Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phones

Ever since Nokia announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 to their handsets, we’ve all been impatiently waiting to see what would be produced. Well today at Nokia World, Nokia finally showed off the first two fruits of this partnership and they are the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710. We got some time to play with both devices and both are quite different from one another as far as hardware is concerned.

At the highend, there is the Nokia Lumia 800. The Lumia 800 packs in a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display, a 1.4GHz processor with hardware acceleration, and 16GB of internal storage. Nokia is also bundling the Lumia 800 with 25GB of SkyDrive storage for storing images and music. We’re especially keen on the device’s design, because besides from the typical black color, the Nokia Lumia 800 is also available in a choice of eye-popping cyan or magenta. That definitely makes it the most fun looking Windows Phone handset yet. The device also sports an instant-share camera with an app that promises to load up quickly. This camera uses Carl Zeiss optics and carries Nokia’s strong heritage of producing above average camera phones. The device also has support for HSPA+, but lacks a front-facing camera for video calls. The Nokia Lumia will retail for $420 EUR and is set to launch first in Europe in select countries, and is expected to head to the U.S. in early 2012.

On the other side of the spectrum is the Nokia Lumia 710 which feels like more of a budget phone. This device packs in the same 1.4GHz processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, but trades in the AMOLED display for a TFT display. On the bright side, the device comes with an exchangeable back cover which opens it up-to a total of 10 color combinations. Yep, it sounds like Nokia is also returning to its faceplate heritage. The Nokia Lumia 710 will retail for 270 EUR.

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Aside from the usual features you would come to expect with Windows Phone 7.5, Nokia is bundling both devices with special apps like Nokia Drive which is a GPS turn-by-turn navigation app for driving, and Nokia Maps which helps users discover local experiences and even navigate public transportation routes. Finally, the device also comes with Nokia Music with MixRadio, which offers free global streaming radio stations. It looks like the the rebirth of Nokia has begun.

Update 11/9/2011: Check out our full review of the Nokia Lumia 800

Update 1/15/2012: Check out our full review of the Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile


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