Nokia Lumia 820, Black 8GB (AT&T)
$199.99 without a service plan
$199.99 without a service plan
$199.99 without a service plan
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- Display: 4.3-inches
- Camera: 8-MP
- Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
- OS: Windows Phone 8
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- Size (LWH): 2.69 inches, 0.38 inches, 4.88 inches
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Network Compatibility: LTE
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 450 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 240 hours
4.3-inch Nokia ClearBlack OLED display (view larger).
Carl Zeiss optics, eight MP main camera, dual LED flash, Auto Focus (view larger).
The Nokia Lumia 820 with 4G LTE and Windows Phone 8 is truly a value-priced powerhouse. When you discover all that the Nokia Lumia 820 has to offer – including premium design and powerful dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor- nothing less will do. The Lumina features an award- winning Nokia ClearBlack OLED display that measures 4.3 inches. ClearBlack Display blocks incoming light reflections through a polarized layer to improve screen visibility under direct sunlight so you always have a rich user-experience.
The advanced, eight-megapixel camera has autofocus, a dual-LED flash and simple sharing tools. There is also a front-facing VGA camera for easy self portraits. Video play and capture is available with Carl Zeiss optics and HD 1080p. With up to 64 GB MicroSD expandable memory and SkyDrive cloud storage available, there’s enough memory to keep all your photos and video.
Smartphone Features and Applications
The Lumia is equipped with convenient, free apps like streaming music and voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation. Even make your phone your own with a variety of personalization options. Other features include NFC technology, HAC compatibility and access to over 100,000 applications via Windows Marketplace.
With AT&T's 4G HSPA+ network, you'll enjoy mobile broadband speeds up to four times faster than AT&T's already fast mobile broadband network. You also get the AT&T Mobile Hotspot service built right into the smartphone--enabling you to connect additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the phone's mobile broadband signal (requires appropriate data plan).
The Nokia Lumia measures 820 4.88 x 2.69 x .38 inches, and it weighs 5.57 ounces.
What's in the Box
Nokia Lumia; Battery; Nokia fast USB charger; Connectivity cable; Quick start
What is 4G?
4G is a wireless technology term meaning "Fourth Generation." 4G follows 3G as the latest addition to AT&T's mobile broadband network. When combined with enhanced backhaul, 4G means faster speeds, where data transfers take less time to complete.
AT&T has upgraded the software of its nationwide mobile broadband network with HSPA+ which, with enhanced backhaul, enables speeds up to 4x faster than AT&T's already fast mobile broadband speeds. And now, AT&T is evolving to even faster 4G speeds with the launch of AT&T's 4G LTE technology in select markets.
Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.
How does AT&T 4G differ from other 4G networks?
AT&T is the only network offering two layers of 4G technology: HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul and LTE, both capable of delivering 4G speeds. Customers will have access to fast speeds as they move in and out of 4G LTE areas. Customers of competitors who do not have HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul are likely to see a steep drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE areas.
In areas where either AT&T's 3G or 4G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways.
Optional AT&T Services
AT&T Navigator: This premium GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. You'll be able to find the closes ATM, restaurant, gas station, Wi-Fi hotspot and more with over 10 million business listings.
AT&T FamilyMap: Locate any phone indoors or outdoors on the AT&T Network. FamilyMap provides peace of mind by being able to conveniently locate a family member from your wireless phone or PC and know that your family's information is secure and private. Want to verify that your child arrives home from school each day? Set up a Schedule Check to automatically get location information sent to you via text message or e-mail.
Windows Phone 8
Meet the first phone powered by you.
In a world full of smartphones, Windows Phone is different because it’s powered by you with the people and things you care about. It's as personal and unique as you are, because of Live Tiles – amazing little tiles that you can pin to your Start screen and arrange your way, and they deliver what’s happening with the people and apps you love right to your Start screen. Plus it’s built for peace of mind because every single app is tested for malware before you download it. It also works with Windows so you can access your documents and pictures from virtually anywhere with SkyDrive. Come meet your Windows Phone, and see why the phone you bring to life is as unique as you are.
Live Tiles and Live Apps
Your stuff at a glance. Only Windows Phone has Live Tiles and Live Apps that give you real-time updates on everything you care about right on your Start screen.
Apps from the Windows Phone Store. Wi-Fi access or data connection required; carrier fees apply
People Hub and Rooms
Bring your contacts to life. Now your Facebook, Outlook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype and other contacts are accessible in People Hub. Instantly call, text, email or contact them using Skype all from the same place.
Go ahead, let the kids play. Children love playing with your phone. Sometimes it's games. Sometimes it's the phone settings. Sometimes it's emails to your boss. Kid's Corner gives kids access to only the apps and features you choose. So you can be sure they're playing Angry Birds and not emailing your angry boss.
Your stuff goes wherever you go. With SkyDrive all your photos, Word docs, Excel spread sheets and PowerPoint presentations are backed up and accessible virtually everywhere including Windows Phone. SkyDrive comes with 7 GB of free storage space.
Wi-Fi access or data connection required; carrier fees apply.
Your music the moment you want it. With an Xbox Music Pass, your songs, albums and even your playlists are instantly accessible across your devices. No matter which one you downloaded the music to.
