Nokia Lumia 810 and Lumia 820 Review - HotHardware

Nokia Lumia 810 and Lumia 820 Review

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The Lumia 810 has a boxy design with ever-so-slightly rounded corners and a slightly curved back. The back cover has a soft rubber feel that resists fingerprints. This cover is removable and can be swapped out with a shell (sold separately) that enables wireless charging. Removing the back cover isn't easy, however, so it's not something you'll want to do often.

Like many smartphones today, the majority of the front of the Lumia 810 is consumed by the 4.3-inch OLED WVGA ClearBlack display with a resolution of 480 x 800. The Lumia 810's display doesn’t offer the same resolution as other high-end smartphones. As a result, text and graphics aren't quite as crisp as they could be, but overall, the display is still easy on the eyes. This display also features scratchproof Corning Gorilla Glass. Viewing the screen outdoors under direct sunlight was no worse than on other phones.

When holding the Lumia 810, you'll notice a small lip where the phone transitions to the casing near the edges of the device. Below the display, you'll find the Back, Start, and Search capacitive touch buttons that don't encroach on the screen real estate. Above the display, you'll find the proximity sensor, front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera, and earpiece.

The top edge of the phone houses the 3.5mm headset jack. On the bottom edge of the phone, you'll find the microUSB port as well as a speaker and microphone. The left edge of the phone is void of any hardware buttons. On the right edge, you'll find the volume rocker, power button, and a dedicated camera button. The camera button can act as a shutter when you're in the camera application or be used to fire up the camera app. On the back of the camera, you'll find the 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash.

The Lumia 810 isn't quite as big as the Nokia Lumia 920 we reviewed recently, but it's still a hefty phone. Although the Lumia 810 has a slightly smaller footprint than the Samsung Galaxy S III, for example, the Lumia 810 is thicker and weighs more than the Galaxy S III which makes the phone feel bigger. In comparison to the iPhone 5 which weighs 3.95 ounces, you'll definitely notice the extra heft of the Lumia 810 which weighs 5.11 ounces.

Nokia put a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor as well as 1GB of RAM in the Lumia 810. This combination makes for a zippy, responsive phone, especially when compared to previous generation Windows Phone 7.5 devices. Although the phone comes with only 8GB of onboard storage, you're welcome to add up to 64GB using a microSD card.

Nokia's Lumia 820 is available for AT&T. This smartphone features many of the same specifications and features as the Lumia 810 for T-Mobile. As you can see, the Lumia 820 also has similar styling as the Lumia 810.

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As the proud owner of one of 900 Nokia Lumia 900 Dark Knight Rises edition phones I would like to say that the Windows 7.5 operating system was very nice to use, simple and generally user friendly. Not quite so keen on WP7.10 as it is being a lot more buggy than any variation of the WP7 that was on my phone (if anyone knows the reason let me know) I do hope that it is just a bug that will be fixed soon.

As for the 810 and 820 the few times I've used them I don't see the difference between them and the 900 except sizing really. I am looking forward to my phone contract ending so I can get my DKR looking nice and box it back up as my back up phone and get the Lumia 925 or which ever is next to be released.

I have heard negatives in regards to WP8 from a friend but I've never noticed the issues (silly Android users) the one feature that I do like is the different sized icons, it makes for a cleaner home screen in my opinion and also means you can fit more of your apps on a smaller space if you wanted to. I personally have mine set out in a similar way to the one shown above as it works nicely for me.


All in all, WP7/8 are basically the same and I believe that people should give Nokia another chance because the N8 (my current back up phone) was a brilliant phone and I believe the last Symbian smart phone.

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