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Nokia Lumia 822 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

As with other Windows Phone 8 devices, uniformity is key, and the Nokia Lumia 822 follows closely the Lumia 810, 820 and 920. So keeping with this, there isn’t any new software features on the Lumia 822 that we haven’t seen before. With its flashy and dynamic presentation of the start screen and Live Tiles, that helps make the platform intriguing from the onset, but at the same time we feel it requires some additional tweaking to make it as capable to use over other platforms. Lacking are any type of visual skins, except for being able to change the background color between light and dark, and the ability to choose from 21 accent colors.

UI of the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
UI of the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
UI of the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
UI of the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review

UI of the Nokia Lumia 822


The handset’s core organizer apps are no different from any other device running Windows Phone 8. Therefore, for things like the E-Mail app, it follows in form to provide us all the essential basics of getting by.

Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Organizer apps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review

Organizer apps


Typing on the virtual QWERTY keyboard of the Lumia 822 is a satisfying experience. The portrait option is very good, especially considering the aspect ratio of the screen, which makes it a bit wider than the standard 16:9 displays that we have nowadays. As we've said in our other Windows Phone 8 reviews, we aren't really fans of the landscape layout, because it doesn't make full use of all the available screen real estate, as there are some menu keys to the right of the keyboard, and some empty space to its left.

Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Nokia Lumia 822 Review

Since this is a Nokia Windows Phone, you get a ton of added programs that you won't get on other WP-powered devices. This includes the Nokia Drive+ navigation app, as well as Nokia Maps, both of which allow you to download the maps you want for offline usage – something that you won't get with other stock map applications. We found the two programs to be very well-made, with intuitive interfaces and good performance. The Nokia Drive+ app, for example, comes with big on-screen buttons that are easy to press, which is very appropriate for use while driving. It's evident that Nokia is offering these apps with the idea that someone might actually use them, and not just as a check-box feature.

Nokia Drive+ - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Nokia Maps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Nokia Lumia 822 Review

Nokia Drive+

 

Nokia Maps

 

Nokia is also providing some other goodies that are exclusive to its own Lumia line, including Nokia Music, App Highlights, and City Lens. And since the Lumia 822 is being sold by Verizon, you also get apps for ESPN, My Verizon Mobile, Univision, and Weather.

Preinstalled apps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Preinstalled apps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Preinstalled apps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Preinstalled apps - Nokia Lumia 822 Review

Preinstalled apps



Processor and Memory:

No surprises here, as the Nokia Lumia 822 comes packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor with Adreno 225 GPU. The CPU is clocked at 1.5 GHz, and is complemented by a healthy 1GB of RAM. As you can imagine, this guarantees a very fluid system interface, and we didn’t notice any lag or other kinds of delay while using the handset.

The Lumia 822 also comes with 16GB of internal memory, but Nokia has wisely added a microSD card slot, allowing you to add a memory card of up to 32GB – something that is missing from the HTC Windows Phone 8X, even though it has 16GB of internal memory.


Internet and Connectivity:

Making use of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, data speeds on the Nokia Lumia 822 are quite good. The web browsing experience is an enjoyable one, with Internet Explorer 10 on-board. Not only does it deliver fluid scrolling and pinch-to-zoom, but it also has a wonderful tab implementation and very accurate double-tap zooming.

Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 822 - Nokia Lumia 822 Review

Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 822


Not only can the Lumia 822 use Verizon’s CDMA/LTE/EVDO network in the US, but it also features global roaming as it supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and UMTS 850/900/1900/2100MHz. Naturally, the device can also use Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz) connections, and supports Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC.

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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: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


No, it looks like the 822 :P

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:57

14. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Looks like an HTC One X

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 06:59 1

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 965; 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: 5; 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: 902; 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: 270; 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: 141; 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: 39; 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: 376; 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.

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Nokia Lumia 822

Nokia Lumia 822

OS: Windows Phone 8
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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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