The people from Nokia Connects will allow me to trial a Nokia Lumia 800. I have played with a few Windows Phones in the shops, but this will be the first Windows Phone I’ll try more extensively. It will be a great opportunity to evaluete how well it stacks up to their two biggest competitors, and I can see whether Nokia has a winner on their hands with this device.
More specifically, I’ll be reviewing the following things:
- Applications. On my Android and iPad I have very similar applications, and I could switch from one to the other with relative ease. I’m going to see whether my bases are covered with Windows Phone. Particularly, I need applications for podcasting, audible, twitter, facebook, google reader, path, tapatalk, read it later, evernote, exchange email & calendar, google email, contacts and calendar, Google+, …
- Multimedia handling. I am fully aware that Windows Phone is managed through software on the computer. With Android, I have cut the cords to a large extent, and I am curious to see how well I get on with the Windows Phone paradigm. Particularly, I am interested to see how well videos and music are side loaded – with a focus on video formats. Lastly, I don’t listen to a lot of music on my phone, but occasionally I do. I am pretty curious about the Nokia Music app they have developed, because it could be pretty much perfect for me.
- Maps. I have always been a fan of Nokia Maps and I consider it to be a plus on any mobile phone. On Symbian it is a very mature application, while it appears that on Windows Phone it is now mainly a Sat Nav application.
- Performance. Windows Phone does not support the higher screen resolution we have seen from its competitors recently, neither the dual core processors. Will what they have now be enough to create a quality experience. While we are at it, I really like to know how well battery life lasts.
- Windows Phone specific functions. Windows Phone is really a pretty unique approach and I am very interested to see how Live Tiles, the Me tile, social network integration, notifications, deep app linking, local scout, “multitasking”, etc. work in normal life.
The only downside I have thus far seen with the Lumia 800 is that it has a Micro SIM. Makes it more difficult for me to actually review the device. It is of course not really a big issue in the market place. Can’t wait for it to arrive…