Skip to navigation

Nokia Lumia 800 review

  • Nokia Lumia 800
  • Nokia Lumia 800 colours
  • Nokia Lumia 800 side
  • Nokia Lumia 800 outdoor test shot
  • Nokia Lumia 800 outdoor test shot crop
  • Nokia Lumia 800 indoor test shot


A fast, smooth Windows Phone 7 smartphone with some decent free apps, but the camera lets it down

Review Date: 2 Nov 2011

Price when reviewed: £468

Buy it now for: £130
(see more store prices)


Reviewed By: David Ludlow

Our Rating 5 stars out of 5

User Rating 4 stars out of 5

Powered by Reevoo

It feels a bit strange to write this, but in terms of smartphones both Microsoft and Nokia are currently the little guys battling against the giants of Google and Apple. It kind of makes sense, therefore, for the two companies to come together to fight back, and their first joint assault take the form of the Nokia Lumia 800.

This is Nokia's very first Windows Phone 7 device and marks the start of the phone manufacturer moving away from its Symbian platform. In many ways this handset could be make-or-break for the company.

It's good, then, that first impressions of the handset are so positive. Measuring 117x61x12mm the Nokia Lumia 800 isn't the thinnest we've seen and, at 142g, is about average for a smartphone, but its neat curved sides mean it fits comfortably into the hand.

Nokia Lumia 800

It looks fantastic, too, thanks to what Nokia calls the 'single piece injection moulded polycarbonate shell'. It's this that gives the phone its sleek and sculptured look. Although we reviewed the black version, more attractive Cyan and Magenta versions are also available. Adding to the gorgeous looks is the 3.7in display, which has slightly curved glass that makes it stand out from the body of the phone. It's good to see that there's a black 'bumper' case included in the box to protect the phone from everyday knocks and bumps, although it lessens the phones desirability.

Nokia Lumia 800 colours

Powering up the phone shows the high quality of the AMOLED screen. It's bright with excellent contrast ratios. With its dark blacks it really brings out the best in Windows Phone 7's tiled user interface. We also tried looking at some images on the Lumia 800 - colours looked a little over saturated, and were a little too punchy in some cases. We compared it to the iPhone 4S and found that Apple's device produced more realistic tones, but it was little more muted. Both are pretty evenly balanced and it's really a matter of personal choice as to which one you'll prefer.

With a resolution of 800x480, the Lumia 800's screen falls in line with other Windows Phone 7 devices. Squeezed into the 3.7in display, this resolution has a high pixel density and we found images and text to be pin sharp.

Prev Next

User Reviews

Best Prices

Price comparison powered by Reevoo

< Previous   Reviews : Smartphones Next >
Sponsored Links


Award-winning Smartphones
Best Buy
Samsung Galaxy S5
Best Budget Buy
Nokia Lumia 610
Best Business Buy
RIM BlackBerry Torch
Apple iPhone 5S

Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony Xperia Z2

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 4 out of 5
Price: £535
HTC One Max review

HTC One Max

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 3 out of 5
Price: £564
LG G2 review


Category: Smartphones
Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: £462
HTC Desire 500 review

HTC Desire 500

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 3 out of 5
Price: £210
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 4 out of 5
Price: £175
Sponsored Links


Also in this category...




Expert Reviews Printed from

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.