Nokia Lumia 800 Review

The Nokia Lumia 800 is Nokia’s first Windows Phone smartphone since the two companies announced their partnership earlier this year and the device comes with the latest version of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, in our Nokia Lumia 800 review we will look at all of the features on this new Windows Phone device.

As you will see from the photos, the Lumia 800 has taken its design cues from the Nokia N9, with a sleek polycarbonate exterior and a curved glass ClearBlack AMOLED display, it is definitely one of the best looking smartphones that Nokia has produced for some time.

Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Nokia Lumia 800 Specifications

The Nokia Lumia 800 features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack multi-touch display, and the display features a resolution of  800 x 480 pixels.

Processing on the Lumia 800 is provided by a single core 1.4GHz processor and it features 512MB of RAM and 16GB of built in storage, plus an 8 megapixel rear facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash plus auto-focus.

Nokia Lumia 800 Review



The Lumia 800’s camera is capable of recording HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second, and it comes with the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone, version 7.5 Mango.

Other specifications on the Nokia Lumia 800 include 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, HSDPA, HSUPA, and it features a micro SIM card rather than a standard sized SIM card.

 Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Connectivity comes in the form of a micro USB port, which can be connected to your PC or Mac to synchronize the device with videos, music and more.

The Nokia Lumia 800 features a 1450 mAh battery, and according to Nokia’s official figures, the battery is designed to give you up to 13 hours of talk time on 2g, up to 256 hours of standby time on GSM.

On 3G Nokia says that the Lumia 800 will give you up to 9.5 hours of talk time and up to 335 hours of standby time, and for music and videos, the official figures say that you will get around 55 hours of music playback and around 6.5 hours of video playback.

Nokia Lumia 800 Design And Display

As we mentioned earlier Lumia 800 takes its design inspiration from the Nokia n9, the outer casing of the device is made from machined polycarbonate, and it looks very slick and stylish, definitely one of the best looking smartphones Nokia has produced for some time, aside for the N9.

The Nokia Lumia 800 features a 3.7 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, which is encased in Gorilla Glass, and the display is very good, everything looks clear and sharp, and it works pretty well outside in direct sunlight.

Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Th3 3.7 inch display on the Lumia 800 features an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, text and websites don’t look as good on the Lumia 800 as other devices with a higher resolution display and text on some website can be a little hard to read at times, and text also looks slightly pixelated, although overall the display on the Lumia 800 is pretty good, photos and video look great on the handsets screen.

Nokia Lumia 800 And Windows Phone 7

The Lumia 800 features the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, which we really liked, the user interface is great, a refreshing change form the UI’s of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS.

Everything fells really fast on the Lumia 800 and Windows Phone Mango, we were expecting things to feel a little slow compared to other devices considering the single core processor, but it doesn’t.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace seems to be growing steadily, and whilst it doesn’t have anywhere near as many apps as Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android there are still some pretty cool apps available for Windows Phone handsets.

The Lumia 800 comes with a number of different Nokia Apps for Windows Phone built in, like their free navigation app, Nokia Drive and also Nokia Nokia Maps and Nokia Music.

Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Overall I really enjoyed using Windows Phone 7 on the Nokia Lumia 800, and the built in Nokia apps are great, the Nokia Drive is probably one of the best navigation apps we have seen on a smartphone, and it comes bundled with the device.

Nokia Lumia 800 Camera, Photos And Video

The camera on the Lumia 800 is an 8 megapixel version and it features Carl Zeiss Optics, plus a dual LED flash and auto-focus, and it is capable of recording HD video in 720p.

Nokia Lumia 800 Review

The photo below was taken on the Lumia 800’s camera with standard settings, and it has not been edited from the original except to add some text to it, make sure you check out the full size photo.

Nokia Lumia 800 Sample Photo

The video below was recorded in HD on the Lumia 800 at maximum resolution which is 1280 x 720p, we also used standard settings on the device to record the video, make sure you watch it in HD.

Overall the Nokia Lumia’s camera does a pretty good job at taking photos and recording video, just what you would expect from a high end smartphone camera, there are some devices with better camera’s out there, but there are certainly more which are a lot worse.

Nokia Lumia 800 Call Quality, Reception And Battery

We tested the Nokia Lumia 800 with UK mobile carrier Three, and call quality and reception on the device is excellent, and voice calls sounded clear, pretty much what you would expect.

With regards to battery life, the Lumia 800 features a 1,450 mAh battery, and there have been a number of reports of problems with the Nokia Lumia 800 battery.

Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Nokia has released a statement concerning the battery problems, and they will release a software update that is designed to fix the issue early next year.

Luckily the Nokia Lumia 800 we tested for this review didn’t suffer from the battery problems, and we were able to test it out properly over the last week.

The battery on the Lumia 800 is pretty good, heavy users should get at least a full days usage out of the device, whilst average users would probably only have to charge the handset every other day.


I was quite impressed with the Nokia Lumia 800, the smartphone features an excellent design, probably one of the best looking Windows Phone devices we have tested.

It certainly feels like a quality smartphone, just what you would expect from Nokia in terms of the build quality, the AMOLED display is really nice, and that paired with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango makes the Lumia 800 a great device to use.

Nokia Lumia 800 Review

My first ever mobile phone was a Nokia handset, and I have had a number of Nokia mobile phones over the years, although I haven’t owned a Nokia handset for quite a few years, probably about 10, the Nokia Lumia 800 is the first Nokia smartphone that would make me consider buying a Nokia phone again.

If you are in the market for a new smartphone or specifically a Windows Phone smartphone, then the Lumia 800 is definitely worth considering, have a look at the photo gallery below.

The handset we tested in this review was from UK mobile carrier Three, the Nokia Lumia 800 is available on Three with a range of different mobile contracts in the UK, it is also available from a number of other mobile operators.



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  • Jorge Dias

    There’s the “small” issue of the phone not having personal hotspot enables, even though this is supported in Mango. And i believe Nokia Drive demands an internet connection to work. I love Nokia, but these are deal-breakers, particularly the first one.

  • Mnad_calimlim

    another amazing phone by nokia….nokia lumia 800 i like it…………

  • Iceelim

    does this have wifi?

  • Ridley

    What happens when the battery eventually dies as it will in about three years. You just throw the phone away as you cant use it any more.This is a deal breaker for me.

  • Esko Kuokkanen

    After 13 days use my Lumia did’n start, it just quite politely says Goodbye. The preparation is estimated to last two weeks. Lovely, isn’t?
    Esko Kuokkanen, Finland.