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Nokia Lumia 810 Review

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Normally, entry-level smartphones aren’t known for their camera quality, but with this, we’re utterly impressed that there’s some love being thrown onto it. Despite lacking the PureView association, the Lumia 810’s 8-megapixel auto-focus camera delivers some very exciting looking results. Sure, it might be lacking some fine details, but at least the general look of its shots are pleasant enough to accept. Furthermore, its F2.2 lens shows its worth in low lighting conditions as well, since it’s able to brighten things up to draw out some details – without the sacrifice of exhibiting stronger noise. Finally, it’s dual-LED flash is potent, but it does cast a noticeable vignetting effect.

Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 810 Review

Camera interface

Far from perfect, the 1080p video recording quality out of the Nokia Lumia 810 is still tolerable enough to accept. However, there are some distractions found with it – these include its dull details, instances of artifacting, and slow focus adjustment. Nevertheless, its neutral color reproduction, gradual exposure, and smooth 29 frames per second capture help to balance things out.

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Finding the same old lovable Windows Phone 8 music player, which clearly retains the consistent dynamic appearance of the platform, it’s both visually pleasing to look at and functional to use. Unfortunately, the audio quality out of its speaker is rather sharp and irritating in tone – thus, delivering a strained output.

Music player - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Music player - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Music player - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Music player - Nokia Lumia 810 Review

Music player

No doubt, we would’ve like to see a higher resolution display, but nonetheless, WVGA isn’t much of a distraction when it comes to watching videos. In fact, its ClearBlack AMOLED display delivers the goods, as the poppy colors of the screen help to keep our eyes affixed on it – plus, it has a very smooth playback with 1080p videos.

Watching videos - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Watching videos - Nokia Lumia 810 Review
Watching videos - Nokia Lumia 810 Review

Watching videos

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 08:59 3

1. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

John, how can your description of the 810 be so different than Ray S's description of the 820, essentially the same phone?http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Nokia-Lumia-820-Review_id3188
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?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:06 1

3. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Yes, SlashGear confirms:http://www.slashgear.com/nokia-lumia-810-review-12256622/

Also removeable back cover AND battery!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:15 2

4. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

You are correct! We've fixed the mistake.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:18

5. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Great, thank you!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 23:58

13. shandesilva (Posts: 79; Member since: 28 Mar 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!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:01 1

2. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:35 2

6. husfus (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

Boring design? Really? What about iPhone5?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:32

8. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:25 5

7. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 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!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:40 4

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).

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:23

10. aco96 (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:09

11. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 20:31

12. raphz (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 00:01

14. shandesilva (Posts: 79; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 22:24

15. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 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.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 18:42

16. epdm2be (Posts: 640; Member since: 20 Apr 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!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 09:30 1

17. odin09 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Nov 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:33

18. JackD3ath (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 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.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:24

19. ceduka (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Feb 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.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 18:51

20. djm63401 (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Sep 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.

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Nokia Lumia 810

Nokia Lumia 810

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.03 x 2.69 x 0.43 inches
(127.8 x 68.4 x 10.9 mm)
5.11 oz  (145 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 10.3 hours talk time

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