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Nokia Lumia 820 Review

Nokia Lumia 820

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Nokia Lumia 820 Review
After the camera, the next most noticeable compromise made by Nokia is the sound quality during calls with the Nokia Lumia 820. Both the earpiece and microphone sound below average, to the point that you might even struggle to comprehend what's being said by your callers.

The loudspeaker is nothing special. It's quite distorted on the highest volume setting, but thankfully, you don't have to listen to it on highest since it's powerful enough. It's not really better than the average speaker, though.


Battery:

The 1650 mAh battery of the Nokia Lumia 820 is a very good performer. The handset can achieve up to 8 hours of talk time and 13.8 days of stand-by on a single charge, while connected to a 3G network. The 820 can also offer 55 hours of continuous music playback or 5 hours of video playback on a single charge, though the latter will greatly depend on your brightness setting. During our testing, we didn't notice any suspicious battery drains.


Conclusion:

The Nokia Lumia 820 is an interesting smartphone – it does well in some things, but falters in others. To be more specific, we like its solid build quality and its overall size and feel. The hardware is also good, while the Nokia-branded apps, especially Maps and Drive+ are major differentiators.

However, the weak camera and poor call quality are major flaws, which cannot be understated. If these aren't that much of deal-breakers for you, then we see no reason not to recommend the 820, but if you're looking for a well-balanced and all-round solid performer, better start thinking about something better, like the Lumia 920.

Software version of the reviewed unit: OS 8.0.9903.10, Firmware 1232.2109.1242.1001


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Pros

  • Built like a tank
  • Great Nokia apps

Cons

  • Poor camera
  • Sub-par call quality
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Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 820

OS: Windows Phone 8
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.87 x 2.70 x 0.39 inches
(123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 15.4 hours talk time

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