The new Lumia 820 has a similar design to Lumia 800, but Nokia has incorporated many changes. Dimension wise the Lumia 820 is 123.8X68.5X9.9mm, which is taller, broader and thinner than the previous Lumia 800 (it was 116.5X61.2X12.1mm).
The front of the phone is covered over by Gorilla Glass, but it is not curved liked the one found on the Lumia 800. The glass cover extends from bottom, all the way to the top, again unlike the Lumia 800. The basic front layout has been retained, with the Nokia branding situated above the screen but towards the right corner, and the three soft keys below the screen.
The matte finish found on previous Lumia phones has been replaced with a glossy finish. Now you can find out who has used you phone from the finger prints on the phone, that is if you have a database of finger prints and the patience.
The rear cam has been moved to the top. In the Lumia 800, it was more at the centre with the Nokia branding. In the new Lumia 820, the Nokia branding has been push down and is located near the bottom. The rear cover is removable unlike other Lumia smartphones.
A 3.5mm audio jack is situated at the top. On the right side are the power button, volume rocker and the cam button. The buttons haven’t been given any chrome treatment. The bottom has the micro-USB and the speaker.
The phone comes in Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White, Blue and Violet.
Like the new Lumia 920, the Lumia 820 comes with some good hardware. It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM. It has an 8MP rear cam with dual flash and can record 1080p videos. The rear cam comes with Carl Zeiss lens. But Nokia forgot to add PureView, sad. The front cam is a VGA. Connectivity wise it has LTE, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC. It has a 1650mAh battery with wireless charging.
The only part we did not like about the phone is the screen. It has a pentile 4.3inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 800X480, which gives it a ppi of just 217. Like the Lumia 920 it also has ClearBlack display filter which reduces glare on the screen.
Nokia has provided the Lumia 820 with 8GB of internal storage, which is kind of less compared to the older Lumia 800 (it has 16GB). But makes up by providing a micro-SD card slot, with which the memory can be expanded upto 32GB and also 7GB cloud storage on SkyDrive.
The device runs the latest Windows Phone 8. This is one of the reasons why it has such good specs. The new OS introduces live tiles which change according to the contents. Good for people who get bored of their home screen really fast.
There are some neat apps also included. One of them being Nokia City Lens, Nokia’s augmented reality app which lets you find places through the lenses of your smartphone. It also comes with full versions of Microsoft office suit and Outlook. Good for preparing presentations or editing documents on your way to work. Nokia is also providing Nokia Music with unlimited music streaming.
The Lumia 820 is priced around $640 and will be available in Europe and North America by early November and will be in other markets by the end of November.
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