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Nokia Lumia 820 review

Nokia looks set to impress with affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone
Wed Nov 21 2012, 14:57

Product Nokia Lumia 820
Specifications 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 4.3in 480x800 AMOLED touchscreen, 8MP rear-facing camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 3G and 4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity, 8GB internal storage, microSD memory expansion up to 64GB, 1,650mAh battery, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, 130x71x10.7mm, 185g
Price £400 SIM free

THE NOKIA LUMIA 820 is the Finnish phone maker's second Windows Phone 8 device, following in the footsteps of the top-end Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone.

However, with its similarly steep £400 price-tag and less impressive hardware specs, can the Nokia Lumia 820 manage to tempt customers to try Windows Phone 8? 

Don't be fooled into thinking that the Lumia 820 is little more than a scaled-down version of the Lumia 920, as this Windows Phone has an image of its own.

Some will be pleased to hear, though, that the Nokia Lumia 820 is considerably lighter than its bigger brother, weighing a much more pocket friendly 185g. Don't get us wrong, it's by no means lightweight and it likely will shock those switching from an Iphone, but it's much easier to use than its Lumia 920 sibling.

Nokia Lumia 820 black design

We got our hands on the black Nokia Lumia 920, which features a rubberised polycarbonate casing, making it comfortable to hold and protecting it against drops. However, we found that the material picked up grubby fingerprints quite easily, which detract from the handset's otherwise great appearance.

Of course, this grubby black cover can easily be changed, as the Nokia Lumia 820 takes us back to the early 2000s with its interchangeable back plates.

The Nokia Lumia 820 features a 4.3in 480x800 AMOLED touchscreen, just a touch smaller than the 4.5in screen on the Lumia 920. However, its lesser resolution WVGA display means that the screen's clarity is noticeably worse, and text looks washed out and almost fuzzy in comparison.

Nokia Lumia 820 screen

That's not to say it's a terrible screen. The AMOLED screen technology ensures that images are still bright and vibrant, and the display is quite acceptable for watching videos and surfing the web.

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