phone device, then choosing Nokia could turn out to be a good move, given the closeness of Nokia and Microsoft.
The new Nokia Lumia 710 offers most of the functionality of the 800, but at a reduced price.
Nokia Lumia 800 features include:
- Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system
- 1400 MHz Qualcomm processor
- 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash, f2.2, 3x digital zoom
- Video camera: HD quality 720p resolution, 30 frames/second, 3x digital zoom
- Display: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16 million colours, 480 x 800 pixels (3.7 inches) with Gorilla Glass
- Media player
- Stereo FM radio
- aGPS with Bing Maps, Nokia Maps and digital compass
- MP3, AAC & WMA ringtones
- Integrated hands-free speaker
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (support for attachments)
- Java games with hardware graphics acceleration
- Memory: 16GB plus 512MB RAM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, micro USB 2.0, modem, 3.5 mm stereo headphone plug
- Data: WAP, EGPRS class B, WCDMA/HSPA (14.4 Mbps download, 5.76 Mbps upload)
- Internet: HTML5 web browser (Internet Explorer 9 Mobile)
- Key applications: Notes, Calendar, Detailed contact information
- Quadband plus 3G WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100
- Size: 117 x 61 x 12.1 mm
- Weight: 142g
- 1450mAh battery
- Talktime: 9.5 hours
- Battery standby: 335 hours
Nokia Lumia 800 user reviews
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Average rating from 66 reviews:
Reviewed by Donna
on 15th Oct 2014
My windows HAV e GON down and I can't get it bk
Reviewed by Megan from Uk on 10th Feb 2013
I love this phone. Had it since Christmas and it seems to be phased
by nothing. My friend has a white shiny one and another has just got
a matt black one. I have a matt magenta one that is fantastic.lots of
cases available and the colour range is brilliant. Browsing is fast,
applications are easy to install thanks to Xbox. I love the title screen
as it is easily accessible to every thing. The battery saver is a fab
add-on as it increases my battery by 8 hours. I never charge for longer
than required because there is a change of ruining the battery. I rate
the camera, it is very good. I love the colour coordinating with the
colour of the phone and the "theme". It's a bit odd how my contacts
are named "people" that is odd. Both my friends V and D like their windows
phone. The shiny looks a bit tacky by comparison to the matt, but has
a quality feel likewise.5 star absolutely ++++!!! Thanks Nokia, impressive!
Reply by Someone from Somewhere on
17th Feb 2013
I agree, however, I think the shiny ones are horrible, not just tacky.
Reviewed by Buddy from UK on 9th Feb 2013
Very good but not stunning. I agree.
I've had it a month now, and I upgraded mine to Windows 7.8 last week
and its just as speedy and responsive as it was under 7.5. Great build
quality and gorgeous/premium looks too with a stunning screen. Overall
it feels wonderful in the hand like a luxurious slab of chocolate of
perfect weight and size. No complaints about the battery life either
as I usually get about a day and a half of medium usage. Great Nokia
Drive, Nokia Maps and I'm more than satisfied with the camera.
However, the downsides IMO are more numerous than I expected and mostly
relate to the Windows platform and the disappointing MP3/music player:
1. Zune - I found it surprisingly clunky to use.
2. No drag and drop facility of files into phone as an MP3/memory drive.
3. Texting is also finicky compared to what I've been used to with Swype
on Android, and it's also awkward to highlight/correct individual letters
in words after they've been typed.
4. Music player has no equalizer - yes, I know it's a windows platform
diktat - and the volume is too low for my liking - it never 'rocks'
like other phones & mp3 players I've had, even when I use high quality
5. No webpage autoresizing when browsing and no BBC iplayer
6. Can't get some apps (e.g. Skype) to run truly in the background whilst
multitasking so I can stay online and get calls still coming through
on Skype like I could on Android.
7. Can't find any options to send my SMS's via Skype like I could on
8. Other drawbacks relate to the lack of memory card, inaccessible battery,
and lack of front camera, no upgrade path to Windows 8 - I knew about
all of these but didn't let them stop me buying the phone.
What I can say though is that at the price I got it for (£150 PAYG),
it's undoubtedly good value for money and makes a refreshing change
from Androids and iPhones if not necessarily a superior choice. So much
so that I can almost forget it's shortcomings and as for that clean
Metro UI, it's simply irresistible :)
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 17th Jan 2013
Have had the 800 for about 6 months. Overall its very good and does
many simple things well. Lover the style and tiles and it feels great!
However the bluetooth really annoys as it keeps switching itself off.
I drive a lot and bluetooth tends to disconnect after each call and
reconnecting is a pain,even with the connectivity app. Have had other
Nokia's and they have all worked on the car bluetooth system. The software
is fully utd - makes no difference. Sorry Nokia, am about to leave.
As Lord Sugar would say: with regret - you're fired.
Reviewed by Meg from England on 27th Dec 2012
I just got rid of my Samsung chat 335 (yes, I wrote a reply review on
that too) and upgraded to this fantastic phone! Some bad reviews which
confuse me. Mine lasts three days between charges, with quick Internet,
and there is no problem with pass codes or anything. I love this phone
and it is worth all it's money. The Calender is fine and everything
is easily accessible. Fantastic display. I am blown away with the HD
video re ording I can do. I had to download Zune onto my PC to get apps
since I didn't know I could do it on the phone itself. The colours available
are just brilliant I got pink!!! Only one downside, the screen is slightly
bezeled and curved so the screen protectors don't cover the surface
area of the screen, but I understand Nokia wanted to achieve the nicest
looking, sleekest phone possible. Let me tell you, they have pulled
it off, no doubt about it. Take my word for it...this phone is great.
Highly recommendable. Better than the N8, Nokia have come on leaps and
bounds since that slight disaster. And bad comments, I think you may
have a faulty phone. Also some fantastic cases available, too! Thanks,
hope I helped.
Reviewed by BazzaT from UK on 19th Oct 2012
At first I was blown away with this phone
Then after a week I got frustrated by the poor battery performance.
But after following some great tips on blogs and forums I am back to
being very happy with this phone. If it had a micro SD card slot to
boost the memory to hold more MP3s I would give it 5 stars
Reviewed by Hippy from Uk on 17th Oct 2012
Just got this phone through Orange, have always had Nokias. Never comfortable
This is incredibly irritating. I have recently started using an iPad
and it is similar in speed but I dislike the keypad. I can type but
dislike the inability to backspace without deleting. All very fiddly.
Maybe it is early days but my disenchantment with the brand is increasing.
Eg. Opening page is stuck on Sunday 1st Jan. I cannot find settings.
