Friday, February 24, 2012

Nokia Lumia is now in Malaysia!

OK, I might be a little late on this. On February 10th, the new Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 were finally launched here in Malaysia. Nokia really went all out to launch the device at Pavilion, KL. Details on the phone, price and plans offered are also available after the break.


The flagship device here would be the Lumia 800 sporting ClearBlack display, 1.4Ghz processor, 3.7" screen, 8 megapixel camera, dual-LED flash and 16GB storage. The unit uses micro-SIM so you're gonna have to switch to one or carefully cut up your SIM card to use it. It retails at RM1650 which I think is well priced for a fully featured smartphone. The Lumia 710 on the other hand, will have similar features except for its 5-megapixel camera and excluding ClearBlack display and 8GB storage. That one retails at RM999, which is a great price if you're looking for a cheap yet powerful smartphone. The selling point for me has always been Nokia Drive. Who wouldn't want voice-guided navigation for free?


If you're looking to get it with a plan, Maxis, Celcom and DiGi all are offering plans with purchase of it. Which one is better is really up to you. DiGi offers the Lumia 800 starting from RM1099, Maxis at RM799 (6GB+24-month contract) while Celcom offers it from RM998. DiGi seems to offer the cheapest monthly plan. SoyaCincau has a detailed comparison of all the plans. Another option if you want to go with Maxis is to get the phone at retail price but subscribe to its VPI plan. Based on my usage of Windows Phone (Facebook, Twitter, Picture Uploads, Picture Loading, RSS news reading), 250 MB of data is enough. However, I'm not sure the consumption for using Nokia Drive. It will require data to download new maps and search directions if I'm not mistaken. But you don't often use it anyway. The Nokia Lumia plan they offer is a little steep in cost for those who have a budget in their monthly mobile spending.


If you're looking to get your first Windows Phone here, the Lumia 800 is a great choice. As I've only had my HTC Windows Phone for a little over a year, I'm still contemplating about getting it. But isn't it a beauty??