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Skydiving enthusiast takes the Nokia Lumia 800 up Mt. Everest

Skydiving and Windows Phone enthusiast Minesh Mandalia has taken his Lumia 800 with him up Mount Everest. Why not? We've previously seen UK scientists launch the handset up into almost-space attached to a balloon, so it makes sense that such a sturdy companion is also taken up the side of a fairly tall mountain. Mandalia is currently studying BSc Computer Science & Management Studies at the University of Nottingham, and wanted a challenge.

"I’m at university and needed a break, so I thought out of all places why not try the Everest Base Camp, I wanted a challenge."

Unsure as to what he'll need to take on his journey to Everest Base Camp, Mandalia decided to take his trusty Lumia 800 in favour of a laptop among other devices.

"I was first considering taking a laptop to browse the internet, update my Twitter and Facebook, and back up my photos and videos but then realised I could take my phone and have all those features put into one small device. It was the perfect size to keep in my pocket so that I can quickly take it out and snap a photo or check the altitude. The best bit was I didn’t even have to take my gloves off when using the camera – I got some great photos."

"My phone handled the trip really well, despite being exposed to freezing temperatures (up to – 20c!). It even worked perfectly when my fingers couldn’t. It even managed to survive everything from getting bashed with trekking poles and hitting walls as you make way for the Yaks and Sherpas. Even in the bright sunlight reflecting off all the snow topped mountains and glaciers, I could still read my texts and messages on the screen."

If anyone has doubts about the construction and strength of the Lumia 800, the above quote is certainly set to put those concerns to rest. It's a superb achievement for Mandalia, as well as Nokia and Microsoft. What apps did Mandalia use on his journey? GPS Satellite, Flashlight 7, Evernote, SkyDrive and Baconit.

Source: Windows Phone UK

Rich Edmonds
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8 Comments
  • The photo shows a bit of two of the Lumia weaknesses when it comes to the camera. The photo looks pretty underexposed. Which leads to more unecessary noise in the image. It also has a slight green tint. Which most photos get for some reason. Not in the "viewfinder", but when the photo is taken you can see it almost always gets a green tint that was not there before you took the shot.
     
    I usually put my exposure compensaton at +0,5 at most times.
     
    Other than that this phone is fantastic.
  • There's cellphone coverage/3g/Edge atop everest ??? I'd say that's more impressive than the 800 :). The 800's good too. Don't hate on me.
  • Well the reception IS fantastic.
     
    It's waaaaay more better than in any Android phone I have ever owned. I mean the difference is like night and day for me.
     
    At work all iPhones and Androids struggle to get even slightest reception as we have metall roofs etc. Me myself I can watch youtube videos in HD quality.
  • Its Everest Basecamp (as opposed to summit), which is 4000m below summit and a nice and easy hike, but nothing like the summit. I really nice trekking tour, but not newsworthy in my opinion. 
  • WTH? This guy gets reception on top of Mt Everest and I struggle to get a signal at work half the time.
  • Heh. +1 to this.
  • I read SkyDriving...
  • Lol me too..