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First look at Nokia's Lumia 800 Windows Phone smartphone

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The Nokia Lumia 800 is the company's first Windows Phone 7.5 handset and represents Nokia's transition to Microsoft's operating system for its smartphone devices. We got some hands-on time with the Lumia 800 shortly after it was announced at Nokia World, and came away fairly impressed.

The design of the Lumia 800 is nearly identical to that of Nokia's N9 MeeGo smartphone, and that is no bad thing. It features the same single piece polyurethane body with curved ClearBlack AMOLED display that just feels great in your hands. Nokia's attention to detail and manufacturing prowess has never been better demonstrated than in the N9 and the Lumia 800. Though the phone is a relatively thick 12.1mm, the curves of the display and body make it feel thinner in your hand than it actually is. The ClearBlack display looks as good as ever, and really lets the Windows Phone 7.5 interface shine.

Though Windows Phone smartphones rarely have poor performance, the 1.4GHz processor in the Lumia 800 allows it to operate with a lot of speed and fluidity. Menus scrolled effortlessly and apps opened with minimal lag. Many criticize Microsoft for not supporting dual-core processors in Windows Phone yet, but it does not seem to be limiting the 800's performance.

Unfortunately, Nokia has not announced plans to bring the Lumia 800 to the U.S., and its current tri-band 3G support would make it a poor candidate to import. Those in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands will see it on shelves next month, with an expected 420 EUR (US$585) price tag.

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