The Nokia Lumia 800 – My impressions after a couple of days use

The new Nokia Lumia phones certainly are sexy looking and seem by their weight and feel well build and solid. The weight is not noticeable being around or just under the weight of a HTC HD7.

The rounded screen looks great and the Clearblack display is hardly determinable from the boarder. The colour is strong and contrast sharp, it does look a little over tweaked though, almost as if you’ve gone and turned the saturation and contrast up a few notches. It should be noted that this is my first AMOLED screen so I’ll be comparing to the LCD of the HD7. The one thing I noticed is there is a visible mask on this screen that reminds me of the Trinitron CRT mask, this makes it seem like the screen is pixelating a little when it’s not.

The external speaker is great and being located at the bottom of the phone means your hand acts as a kind of gramophone horn. Making a call on speakerphone is surprisingly clear even out on a busy street and the caller at the other end has no idea you have them on speaker.
The sound out of the headphone jack is nice, although I’d like to have some adjustments to make it just how I like it. Unfortunately, with the case on, the headphone jack tends to push the plug out a little, well it does with my Sennheiser HD 25’s anyway, this can be quite annoying but not a problem without the case.

The camera takes some nice photos however, with a bright light in the frame the camera shows blurring and shots do not seem to reflect real colour. This may be due to the subsystem over adjusting, but it makes photos look almost like an HDR shot.

Overall it’s a nice feeling phone, even with the case it looks great and hard to tell if it is actually in the case. Will I replace my larger screen phone with this, not sure but that may be more to the size of my fingers ;P

I was disappointed by the lack of front camera and gyroscope, not sure this could be truly classed as a Gen 2 Windows Phone without those.

Score out of 10: 8.5/10 (let down by the screen mask and headphone problem as well as camera overcompensation)

Would I recommend this to someone: I would wait till the Lumia 900 comes out if you like bigger screen phones.

Technical Details:

CPU 1.4Ghz – Fast

Memory 512Mb – Fast

3D Graphics – Fast and very nice

Storage – slow

Battery – Good – 18 hours with very first charge and 2 exchange accounts using push, facebook, windows live, twitter and facebook with a few phone calls and some web browsing.

The Lumia 800 is now launched in Australia on all carriers for around $700 or I believe $40 plan.

More details and specs on the Nokia Site

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