Detailed review Nokia Lumia 820
Somewhere between the excitement of the Lumia 920 and the potential of the Lumia 620, the Lumia 820 got lost in the noise. We believe that it is a very competent smartphone, especially if that is what the outer limit of the budget is, and Windows Phone 8 is all you want. Unfortunately, we think it is more expensive than what it should have been.
Build & Design
With the Lumia branding you do expect a certain amount of finesse and class, at least in terms of the look and build quality of the device. The Lumia 820 does well in some respects, but disappoints in others. Fish it out of the packaging reminiscent of the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, and you’ve got a fairly compact 4.3-inch display smartphone. We say compact, because we’ve been playing with large display phones for far too long! A glance at the phone brings up the usual suspects. Below the display are three touch-sensitive keys: return, home and search. The left back is completely clean, while the right back is filled with the black colored volume rocker, the power key and the camera key. The lower back has the micro USB port and the hands-free speaker, while the top has the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Flip the phone over and the enameled white polycarbonate looks pretty good quality. There are multiple color options on these removable panels, which should keep the phone’s appearance refreshed, if you’d like. However, it lacks the soft-touch finish that the HTC 8X, or even the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, have to varying degrees. While we appreciate the thoughtfulness behind the idea of making this back cover replaceable, there are some issues with how this is implemented. The plastic is a tad too hard and combined with a mediocre opening mechanism ruins the idea. You have to force a nail between the screen and the panel to the top right corner and then hope for the best. And that hopefully doesn’t include breaking the damn nail!
Aside from the build quality issues, 4.3-inch screen size, and rounded spines, the Lumia 820 is very comfortable for one-handed operation. Albeit with a rider – the lack of a soft-touch finish on the rear means the Lumia 820 can slip out of a damp hand, or if you’re not careful in general.
Features and Performance
The spec sheet is quite acceptable all the time, except for the display. And we’ll get into that before looking at the rest of the features of the Lumia 820. While Windows Phone 8 has removed all the limitations manufacturers would have encountered in implementing higher-resolution displays, Nokia chose the old path. to walk. There is the 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. Incidentally, the Lumia 900 also has the same resolution with the same size AMOLED display. And it’s currently selling for a lot less than the Lumia 820 would. Basing this decision on the phone having a newer operating system is simply not correct. That said, we have to say that the overall display quality is acceptable. The deep black levels help the colors look rich. Text is reasonably bright and while the screen is reflective, this shouldn’t ideally hinder usability. That said, there are only three brightness settings: low, medium, and high. Overall, although this screen works, we expected something better. This phone plays especially well in the price range.
Windows Phone OS has always had the advantage of being agile even on hardware that can be considered low spec for most Android phones. The Lumia 820 has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. The crucial point is – Windows Phone 8 doesn’t feel heavier or hungrier than the Windows Phone 7.5 we saw on Lumia 900, which was powered by a single-core processor and had only 512MB of RAM. System performance is pretty good and there are no lag issues at all under the same app load we use to test phones.
Memory expansion, or lack of it, was a big problem for the previous generation of Windows phones. That has been fixed this time, and the Lumia 820 comes with 8GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot for up to 64GB more.
Call quality is more than acceptable, and this is pretty much on par with the Lumia 900 in terms of signal reception. The earpiece is soft and while it’s quite loud, you’ll feel the need for a little more volume when speaking on this as you walk down a busy market alley. . The hands-free speaker is loud enough to hold a conference in a small space, and that’s about it.
The Nokia Lumia 820 comes with a 1650 mAh removable battery. The backup times this brick provides are comfortable for a day and a half when used as a primary phone. The wireless charging option is available for the Lumia 820, but for that you have to buy a back cover and one of the wireless charging plate or fatboy cushion. At the time of writing, pricing for these accessories has not yet been revealed on Nokia India’s online store, but don’t expect it to be cheap.
For anyone who finds Android somewhat complicated, the sense of familiarity between the Windows Phone 8 and the Windows Phone 7.5 is something to be commended. That won’t be a stumbling block, for example, in case someone considers upgrading to the latest generation of Windows Phone devices. The lack of quality apps on Windows Phone doesn’t cross the line from being funny to ridiculous. BlackBerry, before and after the launch of the BB10, is still aggressive with app developers to bring all popular apps to the platform. The result: apps like WhatsApp, Skype, and even Amazom Kindle are now available for BB10. So much so, BlackBerry is still actively looking to Instagram to get a BB10 app soon. Compare that to Microsoft and even the manufacturers of Windows Phone 8 handsets, they sit calm, almost arrogant. The amount of junk available in the Windows Store is not funny!
This is not a PureView phone and we wanted to point that out right away. The 8MP camera is definitely an improvement over the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, which suffered significantly when clicking in low-light conditions. The Lumia 820 does much better in that regard, with no blues to ruin the photos. In good lighting conditions, the camera does a pretty good job, with enough colorfulness and a reasonably sharp image, even in areas around the edges. The video recording can be 1080p, but you have to manually set that in the camera setting as the default is 720p.
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a very competent phone and there is no doubt about its consistency in terms of performance. The unfortunate thing for the Lumia 820 is that the Lumia 920 draws all the attention, and that remains a footnote. And also because Nokia’s focus on the Lumia 920 meant that the 820 didn’t get a lot of attention – that’s noticeable when you consider the ridiculous price tag attached to this phone. For these specs, Nokia should have essentially aligned it with the competition with the HTC Windows Phone 8S. But it is available in the market for around Rs 27500 which is too much for this phone. Unless you’re a stubborn kid who just wants the Lumia 820 and nothing else.