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Nokia Lumia 822 Review

Nokia Lumia 822

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Call Quality and Battery:

Nokia Lumia 822 Review
The call quality on the Nokia Lumia 822 is good, not great, as voices sounded a bit digital instead of natural, but one thing we didn’t care for was the “sharpness” of voice tones through the earpiece speaker. It was so apparent that we had to decrease the call volume down to a lower setting in an effort to alleviate this. Signal strength was adequate, as we didn’t drop any calls, but the device was only able to maintain a good 4G LTE connection while outside, as indoors the data would drop down to 3G EVDO.

The included 1800mAh battery is a good performer, as it was able to provide us up to 11 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 2 days of mixed usage.


In the world of Windows Phone 8 devices, there isn’t a big selection at the present time, but Nokia is clearly trying to make its presence know. The Lumia 822 is a solid device with good features that complements its $100 on contract price. We like its overall design and comfortable feel, and the 4.3” ClearBlack AMOLED display shows relatevely accurate colors and is bright enough for outside use, even if the resolution isn’t the best we’ve seen. The Windows Phone 8 interface is very polarizing, as you will either love it or hate it, but the Lumia 822 provides a nice implementation of it in a modest priced handset.

Software on reviewed unit:
Windows Phone 8
OS version 8.0.9905.12
Firmware version 1532.2108.1244.0003


  • Solid construction
  • Additional Nokia apps
  • Quick performance


  • Voices are a bit “sharp” sounding
  • Mediocre camera quality
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posted on 22 Nov 2012, 05:10 1

1. Skoll (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

it looks like the 610

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 06:45 4

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

No, it looks like the 822 :P

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:57

14. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

Looks like an HTC One X

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 06:59 1

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

lol, the third pic makes the microSD card to look larger than a full sized SD card xD

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:19 1

4. aximtreo (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Oct 2010)

So you weren't impressed with this and that and the other but you gave it an 8 out of 10. Doesn't that mean that overall the phone is solid and a good choice. No it isn't IOS and it isn't Android. Thank God it's WP8. By the way, the 822 has 16 GB of internal memory plus the Micro SD card slot.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 10:26

5. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Some people say this smart phone is ugly I think it looks better than the 820 and if it's side where more tapered it would make the HTC 8X look bad. Nokia should have put high definition 4.3 inch screen on this smart phone like the HTC 8x has. this would have given Verizon a Nokia smart phone just as powerful as the AT & T Lumia 920
except it would have a smaller screen and lack the Pure VUE camera. In fact Nokia needs to make and offer a 4 or 4.3 high def screen 820 or 822 sized smart phone because a lot of People especially women do not want an smart phone as big as a Nokia 920

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 05:47

10. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

8x is HTC's WP8 flagship device, this is built to compete with the likes of 8S and all

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 14:11 1

6. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

This has 4.3 inch display but is much larger than droid razr i which also has 4.3 ich display, what the hell is wrong with the designers, everyone says that smartphones have too big displays, but that is wrong, it is the thick bezel which makes the smartphones larger.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 05:50

11. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

razr m/razr i have bezel-less designs which involves high costs of manufacturing
the nokia is supposed to be a mid-ranger, and it definitely knows its place
also, do note that it is still smaller in dimensions than the 8X despite offering similar sized screen and more screen estate at that

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 19:12

7. jphillips63 (Posts: 245; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

can I ask what is the difference between the 822 and 920?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 05:45

9. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Bigger screen of higher resolution, better camera, slimmer body, LCD vs AMOLED, higher res. of front camera

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 17:14

13. Cacolaco (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

Also, Removable battery, Micro SD card on the the 822 (just to list some of the advantages that the 822 has over the 920....)

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:11

8. Fernandezxc (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

Atleast a better review than cnets thanks

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:25

12. russelferrer (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

when it will be released in the Philippines ? This is phone is quite amazing :D

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:33

15. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

They just have to find something negative. This phone has one of the best cameras! PA is just getting to picky. I think it takes better photos then iphone 4s. But we all have our own opinions right.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 19:33

16. mitchsam (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)

hey guys, i have this phone but can't send text messages. does anybody know how to fix it? I'd hate to return it cuz i've come to love it. everything else works except sending text messages. Drat! thanks!

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Nokia Lumia 822

Nokia Lumia 822

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 0.44 inches
(127.8 x 68.4 x 11.2 mm )
4.99 oz  (142 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 10.3 hours talk time

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