Nokia Lumia 820 User Reviews
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Reception8.9/10Display9/10Build quality9.3/10Text input8.8/10Everyday usage8.8/10UI speed9.5/10Camera8.9/10Multimedia8.8/10Internet9.2/10Call quality8.6/10Battery7.5/10
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posted on 13 Jun 2014, 04:43 (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
Best way to go in terms of price/value
GJanee has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Had the phone for over a year now, and after upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1 there really isn't anything to complain about anymore. It seems Microsoft has stepped up the game with the new version, fixed a lot of ongoing issues, and of course Nokia's quality is still unquestionable.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- WP8(.1) as a whole
- Nokia/HERE experience
- Beautiful apps and interface
- Nice cameras
- Nice screen
- Good microphone
- MicroSD card slot
- Very satisfying battery life
- Connectivity (NFC, BT, 4G LTE)
- Wireless charging
- Earpiece is on the weaker side
- Speaker is on the quieter weaker side
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posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:45 (Posts: 12; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
I love this phone
daqwid2727 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I love it, its my first wp8 phone, and its way better then my HTC one S witch i sold some time ago. wp8 is really amazing os. There are many apps that i used on android, many of them are unofficial, but still good enough.
Edit: after GDR2 update, it gets even better, and now it can stay alive on full charge for two days using wifi! amazing!Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 8/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 6/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 7/10Display 8/10Battery 9/10
- ui speed
- many lumia apps
- amazing support from nokia
- some apps are unofficial
posted on 11 May 2013, 17:15 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
Blasts Android phones in the midrange!
JojoGo101 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I could have sworn the display was more than 480p. I mean, it's brilliant. On WP, you see a lot of blacks, unlike Android which is very color full. The Display was beautiful, compared to an S3 mini, which was poor. All though the PPI on the Lumia 820 was lower, the S3 mini shows pixels at a longer distance, while at normal distance(The distance you normally use your phone) the 820 shows no pixels at all! Honestly, I was shocked. WP has most of the apps I use, so I don't really care about apps and games. The glossy back on my white Lumia 820 feels compact and doesn't feel like a brick at ALL. Heck, it only feels a tad thicker than the likes of an S3. It's the PERFECT size phone. I assure you. Please, buy the phone, you won't regret.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Smooth like iOS
- Shows midnight blacks
- Best 480p phone, but face it, it's 480p anyways.
- Battery could be better!
posted on 28 Mar 2015, 08:58 (Posts: 0; Member since: 28 Mar 2015)
MicrosoftCertified has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have it and ENJOY it so much. Whene i look to the display with thats OS I dont like to close my eyes and cant wait to use my winphone device. Ilove it very very much...
Its my Perfect phone and can help me in every time and every where I need it...Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:58 (Posts: 0; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)
I own it.
jmason758 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is an excellent phone. It picks up WiFi from long distances, being its a phone. Some people say they don't hear me loud on a call other than that, its a great phone.
The software is nice. I dislike the way it receives calls and dials, for example you must save a contact's number saved with the area code (even locally), otherwise it won't show caller ID properly. Likewise, if you dial without area code, it won't show who you are calling.
Overall, its reliable, has decent cameras and it is a good buy.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 7/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 9/10Battery 7/10
- Picks up WiFi at long distances
- Camera Focus
- Loud speaker
- Great apps
- battery drains fast
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posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:02 (Posts: 0; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)
AlexIvanov has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
If i except fast baterry drain, all other things like camera, display, function are great. I love HERE DRIVE, all things that you can pin on your desktop, live tiles is simply great.Absolutely different from all android phone!!!!!!!!Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 8/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 8/10Battery 7/10
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posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:40 (Posts: 0; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
Nice phone, better than the price tag suggests
davemann75 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Use this as my work phone. Windows Phone 8 OS is great, only down side is the lack of apps compared to Apple/Android however this is changing and there are more apps appearing. Camera is good quality and the phone is very reliable.Build quality 8/10Reception 9/10Call quality 8/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 8/10Battery 7/10
- Build quality
- lack of apps
posted on 07 Oct 2013, 02:47 (Posts: 0; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
Great phone at the begining
McAllister has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
When i purchased this phone it was great for the 1st few months. Amazing camera and great display. The Battery life was also better than android. But since the past 4 months have been facing a lot of problems. Screen Doesnt respond sometimesand needs a Soft reset to try to get it working again. Currently Its at the service centre and i hope its back to its best. Speaking just about the phone its amazing but the problem has made me lose faith i this phone!!
