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November 23, 2011

Weekly regional spotlight: India

Perceptions surrounding India as a nation generally consist of varying cultures, diverse landscapes and in more recent times, huge economic growth. So it’s with great excitement that we await the reaction from India in the wake of the impending release of the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 smart phones.

With their arrival onto the subcontinent imminent, we thought it was only right to delve a little deeper into some of the reactions that have been circulating from India.

There’s been a lot of enthusiasm about the launch in Delhi last week. Clinton Jeff seemed particularly excited as he shares some of his experiences at the event. He can’t help but admit that he can’t wait to get his hands on a Lumia! And who can blame him? 🙂

“I cant wait till folks get to try out the new Windows Phones because I’m really interested in seeing how it does here in the subcontinent”

Also happy bunch keen to show their appreciation for the new arrivals to Nokia’s smartphone roster were the guys from Knowyourgadgets, who are singing the praises of the whole package.

“With the new collaboration of the windows OS and the solidarity of the Nokia brand, a new ray of hope has emerged  for Nokia in the fast emerging world of smart phones”

via zomgitscj

But there’s also been some disgruntled voices deriding the lack of information released at the launch, withwindows calling it ‘a disappointment’.

“A huge disappointment as not much information was provided to the users. There is no ETA, price detail, carrier information available at the moment”

We can however say in response to this, that the Lumia 800 & 710 are both scheduled to be released towards the end of this year, and their prices will be the equivalent of €420 and €270 respectively (before taxes).

Clinton Jeff was of course on the ball and had all the information to hand…

 “Nokia said they’d bring it to India before the end of the year, and hey hey looks like they’re right on schedule then”


Other Nokia enthusiasts have cottoned onto the overwhelming buzz that seems to be surrounding the launch, Aditya and the guys from nokiasaga were clearly impressed with the launch in general.

“Nokia today announces their most iconic and highly anticipated Windows Phone devices, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710 for the Indian consumers. This shows their commitment in bringing high end smartphones to the country!”

Whilst Vaibhav Sharma was compelled to express his excitement calling India ‘one of the first few countries in the world to get the latest and greatest from Nokia’ and worldofphones stated that the launch would make some die hard Nokia fans ‘cheer up or remain thirsty’. That’s fighting talk!


It’s great to see that the Lumia applications Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive have both been getting a solid reception from the Indian population too, as Vaibhav shares his thoughts on what differentiates them.

“One of the core differentiating features on Nokia’s Windows Phones will be the Nokia Drive app. Different from Nokia Maps, which will be available for everyone at the Windows Marketplace, Drive is Nokia’s Navigation app that lets you pre-load maps and use the phone as an offline navigation device”

Star of the show for Himanshu over at techhim was Nokia Maps turn-by-turn navigation capabilities. He found it was accurate and worked well even when experimenting with the different languages it supports.

“I tested it with Hindi and it worked as smoothly as English”

All in all, it seems much of the reaction to the launch of the Lumia handsets and their features have been positive, but as with everything in life, not everyone remains pleased! So, if you are in India or anywhere around the world, let us know what you think about the launch or any points in general @Nokia_Connects.