I can see conversations as they bleed across different networks. So a comment arising in Facebook can morph into a direct SMS message and then become a longer email. All of that message continuity stays clustered together when viewed on the Lumia 800. This makes easy work of going from an emotive comment to a request like, "Send it to me as an email, okay?" And for me, the e-mail laggard, the Lumia 800 saves me from getting into more trouble.
I start a lot of classroom collaboration via email that accompanies a Google Document. Students will engage in that Google Doc directly, then often share thoughts in a Facebook group. What often happens is the answer to an academic question percolates up in Facebook. The Nokia Lumia 800 is set up to see a discussion evolve in the different communications media.
On my iPod Touch, I have to exit e-mail to see Facebook. And once I'm done looking at a Google Doc, I have to leave that app to follow the flow of traffic in another place. The communications process is much more refined on the Lumia 800.
I get the entire cluster of communications in one simple inbox. I can see SMS text, MMS picture messages, Windows Live chats and Facebook thread all intertwined inside the People tiles. This uses the Windows Phone Messaging app. I tap a tile to see Threads where all messages nestle together.
I haven't tried inputting text with voice yet because my Movember facial hair is making me slur my words. Or something like that.
I like how the Lumia is working, even though I'm not really fond of being exposed for online Facebook chats or Windows Live Messaging. The overall effect--consolidating conversations--makes every other mobile operating system look outdated. This fast and seamless way Lumia pulls together real conversation appeals greatly to me because I believe threaded conversations make for better decisions and a more efficient use of time. I wonder how many hipsters would agree.
This is a test handset from Nokia and not ready for release on the Irish market until February 2012.