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Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on

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Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Indeed, the Nokia Lumia 920 stole the show at Nokia's press event in the city – and rightfully so! However, towards the end of event, Nokia was kind enough to also unveil the baby sibling in the Nokia Lumia 820. Of course, it simply complements the high end stature of the Lumia 920, but that doesn't mean that there's no love attached with this one. Undeniably a Nokia Lumia, since it sports some of the same fashionable design well-known with series, this is aiming to win the hearts and mind of those who prefer a more mid-range option.

Interestingly enough, the Nokia Lumia 820 sheds a few of the established design characteristics of the flagship line, and instead, it sports a significant amount of rounded edges. Still, the plastic body stands out for the multitude of colors available with it. In fact, the back cover is actually removable, which can then be interchanged with any of the other available covers for it. Compared to the Lumia 920, the 820 is easier to handle since its smaller in overall size.

Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on


Very much like the last-generation Nokia Windows Phones, the alumina 820 sports a 4.3" WVGA ClearBlack display, which of course, dishes up saturated color tones to reel in our attention. Combined with its high contrast and wide viewing angles, it's still more than visible in almost any lighting condition. In the rear, we're pleased to find an 8-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics – ensuring that it'll provide close to the same delectable shots that its sibling is capable of producing. With the PureView enhancements, the smartphone is blessed with appreciable features like image stabilization, which does wonders when trying to shoot high definition 1080p videos.

Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on


Knowing that this is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, we're not too surprised to find it running exceptionally well – albeit, it's a known fact that the Windows Phone platform tends to run buttery smooth in general. And that leads us into the Windows Phone 8 experience, which unfortunately, we're not able to experience much of since the attendees on hand prevented the media from peeking into anything except the homescreen of the Lumia 820.

Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on


Although we're in the dark regarding pricing and availability, we're really curious to know how much less it'll sell over the more equipped Lumia 920. Essentially, pricing will have a huge emphasis on how successful this device will become – or not. We shall see soon, we hope!



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posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:19

1. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


so when id windows phone 8 gonna be demoed or announced in details :D

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:51 1

2. oktopod3 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Is it just me or the guy in the second video is using his fingernail on a capacitive touchscreen? O.o Is this the new ''super sensitive'' screen? That would be awesome :D

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 16:11

3. Penny (Posts: 989; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Yes, this is the new "super sensitive" screen. I think they demoed how sensitive it was by operating it while wearing a glove.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 16:21 1

4. oktopod3 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Thanks, I will definitely buy this, if the price isn't too high.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 18:18 1

5. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I'm totally confused with all the specs running around regarding the "alumina 820". There's 4" screen, now it's 4.3". First there's no pureview, now there is. Somebody give me the real scoop!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 19:46 1

8. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


There is no Pureview on Lumia 820. Just a 8MP camera.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 19:48

9. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And screen is 4.3.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 19:42

6. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Screen is 4.5 and its not pureview cam i think.!!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:31

11. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


the 820 has a 4.3" screen and yes there is no pureview on the 820

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 19:44

7. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


my only issue with ANY phone with microSD slot is those phones never includes a 32GB microSD card. If the brands are generous, a 8GB (maximum, but generally 1, 2 or 4GB) included.

So you literally have to fork out more $$$ for buy a 32GB microSD. In the end, a midrange phone is not really a midrange price. Might as well go for the premium phone if anyone need more storage.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 22:48

10. Pancholo (Posts: 370; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I remember owning quite a few Samsung phones that came with either a 1GB or 2 GB microSD. Also, there was a non-touch, Nokia Symbian flip phone that had one (if I'm correct, it was 4GB!). I remember this because I just saw two of those microSD's with the Samsung brand laying around on my desk, and the one that's branded as Nokia is in my TF101. :D

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 03:11

12. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think im getting Lumia 820 than 920.. why? 4.5 is kinda superbig, 920 has no memory card slot that its should have...

but i still consider 920 coz it spots all new nokia tech goodness from PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack Display, pureview phase 2, floating lens etc etc!!!

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