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The Lumia 800 and 900 bags gold at the International Design Excellence Awards


Say what you will, but Android OEMs suck at making beautiful looking smartphones. It seems like manufacturers give little or no importance to the design of a smartphone. Take the brand new Samsung Galaxy S III for example. While the on board features of the device are great and top the current industry standards, the device itself is pretty much like a slab. It seems like Samsung didn’t want Apple to smack any design related lawsuits, hence making the device look simple and unattractive. Similar opinions are voiced throughout the globe. They say there’s a lesson to learn from every smartphone and this is one of them. There are a few exceptions though. OEMs like Motorola, HTC are a little refined with their design, though a little monotonous.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 and 900 smartphones however stand in a league of their own. With its beautiful design concept the Lumia smartphones managed to impress quite a few users in the U.S. It has now come to light that these two smartphones were awarded the Gold award at the IDEA (International Design Excellence Awards). Chosen by a jury of judges, this award means the world to Nokia and its followers. The event is held every year at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan.

“In a market in which it is difficult to stand out, the Nokia Lumia brings a fresh perspective. The iconic form is personal and inviting without sacrificing precision, and the construction is modern, efficient and well-crafted down to the smallest details. It’s a bold, gold-worthy effort, and I’m glad to see Nokia reclaim its design swagger”, said Jonah Becker who is one of the jurors. The Lumia 900 4G too has been a great success in the U.S being sold merely for $99.99 with AT&T service (2 year contract), while Amazon is [easyazon-link asin=”B007P5NHJO” locale=”us”]offering the same device for $0.01[/easyazon-link], which is as good as a deal can get considering its size and features. Nokia hasn’t left any stone unturned to make the Lumia 900 a success in the States.

If there is a manufacturer which is known for making beautiful looking phones (of late), it has to be Nokia. The company is one of the oldest players in the smartphone industry, maintaining a monopoly in the market before the arrival of Android and iOS. But things have been a little different since the past couple of years with the aforementioned mobile platforms sweeping away most of the market share. Last year in June however, the company unveiled the Nokia N9 (also known as Sea Ray) which was instantly praised for its beautiful design and body. The device however didn’t see a wider market, as Nokia had other plans in mind.

Then came the Lumia 800 which borrowed the same chassis from the N9, but brought Windows Phone Mango to the mix. The smartphone with its curved display and straight edges was an instant favorite with users in the U.S. Additionally in January this year, the Finnish manufacturer in accordance with Microsoft announced the Lumia 900 which joined the bandwagon of smartphones running on AT&T’s 4G frequencies. With Windows Phone 8 handsets scheduled to break cover later this year, it is believed that Nokia has many such projects in the pipeline.

Source: Nokia Conversations
Via: WP Central

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