Nokia Lumia Mobiles

The Nokia Lumia range is an ever-expanding family of Windows Phone handsets created by this famed Finnish manufacturer. There are currently two distinct Lumia models on offer, with more in the pipeline to be launched later in the year.

Nokia Lumia 800

The Lumia 800 is the flagship handset which was built to show off Nokia`s fine attention to aesthetic detail along with Microsoft`s impressive Windows Phone platform. From a hardware perspective you get a 1.4GHz single core processor, an eight megapixel camera and around 16GB of onboard storage space to use as you see fit. The Lumia 800 benefits from its premium grade polycarbon shell, which is hard wearing and also available in a variety of colours. Around the front you get a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen which is very easy on the eye and pumps out rich colours and deep blacks at all times.

Lumia 710

The Lumia 710 is Nokia`s more affordable entry in this range. While its display is the same size as the Lumia 800`s at 3.7 inches, it uses more typical LCD technology rather than the high end AMOLED system which is present on the costlier model. Thankfully it shares the same 1.4GHz processor as the Lumia 800 and so there is no notable performance difference between the two.

Nokia Lumia
Nokia Lumia

Nokia has harked back to its former use of removable covers to allow Lumia 710 users the option of swapping out the battery back plate for one of a different colour. This means you can reinvent the look and feel of the phone to a certain degree and helps it appeal to a younger audience.

Windows Phone

As the Windows Phone experience on offer is consistent across the Lumia range it is worth considering as a whole. Version 7.5 of Microsoft`s mobile operating system is preinstalled and it brings with it plenty of perks.

The first comes in the form of full social networking integration. Facebook is tightly linked with almost every aspect of the phone, so you can easily add all of your contacts as soon as you sign in with your account. You can also share pictures, videos and your thoughts direct to your profile without firing up the dedicated Facebook application. Microsoft recently made it easier for Twitter fans to achieve the same levels of functionality, so it really is easy to socialise with a Nokia Lumia handset.

Windows Phone is respected thanks to its web browsing experience, which is delivered via a scaled-down version of Internet Explorer. You also get support for multiple webmail accounts from services like Gmail and Hotmail. The excellent onscreen QWERTY keypad is easy to use and has good autocorrect functionality, which speeds up ty


Xbox Live integration means that you can earn achievements and Gamerscore when you download compatible titles from the Windows Markeplace. You can also see when your friends are online and compare your performance without having to fire up your Xbox 360 console


In all the Nokia Lumia range is as good a reason as any to get cash for mobiles by recycling your old handset so that you can invest in an upgrade.

Nokia and Windows Mobile

OK, its old news but it made me laugh.
Nokia has seen its market share slip in recent years and clearly needed something new to allow it to rub shoulders with the mobile glitterati once again.
So what do they do?

Well they must have thought long and hard about the Symbian Foundation – and they decided to drop that. So what next.
Well, had I been at their internal meetings I would have pointed out that Nokia needed sexing up big time, it needed to do real battle with the ubiquitous iDevices and the newcomer Android. Nokia clearly needed a full makeover of its brand to appeal to the new generation of consumers who actively seek out not only the best but the coolest.
I find the decision to throw the towel in with Windows Mobile a very intriguing and strange way of achieving this – Microsoft’s public image is exactly the same as that of Nokia – it is perceived as safe and boring.

I may well be wrong as it is highly possible that there are many people out there who are actually happier with the safe and boring choice. But I will be watching carefully

N Series Nokia Phones

Nokia is the world`s largest mobile phone manufacturer, consistently out-selling its rivals over the course of many years. It has not earned this title lightly, as it has managed to cater to every niche in the market and even invent a few of its own. As such its mobiles appeal to the gadget fiend and the mainstream user alike. The N Series phones are at the top end of Nokia`s line up and over the years they have built up a large following, with new handsets arriving regularly to refresh the range. Here is a quick overview of the N Series Nokia phones that are on the market today.

Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 arrived at the end of 2009 and it was the first N Series handset to sport the Maemo operating system rather than the Symbian platform of which Nokia has been a patron in the past. The N900 represents a significant shift in the N Series in more ways than one, as its tablet style design marks it out as a serious mobile internet machine rather than a commonplace smartphone. The 3.5 inch touchscreen display is supplemented with a full QWERTY keypad hidden underneath and it has all of the hardware features that mark it out as a powerhouse. The main problem with the N900 is that its software and hardware is unlikely to appeal to the same audience that might go for something like the iPhone. It is a little too tech-heavy, but in the right hands it can be the perfect tool for mobile browsing.

Nokia N97 and N97 Mini

The Nokia N97 joined the N Series last year and it stuck to the Symbian platform of its predecessors, although it underwent some significant work in order to make the touchscreen interface operate accurately. This overhaul involved adding live widgets to the homescreen, which can be updated with information from social networking sites and messaging services without you having to open individual applications. This was quickly copied by many rivals and made the N97 something of a trend-setter. Few rivals chose to copy its angled, slide-out QWERTY keypad, although this was a boon for fans of messaging as it means you would be able to type fast without relying on the virtual keypad onscreen. The N97 was resized and released as the Mini later, with the smaller screen and less onboard storage representing the only major changes. It still possesses the five megapixel camera and wealth of software used by its big brother, making it a more pocketable alternative.

Nokia N8

When the Nokia N8 arrives it will represent yet another shift in the N Series line up, because it is set to make use of the brand new Symbian 3 operating system. Gone are the slide-out keypads of its predecessors, replaced with a touchscreen interface and a powerful new array of hardware. Its most interesting feature is the 12 megapixel camera mounted on the rear, which can take stills and record video in high definition. Critics are concerned that the N8`s software will not go far enough to make it competitive against the likes of Android and the iOS, but hopefully it will be cheaper than rivals, benefiting from mobile phones deals and an attractive price point.