Thank you to the team at Phones4U who invited me down to their huge Oxford Street store today to check out the Nokia Lumia 800.
Now, I was of course at Nokia World for much of the day where I couldn’t move for Lumias, but the reason I wanted to check out Phones4U was to get a real-world perspective from a retailer as soon as humanly possible.
I’m delighted to say that their representative, Cain (the deputy manager), didn’t disappoint.
To be clear, I wasn’t looking for a feature overview or an in-depth walk-through (although I appreciated the opportunity to sit and examine the device in the peace and quiet of their B2B room downstairs). I wanted their first impressions. I wanted to look in the eyes of a chap (or lady) who sells handsets daily and see what he made of the Lumia.
If you’re harbouring a bit of cynicism over Nokia’s entry into the Windows Phone world, prepare to be surprised. Cain lays it straight. He reckons they’ll sell very well. Indeed he pointed out that they’ve already had folk coming into the store today to have a look (driven, perhaps by the Phones4U social media outreach?).
Right, here’s the video:
[Note: I didn’t take Cain’s card so I’m really hoping that I’ve spelt his name correctly.]
[Further note: A geeky point — I edited this video on the train. I imported the video from the Sanyo Xacti into my iPad 2, did the editing then published it via blip.tv’s app when I got into WiFi. Love it!]