Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7.5 handset is on sale in the UK today, for those who fancy an alternative to the iPhone or Android (or indeed BlackBerry) from Microsoft.
Windows Phone has failed to make anything of an impact on the market over the past year, but MS is hoping the new Mango updated OS – which adds considerable functionality – will help persuade buyers along with Nokia’s technology.
The Lumia 800 is a slick looking handset and pretty neatly specced, with a 3.7 inch AMOLED curved display and a 1.4GHz processor. The 8 megapixel camera boasts Carl Zeiss optics and is HD capable, plus 16GB of memory is on board.
Early reactions were very positive, although some of the reviews which are just cropping up are pointing out a few more potential issues – for example, the confusing inclusion of several apps for different functionalities (such as music players, one from MS and one from Nokia).
At any rate, should you want a Lumia 800, you can grab one now from Carphone Warehouse or Phones 4u, or any of the major network operators save O2.
The smartphone starts on contracts offered by Carphone Warehouse at £26 per month with the handset free, a relatively attractive and low price albeit with a predictably sparse data package.
If you want the Lumia 800 sim-free, then it will set you back £470 from Carphone Warehouse, not quite so cheap seeming. However Three is offering it sim-free for £399 which is more like it.
If Mango and Nokia – as well as HTC and Samsung who have WP 7.5 phones out – doesn’t help to finally spark Windows Phone sales, then we can pretty much declare the OS dead in the water.
And if that’s the case, where both Microsoft and Nokia will go from there is uncertain to say the least.