We have seen numerous reviews of the Nokia Lumia 800 over the last few weeks, but I find this one by the magazine Mobile Industry Review one of the best, as it is based on actual usage of the device over a period of time and issues actual users encounter, rather than cores and megapixels.
Iâ€™ve been using the Nokia Lumia 800 for just over a week, full time now. It has temporarily replaced the BlackBerry Curve I normally use for business work (I also use a Bold 9900 and an iPhone).
I most certainly miss the physical keyboard of the BlackBerry, however I have to say that the Nokia Lumia 800 does appear business-ready. Iâ€™ve been able to hit the ground running â€” Iâ€™ve even managed to use the â€œIâ€™m going to be lateâ€ function in the Windows Phone calendar.
I used the British Airways app on the Lumia to fly from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf and found the experience flawless. Whatâ€™s more, I felt good using the Lumia. It may not be Nokiaâ€™s absolute tip-top super-smartphone (I suspect the 800 dollar Luma 1000 or something will be along soon) however it most certainly looks smart. Looks are important. Thereâ€™s a reason I wear a particular suit, use a particular pen, carry a particular bag. They create a specific impression. The Lumia, Iâ€™m pleased to say, adds to this impression. It doesnâ€™t detract. To be clear, a Nokia N97 did detract.
I talked recently about the Lumia 800?s battery life feeling very much like the rest of the smartphones I have. This is true. I havenâ€™t found it astonishing in terms of capacity at all. However, I did discover a â€˜battery saveâ€™ mode. That fixes everything for me. It doesnâ€™t limit the capacity of the phone as far as my experience concerned. It just stops a lot of the background location and connectivity services from running unless you actually want them. That has moved my Lumia experience from â€œgoodâ€ to â€œgreatâ€. I am delighted that I can get through the day (and thensome) with the Lumia in Battery Save mode.
The fact I even have to think about this is seriously annoying. Itâ€™s an industry-wide problem though. I would love to see Nokia come to market with a (thicker?) handset that genuinely DOES last 2-3 days with proper usage.
Here in Germany Iâ€™ve been using Nokia Maps a lot. And goodness me itâ€™s fantastic. Iâ€™ve known this. Iâ€™ve seen this. Itâ€™s just been a dire experience on previous handsets. Youâ€™ve had to ignore quite a lot of glaring annoyances on previous models in order to get much in the way of value from Maps â€” this is, at least, my impression. I routinely used Google Maps on my Symbian devices because it felt so much better.
The rest of the review reads in much the same vein and is definitely worth a read. Â The main point being that the Nokia Lumia 800 serves all his needs and looks good while doing it.
Read their full review here.