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Nokia Lumia 800

The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first overwhelmingly positive result born from two mobile underdogs. It’s essentially Nokia’s gorgeous N9 on the hardware side, packed finally with a mobile OS (Windows Phone 7) whose tombstone isn’t already chiseled. Its curved, 3.7-inch, 12.1mm-thick polycarbonate frame and ClearBlack AMOLED display looks and feels almost like the iPod Nano on growth hormones, which is a great thing in a sea of cheapo grey plastics. Under the hood, the quad-band GSM device touts fairly good specs with 14.4Mbps HSDPA data speeds, a single-core 1.4GHz processor. 512MB of RAM, 1450mAh battery for up to 9 hours of 3G chatting and an 8MP camera with f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and 720p video capture. On the OS side, the device ships with the latest Mango update of Windows Phone 7, plus some added goodies like 25GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage, and a free Nokia Drive turn-by-turn voice navigation program. For now, pre-orders are being accepted in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, or the Netherlands with no word on when it will arrive stateside, but we’re sure that’ll change. Sold in blue, black and pink, it may finally be time to become a smartphone rebel.

Buy Now: $585 (w/o contract, available November)