Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

The wait for the first Win­dows Phone from Nokia ended with the re­lease of two de­vices. We re­viewed the Lu­mia 800, a gor­geous smart­phone. Avail­able in black, cyan and ma­genta, it has a curved 3.7-inch glass AMOLED dis­play that gels smoothly with the uni­body de­sign. The Power, vol­ume con­trol and cam­era keys are in sil­ver metal placed on the right edge with the charg­ing jack. The mi­crosim slot is neatly cov­ered with a lid.

Com­ple­ment­ing the outer de­sign is the Win­dows Phone plat­form with its Metro UI. The cus­tomis­able tiles on the home­screen with the app menu is sim­i­lar to any other Win­dows Phone de­vice. But thanks to the tie-up be­tween Nokia and Mi­crosoft, users get the best from both worlds. On­board apps in­clude Nokia Drive for nav­i­ga­tion, App High­lights for rec­om­mended apps by Nokia, Nokia Maps, Bing Maps, Tunein Ra­dio and time­spoynt, to men­tion a few. Start­ing the phone prompts you for a Win­dows Live ID for down­load­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and Sky­drive for data stor­age and the Nokia ac­count. Typ­ing us­ing the on­screen key­board is a pleas- ing ex­pe­ri­ence and all com­mu­ni­ca­tion ap­pears un­der a sin­gle hood. Users can up­date their sta­tus on var­i­ous sites from the ‘Me’ tile that ap­pears on the home­screen and check friends up­date and post com­ment from the peo­ple hub. The Of­fice app ad­dresses the is­sue of down­load­ing a third-party doc­u­men­ta­tion app and lets one read and edit doc­u­ments on the move. The sound out­put is im­pres­sive, as is the video play­back. How­ever, the 8MP cam­era isn’t the best and cap­tures av­er­age im­ages only. The phone’s smooth func­tion­ing is due to the 1.4 GHZ pro­ces­sor and 512 MB RAM.

How­ever, there are a few draw­backs. The on­board mem­ory of the smart­phone is a measly 16 GB and it doesn’t sup­port a mem­ory card for ex­pand­ing mem­ory. The ap­pli­ca­tions avail­able for Win­dows Phone Mango are very few in com­par­i­son to those for IOS and Android. An­other draw­back of the Win­dows Phone plat­form is one its in­abil­ity to trans­fer con­tent over Blue­tooth. The bat­tery backup too is just about av­er­age.

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