Today at Nokia World in London, Nokia released the first what they are describing as ‘real’ Windows Phones. I was there as I wanted to see what was on offer and what plans Nokia had as I decided a couple of months ago to move from my Samsung Galaxy S Android phone to a new Nokia running WP7.Why I’m moving is for these simple reasons, I’m tied of waiting for upgrades and it seems Samsung really doesn’t care about customers that ‘have’ bought phones, the Android OS is or has been buggy for me and also seems to freeze or slow down often, and the Lumia 800 has a great camera. I have also had many discussions with friends who have WP7 phones and they love the OS.
The two phones Nokia showed and said would be available in Europe next month was the high end Lumia 800 and the lower spec Lumia 710. Now the all important details:
Lumia 800 has been designed from the inside out according to Nokia and features a durable polycarbonate plastic body with a curved 3.7-inch ClearBack AMOLED (480×800 pixels) touch screen. It’s powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and has 16GB of internal memory. Users will also be given 25GB of free storage through Microsoft’s cloud-based SkyDrive service. Nokia has always been known for equipping its smartphones with excellent cameras, and it looks like the Lumia 800 will be no different. It comes with an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. It’s capable of capturing 720p HD video at 30fps, and the camera app offers various editing options, such as red-eye reduction, motion blur reduction, and white balance controls, and includes an instant-share feature. In addition to the apps and services provided by Windows Phone, the Lumia 800 will also come preloaded with several apps built specifically for Nokia’s devices. This includes an ESPN Sports Hub, Nokia Drive for free, turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation, and Nokia Music and Mix Radio, a free music-streaming service with the ability to create personalized channels. Pricing is expected to be around 420 euros.
The Lumia 710 will be priced at 270 euros, and the smartphone shares the same 1.4GHz processor and 3.7-inch ClearBack AMOLED touch screen as the 800 and will also come with the aforementioned apps. However, it only has 8GB of internal memory (expansion slots accepts up to 16B cards) and comes with a 5-megapixel camera. The Lumia 710 will be available in black or white but offers the option of customizing it with replaceable back covers. The Lumia 710 is expected to ship in Russia, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, and Singapore later this year, with more markets coming in the first half of 2012.