Nokia had its Australian launch for the Nokia Lumia 800 yesterday. The Lumia 800 will be shortly launching on all major Australian carriers, making it Australia’s first Windows Phone Mango device out of the box. As an added bonus the Chris Carr was happy to announce that the mid-range Nokia Lumia 710 will be making its way on to the Telstra and Optus networks with an RRP of $379 upfront.
The Nokia team expressed their confidence that the Lumia 800 will set itself apart from the competition with more credentials than merely being the first Australian Windows Phone Mango launch.
The Nokia Lumia series was mentioned to be unparalleled in RF performance, meaning its wireless reception should be second to none. Unfortunately in Australia there is no real way of advertising this right now, other than via Telstra’s Blue Tick. However, the Nokia team assured that the Lumia 800 would have an advantage in rural areas when compared to its competitors.
Also talked about were the Nokia Music and Nokia locational services. Nokia Music goes in to a bit more depth than the average music player. Not only does Nokia Music offer a smooth and easily navigable interface, but it also sports its own “Gigs” section. The Gigs section shows the user all of the current and upcoming Gigs in the local vicinity. It’s a really handy concept for anyone looking for some live entertainment during a night out on the town.
Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive are the locational services which Nokia mentioned. Nokia maps is quite obviously a navigation app similar to Maps on android or iOS. Nokia Drive is more of a specialised program, offering an experience closer to a car GPS system than a traditional phone navigator. Drive also employs the use of 3D landmarks in order to assist drivers with directions and orientation.
However, as it has been from the start, we expect one of the major pulling powers of the Lumia 800 to be its intriguing physical design. A single machined piece of coloured polycarbonate makes the uni-body design of Nokia’s latest Windows Phone really stand out in a crowd. Add on top of that the phone being made available in White, Black, Cyan and Magenta, you end up having a truly eye-catching piece of hardware.
We’ll be sure to keep you all updated regarding the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 as they start to pop up on Aussie carriers. Until then we’d like to know if any of you are excited to see these two handsets finally make it to Australia, or would you have preferred to see them a while back and closer to the UK release date?
If you'd like to know more about the Nokia Lumia 800 or 710 you can check out our post from the original release back in October of last year. Once Lumia 800 prices and plans are available in Australia you will also be able to check them out on our site.