Hands-on with the AT&T Nokia Lumia 820

Hands-on with the AT&T Nokia Lumia 820

Summary: While much of the focus for enthusiasts is on the Lumia 920, the Lumia 820 is actually a solid device priced at just $49.99. The removable battery and microSD card slot are welcome additions too.

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  • Scrolling down the app list on the Lumia 820

    One of the benefits of buying a Nokia Lumia is all of the value-added services they provide, along with many exclusives from other developers that end up first on Nokia Lumia devices. You will find the following on the Lumia 820:

    • Nokia City Lens: Augmented reality application
    • Nokia Drive: Voice guided GPS navigation only found on Lumia devices.
    • Nokia Maps: Included on all Windows Phone 8 devices and includes ability to download maps for offline navigation for FREE.
    • Nokia Music: Awesome free service that had me drop my Spotify subscription. It's a major benefit for the Lumia.

    Windows Phone provides a new "Lens" feature in the camera utility and Nokia provides a couple of these in the Lumia 820. The Cinemagraph utility lets you animate still photos and is lots of fun, while the Smart Shoot utility shoots five frames for each photo and then picks the best faces to create the "perfect" shot. Panorama allows you to capture wide shots with the Lumia 810. Nokia told me there will be even more camera utilities coming to Lumia, including the existing Lumia 900.

  • The Lumia 820 has an advanced touch screen and Dolby audio

    Experiences

    I didn't really even notice the display was lower resolution than I saw on the Lumia 920 I checked out last month and maybe it is because I am so used to the 800x480 resolution from the first generation Windows Phone devices. I think the ClearBlack AMOLED technology also helps as the colors look great and the display is nothing to be concerned about. Like all Windows Phone devices, the 820 is super snappy and very responsive. There are several services provided by Nokia that make the 820 a steal of a deal. Consumers will be pleased with the 820 and if you are concerned about the weight and size of the 920 then the 820 is a good alternative to consider.

    The camera of the 820 doesn't have all of the functionality of the 920 camera, but still takes pretty decent photos. It doesn't have the image stabilization or PureView technology, but Carl Zeiss optics are present. The lenses I mentioned above are present and it captures photos as well as most other current smartphones. Audio sounds great with the Dolby support too. It's a good thing that the 820 comes with a removable battery since I was able to kill the small 1,650 mAh battery without going the full day. I was concerned about the small capacity, when compared to other devices, and my experiences validated those concerns.

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  • Very nice

    I picked one up at the end of November. I had just gone through 2 yrs of force close problems with Android so wasn't going with one of those and had already owned an iPhone 3.
    I was worried at first about the lack of apps but found all the major ones and some others that were an upgrade to the previous ones. Android does have many many more apps but in my case what's the point if every time you try and use the phone it locks up with force close?
    I was skeptical about the live tiles at first but now I like them as I get updated without having to open anything. This feature does use more battery life so be prepared. I can generally get through a work day on a full charge. I do alot of data and email on it though.
    Still getting used to WP8. There's alot of good with this UI I have found. There are some shortcomings' also but by and large very happy with it so far.
    Slambusher
  • Lumia 820

    Fair review. I am a huge Nokia fan, currently own an 800, a superb smart phone. The 920 -although spectacular- is too big for my taste as is the Samsung Galaxy III.
    The 820 seems like the perfect upgrade for me.
    Ernesto Ledesma
  • Actually Lumia 820 is listed as one of the entry level Smartphones

    but it is comparable to many higher end smartphones. At $49, it challenges the quality of some of the mainstream Smartphones.
    Ram U
  • "Solid" Seems To Be The Adjective Du Jour For Dimdows Phone

    I think it's code for "I can't think of a single reason why you'd choose this over Android".
    ldo17
    • Its not too

      Hard to make the switch from Android when the damn Androids force close and lock up all the time. I went through 2 yrs and 4 different phones trying to make the phone work. Oh they were great for a few months with only the occasional force close then it was straight downhill.
      How bad was it ? I started with a Droid X and Verizon gave me 3 different phones after that. Verizon!! Holy shyte. The last one the gave me was Razr MAXX running 4.0. Worked fine for shoot I got 6 months outta that one then force close. Not just apps I had added but basic things on the phone like Google search etc.
      I'm not the only one having these issues either. Just do a search. Androids force close issue is so bad it reminds me of Windows 98.
      Is WP better? Well in the couple weeks I've had it I haven't had anything crash on me. Nor have I had to do the battery removal restart dance. Android does have many more apps etc but if the damn phone won't work what's the point??
      Slambusher
    • Its not too

