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
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 810 is a fantastic mid-tier phone that is unfortunately dragged down by the performance of its carrier. While it's true that the same hardware is available on different networks (the Lumia 822 on Verizon and the Lumia 820 on AT&T), the simple but attractive design of the Lumia 810 is exclusive to the carrier, which is sure to disappoint many.
For an 800 x 480 display, the screen of the Lumia 810 truly shines (see what I did there?
Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 810 is T-Mobile’s attempt to stand out from the competition with its own custom variant of a midrange Windows Phone 8 device. In that respect, the phone succeeds: it’s a unique piece of hardware that delivers a serviceable experience overall. We’re not sure why T-Mobile and Nokia decided to depart so drastically from the 820′s design in crafting the 810, but its boxy design, and the suggestion of ruggedness accompanying it, will doubtless appeal to some...
Pros: Durable, comfortable feel in hand, Impressive camera, especially for a midrange device, Very smooth, stable OS with beautiful UI, Nokia apps improve functionality, Excellent battery life
Cons: -Coco Chanel, Design is thick, uninspired, Even with Nokia apps, Windows Phone 8 has functionality gaps, Maps experience is horrible, Price too high compared to alternatives
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 810 is an undoubtedly solid smartphone, but its ultimate undoing is the Lumia 920, a better device that costs less money. If you're unwilling to jump ship from T-Mobile, Nokia's custom software also throws a wrench in the equation, because you'll need to choose between superior hardware that does less (HTC 8X), or a relatively inferior smartphone that does more (Lumia 810).
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.