Compatible devices and internet access required; carrier fees apply. Xbox Music Pass sold separately. On Xbox 360, content is streaming only and also requires an Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately). See xbox.com/music.
Camera and Lenses
Point, shoot and share in an instant. Your Windows Phone lets you take and share pictures faster than ever to your friends and social sites like Facebook. Moving from standby to shooting and sharing take seconds, so you never miss a moment. Add personal creativity to your shots with Lenses, directly within your camera, no app needed.
Top Customer Reviews
Bought the Lumia 820 after years as an iPhone user. I have been getting bored with iOS and its lack of major innovation, and Android just never felt right for me. I was excited about the prospects of Windows Phone 8, and for good reason.
The OS is very well done. Great layout, easy to personalize, and things just work well.
But... there are two major problems that I just cannot overlook with the Lumia 820 that keep it from being a great phone:
1. Battery life is totally hit or miss. Some days a full charge will last all day, some days a full charge will last four hours or less. I always keep Bluetooth (see issue 2) and WiFi off, and have absolutely no apps running in the background, and still the major fluctuation in battery life. This is not just me, Windows Phone forums are full of people with the same experience. Apparently there are some apps (most notably Nokia Drive (which I love, btw) continues to run even when there is no indication of it anywhere on the phone. What other apps are doing the same? Not sure.
2. The phone does not support all bluetooth profiles. Again, WP forums are packed with frustrated users who cannot use BT in their cars, some older (mine is 2007) and even some brand new. Also cannot consistently use BT with my Monster HD mini speaker. This is baffling that in todays world dominated by bluetooth use that Nokia/Microsoft did not include support of all BT profiles. Windows 7 phones reportedly did not have the problem, it is only the new generation. To their credit, Microsoft is working on the issue and has been very responsive of support requests. Nokia on the other hand immediately blamed the car manufacturers and told me to go to my dealer... ugh.
On the positive side though, there are plenty of great things:
1. The WP8 interface is fantastic.
2. The camera quality is outstanding, even if it does not have the same upgrades that the 920 does, quality is just fantastic on both pics and video.
3. Nokia apps are across the board very useful. Especially Nokia Drive and Nokia Music.
4, Office app integration! Word, PP and Excel and OneNote with included Sky Drive storage space.
5. Wireless charging (when the pods and cases finally come out, should be in the next week or two.
6. Voice recognition works very well, especially in conjunction with texting. Can have full text conversations without ever touching the phone, which comes in very handy.
Conclusion: Its so close to being an amazing phone! I contemplated returning it (today is my last day to do so at AT&T without major penalty), but decided to stick with it in hopes that MS will offer a fix for one of the two problems above. Overall, the positives are outweighing the negatives. I am at least a somewhat happy user of the Lumia 820, with hopes of it turning to a very happy user once updates come out. Such is the life of an early-adopter.
UPDATE: Bumped review up from 3 to 4 stars. The battery issue is for the most part resolved. Per Microsoft's suggestion, I uninstalled and reinstalled the Facebook and Skype apps and it made a huge difference in battery life of the phone. It is still not great, but I can survive the entire work day without charging, which is dramatic improvement over how bad it was. Also, I have been informed that an early 2012 there will be an over the air update that should include resolution to the bluetooth issues. Hopefully at that point I can get it up to five star review.
The phone itself is very well made. To me, it is a great size. not too big and not too small. It has very clean lines and easily fits into a pocket. The screen is very bright and easy to read. The viewing angles are awesome. I actually think they are better than the 920 when I compared them in the AT&T store.
The operating system is very cool to use. it's definitely a different experience than Android or iOS, but I believe a lot of people would really like it if they gave it a shot. Everything runs fast and smooth. It is a VERY easy operating system to get used to and enjoy.
I really like the Nokia included apps, especially the mix music feature. It's like Pandora, but you can download music for offline listening which I like. I also like podcasts and it is easy to find and subscribe to my favorites. There are plenty of apps out there to meet my needs. The game selection is pretty good.
I put a 32 GB micro SD card into the phone so I have plenty of storage. I also like that there is a removable battery in case I need a replacement.
All in all, I think it's a great phone and hopefully more people will give Windows Phone a shot.
The camera quality is outstanding, even if it does not have the same upgrades that the 920 does, quality is just fantastic on both pics and video.
Nokia apps are across the board very useful. Especially Nokia Drive and Nokia Music.
Office app integration! Word, PP and Excel and OneNote with included Sky Drive storage space.
Wireless charging (when the pods and cases finally come out, should be in the next week or two.
Voice recognition works very well, especially in conjunction with texting. Can have full text conversations without ever touching the phone, which comes in very handy.
822 has over the 920: Removable battery (very important for me as I use my phone for tracking long bike rides and hikes using GPS and need to replace the battery) and Expandable Memory using a micro SD card.
920 has over 822: Improved screen (not really that noticeable side by side), image stabilization in the camera optics.
This phone does everything I want. The NFC (Near Field Communications) is great for sharing photos and contacts with a friend. Its very fast and snappy, and the Microsoft Windows 8 software really impressed me. Everything (settings, photos, videos, etc) syncs to my private web storage on Skydrive, so when I take a photo, I can easily access it via the web site. The integrated Microsoft office is also really a nice feature.
This phone is a great combo of quality hardware and well designed software. I'm really pleased with my switch from Android to Windows Phone 8.