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The photo of the Lumia 820 is on the back of the box
The high end Nokia Windows Phone 8 device for the US, the Lumia 920, is currently only available on AT&T. Nokia does have the 8xx series on T-Mobile (AT&T Nokia Lumia 820. This is the model that is also currently available outside the US.), Verizon (822), and AT&T (820) and I have spent the last week with the
Box contents of the Nokia Lumia 820
Out of the box impressions
The Nokia Lumia 820 arrived in the same new style of box AT&T uses where the top is simply white with an AT&T logo centered on it. A picture of the device is present on the bottom, but most of the package is plain. When you open it up you find the texting and driving campaign sticker and a Quick Start Guide. Other box contents include a USB charger and USB cable.
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.
Windows Phone 8 is an attractive operating system
Windows Phone 8 and Nokia software
I covered all the details of Windows Phone 8 in aso I won't go into all of those details here. It is agreed by most people that the Windows Phone UI is refreshing, speedy, and very user friendly.
AT&T apps on the Nokia Lumia 820
This is an AT&T device so of course you are going to find lots of AT&T-branded services and utilities. As I made clear in ayou can easily get rid of all the bloatware (you can later add it back in by visiting the AT&T section of the Windows Phone Store). The services that are loaded on the 820 include:
- AT&T Code Scanner
- AT&T FamilyMap
- AT&T Navigator
- AT&T Radio
- AT&T U-verse Live TV
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 . 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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