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: If the hardware and price of the Nokia Lumia 820 and its carrier equivalents appeal to you, then Verizon's own Lumia 822 is likely your best bet. It may not have as sexy of a build as the
, but what it lacks in style, it more than makes up for in performance.
After all, the greatest drawback of the Lumia 810 -- the awful performance of the T-Mobile network to which it was tied -- is no longer a factor here.
Pros: Solid performance, Verizon 4G LTE network is great, Good exclusive apps, namely Data Sense, Affordable
Cons: Unattractive build, Camera is of poor quality
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.
Nokia Lumia 822 review: the pride of Espoo returns to Verizon Wireless
27 November 2012
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 822 isn't likely to inspire love at first sight, but if you're able to look past its homely design and chunky enclosure you'll quickly discover a device that's worthy of your affection. The Lumia 822 is a well-rounded handset offering good performance, solid battery life and an excellent camera. It also narrowly edges out Nokia's other mid-tier smartphones with a higher-res front-facing webcam, twice the internal storage and Data Sense.
Pros: Strong performance, Great camera, Good value
Cons: Ugly design, Average display, Middling call quality