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Another shot of my home screen on the Lumia 820
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
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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