Windows Phone 7.5 at Last: Nokia Officially Announces Lumia 800, 710
October 26, 2011 7:38 AM
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Nokia officially announces its first two Windows Phone 7.5 devices
Eight months after Microsoft and Nokia announced that they would be
joining forces in the smartphone market
, the first two Windows Phone 7.5 devices from Nokia will start to saunter into the marketplace later this year in select markets.
I. Lumia 810 will tackle the high-end
When it comes to doing battle with the latest high-end smartphones running Android and iOS, Nokia is offering up its new Lumia 800. The hardware specs won't impress anyone from the Android camp, as the Lumia 800 features a 3.7" AMOLED ClearBlack curved display (800x480), a single-core, 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, and just 16GB of internal memory (there's no microSD slot for expansion, although Nokia does provide 25GB of free SkyDrive access).
The Lumia 800 may not feature a dual-core processor, but Microsoft says that such firepower isn't needed for the Windows Phone 7.x platform… for now. "They're all single core, but I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it, and that’s the point," said Windows Phone chief Andy Lees in an
earlier this month
Nokia smartphones have been known in the past for their excellent cameras, and the Lumia 800 is no exception. The smartphone offers up an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics.
And for those of you familiar with Nokia's N9, the sleek shape of the Lumia 800 should be instantly recognizable. The Lumia 800 is constructed of a single piece of polycarbonate plastic and features a curved Gorilla glass display. It is, however, a bit on the chunky side at 12.1mm thick and weighs 5 ounces.
Nokia says that the Lumia 800 is good for 9.5 hours of 3G talk time, 55 hours of music playback, and 7 hours of video playback.
The Lumia 800 (available in Cyan, Black, and Magenta) will have a retail price of around $535 USD and will be released in Europe in November, and in Asia by the end of the year. There is no word on U.S. availability, but recent reports suggest that U.S. customers
won't have access to the phone until next year
II. Those on a budget can look at Nokia's Lumia 710
If the Lumia 800's $535 price tag is a tough pill to swallow, Nokia also announced the Lumia 710. The Lumia 710 features the same 1.4GHz processor as its more sophisticated brother, but includes a 5MP camera and lacks the AMOLED display. The smartphone also only comes with 8GB of internal storage, but it unlike the Lumia 800, it includes a microSD slot for expansion. It will be available in black and white, but more colorful backplates will be available for purchase.
When it comes to battery life, the Lumia 710 is rated at 7.6 hours of 3G talk time, 38 hours of music playback, and 6 hours of video playback.
III. It's all in the software
Of course, both the Lumia 800 and 710 are running
Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango"
. Nokia abandoned its own smartphones efforts with MeeGo and Symbian to embrace Microsoft's sleek mobile operating system. To help differentiate its products from other Windows Phone devices on the market, the Lumia 800 and 710 will feature Nokia Drive turn-by-turn navigation, Nokia Music, and the ESPN Sports Hub as integral portions of the UI.
"Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We're driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones," said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. "From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I'm incredibly proud of these new devices - and the people of Nokia who have made this happen."
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RE: An important moment
10/26/2011 12:14:04 PM
The Windows Phone 7.5 OS is great the hardware/formfactor is second its lightning fast even with a single core.
What people need to understand its not just about the phone its the surrounding infrastructure that Microsoft brings with it that makes the phone incredible.
Once people understand how the Metro interface/Tiles works and use the device to see how fast and responsive the Windows Phones are to understand why they are so good.
All the information I need is right there on the phone without me opening any apps to check if I have e-mail and how many since I last checked, upcoming meetings, text messages since I last checked, voicemails, Stock UP/Down, Weather etc. all at a glance of the screen without opening any of the apps.
Chances are you have office at work nothing is better than having outlook integrated into your phone to sync with Microsoft Exchange. Powerpoint presentation not a problem I have it right here let me e-mail it to you. If you have Sharepoint its even better I can check out documents and review them on the plane.
Almost insignificant because you have the cloud and if you have a home server its infinite storage. I take pictures with mine and when my wife is in front of the computer the cloud downloads it to the PC. No need to sync.
Yes other phones have this but Microsoft had it day 1 even my first generation Zune 1 brick has it. I plug in my phone to be charged in the kitchen and 10 minutes later it wirelessly syncs with my PC updating all my podcasts and music I selected because I tend to forget to tether my phone to the PC.
Voice to Text.
My wife sends me text messages and the phone reads them to me. Using my voice I can then tell my phone reply I then speak a message and it translates my voice to text and I tell it to send. All using my voice while driving the car. And its DAMN good at translating my voice to text sometimes a little slow but its better than someone texting while driving. My eyes never have to leave the road.
I love not having to search for my apps any more too I can launch them with my voice. Open
If you havent seen Microsoft TV coming to the X-Box watch it with the windows Phone you can control the x-box using the phone. I would personally use kinect but will see. Some games will allow you to interact with the game using the phone I wish Madden would allow you to do this so I could select a play without the person Im playing against seeing what play Ive selected but its there.
Microsoft owns Skype if anything this is going to get really cool when they fully integrate all options here if you haven't seen Microsoft Lync and how you can switch video conversations to the tablet and walk to the conference you will want this.
Sure past Microsoft Phones ran out of innovation but the Windows Phone is Excellent you wont get the full picture by even playing with the phone you need to explore all the surrounding abilities of the phone to get how good it is.
RE: An important moment
10/26/2011 1:18:03 PM
I can't do Exchange because of security policies where I work (WP7 wouldn't change that), but everything else on the list I already do (or do something equivalent) with my Android phone.
Anyway, I'm not saying WP7 is bad - rather the opposite in fact. I'm saying it's competing against two entrenched, successful competitors. Doing some stuff a little better while doing other stuff a little worse, generally isn't enough in that scenario.
RE: An important moment
10/26/2011 6:46:10 PM
Copy/paste from the marketing PDF?
RE: An important moment
10/26/2011 9:02:46 PM
I totally agree, looks absolutely fantastic, first good non-iOS smartphone in a long time.
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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