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Nokia Lumia Windows Phone: Reviewed and Compared to Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S

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Since Nokia announced in February that they would be moving to the Windows Phone platform, Nokia’s first Windows Phone devices have been eagerly awaited in the industry. The Nokia Lumia 800 finally launched in the UK this month and it’s been turning a lot of heads. But what is Windows Phone 7 actually like? How does the Nokia Lumia 800 compare to other top smartphones which run Android or iOS? Are there more devices to come in the Lumia family? Is it possible to use a Nokia Lumia device on giffgaff?

 

What is the Nokia Lumia?

 

The ‘Lumia’ series of smartphones is Nokia’s new flagship smartphone range and is their first range of smartphones to run the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system from Microsoft. Running a different operating system to all of Nokia’s older smartphones (which ran either Symbian or MeeGo), the Windows Phone operating system brings a variety of new functionality such as the tile-based Metro user interface, access to 40,000+ applications from the Windows Phone Marketplace and the integration of Xbox Live and Microsoft Office into your mobile phone.

 

The Lumia device range currently consists of two devices: the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710.

 

Nokia Lumia 800 vs Nokia Lumia 710: Nokia Lumia devices compared

 

To date, Nokia have announced two Windows Phone devices: the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710. Available at the price of approximately £450 SIM-free, the Lumia 800 is the higher-end device. It features a polycarbonate chassis which is solid yet lightweight and a 3.7-inch organic LED display. Compared to normal LCD displays, organic LED displays produces more vibrant and higher contrast images whilst also being more energy-efficient due to the lack of a backlight.

 

The Lumia 710 is a lower-priced alternative to the Lumia 800. It replaces the polycarbonate casing with plastic casing and features a standard TFT-LCD display rather than an organic LED display. It also cuts down on the internal memory, camera and battery capacity. The Lumia 710 will be available in early 2012 at the approximate price of £250 SIM-free.

 

Both devices can be used on giffgaff: all you’ll need is an unlocked phone and a giffgaff Micro SIM.

 

 

Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 710

 

Processor

1.4GHz single-core

1.4GHz single-core

Display

3.7-inch AMOLED (organic LED)

3.7-inch TFT-LCD display

Operating System

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Storage

16GB internal memory

8GB internal memory

Camera

8 megapixel with LED flash

5 megapixel with LED flash

Video recording

720p, 30 frames per second

720p, 30 frames per second

Battery

1,450mAh (7.6 hours talk time)

1,300mAh (9 hours talk time)

Text Input

On-screen software keyboard

On-screen software keyboard

Approx. price

Approx. £450 SIM-free

Approx. £250 SIM-free

Current Status

Available

Coming soon

 

Nokia Lumia 800 VS Samsung Galaxy S II VS Apple iPhone 4S: Windows Phone, Android and iPhone devices compared

 

Inevitably, Nokia’s new Windows Phone devices will be compared to top-selling Android and iOS devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Apple iPhone 4S. The debate about whether Windows Phone, Android or iOS is the best operating system will continue to rage (let us know which one you prefer in the comments) but look beyond the operating system and there are some differences in the specifications of the three devices too.

 

The most visible difference between the three devices in everyday use is the size of the display: the Lumia 800’s 3.7-inch display fits in somewhere between the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display and the Galaxy S II’s 4.3-inch display. Both the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Samsung Galaxy S II feature an organic LED display whereas the iPhone 4S uses the more traditional backlit TFT-LCD display technology. OLED displays have higher contrast and lower power consumption but are more expensive and difficult to fabricate.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S II and Apple iPhone 4S both benefit from a dual-core processor: in contrast the Nokia Lumia 800 has a faster processor which is single core.