P.s- i may be at end of some misfortune of getn a faulty piece.Build quality 9/10Reception 8/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- great camera
- best display
- some great small size apps
- lot of problems!!!1
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posted on 15 Sep 2013, 04:16 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
Nokia lumia 820
Apostolis_Vlv has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
One of the best smarphone in the world. I believe that smartphone is realy cool and awesome! This phone has got a excellent camera and great quality. The screen is amazing and the text input highly good..... Ι suggest it implicitly!
Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
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posted on 26 Aug 2013, 23:26 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
A Good Move
AlHaptismMY has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
this phone makes a wow on me after a purchase. interchangable lens, lte and nfc support, superb 8 megapixel camera with zeiss optics, crystal clear amoled display, micro sd support, butter-smooth metro/modern ui, uncluttered wp8 and update to amber. though it did'nt have ois, pureview tech, quad core processor, neither fhd or hd resolution on the tow but it's enough for me for everyday usage. maybe nokia should consider about further design and make it more wowBuild quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- full hd video recording support
- nfc, bluetooth, and lte
- interchangable back cover
- uncluttered performance
- screen resolution only wvga
- no ois neither pureview on the tow
- only dual core processor
posted on 20 Aug 2013, 14:07 (Posts: 0; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Nokia Lumia 820 is the best
tom4820 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is a awesome phone
Great phone, camera is best and reliable the interface is smooth,
The Display was beautiful, compared to an S3 mini, which was poor. All though the PPI on the Lumia 820 was lower, the S3 mini shows pixels at a longer distance, while at normal distance(The distance you normally use your phone) the 820 shows no pixels at all! Honestly, I was shocked. WP has most of the apps I use, so I don't really care about apps and games. The glossy back on my white Lumia 820 feels compact and doesn't feel like a brick at ALL. Heck, it only feels a tad thicker than the likes of an S3. It's the PERFECT size phone. I assure you. Please, buy the phone, you won't regret.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- UI speed
posted on 04 Aug 2013, 15:36 (Posts: 0; Member since: 04 Aug 2013)
Great phone for daily use
Miippu has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
It is a great phone, fast in everything it does. Offers a variety of in-built applications (maps, Nokia TV etc.).
Camera quality is more than enough for someone who is not a camera freak.
It is easy to use (don't listen to anyone who says you can't figure out a Windows Phone - you most definitely CAN! I can say this having jumped from an iPhone straight to Nokia Lumia 825, first time for any kind of Windows phone!)
I was overwhelmed how customizable it was compared to the iPhone, it felt great actually having options to choose from!Build quality 8/10Reception 8/10Call quality 7/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 6/10Display 8/10Battery 6/10
- Maps (City Lens!)
