Nokia Lumia 810 Review

Interface and Functionality:

Uniformity is undoubtedly what Microsoft is achieving with its mobile platform, and knowing that, it doesn’t surprise us that there’s nothing particularly new with the Lumia 810’s Windows Phone 8 experience. Essentially, it’s the same exact one that we find on the Lumia 920. Yet again, it’s the flashy and dynamic presentation of the start screen that really makes the platform intriguing from the onset, but as the same time, we feel as though it requires some additional tweaking to make it as capable to use over other platforms. Thankfully though, it’s carrying along Nokia’s staple of Window Phone apps, such as Nokia City Lens, Drive, Maps, Music, and Transit, to enhance the experience over other WP8 devices.

As usual, the handset’s core organizer apps are no different from any other device running Windows Phone 8. Therefore, for things like the email app, it follows in form to provide us all the essential basics of getting by. And finally, the spacious nature of its 4.3-inch display makes the Lumia 810 ideal in typing up long passages of text with its on-screen keyboards with little issues – and it helps that it’s super responsive and has a great auto-correct feature.

Looking through the listing of preloaded apps, there isn’t as much junk found on it compared to other smartphones in T-Mobile’s stable. Out of the box, it’s packing along 411 & More, CallerTunes, ESPN, Slacker Radio, T-Mobile TV, and Zynga Games

Processor and Memory:

Don’t let its boring design fool you! That’s because the Nokia Lumia 810 is tucking away inside of its body a very capable dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with 1GB of RAM, which is the same chipset powering the Lumia 920. As expected, the smartphone delivers one snappy performance with all operations, but as we all know too well in this business, that’s the norm with almost all Windows Phones to date.

Knowing that this is being billed as an entry-level model, you’re going to need to moderate what content you save on the device – that’s because it’s only coughing up a measly 7.41GB of free storage out of the box, but luckily this can be expanded with an microSD card.

Internet and Connectivity:

In contrast to its sibling in the Lumia 820, which features LTE connectivity, this T-Mobile bound Lumia 810 merely relies on good old HSPA+ speeds instead. Indeed, it’s not as fast as loading complex pages compared to its LTE counterpart, but nevertheless, it’s still quick enough to satisfy our liking. Moreover, the web browsing experience is enjoyable due to its snappy performance, proper rendering, and balanced speed – so yeah, it has all the qualities we’d want to find. However, its low resolution display doesn’t add that hint of sharpness to make pages pop, then again, pinch gestures typically remedy it.

Traveling internationally isn’t a problem with this GSM smartphone, seeing that it’s compatible with the majority of networks around the world. In addition, it also packs connectivity features such as aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.



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: 1249; 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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