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Nokia Lumia: physical aspect February 14, 2012

Posted by etschneider in Blog Itself, Windows Phone.
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As I wrote last time, there would be couple of post of very light importance. Mainly because I participate in the Try&LikeIt experience, which is, let’s face it, to promote the latest Nokia”s flagship: the Lumia 800.

This phone or Smartphone (well, “smart” mainly because you use it for everything but making a call Smile) is running with the latest Microsoft’s mobile operating system (for the ones in class with me, you know that every cell phone has its own operating system), Windows Phone 7.5, also nicknamed Mango.

Anyhow, I understand why Microsoft changed the operating system name, compared to their previous line of Smartphones (it was, at the time, named Windows Mobile, up to revision 6.5, and it started with the Pocket PC – PDAs (like the iPaq from HP and/or CompaqI have to check)). Now, this new operating system is for cell phones, and, from what has been said, is a complete redesign of the operating system… But later about that as, in this post, we are only concerned by the physical appearance of the Lumia.

Without further ado, here is a poor video to show the phone:

The Nokia Lumia 800 (with a poor French voice-over)

Despite the video having a French voice-over (next time, I promise to do one in English), one can clearly see the telephone.

You have very shiny screen, but weirdly, when ON, one can read it, without nearly any problem, even in direct sunlight. The case is made out of plastic, it is simple but seems to be made to protect quite well the Lumia, and it perfectly fits it to allow easy access to most parts and/or buttons of the Windows phone, but the SIM card area… Well, you are not supposed to change the SIM card every day, aren’t you?

The three buttons below the screen are in fact touch buttons. From the left to the right you have:

  • the Back button, which allows to go one screen backward (it may also depends on the software being used)
  • the Start button (or Windows button), which brings you back to the main menu; the Start menu of Windows Phone, with the Tiles, the other feature of that button is to interrupt the current application (a little bit like the “Home” button on iOS);
  • the Search button, which allows one to search with Bing.

On the right hand side of the phone (when looking at the screen), you have the four hardware buttons. From top to bottom:

  • volume +/- (2 buttons in one in fact),
  • on/off switch,
  • camera button.

On the top of the phone, there is the jack for a mic/earphone piece, then two covers. The first one hides the micro-USB connector, while the last one is for the SIM card. To open the micro-USB cover, it is necessary to push and pull on the small knob. I find it a nice touch to protect the micro-USB connector.

The left hand side has nothing… nada… nichts… rien!

One last word about the package and its contents: it is a normal package that one can expect when on the market for a phone. Here it is:

  • small manuals and license (seriously, who does read them?),
  • USB power adapter (EU model here),
  • USB to micro-USB cable,
  • mic/earphone piece,
  • the box (in 3 compartments)
  • the phone itself with its case.

Packaging of the Lumia 800 as sold in France

The packaging of the Lumia 800, with USB-to-microUSB cable and power adapter.

That’s it. It’s not less than any other famous fruit manufacturer, but it is not more either (still no car adapter…).

Not that much more to say, except that it looks nice and resistant (but that’s a quite subjective point of view, though I have been told that it can fall from the third floor of a building without any scratch).

Next: an overview of the operating system, and some software.

Note: if you are in France and that you would like to participate to the Try&LikeIt, please contact me.

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Some little interludes February 7, 2012

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Couple of weeks ago, I saved room between two of my posts (here), but after second thought and since the topic is quite sensitive, I will write about that topic in a normal timeline post, i.e. no need to go back to a previous topic.

On the other hand and on a lighter topic (much lighter in fact), in the next coming weeks I will make several posts about the experience I have with a Windows Phone 7.5 phone, the Nokia’s Lumia 800. Why several posts? Let’s say that I have the opportunity to try it for around 20 days, and at the end I am maybe able to win one. But I do not want to publish posts just for the sake of publishing, I would like also to try to present that phone as a day-to-day usage point of view, with bad things and hopefully good things too.