Has the Nokia fire been put out or is it still smouldering?

Has the Nokia fire been put out or is it still smouldering?

Nokia Lumia 800 Earlier this year Stephen Elop sent out a stark and dire memo out to Nokia employees, warning that they need to “jump this burning platform or risk being engulfedin the flames of destruction”. When Nokia announced that it had got into a partnership with Microsoft, the industry was not sure of how to take it. I for one relished the idea of Nokia using its superb know-how to build iconic mobile devices and Microsoft’s experience in designing operating systems.

When I got hold of the Nokia Lumia 800 I was instantly reassured that this was going to be something special. With its sleek matt black poly carbonate unibody enclosure and gorilla glass amoled display; I was smitten.

What impressed me more was the ease of setting the whole thing up. Microsoft has followed the same cue as Android and Apple iOS with the use of one central service account. The feature set available from WP7 isn’t half bad either. With Office integration for SharePoint, OneNote, Outlook, getting this hooked up into your existing office back end systems is a doddle. An extra feature of WP7 (mango) allows you to switch off background data for all the applications or just some of the applications.

Navigating through the various menus is fairly simple and the live tile view on the main screen gives you a nice quick overview of what is happening with emails, social feeds, applications etc. It needs to give you a few more options to customise the layout and the tiles rather than the current set of gaudy colour schemes.

With time and more adoption of WP7 the feature set will become more varied and give the end user a lot more control over what they can and cannot do. Hopefully Microsoft will not go down the Apple route and have a totalitarian regime mentality of what you can and cannot do with your device. Or go the other way like Android and let you do whatever you like.

Compared to other WP7 handsets on the market, this really is something special. The hardware is what makes the device and Nokia has done an exemplary job here and really made WP7 standout. The camera, as always, is Carl Zeiss developed, it’s good in all lighting conditions and it has enough controls to make David Bailey happy.

This is still Nokia’s first foray into the Windows Phone 7 domain and this little handset has the weight of a 100k+ employees resting on its shoulders, but I can confidently say that the people of Espoo don’t have anything to worry about. They’ve created another classic handset and one that will definitely do well in both the enterprise and the consumer spaces. Let’s hope that Microsoft keep pushing and developing WP7 and don’t let it fester and wither away. If Nokia and Microsoft keep up the pace and the next generation of WP7 handsets to come out of Espoo are as good as this, then the fire on the platform will truly be extinguished.

Amardeep Kalsi, Technical Support, Arrow