Published on March 15th, 2013 | by Haseeb Ahmed0
[Review] Nokia Lumia 820
Nokia Lumia 820 is one of the latest phones in Nokia Lumia lineup. It features the slick and stylish Windows Phone 8, the second best in Lumia lineup, where Nokia Lumia 920 tops all. Nokia Lumia 820 is being offered by Mobilink in Pakistan for Rs.44,000 with a wireless charger but only until the charger stock lasts.
Nothing extraordinary comes with the Nokia Lumia 820. Lumia 820 comes in a standard packaging with
- Standard 3.5mm headphones
- Micro-USB data cable
- Charging adapter.
Design & Construction
Weighing in at 160g & 9.9mm thick, Nokia Lumia 820 is a bit heavier & thicker than the other manufacturers’ Windows Phone 8 devices out in the market. Although once you get used to it, everything seems normal. The device itself has a pretty solid build and gives a premium feel when you hold it in hand. The touchscreen of Lumia 820 has this soft, silky feel which makes you want use it all day.
On front of the device is it’s 4.3″ (WVGA) AMOLED touchscreen. At the bottom are the standard three Windows Phone buttons (back, start, search) while top is loaded with the speaker grill, light sensors, proximity sensors and VGA front-cam.
On the left of the device is the volume rocker, power button & camera button while the left side is totally empty. On top is the 3.5mm headphone jack, while micro-USB port and loud speaker grill being on the bottom.
Software & UI
Nokia Lumia 820 runs the latest OS from Microsoft, the Windows Phone 8. A lot of new features have been added to the Windows Phone arsenal in WP8 like:
- Expandable storage
- Multi-core processors
- Support for NFC
UI & software features such as:
- Better tiles
- Different tile sizes
- Cloud Backup
- Bluetooth File transfer
Here is a short video that demonstrates few of these new features of the Windows Phone 8. It is interesting to note how smooth Nokia Lumia 820 runs the Windows Phone OS.
Camera & Video Recording
Here are a few images taken from the 8MP shooter (with Carl Zeiss lens) of Nokia Lumia. A 1080p video recorded is just after the break too.
Nokia Fatboy Wireless Charger
Nokia Fatboy is the Wireless charging pad that comes with the Nokia Lumia 820, if you buy it from Mobilink. Here is an unboxing video of the Fatboy. You can simply charge you Nokia Lumia by putting it on the Fatboy but you need a special back casing that supports wireless charging.
- 4.3″ 16M-color ClearBlack AMOLED display of WVGA resolution
- 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording
- VGA front-facing camera
- Windows Phone 8 OS
- 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, 1GB of RAM
- GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support
- 8GB of inbuilt storage, expandable through the microSD card slot
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
- Built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR, file transfers
- NFC support
Nokia Lumia 820 offers a viable alternative to an array of Android devices available in the market. The price is reasonable and the device is an awesome piece of craftsmanship by Nokia. So if you are looking for a device which is not as customizable as Android but offers a smooth sailing experience then you must #switchtolumia
Summary: Nokia Lumia 820 is one of the best Windows Phone 8 devices out in the market. Although a bit heavier than the competitions but Lumia 820 feel good in hand, and does perform well too. We would recommend buying this phone unless or until your weight conscious in which case you can go for the HTC Windows Phone 8X.