Interface and Functionality:

As with other Windows Phone 8 devices, uniformity is key, and the Nokia Lumia 822 follows closely the Lumia 810, 820 and 920. So keeping with this, there isn’t any new software features on the Lumia 822 that we haven’t seen before. With its flashy and dynamic presentation of the start screen and Live Tiles, that helps make the platform intriguing from the onset, but at the same time we feel it requires some additional tweaking to make it as capable to use over other platforms. Lacking are any type of visual skins, except for being able to change the background color between light and dark, and the ability to choose from 21 accent colors.

The handset’s core organizer apps are no different from any other device running Windows Phone 8. Therefore, for things like the E-Mail app, it follows in form to provide us all the essential basics of getting by.

Typing on the virtual QWERTY keyboard of the Lumia 822 is a satisfying experience. The portrait option is very good, especially considering the aspect ratio of the screen, which makes it a bit wider than the standard 16:9 displays that we have nowadays. As we've said in our other Windows Phone 8 reviews, we aren't really fans of the landscape layout, because it doesn't make full use of all the available screen real estate, as there are some menu keys to the right of the keyboard, and some empty space to its left.

Since this is a Nokia Windows Phone, you get a ton of added programs that you won't get on other WP-powered devices. This includes the Nokia Drive+ navigation app, as well as Nokia Maps, both of which allow you to download the maps you want for offline usage – something that you won't get with other stock map applications. We found the two programs to be very well-made, with intuitive interfaces and good performance. The Nokia Drive+ app, for example, comes with big on-screen buttons that are easy to press, which is very appropriate for use while driving. It's evident that Nokia is offering these apps with the idea that someone might actually use them, and not just as a check-box feature.

Nokia is also providing some other goodies that are exclusive to its own Lumia line, including Nokia Music, App Highlights, and City Lens. And since the Lumia 822 is being sold by Verizon, you also get apps for ESPN, My Verizon Mobile, Univision, and Weather.

Processor and Memory:

No surprises here, as the Nokia Lumia 822 comes packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor with Adreno 225 GPU. The CPU is clocked at 1.5 GHz, and is complemented by a healthy 1GB of RAM. As you can imagine, this guarantees a very fluid system interface, and we didn’t notice any lag or other kinds of delay while using the handset.

The Lumia 822 also comes with 16GB of internal memory, but Nokia has wisely added a microSD card slot, allowing you to add a memory card of up to 32GB – something that is missing from the HTC Windows Phone 8X, even though it has 16GB of internal memory.

Internet and Connectivity:

Making use of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, data speeds on the Nokia Lumia 822 are quite good. The web browsing experience is an enjoyable one, with Internet Explorer 10 on-board. Not only does it deliver fluid scrolling and pinch-to-zoom, but it also has a wonderful tab implementation and very accurate double-tap zooming.

Not only can the Lumia 822 use Verizon’s CDMA/LTE/EVDO network in the US, but it also features global roaming as it supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and UMTS 850/900/1900/2100MHz. Naturally, the device can also use Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz) connections, and supports Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC.

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