There does not seem to have been a set up process.
Yoyoing around looking for basic stuff is tiring. Will give it a few
more days but think this may be going back
Reply by peter from uk on 19th Oct
you cant find settings? Just click on the main screen where it says
settings. I don't understand the backspace without deleting. It works
exactly like a PC in mine. You can move the cursor if you want easily.
Do you mean your calendar is wrong? Try settings. In mine when I land
in another country it automatically knows where I am and changes the
time. I can't fault mine, best mobile ever had and tried android (and
my friends iphone). I suggest that you have a look for some youtube
videos for the basics, it's the easiest mobile to use though. There
are couple of apps that are contain instructions only.
Reply by kitt from UK on 21st Oct
Mine works fine. Had it for 3 weeks. Some people just need to learn
how to read the little book that tells you how to work it.
Reviewed by Pablo from UK on 30th Aug 2012
Just got the Lumia 800. So far so good. However, first call sounded
a little tinny and the ringtones a little tinny and distorted on the
loudspeaker. About to set up the accounts, so do I need a Zune account
in addition to my Windows Live and Nokia account?
Will update later
Reviewed by juliet
on 5th Jul 2012
I always got problem down loading on Facebook and it also slow
Reviewed by jim treadgold from uk on 2nd Jul 2012
This phone could have been so good if it wern't for some basic totally
unforgivable flaws. I upgraded from an aged Sony Erricson p910i, I had
resisted because frankly no new phone in the last 5 years has impressed
me and the sony still outperforms nearly all 'smart' phones in connectivity,
apps and usage ( why they didn't carry on with the model I don't know!)The
Lumnia has a lot of good points, screen, camara ok, maps etc. BUT...
The effort involved in adding your own ringtones and only for calls,
messaging etc stuck with beeps and blips. Hideous front screen blocky,
boring and dull.Absolute rubbish link with computer and I tried in vain
for hours to add my contacts from old phone. The bluetooth is only for
headsets no data transfer to from other devices. No infrared which is
quicker and more dependable than bluetooth. Vibrate only lasts 2secs
and is so slight hardly feel it.Sound quality of speaker very tinny.
No sd card. I could go on. I will probably stick with it as the poor
old sony has really had it, but I so wish there was a new version of
that phone, I can't see me having this one 10 years!!
Reply by peter from uk on 12th Jul
There is an app for ringtones. to add your links to your phone, upload
them to your hotmail, gmail account and they sync automatically.
Reply by Mike from uk on 7th Oct 2012
Wife goot one of these yesterday and copied her contacts via the bluetooth.
Reviewed by andyo 123 from england on 30th Jun
Got lumia 800 on Wednesday at 4pm. Was back in post office to be returned
by 10am on Friday morning. Absolute rubbish!!! Battery is truly AWFUL.
Web pages don't load as they should, and most annoying of all with the
message alert set on full volume I really struggled to hear it. I'm
having it replaced with htc one s (which I should have picked in the
first place). Absolute pants!!!!!
Reply by peter from uk on 12th Jul
Web pages don't load properly? Are you serious? That comment left me
thinking if you are actually a real reviewer. What do you call bad battery
awful? 2 days is not good for a smarthphone, this is what I get.
Reply by Archie Fatcacky from UK on
10th Sep 2012
Web pages are created by web designers to work on different platforms.
If they haven't designed it to work on a particular phone type then
it's not the phone's fault. All smartphones have bad batteries if you
keep screen on full brightness, wifi, bluetooth etc on watch videos
and listen to music. Tell me one that doesn't run out in a day. The
fact that you made this review based on a few hours testing is testament
to the fact that it's not really a valid review.
Reviewed by emily
on 24th Jun 2012
i bought this phone on the orange network towards the end of november 2011, i would advise anyone thinking about getting this phone to NOT DO SO, THE PHONE IS ATTRACTIVE AND THAT IS ALL IT HAS GOING FOR IT. IT CONSTANTLY FREEZES AND SWITCHES OFF, AND BECAUSE THE BATTERY IS INTERNAL, THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO. I AM NOT ABLE TO USE THE PHONE FOR DAYS ON END, IT DOES NOT CHARGE AND WILL NOT COME ON EVEN WHEN YOU TRY TO CHARGE IT. IT IS A RUBBISH PHONE - AND THATS AN UNDERSTATEMENT
Reviewed by Mr R from UK on 8th May 2012
The Lumia 800 is a fantastic device, great design and build, software
is slick and fast.
Battery is sorted via the update, got mine free on Vodafone for £15
pm via a online dealer.
Sat nav is great and free, nokia music great and free.
Take off you i blickers and wake up you are been RIPPED OFF.
Reviewed by Nick Davies from Enhland on 5th May
Phone and software work well together, makes IOS and android look old
fashioned, only downside having to update with Zune connected to the
computer, once updated battery life is ok. Mix radio is fantastic, and
Bing search and maps work well. Social network, and contacts/calendar
integration work seamlessly. Browser is lightning fast, camera is ok,
bearing in mind I had an N8 before this. I like the way you don't have
to close stuff down the OS does it for you.
Reviewed by Adrian from uk on 4th May 2012
Had one of these for about a week. Sent it back to O2. Pros: Internet
usage pretty good. Good signal reception.
Very poor battery life, 20 mins call, 20 mins browsing, 30 mins music
player enough to flatten the phone from full charge. Standby realistically
maybe 8 hours if unused, if texting or calling or anything using media
player it will drop to a few hours.
Music player terrible sound quality, really really poor. My £9.99 MP3
player from Tesco sounds better. No graphic equaliser or any way of
changing tone of sound. Just sounds tinny and really cheap.
Zune software and Windows Live and Nokia software must all be registered
to and used to do anything, the synching is mind-numbingly slow, about
1 hour per MB using USB 2.0 and the Zune software.
Overall if you don't want to use it for music and can charge it every
few hours then is a good handset for calls and browsing oh unless you
want to go on a website that uses Flash (ie pretty much every website
Really just avoid this like the plague, Nokia have no plans to improve
the sound options or the player or install Flash. I called then to check,
Microsoft saif the Windows Phone 7 software issues on the phone are
up to Nokia (go figure).
So all in all, was very disappointed with this, sent it back.
Am personally going for a Blackberry as I wasn't keen on a touch screen
but this was fine on this handset. If you want a good touchscreen from
freinds recommendations go for an HTC One or a Galaxy S2.
Reply by Nick Davies from England on
6th May 2012
Software update cures battery issue, still not good but get at least
1 day with heavy usage. Once updated, music quality via headphones is
better thsn any mp3 player I have listened to (including ipod touch).
