Conclusion: It’s easy to look at the Lumia 820 and think it’s a poor-man’s Nokia Lumia 920, but the Lumia 820 is a fantastic phone in it's own right. Windows Phone 8 is exceptionally easy to use, the screen is great and it's well built, without the bulk of the Lumia 920. Marry this with a lower price point, removable battery and microSD card support and it's actually a more accessible phone that deserves to be a success.
Pros: Comfortable to hold, Removable memory and battery, WP8 has some great features, Nokia apps
Cons: WP8 app support is limited, Screen resolution is a little low, Camera results are disappointing
Summary: The ratings awarded to a product are derived from a number of tests and calculations, keeping certain important factors in mind. These factors consist of features, performance, quality and value for money. In case of software and some other categories, build quality might be replaced with ease of use or ease of installation. Products are compared with other products in a similar price range or product category.
Conclusion: Nokia offers a decent midrange smartphone with its Lumia 820. The good build and rigid casing are compelling. The device scores with its high-contrast, relatively bright 4.3-inch touchscreen featuring a resolution of 480x800 pixels and a very good color reproduction. However, the brightness could be a bit higher for outdoor use. Other plus points are the intuitive, smooth operation and numerous Nokia apps .
Pros: Good workmanship, High-def, 4.3 inch AMOLED screen, Windows Phone 8 intuitive use, Connectivity includes LTE, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Swift hardware, Pleasant application speed, Decent camera incl. LED, Battery life, 2 year warranty, The available performance, the swift operating system and the proprietary apps that are installed free of charge.
Cons: Too heavy and unhandy in category comparison, Middling headset, Poor front-facing camera, Temperature development during load
Conclusion: The Lumia 820 may not have the high-end features, buzz, or looks of its higher-end cousin, the Lumia 920 – but for half the price, it doesn’t need to. For fifty bucks or less on-contract, customers get a Windows Phone 8 device with beautiful industrial design, solid features, the full suite of Nokia-exclusive apps, and a great camera.
Pros: Responsive, Stable OS, Better-than-average camera for a midrange phone, Nokia-exclusive apps enhance functionality, High speeds over AT&T LTE, Solid build quality in a sleek package
Cons: The Lumia 820 is available from AT&T’s website and retail outlets for a contract price of $49.99 with a contract. That’s a substantial discount compared to the full retail price of $399.99, typical for a two-year commitment. Third-party retailers like Amazon are offering more substantial discounts, down to one cent with contract in some cases, but as always, we encourage prospective purchasers to review such deals thoroughly for pitfalls like additional termination fees.
Conclusion: The display won’t win any awards with that low resolution and you won’t become the next Annie Leibovitz with this camera, but for $50 you get a comfortable design, speedy performance, and a well-designed operating system. The Nokia Lumia 820 is a good Windows Phone 8 handset for a good price. It makes an excellent ambassador for the Windows Phone 8 OS.
Pros: Beautiful display, Comfortable design, Speedy performance, Good call quality, Hardware shutter button for camera
Cons: Low-resolution display, No Gorilla Glass, Uninspiring camera
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 820 may suffer from the same beefcake issues as the 920, but they’re nowhere near as pronounced, and its smaller screen makes for a manageable smartphone. Combined with Windows Phone 8, it’s a fun experience, even if the lack of apps mean it’s not for everyone. But if you were considering upgrading to something like last year’s Samsung Galaxy S2 on the cheap, you might feel much more at home with this.
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 820 is a smaller incarnation of the Lumia 920, which still includes all its most impressive features, including Nokia’s excellent apps and wireless charging, as well as 4G support. Battery life has been improved as well, offering a good day’s use from a full charge.
Pros: Good battery life; Less heavy than the Lumia 920; Bright, sharp display; Great Nokia apps; Capable snapper.
Cons: Still quite weighty; lack of Windows Phone 8 apps.
Summary: Making a decision between a flagship smartphone and something of slightly lesser quality has never been easy, but if you don’t want a taste of Windows Phone and desire 4G without the heavy weight of the Lumia 920, this is an option.
Pros: Performs like its brother, the Lumia 920, We're always fans of a 4G connection, Inclusion of a microSD slot makes it more expandable than its big brother, Supports wireless charging
Cons: A reasonably heavy handset, Battery only lasts for a day
Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 820 is a solid phone, but doesn’t have any of the stand-out features of the fantastic value Nokia Lumia 620, or the Nokia Lumia 920, with its excellent camera. Its screen is also a disappointment, suffering from the oversaturated colours OLED screens are prone to, while falling way behind the back in resolution terms. Performance is excellent, but it’s not the complete package we now expect at this upper-mid-range price.
Pros: Speedy performance, Colourful
Cons: Oversaturated, low-res screen, Slightly unpredictable camera performance
Conclusion: Nokia’s Lumia 820 is a slightly more compact version of the Lumia 920 that still packs in most of its best features, including wireless charging and Nokia’s fantastic range of apps. The battery life is more forgiving than the Lumia 920’s too, giving you a full day of use from a single charge.
Pros: Decent battery life; Lighter than the Lumia 920; Bright, crisp screen; Excellent Nokia apps; Capable camera
Cons: Still quite thick and heavy; Windows Phone 8 lack of apps