Nokia Lumia 820 review

The baby brother steps up

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Nokia Lumia 820 review

One of the Nokia Lumia 820's strengths is undoubtedly the social-media integration that makes up the backbone of its contact-focused "people" app.

When you set up the phone, you'll be prompted to add in your various email and social network information - and given the option to sync all the relevant contacts and information with the Lumia 820.

All of the information is then fed into the people app which forms your one-stop-shop of social interaction.

The vertical contact list looks similar to the app list and the Lumia 820 will pull in each contact's social network profile picture as a handy illustration. These profile pictures also appear in random patterns on the People homescreen live tile.

The alphabetical contact list can be quickly navigated by tapping one of the letter dividers, which in turn brings up a thumbnail menu letting you jump straight to a letter and all the relevant contacts.

Nokia Lumia 820 review

Once you've selected your contact, you can see general information such as number and email, as well as social data such as birthday and address - if that contact has shared it on his or her Facebook page. You're given the option to either call that contact, or write them an email or tweet them something, all from within the application.

Swiping horizontally through a contact card lets you see what new information that person has posted, including status updates and photos, as well as check your recent interaction history. So if you sent a message, then commented on a Facebook post, it's all collected into one place.

The same approach works for the application as a whole. Swipe left and you get a constantly updated news feed for everyone in your address book. Swipe again and you get the most recent contact cards you've viewed. You can also pin any contact card directly to the homescreen for even faster access.

The usual contact options, from creating groups to adding in multiple numbers and email addresses, are all included as well. The small plus icon lets you quickly add a new contact to your exisiting ones.


Sitting pretty at the very top of the homescreen is the phone tile - a quick tap and you're presented with you call history and four options along the bottom of the screen. Usually we would expect icons to appear at the top or in the centre of the screen but in Windows Phone 8; you'll always find icons anchored to the bottom of the display.

Nokia Lumia 820 review

From here you can jump to either voicemail, your dial pad, contact book or call history.

The dial pad is big and chunky - meaning that, gloves or not, you're unlikely to hit the wrong number when dialling. It's not the most attractive dial pad we've ever seen, but that's getting a little too nitpicky. Once you've put in your number you can call straight away or save to your contact book.

There isn't any window dressing in the form of video call options or speed dial here. You get your dial pad, and that's it.

Good news is, when you're actually on the phone the volume and clarity of the call are both perfectly acceptable. We could clearly hear the other person on the end of the line and likewise didn't experience any problems speaking to them.

This isn't exactly surprising as Nokia has been making phones for long enough now to get the basics right. More importantly, we didn't have any trouble with dropped calls or flaky signal. If you're on the EE network in the UK or Optus in Australia, then you'll be able to pick the Nokia Lumia 820 up on 4G, for the rest of us though, it's still plain old 3G.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
SAR Value0.79 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time15.40 Hour
Product Model820
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)160 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, EU RoHS, REACH, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height123.8 mm
Width68.5 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
Product NameLumia 820 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Orientation Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part NumberA00008995
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 820 Smartphone
  • MicroUSB Charger AC-50
  • Battery BP-5T
  • Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD
  • Headset WH-208
  • Product User's Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year