Zune is a pain though. This phone won't play flash, but a lot of sites
use wmv or avi format. People put this phone down without giving it
a fair go, if you give it a chance (and an update) the pros far outweigh
Reply by paul from uk on 30th May
I got orange to orange so im on the Phone all day on headset and it
last all day long so 20 minutes call there is something wrong with yours
,this has gotta be the best phone I've ever had I've had 1 iphone never
again and multiple htcs but i think Nokia is back with quality again
with this phone
Reply by Archie Fatcacky from UK on
10th Sep 2012
No Apple phone, Windows Phone and now no Android phone supports Flash.
That just about covers 90 odd percent of the market so shouldn't be
dwelled upon as a negative. 1 hour per MB - are you for real? That is
just not true. That would mean taking 3 or 4 hours to transfer a single
Reviewed by Dragmeister from UK on 30th Apr 2012
Had this phone for 4 months, apart of good looking phone the rest is
bellow average. Before first battery update my battery was 1520, after
first gone to 1100- 1000, after second update gone to 1250-1350 not
more then that. Also I don't know if any of you have noticed that when
you downloading pictures from your emails takes forever, I had iPhone
4s and the pictures were downloading so quick.Also this phone doesn't
support MMS, you can't open MMS which is picture message, which is shame,I
own Nokia E72 and mms is great on this phone straight opening as soon
you open the message, Nokia shouldn't gone with windows, they should
have stick with Meego which is better OS, also it gets frozen quite
often, and I have to take every day my charger with me to work so I
can't run out of juices, first and last windows phone, unless Nokia
go to their own OS better then windows they will go down so soon, it
will be shame of such a great mobile company like Nokia, unless they
get those Morph phones very soon to destroy likes of Samsung or apple
as they were at the top for 14 years they will be finished soon.
Reply by andew from uk on 1st May
you are either trolling or you have a faulty device. The nokia had some
battery problems which have all been resolved with the software updates.
Telling us your battery went down with the updates not sure what to
think!. Have you thought it might be your netwrork for the download
speed? Downloads in mine are really fast and reception is great, my
colleague with an iphone 4s doesn't get reception at work, I do, we
in semi-basement so reception is bad.
Reply by Dragmeister from UK on 2nd
my network is same as with my Iphone 4s, O2, even when I'm home using
my router it takes ages for pictures to be download, for the battery
it's true, from perfectly healty from day one, now have to take my charger
with me every day. You didn't say anything about the MMS, haver you
noticed that you can't open them! It's a shame good looking phone but
OS is very poor
Reply by Andrew from UK on 6th May
As far as I know MMS works fine in mine. It is common sometimes that
an MMS from another OS may not arrive correctly in another OS (The Nokia
in this case) but MMS definitely works. However, in this age who sents
MMS messages anymore, I can just write an email which costs me nothing
and attach a few pics as well, not just one pic. As for downloading
pics, it works extremely fast, but all depends on your network connection.
The Nokia Lumia have one of the best signals due to the materials they
use for the shell. What you descibe sounds like your have a faulty device.
This is the best, most reliable mobile I've used.
Reviewed by dave from uk on 28th Apr 2012
have always had had android phones but wanted something a bit different.
Had this phone for 2 weeks and its great. It feels high quality and
windows phone is good to. It has some really cool things in the creative
studio and camera.....the panoramic feature is better than i've seen
on most stand alone cameras. Really pleased with it.
Reviewed by Clive from UK on 26th Apr 2012
Well, the Mrs wouldn't budge as she thought the nokia 800 was cute so
she bought it and bar an issue receiving calls due to the screen protector
its been excellent. Had it about 3 weeks, get a couple of days out of
the battery(not heavy use) and sooooo easy to use. Drive is excellent
and with my iphone contact coming to an end soon may consider one of
these (or even the 710) myself as some good deals around. A few more
apps would be nice but they'll come eventually.
Overall, very impressed.
Zune is rubbish admittedly though but can live with that. Windows connector
on my mac is fine.
Reviewed by fozzy from UK on 26th Apr 2012
Wrote a small review in January and gave the phone 1 star purely based
on the terrible battery life. Even then I said I actually loved the
phone itself. Now the battery issue is solved, I'd give it 5/5. Lovely
to look at and hold. Great design. Can't wait until the Lumia 900.
Reviewed by R Rodger from ENGLAND on 3rd Apr 2012
Thanks to the latest Nokia software update, the battery life has improved
immeasurably and so has the quality of the music player. Battery now
at 34 hours capacity on my phone and that's with Hotmail and Facebook
apps running constantly, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth. Still missing
a front faced camera and flash but plenty new apps in store quite soon.
I would now recommend this phone and will give it 4 stars. Pity Nokia
took so long to sort out the gliches, however. Orange 3G connection
still rubbish which affects the download speed but that's not Nokia's
Reviewed by SouperJim from UK on 3rd Apr 2012
Picked up this phone for the Mrs today, I've got to say I'm really impressed.
Great looks, fantastic build quality, excellent performance. The whole
package oozes quality and windows 7.5 is very slick, I'm seriously tempted
to move away from android when my own handset is due for upgrade in
a couple of months!
Reviewed by whataguywants from United |Kingdom on
16th Mar 2012
There's much that I love about this phone. The styling is sublime, even
sexy, and the build quality is amongst the best out there. The screen
is awesome, no glare even in bright daylight. WP7 is the way forward.
I love the quality of the camera pictures although the flash is a little
underpowered. The biggest problem is the battery life which doesn't
last the day even with moderate use, hence reluctantly it is being replaced
by the HTC Titan
Reply by steven from australia on
20th Mar 2012
if u get the update battery life is a lot better
Reviewed by R Rodger from England on 15th Mar
Further my post on 13th March and with help from Peter's reply from
London, I have figured a way to forward contact tel. no.s to another
contact in the phone using the following steps: 1. go to contact whose
tel. no. you intend to forward.2. press and hold the tel. no. and a
white box appears with the word 'copy'.3.press 'copy' and release ('copy'
and white box disappear.4. go back to main menu and press 'messaging'
box. 5. Press '+' icon at bottom of page.6. Add name of contact you
intend to receive the number.7. Press white 'message' box when it appears.8.
Press the 'paste' icon' and number copied appears in box.9. press send
icon and number sent.
Note: I contacted Nokia help by email and they said it couldn't be done!!
