Full Review: Nokia Lumia 820

When Nokia had it's unveiling for it's new Windows Phone 8 Lumias in New York City last year I was luck enough to be there and I saw a lot of new new cool devices The Lumia 920, the JBL Power Up Speaker, the Fat Boy Pillow charging pads and oh yeah the Lumia 820 was there too. The reason I say it is simply this... I almost forgot it was there. The Nokia Lumia 820 seemed to be pushed out of everyone's mind as the Lumia 920 and it's accessories stole the show but is it a mistake to overlook the Lumia 820? Lets find out shall we?





  • Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core
  • Battery: 1,650 mAh
  • Camera: 8 Megapixel with dual-LED flash, auto-focus and Carl Zeiss optics
  • Secondary Camera: VGA
  • Weight: 160g
  • Dimensions: 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm
  •  Display: 4.3-inch AMOLED display
  • 800 x 480 pixel resolution
  • Clear Black Display



While the Lumia 820's hardware is in no way ground breaking it a solid device. With it's rounded edges, and it's simple design it's pure functional all the way.

The Good:

  • Device feels solid in the hand
  • It is balanced nicely and is easy to use one handed
  • Interchangeable shells let you easily change colors on a whim
  • Removable Battery
  • Micro Sd card slot for extra storage
  • Volume, Power and Camera buttons are all on the right hand side
  • All of these buttons are easy to find anytime (unlike the HTC 8X)
  • Single Speaker is Shockingly Loud
  • No need for a case with interchangeable shells

The Bad:

  • At 5.64 ounces some may call this phone heavy (I call it solid)
  • From a design standpoint not much to look at here



The Good:

  • While it's a personal preference I love the 4.3 inch screen size
  • It's got a wide aspect ratio. (It's not that overally tall iPhone 5 ratio)
  • It's got a Clear Black Display so it doesn't fade out in the light
  • High Sensitivity Mode this is what lets you use this device with gloves on

The Bad:

  • 800 x 480 resolution (This is WP7 device stuff) By way of comparison The Lumia 920 has 1280 x 768 resolution
  • No Gorilla Glass on it so you will need a screen protector on this one



The Lumia 820 runs Windows Phone 8 which is a huge step up from Windows Phone 7. I will not really go into the OS's details here I think everyone knows what Windows Phone is about by now.

The Good:

  • Nokia Exclusive Apps
  1. Smart Shoot
  2. PhotoBeamer
  3. Creative Studio
  4. Nokia Transit
  5. Nokia Music
  6. Cinemagraph
  7. Nokia City Lens
  8. Groupon
  9. World of Red Bull
  10. The other 23 Nokia Exclusive Apps

The Bad:

  • The Windows Phone Market Place is only 150,000 apps big
  • No Instagram
  • No Jetpack Joyride
  • You will be missing some specific apps going with ANY Windows Phone device. (not simply just the Lumia 820)



The camera on this device will hold it's own against most other devices on the market.  If you are looking for a top end camera and expecting Lumia 920, iPhone 5, or Nokia 808 type pictures look else where but this camera did a nice job outside.  I found the pictures to be crisp, the colors true, and no graininess in the pictures.  Inside it didn't fare as well and I found myself using the auto correct often in pictures taken were the light was low.



Odds and Ends


  • I found call quality to great on this device no one said I sounded "tinny or far away"
  • NFC  I know it's not that big of deal now but it's super useful for stuff like sharing pictures and I love the "tap to pair" feature using Bluetooth speakers
  • Wireless Charging is available on the 820 (with the optional charging shell)  and is fantastic! I will never go back after having it.
  • The battery holds up well I got full day battery life out of this device most days
  • Changing shells really does change the look of the entire device


  • I had MAJOR issue with using my Micro SD for music.  It would sometimes double up on my tracks and other times not sync at all.  This is an issue that very few people are having but it's out there.  You will also be happy to know that Nokia customer care is working quickly to take care of this issue for me. (In case you are wondering Nokia Care works quickly to resolve issue for anyone not just tech writers)  If you follow me on Twitter you know how quickly Nokia Care sprung into action.


Bottom Line:

The Nokia Lumia 820 is great device.  In fact I find myself enjoying it more than the both the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920.  Sans the Sd Music card issue this is my favorite Windows Phone out there at the moment.   Will it be for you?  If you are a person that would take issue with it's low PPI or if you need a high end camera phone you should steer yourself toward the Lumia 920.  However if you simply want a great device that fits in your pocket and your budget you can't go wrong with the mid range Nokia Lumia 820.


Author: Kevin Everett

Follower of all things Mobile tech. News, views, and reviews on everything mobile. Writer at Daily Mobile, Mobile Phone Geek to the Core, Father, Husband, Christian

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