At Nokia World in London today Nokia revealed not only one, but two brand new Windows Phone devices. The stunningly beautiful Nokia Lumia 800, that brings content to life in a fun and easy way, and also the affordable Nokia Lumia 710 that brings the Lumia experience to more people around the world, with the same easy and fluent software functionality as her bigger sister.
Nokia Lumia 800 shares the main design features of the gorgeous Nokia N9, but with some changes and additions. The bottom part of the 3.9″ screen is dedicated to the three standard buttons that is a familial feature of the Windows Phone operating system. This leaves a 3,7″ part of the screen left to be used by rest of the UI. On the right side of the phone there’s also an added hardware button, dedicated for the on-board 8 Megapixel camera. Unlike other devices running Windows Phone, on a Nokia phone you will of course get something extra. Among things, you get free Offline navigation, and also access to the brand new Nokia Music service.
Windows Phone might have not been the instant success that Microsoft have hoped, and many have wondered why Nokia choose it as their new Smartphone operating system. Symbian still has potential, MeeGo has on the Nokia N9 shown amazing flexibility and popularity, and even though Windows Phone have captured the interests of some, and also gotten lots of appraisal for it’s innovative UI, it has also caught a lot of flack for missing features.
Since the announcement of the new partnership between Nokia and Microsoft in February, lots of things have changed though. The bold move of Stephen Elop, have recently started to make more sense. With Microsoft’s release of Mango, a major update for their new operating system, Windows Phone is now a world of difference from the first impressions of the past. Microsoft have also shown with the fast release of Mango, that they have all intentions of going all in, and constantly improving this still young OS. When Nokia announced that they had chosen Windows Phone as the OS for a new smartphone strategy, people had only seen the first version of this OS, lacking a lot of basic features. But Nokia never intended to release a phone running Windows Phone, they where already planning for Windows Phone Mango, and thats a whole different ball game.
Nokia realise that times have changed. The users today want to keep in touch with friends from all around the world, they want access to information, music, media and also capture, and share a moment, directly. They want this possible instantly, without a hassle, and without previous technical knowledge. Nokia’s experience in mobile technology, and Microsoft’s new, easy to use operating system, seems to be a really good match, and perfectly suitable for these new demands of today.
If you want a beautifully designed device, that is durable, but also packed with the latest technologies. If you aren’t really interested in how to set everything up in detail, but you do want access to all your social media services, you want your music, and just use the technologies within instantly, Nokia Lumia 800 might just be for you. And I must say that the Windows Phone UI look amazing on the Nokia Lumia 800‘s clear black display.
Both Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 are already being shipped from the factories as we speak to the local retail stores, and are scheduled to roll-out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November.
Nokia Lumia 800
The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, vivid colors (cyan, magenta and black) and the best social and Internet performance, with one-touch social network access, easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9. It features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display blending seamlessly into the reduced body design, and a 1.4 GHz processorwith hardware acceleration and a graphics processor. The Nokia Lumia 800 contains an instant-share camera experience based on leading Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies
Nokia Lumia 710
The purposely built, no-nonsense Nokia Lumia 710 can be personalized with exchangeable back covers and thousands of apps to bring the Lumia experience to more people around the world. The Nokia Lumia 710 is designed for instant social & image sharing, and the best browsing experience with IE9. It is available in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers. With the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710 delivers high performance at an affordable price.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 710 will be approximately 270 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.