Hi, there its been a long time since I last blog about Nokia products. So here my review (but more or less my experience of) Nokia Lumia 800. Nokia Malaysia actually lend me a Magenta unit for few days earlier than my Black unit, for some amazing everyday project and a short video (can be found below). Sadly only the short video can be made while the 12 videos clip featuring various themes of "Amazing Everyday" concept was lost as someone stole the SD cards during the Videoshoot.
OK NO MORE SAD STORY LETS GO!!!
Part 1: Sexy Design
Part 1: Sexy Design
The size of the Lumia 800 sit prefect well in my hands, not to big not to small. I can grip it in my palms the hold day, unlocking it, looking cool in public while checking for Facebook status. The overall design give the user a premium feel and many of my friend agrees on this. Unlike other brands where they race with one another to produce the slimmest, the lightest, the high end hardware stuff which actually doesn't work (come on N9 beats majority of the high end phones in multitasking) and etc. To me it feels unnatural. Like mention in Nokia's Lumia 800 video it the a phone where industrial design meets metro (the OS) design. In short, an organic phone. Clearblack ROCKS!!!
Part 2: Camera
Yes, I still love my Nokia N8. But, Lumia suits to my needs too. First feature I love the most is the 2-3 seconds pressing shutter to active the camera app. How often we find those on other phones? Usual normal phone we are force to unclock/semi-unlock the phone then tap on the camera icon to activate it. I find myself shooting street photography and just simple candid moments easily. However autofocus tend to be inaccurate to low lights (Nokia N8 to the rescue!!!!!). So now my usual weekend travel cameras are Nokia N8 for portraits, sport and landscape while Lumia 800 handle candid/street type. Even the Lumia lacks the best sensor or performance of the N8 it trades that for "sharing" function where after you snap a photo you able to upload to social networks right in the app itself. I have challenge 15 people on that feature and yes I smoked both Andriod and Iphone users.
Part 3: Nokia apps
Note: Had to make my phone to SG region to get some sevices like Nokia Music and Xbox as Malaysia has yet to have the local support ( 02.04.12)
Nokia Music - Cool way to find and save favorite musics offline to your phone. Safes the hassle of finding song on PC than transfer to phone. Make pyment if you want to safe the song to your phone and share on other devices.
Nokia Map - Finds places (well duhh....). But we are able to get further info like address, phone number and websites. And often (lately) I'm using the function to give my photography client address and phone number of place where we going to meet up.
Nokia Drive - Same function like in Symbian, only thing I can't set till today is "Drive home". Small issue Nokia N8 acts as my backup.
Contacts Transfers - Kids/Teens/Adults please don't use this feature to steal other people phone contact info. Maybe jealous boy/girl-friend should use this often. Just KIDDING. Saves my time transferring my contact from Nokia N8 without the use of PC.
Creative Studio - Yeah!!! Panorama feature!!!!! way better than symbian in my opinion. Great app Nokia should add even more filter in the future.
Part 4: Apps from Window Phone OS
1. Gallery importing photos from Facebook albums.
I love this feature so much. I able to show my photography clients my work/portfolio while chatting with them. Save me lot of time then conventional method of transferring files.
2. Microsoft Office.
I found good use of it during my class. Often I tend to forget to bring my notes and all I got to do is open the powerpoint slides on my phone and what ever additional note I'll write on a piece of paper. Checking group assignment on the fly too. I can't do this on my Symbian phone.
A great way to stalk your friend every few micro second on social network. The only thing I would like to see in the future is the ability to share status of our friends to our own wall.
The a simple phone to interact with. Awesome integrated features in normal apps. However, there are some things which I'm not too keen about it (only a few). First is the speak located at the bottom, once you play a video the sound feels half sided an very often I'm using my beats audio set with it. This phone can't really multitask like Nokia N9 more like Mutli-resuming, my test shows after the 5th heavy usage app the phone just jammed unlike the N9 where I test before (in my youtube channel) is able to run 11 apps (2 of which is games). I want a bigger pictures live tile, maybe show two picture same time. More live tiles of other apps.
I will still recommend this phone to anyone cause its simple to operate. Remember I only blog so far based on my experience and opinion of this phone.Nokia I know you seeing this . . . NFC PLEASE!!!!!!!
A simple video shoot featuring Nokia N9 and Nokia Lumia 800 (other my other photography channel)
Here are some other reviews from my friends: (Click the name below to view the notes)
1. Nicholas Gow
2. Mike Zheng
3. Jason Quek
4. Yoake Hikaru
Other related videos
Nokia Lumia Malaysia Launch
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