Hopeless support, which was written in poor English. It is no surprise
to me that Nokia is losing business. Good phone but poor support and
Reviewed by R Rodger from England on 13th Mar
Had the phone 2 weeks but my local Orange connection is poor and so
I am hoping that a switch to O2 might improve download speed etc. In
the meantime the issues I have concern such things as the phones inability
to simply forward a contact to another contact. This is basic on most
phones yet inexplicably missing on this device. Also no equaliser for
the music ie bass, etc,and it's not possible to download Adobe Flash
so you can't access SkyGo. Finally, I can't find out how to delete an
Office Note I composed and emailed. If someone can assist re: the above
and help solve them, I'll give the phone 4 stars, otherwise it's three
stars and l'll go for an iphone next time.
Reply by peter from london on 13th
You can't forward the whole notes, ie email, address, mobile all at
once. But if you go to a contact, press on the phone number and hold,
a pop up will appear and you can do copy. Then you can paste in an email
with paste. Adobe flash, is dead on mobiles, Adobe annpunced it so you
won't see flash as html5 is the new standard. but most of the websites
I go if there is a video you press and it brings up the youtube link.
As more website support html5 the problem will disappear. To delete
an office note, press search then the whole list appears. Again if you
press and hold an option appears to delete. I would expect more features
to appear with the tango update in the next 2-3 months though.
Reviewed by Dave from England on 9th Mar 2012
I've had the Lumia 800 now for around 3 months, on the whole I really
like it, wanted a change the iphone and couldn't get on with Android
at all and use a BB for work so wanted a change.
The handset its self looks fantastic with a premium feel, a bit slippy
though so if you're accident prone best use the supplied gel skin to
offer some protection.
I have had the battery issues, I've installed all the updates, I can
now get up to 2 day usage now with minimal use, an easy full day with
moderate usage. The screen is really quite good, very good in outdoor
conditions, far better than my previous (shortlived) HTC Sesation and
the iphone 4. No memory card slot so you're stuck with the 16Gb internal
memory, keyboard not as easy to navigate in my experience as the HTC
or iphone, camera is perfectly acceptable for snaps. The supplied satnav
pre installed (Nokia Drive) is excellent and use it regularly and had
no issues with it. I'll be keeping an eye on the forthcoming release
of the Nokia Lumia 900 which has a bigger screen (but same resolution
Reply by email@example.com from united
kindom on 8th Jan 2013
how do you get updates for battery for nokia 800.
Reviewed by Howard from England on 27th Feb 2012
I've upgraded from the HTC Hero which was a great phone in its day.
Had the Lumina 800 for two weeks. So far so good. Battery keeps it's
charge for three days. I do turn everything off including WiFi and have
screen brightness on medium and turn Battery Saver setting on. Great
screen. Easily readable in full sun. The polycarbonate material feels
premium. Good build quality. A bit on the heavy side and I would not
want a bigger phone than this. Its just about pocket friendly. Great
camera and sound quality is fine. The silver back plate is very prone
to scratches so I put celotape over it. The rubber cover hides the tape.
Windows is less complicated than android and seems very reliable. Some
Apps are expensive which puts me off from getting them. Nokia maps is
great. Most of all, I get a good signal even in poor areas where my
other phone and others wont work. The touch screen wont respond until
its stopped scrolling so a tiny bit of patients is called for, especially
if you expect everything to work super quick. The fm radio is a blessing
for me. It works fine. You wont find an fm radio on many phones these
days. So far I cant fault the phone. Looks like Nokia have turned a
corner, at long last! ps, It looks very distinctive and expensive, but
Reviewed by spen from uk on 26th Feb 2012
i agree with all the above been a fan for years.ive had nokia for many
years and yes they have made some mistakes and made some of the best
.i'll will miss buttons and profile but this is a start for nokia getting
it right .....
Reviewed by Helen P from England on 25th Feb 2012
I love the look of this phone but am having real problems with the battery
at the moment. This morning after a full charge it showed battery time
remaining of ony 17hrs!!! After a full charge??? Haven't made or rec'd
any calls today nor sent or rec'd any text messages but still the battery
life is just draining away. It's fully updated so the supposed software
fix doesn't seem to have improved anything at all. Have just spoken
to someone in Tech Support who's said the battery needs to be "conditioned"
which involves running the battery out completely and then recharging
fully and I've to do this 4-5 times. Have only had it 6 days and am
hoping I don't have to take it back and change for something else as
I do really like it. If it wasn't for the battery issue I'd give it
Reviewed by Michael Lovell from UK on 15th Feb
The phone is a load of utter RUBBISH. Battery life is too short, Bluetooth
not compatabile with my other phone, a Nokia X6, the touch screen reacts
only when it's in a 'good mood' etc... Just had the phone die on me
when trying to retrieve voice-mail and now it WILL NOT turn on again.
Taking it back to Carphone Warehouse where hopefully I will restrain
myself from slinging it through the door as I enter.
Bottom line, DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE and if it's a gift, don't pass it
on, or else you'll lose your friends and family! You've been warned!
Reply by peter from uk on 16th Feb
It must be a faulty device. Freezing etc it's not like android. Windows
phone is extremely stable and never frozen on me for the past year.
I think you were just unlucky. The battery problem has a software fix
which you need to update if you connect your mobile to your PC and should
easily last 1 day with heavy usage. 1.5days with medium-light usage.
Reply by annie from england on 23rd
I'm now on my third Nokia lumia the first two did the same as another
comment, it didn't say it was low on battery so I was on the internet
in the middle of the day and it turned off and when charged wouldn't
turn back on, twice. It has to be charged every night as it is. This
one iv had three days and it fell off my lap and the screen cracked
ace. Unreliable and weak, lucky for me they were under a month of having
them. Don't think this crack will be under the warranty.
Reviewed by chaz from uk on 10th Feb 2012
Brilliant handset, the only downside being the standby time that lets
it down even with the software upgrade that was supposed to fix the
Reviewed by Ant from Scotland on 9th Feb 2012
Been a Sony Ericsson fan for many years but tried out the Lumia 800
in a local mobile phone shop and was pretty much blown away. The screen
transitions are really slick, and I'm quite a fan of the Windows Phone
tiles which display basic info without you having to actually open up
the application. The style of the phone is impressive too. Downsides?
Well, there are a few. Battery performance despite the Zune update remains
poor - I travel between Glasgow & Edinburgh two or three times a week
(50mins each way on the train), and I'm lucky if the battery has enough
power to allow me to use the phone on the return journey. The screen
size is starting to bother me having been used to the 4.3" screen of
the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc. There aren't as many apps available for
the phone compared to iPhone or Android. And finally, having to use
Nokia Zune to import / export pics & vids is a real pain. So overall,
the phone is ok, but in truth there are better alternatives out there.
