Saturday, October 29, 2011

Price and Review Nokia Lumia 800 and 710

Nokia Lumia 800 and 710
Gadget Mobile Technology : Price and Review Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 - Nokia's highly anticipated Windows Phone 7 handsets, the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, have finally been unveiled and we managed to get a hands-on sneak peek of both of them at Nokia World in London. These two new models aren't just another pair of smartphones though – they're part of Nokia's efforts to stay relevant in a smartphone market dominated by Apple and Google. The hotly anticipated Lumia 800 is on sale today, to arrive in your hands on 16 November, while the 710 will arrive some time in the first quarter of 2012.

It's been just eight months since Nokia announced it was abandoning its home grown Symbian and MeeGo operating systems in favour of Windows Phone 7. It's therefore no surprise that the Lumia 800 bears a strong resemblance to the N9, the Finnish giant's sole and ill-fated MeeGo phone. The injection-moulded polycarbonate design feels light yet rigid and well made with a soft, almost velvety touch to it. The micro USB port and micro SIM card are hidden under a pair of small flip-up panels on the top of the phone which were a bit fiddly to pry open.

The Lumia 800 will have an eight-megapixel camera, an 800x480 pixel 3.7in AMOLED screen and 16GB of on-board, non-expandable storage. These specifications are to be expected though given Microsoft's fairly rigid hardware guidelines. Nokia therefore downplayed them in favour of emphasising the quality of the camera in low-light conditions, the operating system's ease of use and its own apps.

Nokia showed off its two exclusive Windows Phone apps, Nokia Music and Nokia Drive. The Nokia Music app has a feature called Mix Radio which lets you listen to several pre-determined mixes of full-length songs that can also be cached offline. It bears more of a resemblance to the radio-like service than a true on-demand listening service like Spotify.

It also a noticeably different design – it has physical rather than touch sensitive buttons and it's curvier and chunkier, but still fits nicely in the hand. It's also more colourful thanks to a design throwback reminiscent of Nokia phones of yesteryear – interchangeable fascias which will come in a variety of colours and textures. Despite the interchangeable covers, the Lumia 710 still feels robust and well made. Like the 800, it uses a micro SIM, first seen in the iPhone 4, rather than a full-sized SIM.

The Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in the next few days, while a UK release date of the Lumia 710 has yet to be confirmed. UK pricing for both models has yet to be confirmed, but it's likely to be very similar to Eurozone pricing. The Lumia 800 will cost €420 ex VAT SIM free, while the 710 will cost substantially less at €270 ex VAT SIM free.
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