Android and iOS have been ruling the smartphone space across the world. Most analysts and tech lovers are now looking at Windows Phone 8 to provide a third alternative. Since Nokia is the only smartphone maker that is investing solely in Windows devices, expectations from the company are even higher.
The Nokia Lumia 820 is not the best looking smartphone that the company is offering but it's not tastelessly done either. So let's get to the good part first. The Lumia 820 looks solid and the idea of interchangeable shells will certainly appeal to people who are looking for a funky or colourful looking smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 820 sports a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with ClearBlack technology. It has pixel dimensions of 800x480 translating to a pixel density of 217 ppi. It is noteworthy, that Samsung Galaxy S II has display 217 ppi while the Sony Xperia Ion boast of 323 ppi. So the Lumia 820 is not offering the best display at this price range, but it is not bad either. One can easily read the text on the device and the experience of watching YouTube videos was quite average.
The Nokia Lumia 820 runs on Windows Phone 8. This operating system comes as a breath of fresh air and provides an interesting change from the existing range of Android smartphones. The customizable tiles look good and are easy to get accustomed to.
The Nokia Lumia 820 does not come with the PureView branding found on the Lumia 920 and the much talked about PureView 808. But the 8-megapixel shooter on-board is not bad in itself. The pictures clicked from this smartphone are crisp and sharp. The dedicated camera button makes it easy to click pictures and one can use touch gestures to zoom-in or out of the frame.
Nokia Lumia comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor accompanied by 1GB RAM, which is adequate to make this smartphone zippy and responsive. We did not experience any lags while multi-tasking on this smartphone.
We found the Nokia Lumia 820 to be a decent offering and a welcome change from the Android smartphones. Though these are still early days for the Windows Phone 8 OS, we can see how the ecosystem has evolved over a period of time.
- Good battery back-up
- Speedy performance
- Decent camera
- Plasticky feel
- Low-resolution display
Battery Life: 4
Value for Money: 3