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Nokia Lumia 820 review

The baby brother steps up

If you're an EE customer in the UK or on Optus in Australia, then you'll be able to get hold of the Nokia Lumia 820 on a 4G data plan, giving you access to much faster browsing speeds. Otherwise, you're going to be relying on the regular 3G to accompany standard b/g/n Wi-Fi that is also available.

Nokia Lumia 820 review

In terms of browser selection, you're a little bit limited with Windows Phone 8. It comes, rather unsurprisingly, packed with Internet Explorer and, as yet, other big-hitters like Safari and Chrome haven't put in an appearance on Microsoft's Windows Phone store.

That said, you do have the very latest in browsing tech in the form of IE 10 and Microsoft is pretty confident in proclaiming it the fastest browser currently available. While we found that even graphic-heavy sites loaded up quickly over a Wi-Fi connection, the same can't really be said for 3G.

Perhaps we're feeling spoiled by the 4G we've already witnessed on other handsets, but we found the Lumia 820 took a good fifteen to twenty seconds to load up a web page over a 3G connection. Longer still when we tried firing up a YouTube video within the browser.

It manages to claw some credibility back when it comes to search. Again, unsurprisingly from Microsoft, Bing is built into the Nokia 820 in a big way. You can access the search engine from anywhere in the operating system and it pretty much handled everything we threw at it.

Nokia Lumia 820 review

Bing probably doesn't get enough credit as a search engine but in recent years Microsoft has thrown a considerable amount of money at refining and perfecting the service.

It's hardly about to steal a march on Google, but we'd gently suggest giving it a try before completely writing off its ability to direct you around the internet. If you really don't like it, there's an option within IE to make Google the default search engine.

While you're mid-browse, you can tap the three dots at the bottom of the screen to bring up IE's options. Tabbed browsing is present and accounted for, although we didn't really appreciate having to go into the options list to do this. We'd rather Microsoft took notice of Chrome which has the option of a new tab right there on the screen as a standalone function.

Other options are also listed, including the ability to add favourites and quickly share pages over email, Facebook, Twitter or your preferred social network.

You can also pin a specific web page - the Barclay's Premier League table for instance - straight to the home page for quick reference.

Websites themselves look great on the HD 4.3-inch screen and we found both zooming and scrolling to be quick and responsive. In fact, the only aspect of browsing that wasn't buttery smooth was the transition from portrait to landscape.

The accelerometer seemed to take an extra second to process the action before we saw the result on the screen.

Internet Explorer 10 subsists on a diet of nutritious HTML 5, which means that Flash is not supported. It's a minor irritation, as plenty of sites still use Flash - although even Adobe has confirmed the ageing software format is on its way out.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerNokia
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 Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
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