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Review: Nokia Lumia 822

Nokia Lumia 822 Review

It has been quite a few years since Nokia released a phone in the United States for Verizon Wireless. A lot has changed since then, with smartphones taking over and new titans like Apple and Samsung having exploded. Though it may be a humble start with Verizon, the Nokia Lumia 822 brings a fresh take on the mid range phone. With Microsoft services built in and a great looking new interface Nokia may have a phone that overtakes any Android device with similar specs and gives the iPhone 4 and 4s a run for its money. So how did it actually hold up? Read on past the break to find out.


Design:

The Lumia 822 definitely won’t win any design awards like its big brother the 920, but all in all there are some strengths with this handset. The large, solid construction feels good in the hand. It almost gives of a feeling that it could take a few scrapes and bruises. Now, why we didn’t try any torture tests, when you pick it up, you will understand what we mean. The Black and Gray models have a matte finish that feels good to the touch, where the white model is more glossy and prone to slips. The camera around back is housed a little less than a millimeter inside the body of the phone, which means you won’t scratch your lens very easily. The buttons on the side are relatively easy to press, though I personally have not been a fan of Nokia’s placement of the power key. The 4.3 inch screen sits well within the body of the phone and someone with average size hands should not have a problem using the entire display. However, if you have small hands you may want to test this out before you commit, as the phone itself is fairly large.

Performance:

Overall, the 822 performed well in our testing. Windows Phone has always been excellent with movement around the phone, with app transitions moving fluidly and the screen moving very naturally with your fingers. The capacitive buttons on the bottom were fast to receive input and gave no issues like some other phones I’ve used. Battery life on this phone is actually quite good. We ran a continuous video test on the device and was able to squeeze about 8 hrs. on the device. This translates to you being able to go an entire day without worrying about whether that battery will hold up. As far as browser speed, Internet Explorer is an excellent browser in its newest iteration. It is an improvement over Safari on iPhone and very close to the performance we have seen with Chrome on Android

Software:

Windows Phone is unique. With its live tile menus and gorgeous typography it is one of the freshest experiences to be had in mobile right now. It has its flaws of course. A lack of a single notification s=center can be a burden unless you have those apps pinned to the start as a live tile. Apps is a hit or miss experience. If you are like me, apps don’t make or break the experience. I use my smartphone as a productivity tool and email workhorse. For those tasks I felt as though the phone excelled, but if downloading every app you can get your hands on is your thing than you may want to look elsewhere. Windows Phone currently has 46 out of the top 50 apps available. You will find the main ones you want in there, but for those local store apps and other niche products you may be a bit disappointed. The real meat and potatoes here are the exclusive Nokia Collection apps. Nokia is working hard with developers to bring apps to the Windows Phone platform, and because of that, they have been able to claim exclusivity on many of these apps for a short time. This means that if you are focused on apps, than the Nokia would be the right Windows Phone to choose. Also, Nokia has brought its excellent navigation options to the phone. With Nokia Maps, Drive, City Lens and other apps you are able to have full turn by turn directions as well as an Augmented reality app that works well for finding any places near you. Let’s not forget one of the greatest software options on this phone and that is the inclusion of Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One note come ready to go right out of the box. This is perfect for anyone looking to get serious work done from anywhere. There are many other things of note, like Data Sense and Kid’s Corner. For a full breakdown of features, check out our preview of Windows Phone 8 here.

The Verdict:

At such a low cost, this phone is almost a no brainer for that price point. It is the smoothest experience you will find at the price point and unless you are an app fiend you should be very satisfied. There are a few things to learn about the operating system if you are coming from Android or iPhone, but once you get into the phone, you will find a consistently excellent experience. If you are looking for top of the line, then you may want to look at something like the Galaxy S III, iPhone 5 or the Windows Phone 8X. But for mid-range, there is very little out there that can top the Nokia Lumia 822.

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