Nokia Lumia 820 Review

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ew Nokia Lumia 820, the perfect smartphone to be the immediate younger sibling to the stunning Nokia Lumia 920. The Nokia Lumia 820 is an elegant looking smartphone. Quiet squarish in design and made out of high quality polycarbonate. It fits just right in its price tag of around Rs. 23,000. The display is very bright and has great consistent colours. The screen is quiet sharp. Lets see more to it.

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Hardware

Nokia Lumia 820's design
The Lumia 820 is about 25 grams lighter than the 920 weighing at about 160 grams. For some reason in terms of looks, Lumia 820 is the most catchiest out of all of the 5 phones in the new WP8 Nokia Lumia series. Its quiet slim compared to 920 and more squarish giving it a very uniform and classy look. The polycarbonate does it not feel cheap at all like that on the Samsung Galaxy phones. Like every other Lumia phone, like in every other article, have variety of colours: Yellow, Red, Black, Cyan and White. Like the 920, 820 also have wireless charging capabilities, isn’t that great? Of course it is!

Software

Nokia Lumia 820 runs the Windows Phone 8- now isn’t that obvious? HERE Maps, HERE Drive and Nokia Music come out courtesy of Nokia. There isn’t a consistent Maps or Drive application than that of Nokia. Like mentioned in other Lumia articles, WP8 has deep social integration making it easier for you to connect with people. WP8 also gives you free Sky Drive storage of 7GB and access to the heavenly Microsoft Office on the go right from your phone! Nokia Music is bliss of a music application to have. It gives you great info about the artist and a peak into their lives and great music suggestions as well. Microsoft is just going to get better. WP8 OS is here to stay.

Camera

NOkia Lumia 820 Camera
Like the older fella, 820’s 8MP primary camera is also powered by Carl Zeiss lens. It has also has a front VGA camera, well that is disappointing. You should have a 1.3 MP camera at least in a 20k marked phone. But the back, primary camera is just stunning. The images are sharp and in great detail but like the 920 its a better performer in low light and misses the mark against it’s rivals in daylight photography. You get cool features like Smart Shoot, Panorama, Nokia City Lens. The primary camera is capable of capturing 1080p video with video stabilization.

Performance and Memory

It is a hell of a device with a 1GB RAM and 1.5 Ghz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Casual app work and heavy gaming, everything goes on smoothly on this lady. It is more than just decent when it comes to multitasking and gaming. Switching to apps is very smooth; you can thank the Main Memory as well as the OS WP8.

It comes with internal storage of 8GB with microSD options expandable upto 64 gigabytes that lacked in Lumia 920. Like mentioned above, it has a main memory of 1GB.

Display

217 ppi density might seem low but somehow on the 4.3inch screen with clear black display it still looks pretty. The colours are accurate, the blacks are black, and there is uniform lighting. Unlike the 720 it has not missed the mark in terms of providing great display even for such a low ppi screen. It is AMOLED display with multitouch and has a resolution of 480×800 pixels. If you are looking for some good video playback quality and great experience in viewing photos as well, this is your device to get.

Final Thoughts

We dont seem to think there was anything wrong with its phone except for its weight and the front VGA camera. The overall experience is quiet cool and one will enjoy it thoroughly in terms of multimedia and the WP8 OS. If you dont like the fact it is not an HD screen then you can turn on to somewhere else but it is still quite remarkable and looks great. We are really fascinated by the design and if you are into flaunting, this is your device to grab.
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Nokia Lumia 820 Display

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2012, September
Status Available. Released 2012, November
BODY Dimensions 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm, 83.5 cc (4.87 x 2.70 x 0.39 in)
Weight 160 g (5.64 oz)
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Dolby Headphone sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, check quality
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Violet
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery (BP-5T)
Stand-by Up to 330 h (2G) / Up to 330 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)
Music play Up to 55 h

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Review Overview
  • Design9
  • Camera8
  • Software9
  • Features9
  • Value for money8
Total Score8.6

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Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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