Nokia Lumia 820

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Nokia Lumia 820Back in November 2012, Nokia released two excellent smartphones, its flagship from that year, the Lumia 920 and its sibling, the Lumia 820. I’m going to be talking about the second one, which was not meant to compete with high-end smartphones, but shares their brilliance and offers a wealthy package of features for a more reasonable price. Find out more about it in the following review!
The Lumia 820 stands at 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm and has a weight of 160 grams, being smaller, thinner and lighter than its 920 brother. Even if it’s made from plastic, you shouldn’t worry, as the phone is very well put together and feels solid due to the high quality polycarbonate which is used for creating sturdy fellows such as this one over here. The smartphone feels comfortable in your hands and its back features a matte finish for offering a good hand grip and rejecting fingerprints. Even if it’s not the lightest handset around, you’ll find it as being easy to manage with one hand and won’t consider it a burden when slipping it in your pockets.
The Lumia 820 features a 4.3 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 217 ppi. The Nokia Clearblack display is highly responsive and offers some nice, vibrant colors, very wide viewing angles and a great sunlight legibility.
Our Lumia 820 comes loaded with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. Its user interface is very friendly for those of you who enjoy its simplistic and sober design. It features resizable live tiles, knows multitasking, and holds a very useful feature for those of you who have children: the Kids Corner for locking your settings and data when you hand over your phone to your kids. Oh, the smartphone can also be controlled with your voice. The platform is upgradeable to the latest update, WP 8 Black and will receive another official update in about a month or so (WP 8.1). The latter will bring a lot of new features and I’m pretty excited about it myself.
The Lumia 820 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset and has a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1 GB of RAM ad 8 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card. Its smarter brother doesn’t offer the possibility of expanding its memory, so I guess the Lumia 820 holds an advantage over it.
The overall user experience is very pleasant, as the phone runs smooth through the interface, without bothering you with lag issues or anything like that.
For taking pictures, you’re being offered an 8 megapixel snapper with autofocus that captures photos at a maximum resolution of 3552 x 2000 pixels in 16:9 and 3264 x 2448 in 4:3 mode. It also features a dual-LED flash for assisting in low light conditions and holds a 26mm wide angle lens with an f2.2 aperture. Some other goodies are geo-tagging, touch focus, settings for adjusting the contrast, white balance, ISO, scenes, effects and so on. The image quality is quite decent, but not the best I’ve seen from an 8MP camera.
For video recording, you also have a capable camera that produces 1080p videos at 30 fps.
Surfing the web is a pleasure on the Lumia 820, as it holds an improved Internet Explorer browser which does a great job and stands pretty far from the ol’ rusty desktop version which is constantly being mocked due to being slow and not so friendly in the past.
In its connectivity bag, you’ll find quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band 3G with 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR, NFC and microUSB 2.0. The WP 8 Black update brings Bluetooth 4.0 with LE.
In its basket full of goodies, the Nokia Lumia 820 holds a document viewer and editor, a built-in GPS receiver with support for A-GPS and GLONASS, using the cool Nokia Drive and Maps for navigation. The most important features are the free voice guided navigation and the possibility of navigating offline. For listening to music, you have a nice player, equalizer presets and the Dolby Headphone sound enhancement. Watching movies is also a pleasure, as you have support for DivX, XviD or MP4 and a great screen that offers a beautiful image quality. An FM Radio is also on board after the Amber update.
The Lumia 820 is powered by a removable 1650 mAh battery and will endure more than one day under moderate to intensive usage.
In conclusion, the Nokia Lumia 820 is a friendly and very helpful guy that will happily fulfill your needs or at least try its best to do so, without being hard on your pockets.
Nokia Lumia 820 back and front

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