Few days ago, I posted the unboxing of Lumia 800 here but I wan’t able to include the first impressions I’ve had on the device because I think it would be better if I would spend more little time with it considering I’m new to Metro UI of Windows Phone. So I thought of only getting a true first impressions after I’ve got used on the Lumia 800. And today is that time I will be sharing my first impressions.
Hardware wise, the Nokia Lumia 800 design is almost the same with Nokia N9. Its curved Gorilla Glass display serves on top of the polycarbonate unibody construction. Neither the phone is heavy nor light. It feels perfectly on my hands, solid as Nokia N9. But like I said, just almost the same with Nokia N9, because there were some little facelifts found on the Lumia 800 that slightly differentiate it from its MeeGo version. That following are your added camera two-step key, stiffer volume rocker and rotation lock keys, and Windows Phone soft keys. So likely if you have deep inspection you could distinguish them from each other. But this is when the screen is off and there are no tiles floating above.
On the software side, the Lumia 800 is the first generation of products that have been born from Nokia-Microsoft marriage last year. This is where the big difference of Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia N9 comes. The latter is running on top of Nokia’s MeeGo platform, might be the last pure Finnish smartphone of its kind. Anyways, we’re here to tackle the Lumia 800, though I’m already preparing for Nokia N9 review.
I was very happy when I first turned on my Lumia 800 after I unboxed it. The feeling of unboxing a new smartphone with new platform is so far the best experience and Nokia Lumia 800 brought me to that epic moment. And yeah, the Windows Phone Metro UI was very refreshing to see as a first timer. The tiles on homescreen are very lively, it flips, it wiggles and whole UI is very snappy. And that snappiness is present throughout the entire menu and apps which is fantastic and very impressive thinking that your Lumia 800 doesn’t have dual-core processor nor a big chunk of RAM unlike other smartphones. Something that I didn’t had on my Nokia N8 but I had experienced with my Nokia N9.
So far, the little downside on the Metro UI is getting used only after a longer period of time. Such as on finding that and this, big chance is that you will get lost even on the simple settings tweak during your first hands on. But rather, this getting to know stage between you and the Metro UI is a funny thing especially if you are lazy reading that beginner’s manual. For complexity, I believe the Windows Phone doesn’t have that, usage is purely balance of simplified UI and new experience.
Looking for rich apps and games from the online market place is not problem anymore on a Nokia device. On Lumia 800, it is supported with Zune and Nokia’s own App Highlights on which high caliber of content are just few taps away. It’s buttery smooth when I browse on both Zune PC and phone. While on App Highlights, the shake-to-surprise feature is definitely a new way of experience to discover new apps. The same thing with music, I could easily browse, grab and buy songs from Nokia’s Music Store or Zune marketplace. But if you the content on your PC, syncing your phone to your PC is done through Zune.
What are the things I miss so far
With a year of using Nokia N8 and few months of being together with Nokia N9 there are indeed few features that I miss when using the Lumia 800. Few worth mentioning are the drop-down status bar from Belle and MeeGo, the screensaver, USB OTG, Bluetooth transfer, a good loud speaker (from Nokia N8 only) and the Swipe from the Nokia N9. But so far, Lumia 800 is slowly filling those mentioned features with the satisfaction it offers through its great hardware and Windows Phone.
I’m not sure whether I should add the camera of Nokia Lumia 800 on the misses side for my first impressions because I just have the device for not more than a week. The same with the battery life of it. But so far, took few shots and I was not impressed on the auto settings selection. Will just expand my test and further observe it though.
I will be digging more for the final review of Lumia 800 and a big big Nokia N9 comparison on which I will be deciding on what phone has suited on me.