Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia might not be a household name for smartphones - people automatically think iPhone and Android - but it certainly knows how to make mobile phones. That's why it's pretty exciting news that Nokia will be releasing its first smartphone based on a system other than its own Symbian OS.
Next month, Nokia will be releasing the Lumia 800, a new smartphone based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system. While the Lumia 800 won't be the first Windows Phone on the market, it is unique in that it is backed by Nokia's decades of experience in designing mobile phones.
As such, the Lumia 800 is sleek and oozes style. From its matt, polycarbonate casing to its minimalist design, the Lumia 800 could easily pass as the latest fashion accessory.
Inside that immaculate exterior, you get a 1.4GHz processor, a dedicated graphics processor, Qualcomm's MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset, 512MB RAM, and 16GB of storage. All that is supported by a 3.7-inch Amoled capacity touchscreen, an 8-megapixel digital camera, high-speed HSPA+ connectivity at 14.4 Mbps, together with all the enhanced features like A-GPS, Bluetooth, Accelerometer sensor, media player, and yes, an FM radio.
The news here is clearly not that there's a new smartphone on the market, but that it is made by Nokia, whose fans have so far been deprived of upgrading to the smartphone age.
The Nokia Lumia 800 should find its way to stores this December for HK$4,398.
Pros: Nokia design and build, Amoled multi-touch display, Windows Phone 7
Cons: only one camera so no video calls, limited built-in memory