Flashback: the Nokia Lumia 800 was created by transplanting WP7 into Nokia N9's body

 

Very last 7 days we coated the Nokia N9 tale, this 7 days we claimed goodbye to Home windows for telephones. This makes it the ideal time to look at the daily life of the Nokia Lumia 800 – the to start with Windows Telephone handset from the Finns.

We talked about that the initially Lumias reused the N9 polycarbonate system, but the reality runs deeper than that – the “Sea Ray” cell phone was at first a CDMA version of the Nokia N9 intended for Verizon and Dash. Nokia was checking out a collaboration with Qualcomm (and other chipset makers) as it imagined acquiring broad option of suppliers will give it leverage for the duration of negotiations.

Ideas modified entirely in early 2011 – the Sea Ray turned the Lumia 800. It was chosen as the Texas Devices chipset was presently swapped out for a Qualcomm Snapdragon, that was just about the only chipset that the young Windows Cellphone OS supported.

Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800

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The 3.9” AMOLED monitor was swapped out for a 3.7” panel to accommodate the Microsoft-mandated capacitive navigation keys. This also killed the selfie camera (which was in the base appropriate corner on the N9).

Microsoft was pretty rigorous about the components functions a cellphone need to have to have just before it could get a Home windows Telephone license. This meant a Snapdragon chipset, a screen with WVGA resolution, the navigation keys and a digicam shutter crucial. This matched up nicely with the N9 components, but it was by now slipping at the rear of in specs. Also, these have been billed as “minimum requirements”, but due to the fact no a person made use of more powerful hardware for WP7, it may perhaps have been a lot more of a technical limitation.

Flashback: the Nokia Lumia 800 was created by transplanting WP7 into Nokia N9's body

It’s a minimal bizarre that the cell phone released with Home windows Mobile phone 7.5. What happened to 7.? The thing is, Microsoft had a quite small time to create the OS and it was competing from Android and iOS, which experienced 3-4 many years to polish their platforms by that stage (not even counting the development time in advance of the to start with shopper solutions introduced).

WP7. lacked several capabilities and wasn’t prepared for primary time. WP7.5 introduced in fundamental principles like copy and paste, multitasking and Wi-Fi tethering. The young OS showed a great deal of promise, in the Lumia 520 flashback we lauded it for how rapid it ran on gradual components (effectively, slow for Android).

The Metro UI (afterwards renamed) was based mostly on tiles – a blend amongst shortcuts and widgets. Tiles ended up animated and could demonstrate numerous pieces of suitable data. Both of those people and developers experienced enjoyable with that.

Our favored even though regrettably forgotten feature of the OS was Hubs. The Photographs hub, for instance, pulled photographs from the mobile phone, Fb and Windows Dwell, generating a combined gallery of your offline and on the net pics.

Flashback: Nokia Lumia 800

Even improved was the Individuals hub, which was far more than a mere phonebook – below you could see status updates from Facebook and Twitter, without having to open up the Fb or Twitter applications. That’s what hubs ended up, combining linked features (e.g. gallery or messaging) in a person hassle-free put, alternatively of obtaining you constantly jump concerning many unique applications.

Microsoft observed what other makers did to Windows Mobile and to Android, so it forbade them from creating tailor made skins for Home windows Phone. That meant that HTC and Samsung couldn’t drive Perception and TouchWiz, which is at least a tiny aspect of the purpose neither organization cared significantly about the platform. Not a problem for Nokia, which worked intently with Microsoft on the design.

Even now, Microsoft secured a preferred video game in an attempt to promote the WP7 system – Angry Birds arrived to WP7 – formulated by fellow Finns from Rovio.

Indignant Birds turned 10 this week, by the way. Extra joined in, WP7 was finding a new common activity every single 7 days for a while, together with Doodle Leap and Vegetation vs. Zombies (bear in mind those?).

Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800

The mobile phone bought a excellent get started, but finally it didn’t market perfectly, despite becoming well known in Finland and the Netherlands and Germany. Even so, it couldn’t prevent the slide of Nokia’s marketplace share.

The Nokia Lumia 800 was not fantastic, but it was a incredibly polished work, thinking about that it was the 1st of its form. The OS confirmed guarantee, but experienced a good deal of developing to do and it would eventually outgrow this Lumia – Microsoft’s stringent specification guidelines intended the phone didn’t have the processing energy for the more recent Windows Cellphone 8.