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Nokia Lumia 810 Review

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Calling Quality and Battery:

Nokia Lumia 810 Review
With the exception of the sharp tone and muffled voices produced by the speakerphone, the call quality on the Lumia 810 is rather pleasing. So much so that voices on both ends of the line are clear, distinctive, and noise-free.

Signal strength remains steady with the handset, as we didn’t experience any major fluctuations or dropped calls during our testing in the high coverage areas of the greater Philadelphia region.

Stuffed with an 1,800 mAh battery, it’s only able to provide us with average results. Specifically, a full charge enables us to get by through a solid work day with our mixed normal usage – albeit, it’s still something that requires nightly charging to be at a sufficient level for the next day.


On the surface, there’s nothing cool or hip looking with the Nokia Lumia 810, which is a shame considering it’s a Lumia device, but yet, it’s lacking any of the distinct design cues to make it a part of the family. However, once you’re able to overlook its boring design and discover its inner beauty, the Lumia 810 really shines as an entry-level smartphone. Interestingly enough, the Windows Phone 8 experience here is identical to what you’ll find in Nokia’s flagship in the Lumia 920. And even though it’s not packing a PureView camera per se, its quality is remarkably pleasant for a basic handset. Therefore, if you can overlook its beastly appearance, you’ll find the beauty within that’ll impress on so many levels.

Software: Window Phone 8.0
OS Version: 8.0.9903.10


  • Snappy performance
  • Good low lighting camera performance
  • Same WP8 experience as the Lumia 920


  • Ugly and boring design
  • Speaker quality is sharp & irritating
PhoneArena rating:
8 Good
User rating:
9.5 2 Reviews

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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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