Nokia Lumia 810 hands on review: we get a hold of the latest Windows 8 phone
8 March 2014
Excerpt: Here at MobileCon 2012 , we got to put our hands on T-Mobile’s exclusive Windows phone, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 810. Unfortunately, holding this handsome new handset was about all we were allowed to do. The smartphone version of the Windows 8 OS is still very hush-hush, and demo units we saw wouldn’t even turn on.
Excerpt: The Nokia Lumia 810 on T-Mobile may be less flashy and good looking than the HTC 8X , but it carries some serious appeal beyond its lower price tag. The Windows Phone 8 smartphone launched at $150 with contract, but is already down to $99 on the T-Mobile US website. The blocky black rectangle won't win prizes for looks or lightness but it does offer a removable battery, a microSD card slot and Nokia's strong Maps and navigation solution with free spoken directions.
Pros: Fast, affordable, great camera, has microSD card slot.
Cons: Bland design, relatively low resolution display- though it's a nice looking screen.
Conclusion: In their effort to find a way around the AT&T exclusivity on the Nokia Lumia 820, the company's engineers have ended up with an arguably better device in the face of the Lumia 810. The T-Mobile exclusive smartphone benefits greatly from the larger battery, while maintaining everything we liked about its Lumia 820 sibling. This includes the capable chipset, decent camera, and a display which makes Windows Phone OS even more enjoyable.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Quad-band 3G with 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support, 4.3" 16M-color ClearBlack AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording, 720p front-facing camera, Windows Phone 8 OS, 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, 8GB of inbuilt storage, expandable t...
Cons: App catalog falls short of Android and iOS, No system-wide file manager, No lockscreen shortcuts, Some might argue that design is a bit dull, Price on a contract is a bit high
Conclusion: Despite the less than elegant design, the $150 Nokia Lumia 810 is a good Windows Phone 8 device that offers speedy performance, a nice display, and a decent camera. For a budget phone, it has many great attributes. However, if you’re not a T-Mobile customer, this is not a device that entice you to switch. For $50 ($100 less), you can get the same phone with better design elements on Verizon Wireless or AT&T.
Summary: The $149 Nokia Lumia 810 gives T-Mobile customers clamoring for a Windows Phone some appetizing features, such as an AMOLED screen that's great for enjoying photos and videos, a sturdy build and Nokia-exclusive features such as Nokia Music and Nokia Drive. And while the camera itself isn't great, we do like the Camera Lens apps that come with the 810.
Conclusion: On the surface, there’s nothing cool or hip looking with the Nokia Lumia 810 , which is a shame considering it’s a Lumia device, but yet, it’s lacking any of the distinct design cues to make it a part of the family. However, once you’re able to overlook its boring design and discover its inner beauty, the Lumia 810 really shines as an entry-level smartphone.
Pros: Snappy performance, Good low lighting camera performance, Same WP8 experience as the Lumia 920
Cons: Ugly and boring design, Speaker quality is sharp & irritating
Conclusion: In the end, Nokia has created another real winner for the Windows Phone 8 universe as a whole. The Nokia Lumia 920 may be just that little bit better with a slightly larger display and loud body, but the 810 takes care of the user who doesn't want to take a monster out of their pocket every time they need to make a call. This is the business person's Windows Phone 8 smartphone.