I really fancy the Motorola RAZR...
Reply by fozzy from uk on 9th Feb
I've got the Razr. It's quality but seems to be very wide in the hand.
Reviewed by Røbîn from Bangladesh on 5th Feb 2012
It's a amazing phone. I like it very much.
Reviewed by SAJ from UK on 5th Feb 2012
Initially I wasn't sure whether I should go for Galaxy 2 or Lumia 800.
But took a bold decision to go for this. Have been using it for a week,
no regrets and surprisingly it's amazing. First, the Windows OS - is
flawless and very responsive. The application tiles on the home screen
is a new concept and easy to access to any apps. There are no lags in
the system and the transition is simply great. Second, the handset is
distinct from other handsets in a way the screen (gorilla glass) is
slightly elevated but it curves down and merges with the handset beautifully.
The clear black display is a joy to view. Third, Nokia drive - GPS gets
connected quickly (even if you are inside a building) and turn by turn
navigation is superb. Four, it is user-friendly. The basic features
are restored. For example, the transfer of contacts (> 600) from my
other handset literally took 25 seconds and it is just a one touch!
As it has a single core processor, it is not one of the fastest browser.
But I can wait for 2 more seconds for the web page to load. But as mentioned
earlier, there are no lags as you have in other dual core handsets.
Like others I feel the battery is an issue. But the good news is Nokia
has announced it is releasing a software to fix it.
The negative points is that it lacks a micro sd slot, less apps and
front facing camera. On the whole it is a good looking phone, superb
& easy OS and joy to use. Reviews may vary from one person to the other
but to me it serves my purpose, thus I would close my eyes and give
it a 5 star.
Reviewed by Happily surprised from UK on 3rd Feb
Some dodgy reviews here may I say. First time I've felt the need to
leave a review in an attempt to try and change a few opinions and give
an honest one.
I've had many phones being a heavy business user, from a Galaxy S, to
Iphone 3G, 4, HTC Sensation, Desire etc, had quite a few. Last phone
was the Iphone 4S and while it's a very good phone there's not much
difference between that and the older 4 in my opinion, not enough to
make me want spend so much to change anyway. So I fancied something
new and decided what the heck, I'll give this a try. Not had a Nokia
for a while but was a big fan in the old days, though recently they
have lost there way sadly. Well, I couldn't have been more surprised.
Admittedly, it takes a little getting used to after having used Android
and IOS previously but once you do it's a really satisfying experience.
The handset itself is a real eye catcher. Loads of mates have asked
what is it, let me have a look and then I get the "wow that's a nice
phone" ! That doesn't make it a phone good however, even if it does
give me a warm wry smile. The OS is so much better than I expected and
as we are an MS environment it works beautifully with Exchange and the
MS Office suit. Social sites and personal e-mail such as Hotmail work
brilliantly, and it seems really fast as well. Admittedly the apps are
a little disappointing, I was a big user of itunesistore but the marketplace
is getting better and I see there are more and more coming on at a steady
pace. Browsing is adequate, the camera is very good and the sound is
fine. I've seen a few reports the battery life is poor but I upgraded
the software when I got mine and it lasts longer than the iphone even
when everything is running. All in all, the more I use this little gem
the more I am liking it and I shall now be keeping it, at least until
the Lumia 900 or the Galaxy S3 come out. Be brave, take the plunge and
be different, you'll be pleasantly surprised and be smiling, oh and
it's much cheaper than it's rivals. Good to see Nokia are back where
they belong, long may it continue.
Reply by spud from England on 12th
Nice review I was thinking about getting this or the Samsung s2 you
may have swayed me towards the Nokia thanks
Reviewed by Moody from Iran on 2nd Feb 2012
I dont know why doesnt anyone mention the main problem with this phone.
I used it for 3 days and then while talking the battery ran out and
the phoned died, I did everything but couldnt turn it on again, It has
happened to a lot of people you can search in google, it is a lovley
phone but it has serious problems that cant be unseen, and nokia support...dont
ask me about it! I just wasted 800$ and here they dont get the phone
back or change it...honestly dont buy it
Reply by Jayboy from england on 4th
Probably because there have been battery fixes that have now corrected
Reply by Hellraiser from England on
23rd Feb 2012
If you start charging it, leave it ten minutes then press the power
button for about ten seconds it should turn on and start charging, it
does for me, I googled all the solutions and so far it hasn't failed.
There are plus and minus points for the phone but the call quality is
superb as is the screen but even with the update the battery remains
an issue,for mine anyway. So far the plus points outnumber the negative
and it is keeping my Samsung Galaxy S left in a drawer.
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 30th Jan 2012
Love the Nokia Lumia 800, but I've had to return it as the people at
Nokia decided to install PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile) instead of
Remote SIM Access Profile (rSAP), therefore my phone cannot connect
to the pre-installed bluetooth system on my car. Useless if you want
to speak to customers whilst driving, and it's hardly practical to go
out and buy a separate stand-alone bluetooth kit! So far I've heard
of the same connection problem with Audi, Saab and VW. I spoke to Nokia,
but they have no plans to provide a software upgrade/solution. Very
Reply by PetervE from Netherlands on
9th Mar 2012
Hi Paul, I had the same problem trying to connect my Lumia 800 to my
Mercedes using Bluetooth. I am also considering returning the damn thing,
but what is the alternative ? what are you going to buy in stead ? I
know no smart phone that provides Remote SIM / rSAP, do you ?
Reviewed by Bertie from uk on 20th Jan 2012
5 stars for looks and thats about it. This is without doubt the worst
phone I have ever used. Upgraded to this phone and sent it straight
back to Orange who aggreed the phone was rubbish and laughed about it
being a contender against any similar phone out there. Orange have had
more of these phones sent back than any other phone ever. Do Not get
Reply by Howard from England on 28th
Reply by Carter from UK on 31st Jan
Reviewed by James from UK on 17th Jan 2012
This phone is awesome. I've been a dedicated iPhone user until I thought
I'd have a change at upgrade time. I took a blackberry 9900 which was
a bad move, and went back and was given the Nokia Lumia. Quality of
the handset is great, software is superfast, and all runs so smoothly.
Battery life is 3 days standard use (granted some people seem to have
issues). The apps available are good quality rather than just lots of
quantity. And, nokia mix radio is great! Only issue I have is the apps
are a little pricey compared to apple. Other than that, why this phone
is not 5 stars is so strange!
