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Nokia Lumia 822 Review

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Nokia Lumia 822 Review
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Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Even though most new Verizon smartphones seem to be of the Android flavor, the carrier recently introduced two Windows Phone 8 devices: the Nokia Lumia 822 ($99.99 on contract) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X ($199.99 on contract). The Lumia 822 is pretty much the same device as the Lumia 820, but repackaged for Verizon, as it retains the 4.3” WVGA ClearBlack AMOLED display, 8MP camera, and general appearance. Still, the Lumia 822 offers all the new features of a Windows Phone 8 device, and has Verizon’s 4G LTE on-board, which makes it quite attractive at this price.

Included in the retail package is the Nokia Lumia 822 smartphone, 1800mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.


Design:

Unlike the Nokia Lumia 810 that is boxy in appearance, the Lumia 822 closely resembles the Lumia 820, with gently rounded edges and a sculptured body. We appreciate this, as the Lumia 822 fits comfortably in our hand, yet we could live without the slippery feeling. The device is also a bit on the thick side, coming in at 0.42” deep, and with a weight of almost 5oz, you’ll be sure to notice it in your pocket.

The Nokia Lumia 822 has gently rounded edges and a sculptured body - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
The Nokia Lumia 822 has gently rounded edges and a sculptured body - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
The Nokia Lumia 822 has gently rounded edges and a sculptured body - Nokia Lumia 822 Review

The Nokia Lumia 822 has gently rounded edges and a sculptured body


Nokia Lumia 822 Review

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Front camera

Windows buttons


Besides the display that takes up most of the front of the Lumia 822, there is also a 1.3MP camera above it and a trio of capacitive buttons at the bottom for back, Windows Start, and search. Located on the right edge are physical buttons for the power/lock, volume rocker, and camera shutter – which is something we hardly see any more. Even though the camera shutter key is raised nicely and is easy to find, the power and volume buttons are rather flat and hard to distinguish from the surrounding plastic. On the top of the phone is a 3.5mm headset jack, and on the bottom is the microUSB port. Around on the back houses the 8MP autofocus camera with LED Flash, while removing the battery cover will allow you access to the microSD memory card slot and SIM slot.

Bottom edge - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Right - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
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Bottom edge

Right

Top

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 822

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Back

Rear camera

 
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Battery compartment

microSD card slot

SIM tray



Display:

Coming in at only 4.3”, the display on the Nokia Lumia 822 has a WVGA resolution of 480x800 pixels with a pixel density of 217ppi, which is a far cry from the 720x1280 HD resolution screens found on other smartphones. Because of this, some images can have jagged edges, and text isn’t as sharp as it could be, but it isn’t distracting and in no way ruins the experience of the device.

Nokia has used its ClearBlack AMOLED tech for the screen of the Lumia 822, and the result is quite pleasing. The display is very bright, brighter than most other AMOLEDs, and even the color temperature is decent. It's still an AMOLED screen, meaning that it still gravitates towards the “cooler” side, but it is more accurate than what you'll get from other Super AMOLED screens, like the one on the Samsung Galaxy S III.

One interesting feature of the Lumia 822's display is its ability to become super-sensitive. With this option activated, you can easily use your handset even when wearing gloves.



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posted on 22 Nov 2012, 05:10 1

1. Skoll (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


it looks like the 610

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 06:45 4

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


No, it looks like the 822 :P

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:57

14. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Looks like an HTC One X

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 06:59 1

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lol, the third pic makes the microSD card to look larger than a full sized SD card xD

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:19 1

4. aximtreo (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Oct 2010)


So you weren't impressed with this and that and the other but you gave it an 8 out of 10. Doesn't that mean that overall the phone is solid and a good choice. No it isn't IOS and it isn't Android. Thank God it's WP8. By the way, the 822 has 16 GB of internal memory plus the Micro SD card slot.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 10:26

5. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1102; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Some people say this smart phone is ugly I think it looks better than the 820 and if it's side where more tapered it would make the HTC 8X look bad. Nokia should have put high definition 4.3 inch screen on this smart phone like the HTC 8x has. this would have given Verizon a Nokia smart phone just as powerful as the AT & T Lumia 920
except it would have a smaller screen and lack the Pure VUE camera. In fact Nokia needs to make and offer a 4 or 4.3 high def screen 820 or 822 sized smart phone because a lot of People especially women do not want an smart phone as big as a Nokia 920

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 05:47

10. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


8x is HTC's WP8 flagship device, this is built to compete with the likes of 8S and all

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 14:11 1

6. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


This has 4.3 inch display but is much larger than droid razr i which also has 4.3 ich display, what the hell is wrong with the designers, everyone says that smartphones have too big displays, but that is wrong, it is the thick bezel which makes the smartphones larger.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 05:50

11. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


razr m/razr i have bezel-less designs which involves high costs of manufacturing
the nokia is supposed to be a mid-ranger, and it definitely knows its place
also, do note that it is still smaller in dimensions than the 8X despite offering similar sized screen and more screen estate at that

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 19:12

7. jphillips63 (Posts: 182; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


can I ask what is the difference between the 822 and 920?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 05:45

9. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Bigger screen of higher resolution, better camera, slimmer body, LCD vs AMOLED, higher res. of front camera
#Lumia920vs820/822

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 17:14

13. Cacolaco (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Also, Removable battery, Micro SD card on the the 822 (just to list some of the advantages that the 822 has over the 920....)

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:11

8. Fernandezxc (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Atleast a better review than cnets thanks

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:25

12. russelferrer (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


when it will be released in the Philippines ? This is phone is quite amazing :D

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:33

15. Landmarkcm (Posts: 455; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


They just have to find something negative. This phone has one of the best cameras! PA is just getting to picky. I think it takes better photos then iphone 4s. But we all have our own opinions right.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 19:33

16. mitchsam (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


hey guys, i have this phone but can't send text messages. does anybody know how to fix it? I'd hate to return it cuz i've come to love it. everything else works except sending text messages. Drat! thanks!

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Nokia Lumia 822

Nokia Lumia 822

OS: Windows Phone 8
view full specs
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.03 x 2.69 x 0.44 inches
(127.8 x 68.4 x 11.2 mm )
4.99 oz  (142 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 10.3 hours talk time

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