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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  • Windows Phone 8 runs well on the Lumia 810

    Specifications and walk around the hardware

    Specifications of the Nokia Lumia 820 include:

    • Windows Phone 8 OS
    • 4.3 inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with 800x480 pixels
    • Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
    • Total integrated storage of 8GB with microSD card support
    • 1GB RAM
    • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and F2.2 aperture, Carl Zeiss optics, and 1080p recording
    • 1.2 megapixel front facing camera
    • NFC, GPS, digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
    • Bluetooth 3.0
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Removable 1,650 mAh Li-Ion polymer battery
    • Qi wireless charging capable (with optional back)
    • Dimensions of 4.88 x 2.69 x 0.38 inches and 5.57 ounces

    While the Lumia 810 is a mid-range Windows Phone device, consumers may like that it has a removable battery and expandable storage capability. I do like that it comes in black with back cover options in red, blue, yellow, white, and black. I have purchased colored devices before and then was not that happy with my choice so with the option to change the back you have a device that you can have full control of.

    The front is dominated by the 4.3 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and even though the resolution is the same as all last generation Windows Phone devices it still looks great. Nokia's ClearBlack technology really makes the blacks dark and thus everything else pops off the screen. Nokia included the touch sensitivity found in the Lumia 920 on the Nokia Lumia 810. There is a toggle for the sensitivity too in case you don't need to use gloves or a fingernail with the display. The headset speaker is above the display with the front-facing camera to the right of the speaker. Below the display you will find the Back, Start, and Bing search buttons.

    The 3.5mm audio jack is off to the right side on the top. The volume, power, and camera buttons are all on the right, nothing is on the left, and the microUSB port is on the bottom. The camera is centered on the upper back with the dual LED flash to the left of the camera lens (will be on top in landscape orientation).

    The back cover is removable and it actually consists of the back and four sides. Under the back cover you will find the microSIM card slot with the microSD card slot positioned above it. The 1,650 mAh battery is removable.

  • Back of the Nokia Lumia 820

    The Lumia 820 has a matte black finish and there is no other color option from AT&T. You may have seen other colors and this is accomplished by purchasing new covers that fit over the back and four sides. These additional covers also add wireless charging capability, but I did not get a chance to try any of these out and haven't seen the color options. The Lumia 820 feels rock solid and appears to be a very well designed device. When you then consider it is available for $49.99, you will see it is quite a deal.

  • Carl Zeiss optics is on the Lumia 820

    The Lumia 820 doesn't have all of the advanced PureView technology of the Nokia Lumia 920, but it does have Carl Zeiss optics and takes decent photos.

Topics: Mobility, Nokia, Reviews, Smartphones, AT&T

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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