The Nokia Lumia 800 Attracts Gamers


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The Nokia Lumia is designed to attract new fans to the Windows Phone ecosystem, and one of its key targets is gamers.

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2011 has been the year when smartphone gamers have been able to pick from a wide selection of large-screened devices to make it easier to play games in greater detail in sharp focus. As a Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia also has greater integration with Microsoft products; Xbox Live support makes it easier for gamers to pick up a game on their console and then their phone, or to check their status remotely when away from their Xbox.

Two of the most popular games so far for the device are Jet Car Stunts and Burn the Rope.

Jet car Stunts comes with 3D graphics, perfectly utilizing the AMOLED screen with 800 x 480 pixels and the ClearBlack technology reducing reflection glare. With a fast 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of memory, the device is more than capable of keeping gameplay speedy.

The 3D graphic accelerator is put to good use as well in Jet Car Stunts. With colourful tracks, which increase in difficulty the more your progress riders jump through hoops, leap over divides and ramps using 3D graphics to enhance gameplay and the experience. The handset is held like a steering wheel so users tips and turn to navigate the tracks. To speed up or slow down there are large buttons on the screen that only needs users to move their thumbs while playing. The game is available at the Windows Phone Marketplace for $2.99

Burn The Rope again utilizes the Lumia’s fast processor to incorporate movement of the device into gameplay. The aim of the game is to set fire to a rope and then twist and turn the phone to guide the flame until the rope has burnt away. The flame has to be directed upwards so while it may sound simple the phone needs to be tilted to make sure the flame is heading the right way, or it will burn out. The path of the flame gets faster and more intricate as users pass through the different levels. The game is available from the Marketplace for $2.99.

The speedy processor and screen resolution, along with the 3D capability means the Lumia 800 has a real potential for the gaming market. The new device marks the first delivered in the new partnership between Nokia and Microsoft, suggesting a desire to make a greater splash in the smartphone market. Whereas the App Store and the Android marketplace have made a big splash in encouraging gamers to turn off their console and instead play on their smartphone, Windows Phone has not had a similar appeal. Some critics blame this on a limited number of apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace but it could be more to do with a focus on the Xbox as one of the main Microsoft gadgets on the market. The interactivity and integration between the Nokia and the Xbox suggests this is definitely a target market for the Windows Phone. Their existing dominance in the gaming market, and the appeal they already garner amongst gaming fans, suggests Apple and Android may well be looking over their shoulder.

Simon writes on behalf of Best Mobile Contracts, the UK’s leading mobile phone comparison website, where you can find the cheapest mobile phone contracts for the new Nokia Lumia.

Get Paid To Influence The Future Of Nokia Smartphones


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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Nielsen Research. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Nokia Wants Everyone To Connect With The E5, C3, and C6


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Yesterday, I received an invitation in the mail to check out another Nokia virtual event, but there weren’t any clues as to what they had in store. I might have correctly guessed I’d get a better look at their C6 smart phone, but I didn’t have to wait long at all to find out.

The media event was scattered with videos like the one above, showing off their new phones and some of the many features offered. Attractive hardware from Nokia is no surprise, but I didn’t expect to be wowed by the C6 as much as I am.

The Nokia C6

Nokia C6

The Nokia C6, which is scheduled to hit the market any time in the next couple months, will be running Symbian OS, S60 5.0 and will come packed with a 5 MP digital camera, media player, FM stereo, access to the Ovi store and Ovi music, full QWERTY keyboard, support for all the major email and IM providers, and Facebook integration. One of the features I’m excited about is the additional camera for video calls. The C6 will look great in either of the available colors, black or white and is will be competitively priced at 220 Euro. I can’t wait to get my hands on one for a full review. See for yourself in the promo video above.

The Nokia C3

Nokia C3Priced at 90 Euro, the C3 is for the smart phone buyer who wants to engage with social media but perhaps not quite as avidly as the C6 owner. While the C3 offers the ability to update your status and connect via Ovi Mail and Ovi chat accounts, it doesn’t offer the full-on array of connectivity the C6 boasts. Still, with quick access to your friends’ updates and a full keyboard, staying in touch will be easy. The C3 is also expected out in the next couple months.

The Nokia E5

Nokia E5Just like we saw with the Nokia E75, the E5 offers a great QWERTY keyboard that looks just as easy to navigate for touch typing and a simple array of buttons on the smart phone’s face for getting things done quickly. More business than social, the E5 provides the access to the same full list of email providers as the C6 and includes additional support for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus NotesTraveler business emails. The E5 supports all the major chat providers, includes a 5MP digital camera, and displays Facebook updates right in the phone book. It may be business driven, but it looks pretty cool. This guy will set you back 180 Euro but you have until Q3 to save up.