There’s a whole lot riding on the Lumia 800. Nokia’s first Windows Phone and the handset that will usher in – so the company hopes – a new era of smartphone relevance and a turnaround in fortunes. Question is, will the Lumia 800 be Finnish enough for long-time followers as well as mainstream enough for a new audience of smartphone users. Symbian may not have been universally appealing, but at least it was unique; has Nokia sidelined its independence alongside its faithful old platform?
The Nokia Lumia 800 was announced at Nokia World last week. It features a 3.7-inch AMOLED Clearblack display, 1.4GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 8MP Carl Zeiss camera inside a beautiful polycarbonate unibody. Nokia Drive, Nokia Music, ESPN sports hub, and other apps will be exclusive to Nokia’s Windows Phone experience.