Nokia Lumia 820 polycarbonate shells detailed: glossy, matte, wireless and rugged

Nokia Lumia 820 polycarbonate shells detailed: glossy, matte, wireless and rugged
The Nokia Lumia 820 might not have the PureView image magic of its higher ranking Lumia 920 sibling, but it comes with removable and easily replaceable shells which not only change the looks but also the functionality of the phone.

First, let’s mention that the Lumia 820 uses PC/ABS, a polycarbonate blend that makes it easier to slip the case in and out, while keeping your phone protected. The color is inherent to the material which means that if you scratch your phone the mark that’s left will be much harder to notice. The color also stays longer.

Now, the Nokia Lumia 820 comes with one shell in the box and you can choose additional ones from the following options:

- High gloss red, yellow, cyan, purple, and white

- Matte grey and black.

None of those would allow you to wirelessly charge your phone, though. For that, there are separate Wireless Charging shells that come in five matte colours: white, yellow, black, red and cyan. With one of those shells on, you have to purchase a wireless charging pad like the Nokia Plate, Stand, the Fatboy Recharge Pillow or the JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker to wireless juice up your device.

Finally, the Lumia 820 could be outfitted in a ruggedized shell that’s only a bit thicker than the rest. It’s also PC/ABS but with a rubber-like finish and comes just slightly up front to protect the edges of the phone, which are the most damage-prone part.

All of those shells will be available at the time of the Lumia 820 launch. Which one would you get?

source: Nokia Conversations

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Lumia 820
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(8.1h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. iced_heroine

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

nice.. i love how the ruggedized shell give more design to the phone...

18. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

My only worry is it doesn't have a corning gorilla glass ...

24. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

What makes you say that, all the lumias have it? (dunno about the 610)

28. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Yeah .. Even the Nokia 710 has it .. Oh even Asha 311 has it .. But nowhere it is mentioned that Lumia 820 has corning gorilla glass .. Even in the Corning gorilla glass product list Lumia 820 is not there ..

27. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

hmmm there is no mention on thier website but the L800 had a corning and would be such a pity if L820 doesn't

29. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

I sure am hoping it will, is there even an alternative?? but tbh the gorilla glass on my 710 scratched a lot easier than on my optimus 7, so not all gorillas are equal...

2. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Ohhhhhhh man. This is very tempting to switch to from Android. I still love that cyan one that wirelessly charges.

5. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

yeah, very tempting indeed!

8. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Samsung should do something like that

11. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

well, the samsung Ativ S is already a very sexy windows phone.(in my opinion)

13. iced_heroine

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

lol... so u want sammy to COPY this? hahaha.. funny

12. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

The cyan matte wireless charger cover is best for me, Even though I want the L 920 I know it will be expensive so looking for L820 more seriously.

3. astronot

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Finally. No need to get clumsy, bulky and ugly covers of third parties to protect ur phone. Good thinking here.

4. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

just gorgeous.

6. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Not interested.

7. iced_heroine

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

then step out..

14. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Don't get me wrong. Read the specs on this device. Substitute pureview, puremotion plus HD+, low grade screen, for clowning around with back plate. Not interested. If you love it, go ahead buy it. Don't complain later on "man for $50 more could have bought the L920! Instead wasted $50 on back plate covers!".

17. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

in usa, people will probably but this phone on contract, but what about off contract & in countries that don't use contract system. $400 - $500 off contract & this phone will be amazingly one of the best bang for the bucks

9. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Can't wait for the 820!!! I'm definitely buying the Red one with that sexy looking rugged shell!!!

10. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Nokia putting their old success from interchangeable covers to hi-end units = I love it. :)

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Brings a tear of joy when i see Nokias removeable covers

16. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

i think with the right price & right ecosystem development, this phone will be one of the best sellers. not all people need the high resolution screen with all too many features. wp8 brings somewhat a good looking OS with pretty damn good hardware

19. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

definitely the cyan one, cyan became the most famous color of the new nokia phones, and is the most beautiful

20. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Can I use without the back cover??: :)

21. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

You can if you are always half-naked at the bottom .. :P

22. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

they are all beautiful! i love nokia!! i wonder if nokia patent this... coz the look of the iPod touch really looks like a lumia 820!

23. mrllano

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

if the value is right, why not give it a try

25. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Im currently sporting a black/cyan lumia 710 so the same combo for me thank you :)

26. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks I believe the Lumia 820 does come with gorilla glass but I have always been an advocate that a 1.5 millimeter rim should be around all smart phones screens so that if a person drops the smart on a hard surface the rim that is above and around the touch screen absorbs the impact and shock first. the smart phone with the protective screen rim may not look as cool a smooth surface smart phone but I will take protection over beauty any day. I am looking to buy the Verizon version of the Nokia lumia 820 called the Nokia lumia 822. it's back camera is different than the Nokia 820 hopefully since it's number is higher than the Nokia Lumia 820 it will have some features the Nokia Lumia 820 does not have. Verizon needs some good windows smart phones they now only sell one Model.

30. Auggie69

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 11, 2011

I have the 820 for a little over a week and I already have damage to the screen and I never put it in my pocket with change or keys but its still scratched..... ;-( still love the phone

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