Nokia Lumia 822 Review

Introduction and Design

Even though most new Verizon smartphones seem to be of the Android flavor, the carrier recently introduced two Windows Phone 8 devices: the Nokia Lumia 822 ($99.99 on contract) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X ($199.99 on contract). The Lumia 822 is pretty much the same device as the Lumia 820, but repackaged for Verizon, as it retains the 4.3” WVGA ClearBlack AMOLED display, 8MP camera, and general appearance. Still, the Lumia 822 offers all the new features of a Windows Phone 8 device, and has Verizon’s 4G LTE on-board, which makes it quite attractive at this price.

Included in the retail package is the Nokia Lumia 822 smartphone, 1800mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.


Unlike the Nokia Lumia 810 that is boxy in appearance, the Lumia 822 closely resembles the Lumia 820, with gently rounded edges and a sculptured body. We appreciate this, as the Lumia 822 fits comfortably in our hand, yet we could live without the slippery feeling. The device is also a bit on the thick side, coming in at 0.42” deep, and with a weight of almost 5oz, you’ll be sure to notice it in your pocket.

You can compare the Nokia Lumia 822 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Besides the display that takes up most of the front of the Lumia 822, there is also a 1.3MP camera above it and a trio of capacitive buttons at the bottom for back, Windows Start, and search. Located on the right edge are physical buttons for the power/lock, volume rocker, and camera shutter – which is something we hardly see any more. Even though the camera shutter key is raised nicely and is easy to find, the power and volume buttons are rather flat and hard to distinguish from the surrounding plastic. On the top of the phone is a 3.5mm headset jack, and on the bottom is the microUSB port. Around on the back houses the 8MP autofocus camera with LED Flash, while removing the battery cover will allow you access to the microSD memory card slot and SIM slot.


Coming in at only 4.3”, the display on the Nokia Lumia 822 has a WVGA resolution of 480x800 pixels with a pixel density of 217ppi, which is a far cry from the 720x1280 HD resolution screens found on other smartphones. Because of this, some images can have jagged edges, and text isn’t as sharp as it could be, but it isn’t distracting and in no way ruins the experience of the device.

Nokia has used its ClearBlack AMOLED tech for the screen of the Lumia 822, and the result is quite pleasing. The display is very bright, brighter than most other AMOLEDs, and even the color temperature is decent. It's still an AMOLED screen, meaning that it still gravitates towards the “cooler” side, but it is more accurate than what you'll get from other Super AMOLED screens, like the one on the Samsung Galaxy S III.

One interesting feature of the Lumia 822's display is its ability to become super-sensitive. With this option activated, you can easily use your handset even when wearing gloves.

Nokia Lumia 822 360-degrees View:

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