Most Americans are content with spending 1000$ on a 400$ phone, as long as its hidden in the contract in the form of "Required Services", and they just see the up front price tag of 200 bucks.
I think Microsoft is advertising to the wrong market on this one, tech heads might jump on if they see the value, but honestly how many people look beyond the pretty colors when they buy there phones? I've seen me family members shop, and they go for the shiniest crap, or the Apple stuff, absolutely clueless to the hardware that's running underneath.
It would probably do well in countries that already have a strong market for unsubsidized phones, Asia, Europe, some South American countries come to mind...
Adequate hardware poor OS, equals middling phone. Report card, must try harder! Seriously Too little, too expensive to run and far too late to the game. Nokia should have ignored the quarter of a billion bribe and stuck with Meego.
Everything was fine up until the last line. The author needs to understand that Windows is the bloatware. I own both a Nokia N900 and Nokia N9, and I have nothing but good things to say about Nokia's software. As far as I know, the only Nokia software included with the Lumia 800 is Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive, both of which are very nice mapping/GPS applications and run very nicely in addition to the fact that their use is completely optional. I suspect that these two Nokia programs are two of the best WP7 applications available.
"Nokia bloatware" ?!! That was a rather insulting and uneducated comment. The included Nokia software, at least in Europe, are Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music. Nokia Drive is an excellent navigation system that uses FREE maps, (for any country in the world, that you download via wiFi before you start your trip) You are not dependent on data plans since it uses GPS for tracking and will not download maps via the cellular network, like Google or Bing do. Nokia Music is a free music service. Both Nokia Music and nokia Drive are "free for life" and nokia Drive will allow you to update your downloaded maps as soon as new versions are available..
What bundle of rip-off or selling garbage alongwith an admittedly good phone. At least in phones, we in India seem to be better. Bought 2 last month (SIM-free or just the phone) in Delhi, India for around US$560 each (Rs. 27,800 each to be precise). Spent another US$2 each on each phone to get the SIM card cut to fit into the micro-SIM card.