In my post yesterday, I talked about Nokia’s plans for Windows Phone in Canada. Currently, Microsoft’s OS has quite a small market share worldwide, and an even smaller one in Canada, and I think that Nokia’s handsets will be the ones that finally make Windows Phone a true contender in the smartphone wars.
While I have always thought that Windows Phone is one of the best mobile OS’s available today, the unexciting hardware that it launched on, especially in Canada, really held it back. The first generation of devices from LG, HTC, and Samsung did little to differentiate themselves from their Android cousins, hardware-wise. While the new ‘Mango’ (Window Phone 7.5) handsets from the same three vendors did improve the situation a bit, none of them (apart from perhaps the HTC Titan II, which isn’t available in Canada) really stood out from the sea of Androids either.
Nokia has finally got it right. Their Lumia series of phones are beautiful pieces of industrial design, which look just as good off as they do on. Nokia is also smart enough to know that they have to bring more than just good design and a great OS to the table to succeed. With that in mind, the Nokia Lumia phones have some exclusive apps, and in the video below (taken at CES 2012) you can see some of them in action on the Lumia 800. These exclusive apps, which are tightly integrated into the OS, are the result of the very close partnership that Nokia and Microsoft have formed to drive forward the Windows Phone platform.
Since TeddyK has already posted a review of the Lumia 800, I won’t duplicate his work. However, since I love this phone so much, I thought I’d leave you with some beauty shots of it. I’m not usually such a fanboy, but it is truly is one of the best looking cell phones I have ever seen. One of the stand-outs of its design for me is the one-piece shell, that looks like it’s made from anodized aluminum, but it actually is made from a single piece, super-strong, and light polycarbonate plastic. You can read more about the materials that the Lumia 800 is made from on Nokia’s blog.
The Telus Nokia Lumia 800 is available from Future Shop, and is only $49.99 on a 3-year term.
The Nokia Lumia 800 brings unique, stylish and elegant design to the easy-to-use and fully integrated experience of Windows Phone 7.5. Only from Telus.
The pictures below are larger in size than my normal 600 pixel wide Tech Blog images, so you can really appreciate the design of the Lumia 800.
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