Nokia’s first Windows Phone shows promise

Posted on: November 15, 2011

  • The love affair between Microsoft and Nokia that has transpired over the last year has finally born fruit.
  • The Lumia 800, Nokia’s first smartphone that runs Windows Phone 7, is set to hit some retail chains in the U.K. on Wednesday.
  • Nokia says the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710, which is the lower-end version, will arrive in other European countries this month and in parts of Asia by the end of the year. They won’t come to the United States until early next year, the company says.
  • After testing the Lumia 800 for a week, I have been impressed by some aspects and confused by others. For example, I like the bold hardware design, but I don’t understand why I have to choose between two apps for music, two for downloading more apps and three for maps.
  • Microsoft and Nokia seemed well matched when the partnership was formally announced to much fanfare in February. The software giant’s Windows Phone platform is well made but has attracted little attention from phone manufacturers, app developers or customers.
  • Nokia builds exquisite hardware, but its existing lineup of smartphones relied on an outmoded operating system called Symbian. The company is still the world’s largest maker of mobile phones by volume, but it has very little presence in the United States or in the minds of early adopters. Nokia sees the Lumia 800 as a chance to change that.
  • The phone is quite solidly built. The rounded, unibody exterior, which is topped with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, is attractive and comfortable to hold. The polycarbonate material looks and feels somewhere in between plastic and metal. It is not slippery. The version I have been testing has a dark gray finish, which resembles a granite stone.

read more at CNN

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