A guide to the Nokia Lumia family

A guide to the Nokia Lumia familyWindows Phone 7 handsets all sing from a fairly rigid hymn sheet, and as such the first wave of devices are all very much much of a muchness.

However, Finnish manufacturer Nokia, which proudly declared Windows Phone its “primary smartphone platform” back in February 2011, has released no less than four Lumia handsets since October last year. Is there really any need? That’s what I’m here to answer.

Rather than go off on an unstructured rant, let’s break this down in an old school way, with a wee section for each of the Lumias.

A guide to the Nokia Lumia familyNokia Lumia 710

The Nokia Lumia 710 was unveiled alongside the Lumia 800 last October, and Team Elop instantly slapped rival Windows Phone manufacturers in the face by hailing the pair as the “first real Windows Phones”. Oh dear.

Currently one of the best smartphones in its price range, the Nokia Lumia 710 is available on PAYG for around £130. Not too shabby at all.

Display: 3.7in (480 x 800)

Processor: 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon

Camera: 5MP rear, nowt on the front

Internal memory: 8GB storage with 512MB RAM

Nokia Lumia 800

The second of the “first real Windows Phones” (take that, HTC, Samsung and LG), the Nokia Lumia 800 is, well, marginally different from the Lumia 710. I guess.

The real difference lies in the aesthetics. The Nokia Lumia 800 looks very much like the MeeGo-rocking Nokia N9, but inside it’s much the same as its little brother, essentially boasting more internal storage (none of the Lumia family has a microSD slot, incidentally), and a sexier snapper.

A guide to the Nokia Lumia familyThe SIM free Nokia Lumia 800 tends to go for crazy prices. How does £359.99 from Expansys sound?

Display: 3.7in (480 x 800)

Processor: 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon

Camera: 8MP rear with Carl Zeiss, but – again – nowt on the front

Internal memory: 16GB storage with 512MB RAM

So, those were the first two Nokia Lumias. At Mobile World Congress in February we met two more.

Nokia Lumia 610

The modest Nokia Lumia 610 has the dubious honour of being the first handset to rock Windows Phone Tango, which allows handsets to push the specification boundaries… er, down the way.

A guide to the Nokia Lumia familyYep, the most remarkable thing about the Nokia Lumia 610 is that it has just 256MB of RAM, which – on the plus side – should mean muchos cheapness (well, in theory), however some Windows Phone features won’t be compatible.

Young Liwen was fairly impressed with the Nokia Lumia 610 during his Mobile World Congress hands-on.

Display: 3.7in (480 x 800)

Processor: 800MHz

Camera: 5MP rear, no secondary

Internal memory: 8GB storage, 256MB of RAM

Nokia Lumia 900

Last but not least is the Nokia Lumia 900, enthusiastically promoted by big-boobed maniac (the best kind of maniac) Nicki Minaj in the States.

We first met the Nokia Lumia 900 at CES back in January, at which point it appeared to be some sort of US exclusive. However, it dropped at Mobile World Congress just a few weeks later. Phew.

A guide to the Nokia Lumia familyIn a nutshell, the Nokia Lumia 900 is a bigger version of the Nokia Lumia 800. Looking at the likes of Amazon and Expansys, the SIM free price of the Nokia Lumia 900 is around £450. Uhm…

Display: 4.3in (480 x 800) AMOLED

Processor: 1.4GHz Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon

Camera: 8MP rear with Carl Zeiss Optics, and – wait for it – a 1MP front camera

Internal memory: 16GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM

Conclusions

And that, my friends, is the Nokia Lumia family as it stands at the moment. Random conclusions/observations? Let’s hit the bullet points:

  • None of the Lumias has a microSD slot
  • Three of 'em have a 3.7in display
  • Three of 'em are clocked at 1.4GHz
  • Only the Nokia Lumia 900 has a front-facing camera
  • The Nokia Lumia 710 is one of the best value-for-money handsets
  • The Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 are fairly similar; the Lumia 900 is essentially a big Lumia 800

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9 comments

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2012 at 13:29

What, no "Rough Guide to..."? No, "Elop's Lonely Planet Guide to..."? Your headline is ... okay, actually :p

matt101101 / MOD  May. 30, 2012 at 15:50

The 710 is the only Lumia worth buying, and that's got far more to do with the price than anything to do with the phone's features.

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2012 at 16:29

The 710 is the only Lumia worth buying, and that's got far more to do with the price than anything to do with the phone's features.

I know where you're coming from, but I disagree. If WP isn't a problem for the buyer, then the Lumia 800 is the better buy - and the 900 if you want a big screen. Build quality is great.
Who's to say, hey, if you like WP you have to buy a cheap one?! I do know a lot of folks (most actually) who do NOT use their iPhone or SGS2 to full potential. In fact, full potential is in a different zip code. So, there have to be quite a few folks for whom WP is an okay OS.

However, I do suspect that those buyers are most influenced by mainstream rumblings. They will believe that anything under 200,000 apps isn't enough. That you need quad-cores to send mms... :p

AhmadCentral  May. 30, 2012 at 17:49

However, I do suspect that those buyers are most influenced by mainstream rumblings. They will believe that you need quad-cores to send mms... :p



YEH! Those guys are just idiots...

....

*puts down his One X with the MMS screen open*

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2012 at 18:42

However, I do suspect that those buyers are most influenced by mainstream rumblings. They will believe that you need quad-cores to send mms... :p



YEH! Those guys are just idiots...

....

*puts down his One X with the MMS screen open*


I was just humoring that matt-troll :D :p

matt101101 / MOD  May. 30, 2012 at 18:44

However, I do suspect that those buyers are most influenced by mainstream rumblings. They will believe that you need quad-cores to send mms... :p



YEH! Those guys are just idiots...

....

*puts down his One X with the MMS screen open*


I was just humoring that matt-troll :D :p

*sad face* :( :(

Stelph  May. 31, 2012 at 10:42

The 710 is the only Lumia worth buying, and that's got far more to do with the price than anything to do with the phone's features.

I agree, if I were to take up WP7 I would want to pay a reasonable price and have full functionality/access to all the apps on the market, which then eliminates all the other Lumina phones on the market!

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 21:23

What with the price complaints: here's a good one => iPhone's margins twice that of the Lumia 900; yet, the Lumia is cheaper http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57445397-94/iphone-margin-twice-that-of-lumia-900/ Wonder why ***stroking my stubble***

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 21:54

What with the price complaints: here's a good one => iPhone's margins twice that of the Lumia 900; yet, the Lumia is cheaper http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57445397-94/iphone-margin-twice-that-of-lumia-900/ Wonder why ***stroking my stubble***
Because Apple buy their parts by the millions, Nokia buy their parts by the hundreds (nowadays :p).

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