Reviewed by sean from Ireland on 14th Jan 2012
I have had this phone for 3 weeks. Im frankly astounded this phone did
not get 5 stars in the above review. It is easily the best phone I have
ever owned. I agree that the operating system is in a league of its
own. The phone is stylish and is perfect sized. Most importantly the
phone has the best signal of any phone I have owned and the call quality
is exceptional. 50,000 apps and growing. Built in Sat Nav is worthy
of the price alone. Fantastic device! Battery issue has been fixed with
software update. I now get 3 days out of the phone before needing to
Reviewed by Les from UK. S/yorks. on 13th Jan
Reviewed this phone on the 8th Dec. 2011. Still the best mobile on the
market, Iphone to expensive, android to complicated, nokia Lumia 800
is the best operating system I have ever had. No battery issues with
my phone, easy full day with lots of use, two day's with all data turned
off. This is the only phone iv'e made a follow up review for and I still
say it's the best I've owned. GO GET IT.
Reviewed by fozzy from UK on 12th Jan 2012
Lovely phone. If the battery was as good as the build it would be a
world beater. Have now stopped using mine due to constant charging.
A real shame.
Reply by peter from uk on 4th Feb
Do you know there is a battery fix by Nokia? Just connect to your PC
and install Zune and update should be done automatically. Smartphones
don't last more than 1 day, but the nokia has superior battery than
most smartphones, should be 1.5 2 days.
Reply by fozzy from uk on 8th Feb
Have done it mate. Still awful, that's with everything switched off.
No wifi, bluetooth, 3g, location services,e-mail and xbox live. Charged
it fully yesterday morning. Never used it. Put in on the mantlepiece
to see how long it would last. looked at it this morning. Totally dead.
Much prefer my HTC Radar.
Reviewed by paul from london on 12th Jan 2012
@ Sukanta. Sukanta how many reviews to you need to make your point,
you've made 2 so far. Most of your bad points don't affect around 95%
of the normal population. Having used this phone myself I can easily
say it's the best in the market right now. Android is ok but it's so
overcomplicated with so many things running that the battery is finished,
especially with the low range models. Iphone is ok too but it's too
pricey for what it does. With the lumia you can throw away your TomTom
as it comes with an excellent gps app which also downloads maps so you
can use in Europe. Top marks from me if you need a phone that just works.
Reviewed by Sukanta from uk on 11th Jan 2012
The phone looks beautiful & posh. It is a real stylish gadget and will
score 5 out of 5. That is why I bought one. Functionality wise it is
useless. It will never score more than 1 out of 5. Let me tell you why..
1. The bluetooth only allow contact transfer. It does NOT support transferring
any other type of data ie no file transfer. 2. This will not work as
USB mass storage unless u hack the registry of ur laptop/pc and you
ned to be a techy to do that. 3. It cant play AVI container. All u have
to do is to convert all your AVIs into wma using painful Zune. So unless
u are ready to spend rest of ur life is converting AVI to WMA/MP4 then
only go for it. 4. This does not support tithering ie yo can not use
this as a MODEM to access internet from ur PC/laptop. 5. Only support
micro SIM. So ur old large SIMs will have no luck until you cut them.
which is a bad. 6. I expect such a modern phone should allow extended
memory but this does not have any micro SD slot. So u r confined with
16 GB built in. Of these, 5 and 6 are not major issue but rest four
were sufficient enough to say a goodbye to such stylish handset.
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 9th Jan 2012
Having obtained a Nokia Lumia 800 before Christmas I can now say i love
this phone . an update sorted out one niggling issue with the battery
life . That aside the phone looks great does everything I need it to
and a few things i never expected it to . I have run speed tests against
the iphone 4s and in most but not all cases the Lumia is faster . The
screen looks the part and the finishing touch is Gorilla glass which
means no more horrible screen protectors. Windows 7.5 mango os is smooth
. After owning a pc with MS vista I vowed to buy a pc from Satan himself
before going back to a windows product . But Windows 7.5 is a joy to
use . Even my mother wants to get a windows phone now ( and she doesn't
do technology ) so credit where credit's due microsoft and nokia got
this one right to the point where a few of my friends with the new iphone
now regret not looking at the Lumia first
Reviewed by Dr Patel from UK on 8th Jan 2012
Great phone and great price plan too!Bought it from three, and postage
was really quick too. No complaints about signal either, full bars wherever
ive been so far!
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 6th Jan 2012
Amazing signal quality! In our house we have two iphones (3G & 3GS),
a Galaxy S and now this Lumia. Our area is nearly a complete backspot
for mobile calls and data on all of these devices except the Lumia.
That's on O2, Vodafone, Orange or 3 - tried em all. So many smartphones
are so smart they can't make a call. I love my 'smart', don't get me
wrong but this phone has an amazing signal on all the sim cards I chucked
at it. At last I can get rid of that costly bolt-on for the landline
just to be able to call mobiles. App prices are horrendous though!
Reviewed by harrison from uk on 6th Jan 2012
I find the Nokia lumia 800 very good phone and has a very fast system
but the only thing keeping the phone out of the iPhones and android
phones league is the lack of use full apps Nokia's next update should
be for the market bringing lots more apps to the phone e.g. Liveprofile,
Skype and alot more commonly use social networking sites.
Reviewed by steven from scotland on 6th Jan 2012
Good phone but avoid Vodafone if you live in falkirk
Reviewed by Matt from Uk on 5th Jan 2012
Wow, what a phone. Such an easy to use OS and the phone never feels
slow, ever. The screen is stunning too. I love that not everyone has
one, but it is so much cooler than the 4S. Battery needs charging every
night but so what? Awesome.
Reviewed by Will from UK on 5th Jan 2012
Got the Lumia on the 23rd after being recommended by guys at the carphone
warehouse. Came home with it and was a bit concerned with some of the
reviews on here. Firstly, the phone looks amazing. Screen is quality,
build feels great. So slim, and not as large as some of the other phones
out there. Windows runs great, a bit slow at first but seems to have
warmed up and now its smooth as it could be. Also at first, had a problem
where the screen would be slightly unresponsive, but that seems to have
completely fixed itself. On tot he nub of the matter though, everyone
is complaining about the battery. Im sitting here right now with my
phone, last charge was 3 days 5 hours ago, and i still have 30% battery.
Yes im running battery saver mode, but why would i? All it means is
you dont get emails automatically, but you can get them manually in
a second. Im also running brightness at lowest, but thats no big deal
either. Great phone, if you dont believe me try it :) i love mine
Reviewed by Sukanta from UK on 3rd Jan 2012
Well it all sounds good when you read reviews. But to reveal the truth
you need to use it. I liked the look and performance and even the OS.
