My very first cell phone was a Nokia. The Nokia 6110 to be exact. It was sturdy and reliable but wasn’t exactly the belle of the ball. In retrospect, if I had to describe that phone, I would now simply say “it had a really great personality.” But the Lumia 800 is different. Its aesthetic is sophisticated, sleek and sexy but its commercial draw extends far beyond the superficial.

The phone is very intuitive and takes steps to ensure ease of use for the out-of-the-box user who simply wants nothing to do with a manual. Shifting over contacts from an old phone is straightforward and simple. Turn on the Lumia 800’s Bluetooth, activate your old phone’s Bluetooth, and voila your contacts transfer.

When using a smartphone, after transferring your contacts, getting new apps is a top priority. The Lumia 800 is powered by the Windows 7 OS, which gives you access to the Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft’s answer to the App store. There are 20,000-plus apps to choose from in the Marketplace, 50 per cent of which are free (for all those frugal technophiles out there), leaving you wanting when compared to the 400,000-plus in Apple's App Store. With that said, the Windows Phone Marketplace only launched in October 2010, so expect the Marketplace’s market share to continue to grow as we see more developers release new apps and see re-releases of existing apps from other platforms.

Shutterbugs will be pleased with the 8-mega-pixel camera paired with the f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens. The photos produced on this device are quite stunning even without the use of trendy apps. The kicker is that there isn’t a front facing lens, so there won’t be any video Skype video chats happening with this phone.

Another pleasant and handy feature is the Nokia Drive GPS. The system is accurate and immensely useful like any other GPS system out there but is a pain if you expect to use it as soon as you open the program. You will need to download a navigation voice of your choosing — and maps. Be sure to take the time to set this up before you jaunt out into uncharted territory.

If you’re like me, and committing the cardinal sin of using a MacBook with a Microsoft phone, fear not. The phone comes with the Windows Phone 7 connector that allows this unholy union to exist. The program is free to download, easy to use, and absolutely vital if you want to transfer your media to and fro. It syncs your music, podcasts, and other media effortlessly but is missing the ability to sync with your iCal. 

Speaking of synching your media with your phone, you will need to be a bit more selective with your movies and music when you put them on your phone as the Lumia 800 comes with 17GB of internal storage compared to the 32GB’s and upward of its competitors. Although this is only an issue if you’re a digital hoarder that must have every album you’ve ever listened to handy at all times. Microsoft provides plenty of cloud storage via SkyDrive, but I for one would have liked the ability to use a micro SD to expand my phone's memory.

All in all this Nokia/Microsoft love child is a good phone that is missing a few options that would have made it great.

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Gill, Try 0000 or 00000 (numbers not letters)or 1234 or 12345. One of these 4 combinations will definitely work for you.
Should i get one?
Actually there are currently almost 80,000 apps in the marketplace. Take a look at for example.
I have a 6110 and have just taken delivery of a Lumia 800 and have been complately unable to transfer my contacts, though I've done this many times before for other phones. I just get a message saying unable to connect or connected phone not supported. I see I'm not the only one with this problem - Vodafone tech people can't help other than to tell me to make sure I use the same PIN no for both phones. I don't actually have a PIN for either, so just made one up. Any suggestions please
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