One of the problems we've seen with Windows Phone devices so far is that if you've seen a Windows Phone, you've basically seen them all. How much can you do when all phones share the same basic specs and are dominated by a similar touchscreen? The answer is usually "not much".
At least we thought … Nokia has shown the industry that Windows Phone can do better than the competition. The Lumia 800 has one of the best hardware designs that can be found on a smartphone today – on any platform – and comes with software developed by Nokia that makes the company look like they've been running Windows Phone for years. Write apps. In short, it's a fantastic smartphone that really takes Windows Phone to the next level. Continue reading.
While virtually every Windows Phone smartphone is the same in terms of software, give or take an app or two, manufacturers can build some differentiation on the hardware. It shows that Nokia took this approach with the Lumia 800. The case of the 800 is carved out of a solid block of polycarbonate, just like the Nokia N9, with which it shares most of the exterior features. There are no seams on the body and the tapered design feels wonderful in the palm of your hand.
Plus, it's just great, not least thanks to the 3.7-inch ClearBlack ~ AMOLED touchscreen display that blends in with the deep blacks and bright, rich colors that Windows Phone's Metro UI does so well Assert yourself. The curved Corning Gorilla Glass on the 480 x 800 pixel screen makes the phone as pleasant to touch as it is to look at. It's, without question, one of the best looking devices ever made.
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I usually don't use covert micro-USB charging / data ports on a phone, but the magnetic lock on the Lumia 800's case is sleek and looks as good as it works. The micro SIM card slot that sits next to it is also a trick. The other features of the phone body are mainly located on the rounded right edge. There you will find the on / off switch, the volume control and the camera shutter button.
A small speaker / microphone grille sits on the flat bottom edge of the phone, and the 3.5mm headphone jack is on top. The back of the phone is plain, with the exception of the metal piece that adorns the camera's lens and the dual LED flash above it.
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The phone has 16GB of internal storage, but it doesn't have a microSD memory card slot because Windows Phone doesn't support hot-swappable memory cards. There's no user-replaceable battery either, but that's the price you pay for such a pretty body design.
The Nokia Lumia 800 measures quite a compact 116.8 mm x 61.2 mm x 12.1 mm (4.6 "x 2.4" x 0.5 "), but is still quite decent in weight. With its weight of 143.7 g, it feels solid without feeling burdensome. You can add the customized and included color-coordinated cover for an additional 14g of weight and a fair amount of additional protection.