The things I did not like and ended up returning the phone on 3rd day
of purchase are not something out of the world I was expecting. 1. You
can not use this as USB mass storage unless manually change the registry
setting op your PC/Laptop. 2. You can not transfer multimedia and files
over bluetooth from/to other bluetooth phone. 3. Finally just bin all
your large avi movie files that you ripped/converted/downloaded since
you had a computer/laptop + internet. Lumia 800 can not play avi and
there is no standard app available to play them. Only option is to use
ZUNE to convert avi files into wmv and then play in the phone. It is
certainly a option if u are ready to spend rest of your life in converting
avi file using ZUNE as it will take at least 3 hr to convert a 700MB
Reviewed by Oliver from UK on 30th Dec 2011
Previous phone I had was the Nokia N900 and before that different Sony
Ericsson and Samsung phones. One of the reasons I went for the Lumia
800 was because the N900 was one of the best phones I have had in a
long time. Nokia make fantastic handsets and the Lumia 800 is absolutely
stunning. It feels very comfortable in your hand and looks the business.
The interface is quick, smooth and simple to use. On my old N900 i used
to go on the web alot using mozilla. With internet explorer it much
more smooth and quicker to browse with. The Sat Nav is great and is
much better then the previous maps I had on the N900. It comes with
voice navigation too. If you want some games on your lumia 800, Plants
vs Zombies is a great game to try. As for the battery issue, I've noticed
some reviewers have complained about it. It is a software issue that
will be fixed on the 18th January 2012. The problem is that some phones
only recognizes 1000mah and not the full 1500mah battery. To find out
if your phone has the bug, dial ##634# to see if the battery capacity
Reviewed by Jeff from UK on 26th Dec 2011
This phone knows what I'm thinking! So intuitive, so smart and looks
& feels so much better in real life. Its sorted my life automatically
and has so many features that they don't tell you about- is it has its
own fully functioning 'siri.' It comes with Microsoft word, note and
Excel which really sets it apart. Best phone today, no question.
Reviewed by Sean from Ireland on 22nd Dec 2011
Terrific phone. Feels great, looks great and has a fantastic OS. Built
in Sat Nav and Office are superb features. As an iPhone user, I think
there's a new kid in the block! Stop reading this and go and buy this
to find out for yourselve!
Reviewed by john c from uk on 22nd Dec 2011
Everyone should own this phone. Nokia are back, in the best possible
way. Windows is simply the best phone operating system out there.
Reviewed by OtoChan from UK on 20th Dec 2011
I got this phone on saturday and so far is amazing! but one thing that
defo lets it down is the poor battery life. I don't even listen to any
music or run applications long on my phone and it already goes down
to half a bar in 2-3 hours. Most of the time its on standby with all
applications off and it hardly lasts a day. If this is suppose to be
a competitor to the iphone, the battery needs a good sorting and the
iphone seems to last for 2 days of heavy use.
Reviewed by Carol from UK on 13th Dec 2011
Having owned the Nokia N8, I decided to change to this phone. It is
excellent. Windows 7.5 o.s. makes everything else look so old fashioned,
it's quick, smooth and syncs with contacts, calender, email etc perfectly.
I have had the phone for nearly three weeks and must admit I did have
battery problems and then the phone wouldn't turn on after 4 days -
I had one of the duds! I exchanged it and have had no problems with
this handset, battery life is now fine. The camera is pretty good, the
screen resolution is superb and more apps are appearing daily. I also
like being able to pin google, live bus departures etc. to the home
screen. I really like this phone and have recommended it to my friends.
Reply by Meg from England on 27th
I agree Carol. I think the N8 was a starting point for Nokia, it came
on leaps and bounds since then. The N8 wasn't really that good it has
to be said, but Nokia have rightly learned from their mistakes. You
made a good, honest and reliable review there.
Reviewed by Les from UK on 8th Dec 2011
Don't waste any more time reading reviews on this phone, just go and
buy it. Have had 3 new android phones up to now, but just could't seem
to find what I was looking for. Then I got the samsung omnia 7 windows
phone and thought this was it, the o.s. was just fabulous, smooth, fluid
and fast, sync'd seamlessly with windows, google, facebook and all my
e.mail accounts, just needed a few minor improvements to make it the
perfect phone. Then 3 weeks ago I got the Nokia Lumia 800 and this has
got to be the best phone on the market, the build quality is superb,
the screen is fantastic, don't be put of by some remarks on poor battery
life, they obviously hav'nt charged it properly, or for some unfortunate
reason have just got a dud, I get above a full day of moderate usage
out of mine and if you turn of all data and blue tooth you can easily
get 2 day's out of it, though I don't know why anyone would want to
switch everything off. The cameras above average for a phone, though
obviously not as good as a canon or nikon, but then again I bet they
could'nt build a good phone into there cameras, eh. Some people knock
it for not having a front facing camera, do you really want one, would
you use it, I certainly would'nt. Then last but not least try picking
up a smart phone with a 4 inch plus screen and try using it with one
hand, very difficult, the Nokia Lumia at 3.7 inches is just perfect,
everything just seems to work, the windows 7.5 o.s is superb and the
Nokia Lumia is the icing on the cake, by far the best phone I've ever
had, can't fault it.
Reviewed by peter from UK on 5th Dec 2011
This is an excellent mobile. People talk about how good windows phone
with mango is so won't talk about the OS. The Nokia has 2 main advantages
from the other Windows Phones, a full TomTom like system where maps
are downloaded on the device so you can go abroad and use it without
relying on Internet or be in the middle of lake district with no phone
reception and it works, and also the free music. The phone also has
excellent reception due.. The battery is very good too for a smarthphone,
easily a day. I noticed people mentioned some problems so maybe some
devices have been affected but there is a fix in early Dec from Nokia
if affected. Also, it's very durable and won't get damaged (like the
old nokias). I really like this mobile.
Reviewed by Bobby from UK on 3rd Dec 2011
I've had this phone for 2 weeks now and have to say it's the best phone
i have use in the last year. It's super fast even with several applications
opened at once and very easy to use. The build quality is ahead of any
phone in the market and windows apps work very well. I have used android
and iOS4 before and thou they have more apps they don;t have the ease
of use that WP7 has.
Reviewed by KamurochoLullaby from Scotland on
1st Dec 2011
Well after initially being very excited upon taking ownership of my
Lumia on launch date, I have been left pretty disappointed to be honest.
The Windows OS is very nice and simple - and fast. However, the battery
on this phone is dreadful. I swapped an HTC Incredible for this, but
the battery was actually better on the HTC ! Additionally, the camera
- by any standards, not just Nokia's usual high ones - is utterly useless.
