Nokia Lumia 800 review: Bold design, blah camera

Despite the awesome camera specs, the unlocked Nokia Lumia 800's 8-megapixel shooter missed the bullseye.

Nokia Lumia 800
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It's been a couple of weeks now since we first glimpsed the Nokia Lumia 800, one of the first two of Nokia's brave new Windows Phone world, just after it was announced at Nokia World .

This phone had promise: a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED screen, a 1.4GHz processor, a singular design in crazy bright blue and magenta, and a fancy 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics, dual-LED flash, and 1080p HD video capture.

Let me tell you, specs don't always pan out. I have few complaints with the phone's interesting, gutsy design, but the camera quite frankly overpromised and underdelivered. You can see some of the photos and comparison shots in this gallery .

As for the rest, read all the pros and cons, and see photos and video in the full Nokia Lumia 800 review.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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