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Nokia's first-ever Windows smartphone is a brilliant marriage of form and function. Grab the Lumia 800 and you'll be getting the all-new Mango version of Windows complete with some exclusive services, a choice of some of the best apps and games around and a beautiful expansive screen. And with its crisp unibody polycarbonite shell and curved screen, it looks great too.
Lumia is Latin for light. And it's no exaggeration to say that this handsome handset heralds a sunny new dawn for Nokia. It really, really is that good.
As with all Windows phones, the Lumia 800 features a intuitive, beautifully designed user interface that displays all your interests, messages and more on constantly changing live tiles, to keep you up to date and make social networking easier than ever. But because this is a Nokia phone, there's some extras that make it even better.
Heading the charge is the brilliant Sports Hub feature, which allows you nominate a favourite team or league and get up to the minute information sent right to your homescreen courtesy of broadcasting giant ESPN.
Just as impressive is the Nokia Music service, which gives you access to hundreds of ready-to-go, themed playlists from local radios around the globe as well as download your favourite tunes while you're on the hoof. Better still, there's no log-in or password required and no subscription to pay.
And if you're a frequent traveller, you'll love the Nokia Drive feature, which turns your handset into sat nav device and offers turn by turn voice guided directions to wherever you're trying to get to. There's also a handy landscape view mode that’s optimised for drivers and, unlike, some other sat nav mapping services is totally free.
Want more? You got it. The Lumia 800 also packs a brilliant eight megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a special f2.2 aperture lens that lets in more light to make it easy to get great results in low-light conditions. And it's great at video recording too, capturing lush 720p footage to add a new dimension to your home movies.
Need even more? Wow, you're hard to please. How about the 3.7-inch, high resolution Super AMOLED screen? Not only is it fantastically responsive, it delivers pin-sharp image quality and is big enough to make it a real pleasure to watching movies on the move.
Other features of the Lumia 800 include access to the XBox Live gaming service and the option to transfer information between your console and the phone, a choice of tens of thousands of apps and games from the Windows Marketplace, 16GB of internal storage, a document viewer and editor with access to mobile versions of all key Microsoft Office packages and a powerful 1.4GHz processor to keep everything ticking over super smoothly.