      Hard to make the switch from Android when the damn Androids force close and lock up all the time. I went through 2 yrs and 4 different phones trying to make the phone work. Oh they were great for a few months with only the occasional force close then it was straight downhill.
      How bad was it ? I started with a Droid X and Verizon gave me 3 different phones after that. Verizon!! Holy shyte. The last one the gave me was Razr MAXX running 4.0. Worked fine for shoot I got 6 months outta that one then force close. Not just apps I had added but basic things on the phone like Google search etc.
      I'm not the only one having these issues either. Just do a search. Androids force close issue is so bad it reminds me of Windows 98.
      Is WP better? Well in the couple weeks I've had it I haven't had anything crash on me. Nor have I had to do the battery removal restart dance. Android does have many more apps etc but if the damn phone won't work what's the point??
      Slambusher
    • Its not too

      Hard to make the switch from Android when the damn Androids force close and lock up all the time. I went through 2 yrs and 4 different phones trying to make the phone work. Oh they were great for a few months with only the occasional force close then it was straight downhill.
      How bad was it ? I started with a Droid X and Verizon gave me 3 different phones after that. Verizon!! Holy shyte. The last one the gave me was Razr MAXX running 4.0. Worked fine for shoot I got 6 months outta that one then force close. Not just apps I had added but basic things on the phone like Google search etc.
      I'm not the only one having these issues either. Just do a search. Androids force close issue is so bad it reminds me of Windows 98.
      Is WP better? Well in the couple weeks I've had it I haven't had anything crash on me. Nor have I had to do the battery removal restart dance. Android does have many more apps etc but if the damn phone won't work what's the point??
      Slambusher
    • Its not too

      Hard to make the switch from Android when the damn Androids force close and lock up all the time. I went through 2 yrs and 4 different phones trying to make the phone work. Oh they were great for a few months with only the occasional force close then it was straight downhill.
      How bad was it ? I started with a Droid X and Verizon gave me 3 different phones after that. Verizon!! Holy shyte. The last one the gave me was Razr MAXX running 4.0. Worked fine for shoot I got 6 months outta that one then force close. Not just apps I had added but basic things on the phone like Google search etc.
      I'm not the only one having these issues either. Just do a search. Androids force close issue is so bad it reminds me of Windows 98.
      Is WP better? Well in the couple weeks I've had it I haven't had anything crash on me. Nor have I had to do the battery removal restart dance. Android does have many more apps etc but if the damn phone won't work what's the point??
      Slambusher
    • Its not too

      Hard to make the switch from Android when the damn Androids force close and lock up all the time. I went through 2 yrs and 4 different phones trying to make the phone work. Oh they were great for a few months with only the occasional force close then it was straight downhill.
      How bad was it ? I started with a Droid X and Verizon gave me 3 different phones after that. Verizon!! Holy shyte. The last one the gave me was Razr MAXX running 4.0. Worked fine for shoot I got 6 months outta that one then force close. Not just apps I had added but basic things on the phone like Google search etc.
      I'm not the only one having these issues either. Just do a search. Androids force close issue is so bad it reminds me of Windows 98.
      Is WP better? Well in the couple weeks I've had it I haven't had anything crash on me. Nor have I had to do the battery removal restart dance. Android does have many more apps etc but if the damn phone won't work what's the point??
      Slambusher
    • Now that was really strange.

      why do people feel they need to come up with an excuse everytime somebody chooses Windows Phones or iPhones over Android? If they say it's solid, or that they prefer it, why would you need to say its actually a code word of some sort, because they can't find a real reason to choose Windows 8 over Android? It sounds like a pretty valid reason to me.

      if it wasn't a valid reason, they wouldn't have chosen it: they would have bought an Android phone.

      I've read replies from many people here describing exactly what reasons they want it over Android, yet it seems so hard for some people to understand that Android just isn't what everybody wants.
      DontUseGoogleAtAll!
      • Re: why do people feel they need to come up with an excuse everytime somebo

        Yeah, I wonder about that, too. If Windows Phone was a serious alternative, you could choose it on the basis that it's best for your needs. But no, you need to make a big song and dance about it, as though supporting Microsoft has become a religious act.
        ldo17
        • Meh

          I see people saying the same thing about choosing android over IOS and vice versa. Nothing new, nothing to see. I purchased a windows phone 2 years ago and never looked back. I've never owned an iPhone or an Android phone and don't feel like I've missed a thing.
          mikedees
        • From what I'm reading here that isn't the case

          you say that if Windows Phone was a serious alternative, you could choose it on the basis that it's best for your needs. And people are doing just that. I bought my Windows Phone because of what it does for me, I didn't base my purchase off of what Android does for you.

          Yet the same hand full of people post excuses as to why I, or some other person "really" bought the iPhone or Windows Phone over the Android Phone, and they are far from flattering. Even you said it really means I can't think of a single reason why you'd choose this over Android.

          To me that's a code for I can't find any good reason to have him buy an Android phone over something else, so I'll just make it sound like the shortcomings lie with him, and not the phone
          DontUseGoogleAtAll!
    • I can

      For starters, the os isn't developed/bought by a company which sole activity is advertisement and data mining. And it is made by a company that does have a clue about design. This one is going to teplace my company supplied symbian smartphone, Android is not even an option .
      sjaak327