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.
Conclusion: In the world of Windows Phone 8 devices, there isn’t a big selection at the present time, but Nokia is clearly trying to make its presence know. The Lumia 822 is a solid device with good features that complements its $100 on contract price. We like its overall design and comfortable feel, and the 4.3” ClearBlack AMOLED display shows relatevely accurate colors and is bright enough for outside use, even if the resolution isn’t the best we’ve seen.
Pros: Solid construction, Additional Nokia apps, Quick performance
Cons: Voices are a bit “sharp” sounding, Mediocre camera quality