Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hands on: Nokia Lumia 820 review

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Hands on: Nokia Lumia 820 review

Nokia's second Windows Phone 8 handset is a little bit more interesting than its flagship older brother, as it comes with some alternative design features.
We're not going to wax lyrical about the interface, as we were given very little time to play with it. However, we did notice that a very slight amount more lag than we saw on the Lumia 920 when flicking about the apps – although we're going to thoroughly put that down to this being a pre-production model.
If you want to learn all about the software features on board the Lumia devices we suggest you check out our in-depth hands on: Nokia Lumia 920 review for a sneaky peek of how Windows Phone 8 looks on the device.
Nokia Lumia 820 review
But let's move onto the design, shall we? And it's quite a departure from the original Nokia Lumia 800 – in fact, we almost feel saddened that the 800, which we consider something of an icon in smartphone design, has been 'downgraded' to be the budget option alongside the Lumia 920.
Nokia Lumia 820 review
The main difference is to the outer shell – no longer are we looking at a unibody design; instead we're offered the choice of covers, be it to change the colour, iprove protection or allow it charge wirelessly.
Nokia Lumia 820 review
The latter option is pretty cool, as there are a range of docks on offer to facilitate said functionality – plus a little bean bag from Fatboy as well.
Nokia Lumia 820 review
However, the effect isn't the most premium, as the glossy covers seem to be a little bit lightweight in the hand, although they're a nightmare to remove from the Lumia 820 itself.
The 820 comes with very similar internals to its larger brother, wit the S4 Qualcomm chip delivering the power of two cores. This means operation should be slick once the whole phone is better optimised for Windows Phone 8.
Nokia Lumia 820 review
The buttons on the side are also ceramic, and have a nice travel for when opening up the camera or locking/unlocking the phone. It fits well in the palm, although the rounded wireless charging cases we tried out did feel a little bit chunky, even though the thickness is tiny.

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