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Nokia Lumia 820 review

Wed Nov 21 2012, 14:57

Battery and storage
One thing we really like about the Nokia Lumia 820 is the fact that it supports wireless charging, with most retailers chucking in a charging plate when you buy the phone.

It might sound silly, but a wireless charger makes charging your phone a much more pleasant experience than having to fiddle around with cables, which you often then have to unplug to use the handset. During our time with the phone, we placed the charger on our bedside table, which meant that we could easily pick up the phone to switch our alarm to Snooze in the morning.

The Nokia Lumia 820 features a 1,650mAh removable battery. which Nokia claims lasts for up to 14 hours of average usage. It didn't live up to our expectations during our time with the phone though, as we found that after a few hours of watching videos and surfing the web the Lumia 820 had almost run out of juice by around 6pm. However, if you're not constantly hammering the phone, it will manage to make it through a whole day.

In terms of storage, the Nokia Lumia 820 comes with 8GB built-in. Thankfully, it also takes advantage of Windows Phone's newfound support for microSD cards, allowing users to expand this 8GB of internal storage with an additional 64GB. Microsoft also bundles in 7GB of free Skydrive storage, more free cloud storage space than offered by Apple or Google.

In Short
Nokia has gone and done it again. Sure, it's not quite as flashy as the Lumia 920, but the Lumia 820 offers all of the features the average user wants from a smartphone, such as expandable storage, a bright screen, a good camera and a removeable battery.

However, those looking to switch to the Lumia 820 from an Android device or an Iphone might be in for a shock when it comes to third-party apps, as Windows Phone 8 is severely lacking in apps. µ

The Good
Good screen, great camera, expandable storage, Windows Phone 8 is a huge improvement on Windows Phone 7.

The Bad
Battery isn't great, picks up dirt easily.

The Ugly
Windows Phone 8 is lacking in apps.

Bartender's score
7/10

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