Nokia Lumia 810 and Lumia 820 Review

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Performance, Camera, And Battery Life

During our testing of the Lumia 810, the phone ran very smoothly. The 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM give the phone the hardware it needs to quickly respond to your demands. We'll take a closer look at some benchmarks in the coming pages, but in real-world use with multiple apps open in rotation, the phone felt zippy and responsive, which is all we can ask for.

On the back of the Lumia 810, you'll find the 8-megapixel camera that features Carl Zeiss optics. When using the camera, you'll notice Nokia has included some custom features such as Cinemagraph which lets you create animated GIFs. The camera also has additional "lenses" for panoramic shots, Smart Shoot, and more. Smart Shoot lets you choose the best faces and smiles from a burst of photos and stitch them together to get the best shot.

Overall, we were really impressed with the camera found on the Lumia 810. The Carl Zeiss optics and included software features are definitely a nice touch, and we were able to capture some very good photos and video with the Lumia 810, as you can see below.

   

   

   

You'll find an 1800 mAh battery in the Lumia 810. According to Nokia, this battery should last for up to 10.2 hours of 3G talk time and up to 360 hours when in 3G standby mode. Of course, we wanted to compare the Lumia 810 to other phones we've tested recently, so we also ran WP Bench's battery benchmark to get a better feel for how the Lumia 810 compares. In this test, the Lumia 810 lasted for two hours and 11 minutes, which is just slightly longer than the Nokia Lumia 920. Both of these phones have dual-core processors, so you should expect they're going to demand more power than some of the previous generation single-core Windows Phone 7 devices also shown in the chat. 


In real-world use, the Lumia 810 made it through an average day (12+ hours) while surfing the Web, making a few calls, sending texts, checking email, etc. periodically throughout the day. Of course, your mileage will vary depending on how you use the phone.


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