We reported earlier that the Nokia Lumia 800’s release in the UK on Wednesday yielded mixed reviews on initial sales. While Nokia reported a great launch, two carriers reported that the actual sales were not as strong as the iPhone 4S or high-end Android devices. While we wait for everyone to sort out sales numbers and debates whether or not a comparison to iPhone 4S sales is a realistic way to measure the success of a launch, what we found out for sure is, readers of What Mobile, a UK magazine, are enamored with Nokia’s first Windows Phone.
What Mobile launched its annual poll in October, before the phone was even available in the UK. After thousands of readers cast their votes, the Nokia Lumia 800 came away with theMobile Phone of the Year award. Nokia responded to the win by saying on its blog, “We’re delighted with the reactions to the Nokia Lumia 800, but this one caps them all.” Nokia went on to say, “We’d like to say a big thank-you to What Mobile readers for their support.”
What Mobile editor Richard Melville said, “It’s no secret that Nokia make great phones but with a new Windows Phone Mango operating system, great design and a competitive price, the Lumia 800 feels like real innovation for smartphones and, importantly, one that’s cool enough to attract everyone from gadget geeks to casual, fashion conscious phone users.”
Congratulations to Nokia on your first award for the Lumia 800. We look forward to hearing from users to find out if the phone lives up to their expectations.