Following its release today, numerous analysts have issued fresh prophesies suggesting Nokia's Lumia 800 will ultimately go the way of the Dodo, succumbing to the curse of the Windows Phone.
Fresh negativity towards the Lumia 800 appear just after it hit British stores, with numerous analysts reaffirming their belief that the 800's fate was sealed the moment Nokia chose to get in bed with Microsoft's Windows Phone.
The nay-sayers comments run in line with a report from research firm Strategy Analytics. Released earlier in 2011, Strategy Analytic's report suggested that even if Windows Phone doubled its market share, it would still only have a user base a quarter the size of Google's Android.
In their paper the researchers reported that they expect Google's Android to capture 44 per cent and Apple's iOS 23 per cent of the market in 2012. The research firm suggested following the release of the new range of Mango powered devices, the OS would only hold roughly 12.3 per cent of the smartphone market.
If true, then the Nokia 800 has a rocky road ahead of it. Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus' release is mere hours away. The first device to come pre-loaded with Google's new Ice Cream Sandwich Android version, most analysts have pegged the device as one of the key player's in the 2011 holiday smartphone arena.
Though fairly pessimistic, the good news for Nokia is that not everyone agrees with the overarching pessimism being directed at the Lumia 800.
The Lumia 800 was triumphantly unveiled at Nokia World earlier in the year, as the flagship vessel in Nokia's forthcoming fleet of Windows Phones. As well as a pretty reasonable £399 SIM-free price the Lumia 800 also houses some fairly solid tech.
Coming pre-loaded with Microsoft latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system, the device houses a mediocre 3.7-inch Super AMOLED number, with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. Running the show is a reasonable 1.4GHz single-core processor backed up by 512 MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
The new Windows Phone also includes an impressive 8-megapixel autofocus snapper, with its very own Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash. All this is contained in what has been described as a "reasonably tough" polycarbonate chassis.
The device's reasonable spec and price in turn won it some fairly positive reviews. CNET UK gave it an impressive four out of five reaffirming, the site's fondness for the Windows Phone OS. TechRadar and T3 were also fairly positive about the device praising its tough and colourful design.
Check back at the IBTimes later in November for an in-depth review of the Lumia 800 and Galaxy Nexus.