Nokia Lumia 810 Review

Wasting no time in building up its latest army, T-Mobile is being graced with its very own Lumia device – admittedly though, we’ve seen them already get the Lumia 710 way back earlier in the year. Seeing that Microsoft’s mobile platform has been updated to Windows Phone 8, it’s only fitting to see T-Mobile receive one of its first devices sporting the new platform in the form of the Nokia Lumia 810. Although it might be overshadowed by its beefier sibling in the Lumia 920, just remember that it doesn’t necessarily require premier specs and features to prove itself as a worthy competitor.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • User Guide
  • Product and Safety Information
  • Limited Warranty Information


Quick! Someone call the ambulance, the Nokia Lumia 810 has been sucked dry of any intriguing design elements to make it a device that embodies the “look” of a Lumia branded device. Honestly, we’re not flattered by its boring and ugly design, which is considerably more boxy in appearance, but at least we appreciate its clean body thanks to its soft touch coating. Combining its hollow feel and average build quality, it doesn’t particularly convince us that it’ll endure two whole years of usage.

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Being the Windows Phone it is, we’re given the usual trio of capacitive Windows Phone buttons beneath its display, which are spaced evenly to reduce accidental presses. On the complete opposite edge, we find its earpiece and front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera that can shoot video in 720p.

Quickly glancing around its trim, it’s remarkably a Lumia device seeing as it’s donning the usual buttons and ports typical of any device in the family – these include the power button, volume control, shutter key, mic, speaker, microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, and noise-canceling microphone.

Although it’s not attached with the PureView name, the Lumia 810 isn’t a slouch in the camera department, since it’s packing a respectable one in the rear. Specifically, it’s an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera that features Carl Zeiss options, F2.2 lens, dual-LED flash, and 1080p video recording. Lastly, ther hard to remove back cover grants access to its internal 1,800 mAh battery and the microSD slot for memory.


Surely it’s not as impressive as the one found on the Lumia 920, but nevertheless, the 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) ClearBlack AMOLED display on the Lumia 810 is still pleasant enough to enjoy. With its 217 ppi pixel density, it doesn’t offer the sharpest details, which is evident by the garbled fine text in the web browser, but we’re able to make out other details with relatively few issues. And considering that it’s employing AMOLED technology, it has that wow appeal with its saturated color production and deep black color.

Nokia Lumia 810 360-degrees View:



1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

John, how can your description of the 810 be so different than Ray S's description of the 820, essentially the same phone? At least they both got the same score... I thought the 810 had expandable memory up to 64GB MicroSD, just like the 822 and 820?

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yes, SlashGear confirms: Also removeable back cover AND battery!

4. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

You are correct! We've fixed the mistake.

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Great, thank you!

13. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

how about fixing the mistake of saying "ugly and boring design"?...what is ugly & boring to you may not be to someone else. the word "boring" is passable, but, "ugly" is unacceptable. so much for a fair review! and none of you guys notice the boredom inflicted by the almost non changing ios ! why dont all of you guys get jobs at apple and let the readers, write as guest writers!

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

um this is the only site I've read that there is no expandable memory, even Tmo's site has expandable memory

6. husfus

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Boring design? Really? What about iPhone5?

8. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Even I'll say that the i5 has a good design,even though it is now old it's still good.

7. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

This is what I like about choice. The author says it's a boring looking device. And yet the design is exacty (that plus some other factors) why I'm purchasing this device. It reminds me of my HD2. Though I wish this device was as heavy as my HD2. I luv the design look. This old adage never grows outdated - "It's in the eye of the beholder". And I think it looks great!

9. Jabarkas unregistered

I agree. A much nicer (not to mention better) version of Lumia 820. They say boring, I say elegant. I hope, that this will come to my country as well (T-mobile is in here, so there is hope).

10. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

This phone is so beautiful, I really like it. I wish I could buy one in Serbia :(

11. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol...ugly and boring design?! are you for real!!! a lot of people actually like the looks of 810 than 820!

12. raphz

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

ugly and boring design.... oh please.... it so subjective

14. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

and mr. john v., its getting reallly boring to see your face in all of your video reviews !

15. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Holy bezel batman! I could take a big bite out of the bottom of that phone and not even get the screen. Deal breaker.

16. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

You guys are so easy pleased. Another phone with crappy photo quality. All the pics are of typical HTC oversharpened unrecognizable blobs. Who made this piece of crap? This is NOT a Carl Zeiss optics! Crappy speakers AGAIN! Come on!

17. odin09

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Of the 810, 820 and 822 the 810 is the best looking in my opinion. I agree with those who said that it is elegant.

18. JackD3ath

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I am very happy using this device after being on Android from the beginning. My google life transfered easily and all services that i need are there...the looks had me from the start. Camera and speakers work great for me.

19. ceduka

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

(in spanish) hola, soy Carlos de Perú y estoy pensando en comprar este celular a través de Amazon. Mi pregunta es si el lumia 810 esta bloqueado a T Mobile o también acepta otras operadoras, como MOVISTAR o CLARO. Un saludo a todos los amigos de PhoneArena desde Perú Lima.

20. djm63401

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

I bought two of them and love them great phone but i bought them under the impression that they were going to get lte update it has same chipset as lumia 920 but tmobile is pushing i phones now so well they just for got about the windows phone wich is outselling apple in many countries it is truley a great product just wish tmobile would step up the other down fall is internal memory, people say well it has sd expansion which is great for pics or music. You cant put apps on sd card so 8gb internal memory is weak. But besides that awesome phone nokias apps are spectaculair love them.
Lumia 810
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10.2h 3G talk time)

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