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Nokia Lumia 800 – a smartphone to rival Samsung and Apple?

The Nokia Lumia 800 is here. After months of hype and much anticipation (mainly from Nokia themselves), the latest Windows smartphone arrived in stores last Wednesday.

A week is not just a long time in politics, the tech world moves pretty quickly too. So how is the Lumia 800 faring one week down the line?

Nokia comeback

It was billed by many as a ‘comeback’ phone for Nokia, who have seen their mobile market dominance waver in recent years. Impressive turns by Samsung, HTC and, of course, Apple have pushed Nokia on to the sidelines.

But with the Lumia 800, Nokia are most certainly back in the game. They aren’t going to take back the lion’s share of the market in a week, but they are going in the right direction.

Reviews of the Lumia 800 have more than positive, with words like sleek, stylish and sexy cropping up again and again.

And it is not just Nokia hoping for success, Microsoft will also be keeping a close eye on sales. The computer giant has struggled to keep up with Google’s Android operating system in the past.

But this has all changed with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5. The new operating system’s tiled interface works beautifully with the Lumia 800’s 3.7 inch curved screen; and, dare we say it, it is simpler and easier to use than Android.

The Lumia 800 has an endless amount of cool features. On top of the curved screen, it has an 8MP camera, an HD video recorder, bags of memory and even a range of Xbox games.

Sales trouble?

Nokia have said that sales of the Lumia 800 are going extremely well so far, claiming that they are the best ever first week sales of a Nokia smartphone in the UK.

But The Guardian tell a different story, claiming today that early estimates indicate that Nokia will sell between 500,000 and 1 million Lumia 800s by Christmas – less than Apple took in pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in a single day.

The overall success of the Lumia 800 remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure – it is a damn good smartphone, and Nokia’s best yet.