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First Look: Nokia Lumia 800

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First Look: Nokia Lumia 800

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One of Nokia's first two Windows Phones, the globally-released Nokia Lumia 800 has an eye-catching design. Too bad the same can't be said for its 8-megapixel camera.

-Hey everyone, I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET taking a first look today at the Nokia Lumia 800. Now, this is one of Nokia's first 2 windows phones and I've got the unlock version right here. That means it's not optimized to US network for voice or data speeds. Also this happens to be a pre released model, so it's still missing a few software features. That said, I did get a pretty good idea of how it works. Now, the Lumia 800 I have here is all black, but is also comes cyan and magenta colors, which are pretty bright. It's made from a single piece of poly carbonate material, which is a type of a plastic. It's got really interesting design with the flat top and bottom, sharp corners and it's rounded sides. It's got a smooth finish all around, and if you look closely, you're gonna notice that there is no removable back cover, but there is a pop up door that covers the micro USB charging port and if you like the door next to that, then you will be able to pop out the micro SIM card slot. It looks really cool, but [unk] told it's kind of hard to access and I did find myself fumbling around a little bit. The Nokia Lumia 800 has a gorgeous 3.7-inch AMOLED display with a WVGA resolution. Also has this clear black display technology, which is basically Nokia's polarizing filter and that helps keep the screen visible in direct sunlight. It took it outside in direct and I thought that it did pretty well. The screen is slightly curve on the edges, which is something that's kind of cool need and it gives a really look and feel when you swipe from side to side. The phone of course runs Windows phone 7.5 Mango and that gives you your choice of 11 accent colors including this one, which is called Nokia blue. It's also all of the Windows phone apps and Nokia also has added a bunch of its own. One of them is Nokia drive, which is Nokia's own turn by turn app for voice directions. There is also going to be the ESPN hub, which is not on this phone and it is forthcoming. In addition, there's gonna be Nokia maps, which is on board and Nokia music, which is here but this one is missing the new Music mix feature, which has not been announced for the US, but it does look pretty cool. Nokia mix is gonna is give your choice of streaming music stations that are already curated and also something very similar to Pandora that automatically makes playlist for you. Now for the camera, Lumia 800 has an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss-Tessar lens with dual LED flash and support for 720p HD video. Unfortunately, neither the photos nor the video works that is I expected. In fact, they were real big disappointment because they were duller, flatterer, and frankly less focus than they should be especially when I compared it to photos on this phone to the photos taken with other 8-megapixel cameras, specifically the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4S. I tested the Lumia 800 using AT&T SIM card and even though it isn't optimized for this network because the phone is unlocked, it was pretty fast using AT&T's 3G network, but keep in mind if you are interested in buying this phone before it's released to the US, it could also switch to H. They are the 1.4 gigahertz processor inside and I found that to be pretty snappy. I don't have any complaints with performance in that area. So, as I said, this particular design here is headed to Europe, but I do expect that Nokia is going to announce a counterpart for the US hopefully about will include 4G LTE suite, hopefully it will include a front facing camera like the phone that this one is modeled on and hopefully the image processing will also be improved. So, with the US version coming, I really wouldn't recommend that state side uses run out and get this phone especially because it costs almost $600, but I would say that apart from the camera, which is found disappointing, I really like what I see and I think that Nokia is headed in a very interesting direction with Windows Phone. I'm Jessica Dolcourt and this has been your first look at the Nokia Lumia 800. Check out the full review and other reviews at reviews.cnet.com.

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