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Nokia giving Symbian owners a taste of Windows Phone

Own a Symbian device? Curious what Windows Phone feels like? Don't want to go down to the local wireless store to see?

Nokia has the answer. If you have a compatible Symbian device from Nokia you can download a demo of Windows Phone as it appears on the Lumia 800 and take it out for a test drive of sorts.

The interactive demo is just another example of how Nokia is investing heavily with the Windows Phone platform. The demo app has limited functionality but should give Nokia fans a glimpse of how Windows Phone can make life easier.

You can download the Nokia Lumia 800 app here at Nokia's OVI Store. There is a Nokia Phone Selector on this page to let you see if your current Nokia phone is compatible.

via: MyNokiaBlog Thanks goes out to Just Visiting for the tip!

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J4rrod says:

That is a brilliant idea. I'm really gaining faith in Nokia.

Baka says:

Happily the E7-00 is a compatible device for the demo.I REALLY want that phone's specs bumped up a bit and given the Mango treatment.

blackprince says:

this idea is genius

Mouthsmasher says:

I agree. Now if we could just get something similar for Android users, Windows Phone would be golden.

WPManiac says:

Well done, Nokia!

We all know that the Metro UI is, well, beautiful and mesmorizing; so for Nokia to develop an interactive app for their current Symbian users is truly a brilliant avenue to 'assimilate' them!Even though I'm already aware of WP, and will be purchasing my first WP device (by Nokia), if I were 'on the fence', installing this app on my N8 would definitely win me over. Yes, it's only interactive and pales in comparison to the *actual* experience, but seeing the Metro UI on my N8 is really cool:)The interactive parts aren't extensive, but it gives the user the ability to slide to unlock, swipe within the Marketplace and People Hub, and demos notifications which then takes you to the Messaging Hub; it then demos chat and attaching a pic from the Pictures hub into the chat message. It also demonstrates I.E.And so far, the review of the app has 4/5 stars, so it seems people are liking it!Nokia and WP is a winning partnership.

Solidstate89 says:

That's a brilliant strategy.

bt66 says:

Agree...good thinking Nokia. Way to Go!

battleangel says:

Would be even more brilliant if WP was actually better than a supposedly dead OS like Symbian.Symbian = real multitasking. Enough said.

snowmutt says:

battleangel- this app is aimed directly at you. :-D

vieya says:

I just saw the phones seems to look very nice. And finally different colors. But sadly it will probably be on the t-mobile/at&t network.

jc0196 says:

awww, 5800 xpressmusic not compatible :(5800->lumia 800!!! waiting....

MarkAllett says:

Amusingly, it isn't compatible with the N9.

@MarkAllett...There are way more Symbian devices than Harmattan-Meego. Besides, given that N9 users just paid an arm and a leg for their device (to which the funding will go to further develop WP efforts among other things), I'm sure Nokia didn't want N9 users to have buyers remorse :)Nokia/WP FTW!

MarkAllett says:

Must have been pretty galling for the Symbian developer who had to knock this up.. or is it done in Flash or something? Wouldn't mind seeing a video of this in action.

jalb says:

That's brilliant. Hopefully someone posts a video of it in action, I'm deadly curious.

Hi,This video doesn't go through all of the interactive areas (see my description in the above post) nor is their N8 as fast as mine, but it gives you some idea:http://symbianworld.org/10608-nokia-lumia-800-app-for-symbian-video/

snowmutt says:

What a great idea. On the other mobile sites I visit, there is so much resentment from Symbian users that Nokia is going to have a hard time attracting even a small portion of them. This is a fantastic way to attempt to bridge that gap.

thenet says:

Symbian sucks move on to a more better OS of windows phone 7.5 mango it blows away symbian