Earlier this year, Nokia unveiled their new imaging flagship, the PureView 808 with a 41MP camera sensor. Yes, you read that right: forty one megapixels. Given Nokia’s PureView research had started about 5 years ago, and the limitations of the current Windows Phone 7 devices, the 808 had to run Nokia’s old and battered Symbian OS, despite their current focus on Windows Phone with the Lumia range.
Following the positive praise for the PureView 808 in the tech world, and taking into consideration Nokia’s back-to-the-wall state and the imminent arrival of Windows Phone 8 that should lift some of the limitations, it has been all but confirmed that a Nokia PureView device running Windows Phone 8 will be announced during Nokia World next month.
I have had a Nokia PureView 808 in my hands for the past couple of weeks, trying and enjoying the camera in different conditions, and I am quite convinced that there’s a lot of potential in bringing this technology to the Windows Phone platform.
October 2011. Nokia was ready to showcase its first effort in Windows Phone with the Lumia 800, only ten months after announcing the switch from Symbian to Microsoft’s operating system as its main smartphone platform. Touted as the “first real Windows Phone”, the Lumia 800 was received with big fanfare from the Nokia fans, and a few shrugs from the Android and iOS crowd, as well as Samsung and HTC who had already released several Windows Phone devices.
Now, eight months after the announcement, the Lumia 800 has been out-spec’ed by the Lumia 900, and out-bargained by the Lumia 710 and Lumia 610, yet it still holds a good place in the Windows Phone ecosystem, with frequent updates and many operator contracts worldwide. Here is my personal review of it, focusing on the specific Lumia experience compared to other Windows Phone devices, outlining the reasons of its success as well as the shortcomings that I’ve noticed over a couple of months of regular use.
Having used Symbian, Windows Mobile, Meego and iOS in the past, and settled on Android for the past 18 months, I have been quite excited to check out Windows Phone’s current offer in terms of ecosystem, OS, and devices. Thus, for the past couple of months, I have been using a Nokia Lumia 800 (running WP 7.5) as my secondary device, along with my primary HTC Desire Z (running ICS). After a series of ups and downs, I have found a lovely cocoon with both platforms, although the back and forth between them is highlighting all the exclusive features in each that I wish existed on the other.
Here, I will tackle the Android features that I really hope make it to Windows Phone whereas on our sister site Android.Appstorm, you will find the Windows Phone features that I would like to have on Android. These points will be based on the out of the box options of each, neglecting what could possibly be done with rooting, unlocking, custom ROMs, homebrews, et al.