 

 

Nokia Lumia 800

 

Samsung Galaxy S II

 

Apple iPhone 4S

 

Processor

1.4GHz single-core

1.2GHz dual-core

1GHz dual-core

Display

3.7-inch AMOLED (organic LED)

4.3-inch AMOLED (organic LED)

3.5-inch TFT-LCD display

Operating System

Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)

Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Apple iOS 5

Storage

16GB internal memory

16GB internal memory & up to 32GB micro-SD

16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory

Camera

8 megapixel with LED flash

8 megapixel with LED flash

8 megapixel with LED flash

Video recording

720p, 30 frames per second

1080p, 30 frames per second

1080p, 30 frames per second

Battery

1,450mAh (7.6 hours talk time)

1,650mAh (8.7 hours talk time)

1,430mAh (8 hours talk time)

Text Input

On-screen software keyboard

On-screen software keyboard

On-screen software keyboard

Approx. price

Approx. £450 SIM-free

Approx. £400 SIM-free

£499 SIM-free

SIM card size

Micro SIM

Standard SIM

Micro SIM

 

All three devices are compatible with giffgaff and some great savings can be had by buying these devices upfront and using one of our giffgaff goodybags.

 

Using the Nokia Lumia devices on giffgaff

 

If you’re looking to use one of the Nokia Lumia devices on giffgaff, there are several key things to know:

 

Your thoughts…

 

Have you tried out the Nokia Lumia 800 or the Windows Phone operating system? What do you think? Is it a compelling alternative to Android and the iPhone? Drop us a comment below: we’d love to hear your thoughts on the Lumia and Windows Phone.

 

21 Comments
newcomer

Thank for the important information:smileysurprised

Geat post thanks! was so usfull just the phones I was considering. s 2 for me.

grand master

@vorb Something like the Xperia Play but with Windows Phone OS + Xbox controls. Maybe something similar to OnLive too but streamed from your own home Xbox so you can play all of your normal Xbox games on-the-go. Now wouldn't that be amazing!! :-)

 

Ken

phenomenon

@kenio

 

That would be awesome indeed!

stg
newcomer

I strongly endorse WP7 phones and would encourage anyone to buy one  – I use one myself (HTC 7 Pro, the one with the flippy out keyboard) and it is simply the best and most usable phone I’ve ever owned/used (I use Blackerrys and Apples at work, and have used friend's Androids). I think it needs pointing out though that, as far as I am aware, there is no easy way to change the MMS settings of a WP7 phone and by default you may not be able to use GG’s MMS; there are guides online for configuring MMS but they tend to the scarily technical.

 

A Caveat though, HTC have a free app called ‘Connection Setup’ which has ‘giffgaff’ as an option; select that and your HTC will be set up to use GG’s MMS automatically (it’s what I use and it works) – I don’t believe other manufacturers have an equivalent at the moment although I’d be happy to be proved wrong; I’m kind of hung up on WP7 and don’t particularly want to be stuck using HTCs for life...

 

phenomenon

I will have to buy a WP7 phone, just so I have one in my collection and so I can learn and be aware of it. But it won't be until there is a reasonably priced one on Ebay. 

 

Can't see myself carrying a Windows Phone though. Windows just makes me think of offices and boring work environments. For my own time I want something a bit different and definitely not Microsoft.

 

WP7 fancy transitions are nor much use though, really, are they? The novelty would wear off pretty quick.

 

trainee

Having Lumia 800 right now, worth noting that WP7 doesn't officially support manual MMS settings and it doesn't seem to recognize giffgaff's settings either, so MMS sending/receiving in giffgaff are a no-no with Lumia 800. There are apparently ways around that but require a bit of hackery.

not
newcomer

Guess it's all diferent strokes for different folks!  Regardless of the specs I still prefer my Nokia N95 8GB to either my IPhone 4 or Galaxy Ace...  After a long line of Nokias still consider Nokia the most reliable and my current one (mentioned above) does everything I want.  As between the 3 (Lumia 800, HTC and Iphone 4S) would go for the Lumia though I am not keen on Windows and wish they'd kept Symbian, but that's just me.

pea
beginner

I have a Lumia 800 which I was given as a promotional thing from Nokia. I really like it, but I am a hardcore Android boy so will stick with that. I wrote a review on it if anyone's interested.

consultant

okay, so nokia too are now on micro-sim bandwagon