The flash is terrible in any conditions, and the pictures all have a
horrible yellow/orange hue to them. Fortunately people are still paying
premium prices for these - more fool them - so I have managed to sell
mine and get myself the phone I should never have gotten rid of to begin
with (the Nokia N8 !). With Symbian Belle (sorry reviewer I have to
disagree with you in that Symbian is most definitely NOT dead) onboard
it's a dream phone and one which will last me a long time indeed. There
may be a future for Nokia's Windows Phones, but it certainly aint this
Reviewed by Robert from UK on 1st Dec 2011
This phone has great functionality, really easy to use, looks great,
but… the battery is absolutely appalling. OK, so apparently there
are battery fixes coming soon from Nokia, but will they really solve
the issues? I’ve had this phone for 7 days now and have gradually
turned off apps and services that might be draining the battery. Yesterday,
I left the house at 7.30 am with 100% charge. During the day I made
one 5 minute call (to Orange!). The rest of the time it was on standby.
Everything turned off…. WI-FI, Bluetooth, Data, 3G, Auto Time..
and by 4.00pm it was completely dead. For a company staking their future
on this new phone, its remarkable that they should release something
so poor. Such a shame as it’s potentially a great phone, but without
power is completely useless. Oh dear. Bye bye Nokia.
Reviewed by Roy from UK on 29th Nov 2011
Got one today.Outstanding design.I just like the design, it is light
and comfortable in the had and slides into your pocket nicely. The screen
is large enough for me.Processing power is far better than any iphone
I have had before.I have just one minor gripe in that it would be better
if it had a forward facing camera. Overall very pleased.
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 28th Nov 2011
You could run 10 WP operating systems on this phone and it would still
run fast! Windows Phone isn't RAM and CPU hungry like Android and iOS
so don't let the specs put you off (infact, this has way more processing
power than you'll ever need) and as for the RAM, I'm barely even using
30MB of the 512MB!
Reviewed by Tris from England on 27th Nov 2011
Got the lumia the day it was launched. Nokia have made a great device.
All the good stuff looks wise has come from the n9. Its super fast.
Holds well in the hand. Works great with mango and is just that bit
more different than an iPhone. All in all Nokia have gave a solid first
offering. Here's the not so good part. Nokia for some reason have not
included a ffcamera. In todays market it really needed this feature.
The other gripe I have is the fact that if you took the Nokia logos
away and 2 or three apps which mango has its own versions of anyway,
you would be left with a standard windows phone. For me being a Nokia,its
all about the little things. There's no profiles. Not a stand out feature
untill you own a Nokia find just how much you do use it. Also the standby
screen clock. Such a simple but great feature. It seems Nokia have sold
the soul to save the body. All said and done, it has a vivid screen,its
very fast, in the age of monster screens this offers some refined class
for those who don't want the screen size to big. Its build is first
rate and fits into a busy social life really well. Battery isn't blistering
but then again... Are any of them now. My verdict.... A good move by
windows. Its nearly there.
Reply by Tris from UK on 17th Feb
Sad to say but mine has died and wont switch back on. Its had its first
update so why this has happened i dont know. The most worrying thing
is both Three and nokia have both told me this is very rare to happen.
Im no fool when it comes to mobile phones and know this shouldnt happen
at all. Must admit i feel a bit ripped off. If this is rare to happen
then why has it happened to others on this site. Pull your finger out
nokia..... nobody wants to buy mobiles that dont like being charged!!!!!!
Reply by Tris from UK on 27th Feb
I got my replacement after 2 weeks after nokia could not fix the problem.
I stress the word replacement.... not new, and guess what.... just on
standby alone without anything running i managed to make 2 short calls
and have a quick look on market place, All in all 15 mins use in total.
It went from very nearly full to just under half on battery. I phoned
a guy at a nokia approved centre and this is the code he gave me. Dial##634#
and accept, select battery status. Your battery should say its full
charge should be around 1400mah. If its less then 1000mah you have a
problem..... as i do. Mine is going back and sad to say all though i
love mango, the hardware just isnt there yet. Lumia feels rushed and
has bugs. 2 stars and thats for looks and mango. Its a shame coz i really
do like the 800 but it needed more time spent on it.
Reply by Tris from UK on 9th Mar 2012
I have just got back a third handset from three. After its first charge
i used it for a few hours and noticed it rebooting a few times. I called
three to talk to a advisor and mid conversation it rebooted. I have
arranged to send it back yet again but this time i have arranged to
change the 800 for a different mobile. Im sure other people with good
lumia 800s are very happy and i can see why. Its a good mobile waiting
to happen. Ive been very unlucky. Anyone who is thinking of getting
one then be careful and to those who say they havent had problems.....
I think you have... its just not bothered you to much.The first crop
from nokia hasnt done it for me and i have had to use a nokia n8 instead.
How about that... going backward to go forward lol
Reply by Tris from UK on 16th Mar
I have now had my 4th lumia as the 3rd looked like it was kicked around
the workshop floor..... but thats down to 3 and not nokia. Just sent
it back as the soft keys dont light up and it keeps rebooting under
50% charge. Ive decided to give up on the lumia and buy an iphone 4s
cash. Its not really the answer but atleast apple look after you as
i found with the 3gs. If your gonna get a lumia on contract.... youve
been warned. If your gonna part with your hard earned cash....... Dont
buy it!!! This is the more extreme end of the scale with the lumia.
Please be warned!
Reply by S21 from UK on 17th Mar 2012
Tris, sorry to hear you've been so unlucky with your Lumia! It sounds
like Three have just been sending you a series of broken ones :-(
Reply by Tris from Uk on 10th Feb
Thought I would give the 800 another chance after buying an lg l7 for
work but found I couldn't get on with android and the l7 was a real
pig. This time round I have been very happy indeed. At £119 on payg
its a real steal. Incredible value for money and with WP 7.8 its still
running with the pack. Very unlucky first time but couldn't be happier
this time. Money very well spent indeed and runs on hsdpa too. Alot
of phone for peanuts.
Reviewed by Lloyd from England on 26th Nov 2011
Having owned 2 iphone 4 and a 4s then a htc sensation xe and now a nokia
lumia 800 . Its easy to say that nokia has the best os out of all of
them great looking phone great screen and very well built every thing
runs super fast and smooth as the windows 7.5 manfo os was desighned
for the 1.4 ghz chip set no lag wot so ever. The mango os makes apple
and android os look old.my only problem is the ear piece volume could
of been louder as in a noisy place you might have problems hearing.
Apart from that top phone made by a top company