- Battery life
- Lack of official apps
posted on 01 Jul 2013, 02:13 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
MelbTrain has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I previously had a Windows Phone 7 device and loved it, but found it limted and not complete, when I upgraded to the Lumia 820, I couldn't believe how I lived without it. The device in the hand feels great, solid and premium. The fact that removable backs and different colour options really make this device stand out. The AMOLED screen, makes the blacks, really black and attractive. The PPI count of the screen is quite low, but colours do really pop, and blacks are black, whites aren't that good though. Nokia has some really good apps included; like Here Maps, City Lens and many more, this makes the 820 stand out from devices like the 8X. In the pocket the device isn't to heavy. Typing on this is really good, and the screen size makes it perfect for me to type extremely fast. Talking about fast, the 820 is super fast, slicing through intense apps and tasks without a stutter or lag, something that Android or iOS can't do as well. IE10 is really good, loading pages really fast. With only 8GB internal, the microSD card slot, comes in really handy. What isn't so good is there is no feature that allows me to install apps on the SD card, only store them and install them on the phone so 8GB is a little small, with SkyDrive, it's a bit better. MS Office, is a nice addition, and I do use it occasionally, with some awesome mobile features. The volume/speaker is a bit low, but will easily get the job done and it makes it up with the amazing sound quality with headphones. Nokia also provides...Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 7/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 9/10Display 7/10Battery 7/10
- Build quality
- WP8 is awesome
- 1GB of RAM- makes WP8 fast
- Good processor- makes WP8 fast
- microSD card slot
- Wireless charging
- Strong phone
- Poor camera- could be better
posted on 24 May 2013, 09:53 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 May 2013)
shennawew has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Great phone, camera isn't best but it's reliable in some conditions. the interface is smooth, rarely have I experienced lagging so far. Battery is pretty bad, it only lasts 4-5 hours if I go full browsing and streaming.Build quality 8/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 7/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 7/10Battery 6/10
posted on 15 Jan 2013, 05:55 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
Two Thumbs up for this mini beast
spqwerty has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
A good phone for after having an Arc s, UI is smooth sexy and its unique. Everything is pretty much good. Xbox games should be bought. you can try some apps. apps store growing weekly. can't send music via bluetooth.Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Build quality
- No radio
- most of the apps in the market should be bought
- low resolution
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posted on 10 Jan 2013, 05:27 (Posts: 0; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
best to buy
murali1224 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
so far no problems ...main drawback is lack of gorilla glass screen, games and apps.....this is the most intresting phone i had so far....smooth back panel ,its really awesome.....its a cheap smart phone to buyBuild quality 9/10Reception 8/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 8/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
- good built
- fast processor
- good camera quality
- awesome windows 8 os
- nokia city lens
- easy way of geting connected with social network
- wireless charging facility
- little heavy
- less games and app
- no gorilla glass screen
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posted on 06 Jan 2013, 22:55 (Posts: 0; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)
Great windows os, excellent build, poor phone
damago1 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
If you want to use the phone straight out of the box - it is a great phone.
Great build quality. I dont like light plastic feeling phones. I don't understand run for lighter smaller phones. I prefer better build quality and larger battery instead. Nokia gives at leat the first one.
Hardware wise the problems are: very poor call quality. Everybody noticed that I have changed the phone. I was nearly unrecognizable. In despair tried to use earphone with the microphone and finally gave up for another phone.
The phone hangs from time to time. And does it while being locked (at least mine did). To turn it on again you need to do the two button reset (vol- and power).
Os: Windows phone 8 (wp8) is a fantastic idea. There is a great pleasure in using the phone. User experience I can say is much better the with IOS even. The metro tiles are great idea. Very clear, ergonomic icons, nicely designed. No comparison with other platforms.
Better selection of apps than on android. Yes, I really mean this. For instance on android to choose a podcasting application there is a choice of 50+ applications, 40 of which are very poor quality. Here I found just a few apps, all perfectly doing their work. Not overloaded with useless features.
And you have this great feeling untill you will encounter one of many annoying limitations which will be a deal stopper for you. Because unlike with android or even symbian the phone api will not allow developpers fixing microsoft's limmitations.
For me...Build quality 10/10Reception 5/10Call quality 3/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 3/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 2/10
- Great nokia collection apps
- Wp8: great out of the box phone to start using
- Wp8: great user pleasure and os ergonomics
- Very poor call voice quality
- Nokia did not add breathing light to this phone
- Wp8 problem: no silent mode
- Wp8 problem: api which is causing that many usefull apps will never exist
- Battery which can not last one single day if you use the phone
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