Nokia Lumia 820 Review

The Nokia Lumia 820 is a phone that appeared on the market in November 2012 and is part of the first wave of smartphones with the Windows Phone 8 operating system. The Nokia Lumia 820 meets expectations or at least does so at first glance, but let’s take a closer look at this mid-range model.

Design

We had the opportunity to deal with the Lumia 920 on this blog, and we experienced this model as a cheaper version of that high-end model, while the Nokia Lumia 820 could be classified as a mid-range model. For those who have had the opportunity to see the Lumia 710, this model will look very familiar (at least when it comes to design).

The dimensions of this model are 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm, it weighs 160 grams, the mask is made of smooth plastic (polycarbonate), and when we summarize and gather this information we come to a harmonious whole and a phone that lies nicely in the hands. For some, this model may seem a bit “chubby” and massive, but we experienced its weight as positive because, at first touch, this model looks solid and compact.

Another proof of this compactness we experienced when we removed the back cover (it is quite difficult to remove), and this back cover covers the battery, under the battery, there is a slot for Micro Sim and Micro SD card. All in all, the design of this model will not be on the podium when medals are shared, but they would not be realistic even if we place it at the bottom of the quality of the design spectrum.

Nokia Lumia 820 Display

Nokia Lumia 820 meets expectations when it comes to display, namely, this model is equipped with a ClearBlack AMOLED display of 4.3 inches with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. This display is “borrowed” from the fantastic Lumia 900 model and it didn’t take much to impress us with great colors, viewing angles, contrast… It is realistic to say that it is difficult to find a model that is better in terms of display, in this price range.

Processor, memory, and interface

The processor of this model is Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait, and the graphics are in charge of the Adreno 225 graphics chip. The Nokia Lumia 820 meets expectations when it comes to the processor. It turned out that this set of technical characteristics is extremely efficient and worthy of the attention of even the most demanding users.

As another positive side of this model, and despite the trends of limited internal memory, we experienced the possibility of expanding it with a Micro SD card to a maximum of 64GB. Otherwise, the internal memory of this model is 8GB and 1 GB of RAM.

Although the interface of all WP8 models is designed as one concept, in addition to the recognizable operating system of this model, Nokia has provided options such as Push unlock display or an option that activates music control, player by pressing the volume button on the display. Windows Phone 8 provides a large number of options to this model and its user.

Connections

When it comes to connections, this Nokia Lumia 820 meets expectations, and boasts a “whole package”. This model has a default quad-band 3G connection with HSPA, and a pleasant surprise is the 4G LTE connection, which we have not often encountered in middle-class models. Of the “local” connections, this model supports dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 (no connection restrictions, has file transfer support) and the very popular NFC connection.

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 820 is equipped with an 8MP camera, and the images this model produces have a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, and it also has dual-LED flash support for shooting in low light conditions.

The user interface of the camera of this model is quite simple, and we doubt that any future user of this model will have difficulty handling the camera. It takes a few seconds from the activation of the camera of this model to the moment of shooting, which is a little more than we are used to with the cameras of the newer model. Overall, the camera of this model is somewhere above the average for the middle-class model, while the Video exceeded expectations for a device of this class. The videos of this model are in 1080p 720p quality, and the LED flash can also be used as a video light.

Sound during a call and battery

This model boasts a clear and loud sound of the interlocutor, and we have not experienced any problems with signal reception. The ringtone of the Lumia 820 is not among the loudest models, but missed calls you haven’t heard are unlikely!

The battery with which this model is equipped is Li-Ion 1650mAh and according to the same tests, the results indicate that with one charge you get a duration of 40 hours for 1h 3G talk, 1h web browsing, and 1h video viewing per day. These results are solid, and we can say that the Nokia Lumia 820 meets expectations in this important field as well!

Conclusion

If they were critical of this model, they would blame it for the lack of inspiration from Nokia’s design team, and a slightly larger mass, but when you look for a flaw in something under a magnifying glass, it is mostly found. It definitely seems that this model is designed to have a “solid foundation”.

The Nokia Lumia 820 represents the embodiment of a complete middle-class phone that will not stand out in any segment of mobile telephony, but it will definitely not embarrass you and leave you dissatisfied. This product of Finnish Nokia offers its user an excellent price-quality ratio, and it certainly belongs to a good store!

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