Summary: The Nokia Lumia 822 Windows 8 phone provides a strong suite of needed features. It is equipped to take care of all your basic phone needs and give you decent hardware, including: 1GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz processor, 8GB of storage and an expandable storage slot. The screen and camera are perfectly great. Even the battery has great strength.
Pros: The Nokia Lumia 822 has decent battery life and a good camera.
Cons: The camera has no stabilization and the resolution could be higher.
Summary: I’m a bit conflicted about how I should conclude this review, considering first that the device in question isn’t intended to be a top-tier smartphone, and also because I’ve been somewhat harsh on otherwise impressive pieces of Android hardware in the past when they didn’t live up to my expectations. Essentially, I’m hesitant to give this device a simple star rating, because the review doesn’t boil down to just a number.
Summary: Windows Phone 8 is supposed to finally bring the Windows Phone platform up to par with iOS and Android. And in some ways, it’s actually head. On the hardware front, Nokia is still trying to regain the dominant position they held not so long ago. Both entities in play share a commonality of being once great giants which have now turned into scrappy underdogs.
Conclusion: The Lumia 822 delivers exactly what Nokia and Verizon wanted: a midrange Windows Phone 8 device packing almost the full range of Lumia enhancements, custom-tailored for America’s largest wireless network. And somewhere in the midst of that tailoring, between Verizon’s LTE support and Nokia’s excellent camera optics, the 822 became something more: we think the device has an impressive enough feature set to warrant the label of “mid-to-high-tier” smartphone.
Pros: Responsive, Stable OS, Better-than-average camera for a midrange phone, Nokia-exclusive apps enhance functionality, High speeds over Verizon LTE, Good battery life, even on 4G
Cons: The Lumia 822 is available now via Verizon Wireless for $49.99 on a two-year contract, or $449.99 if you have an aversion to commitments. If the photo above, from , Nokia’s Lumia website, is to be believed, third-party retailers like Amazon look to be getting in on the low-price action as well. As always, though, be warned that such low prices often require an additional termination fee atop the carrier’s if you opt out of your contract early. The device is available...
Conclusion: Though we always recommend getting the best phone you can since your contract payments will far exceed the price of the phone, the Nokia Lumia 822 is a heck of a lot of phone for free with contract. It has a vibrant ClearBlack AMOLED display that's visible outdoors, the same CPU and RAM as more expensive Windows phones, a very good camera and Nokia's excellent app bundle.
Pros: Pleasing ClearBlack AMOLED display, expandable storage and excellent Nokia apps.