Nokia Lumia 820: A Feature Rich but Affordable Windows Phone

If you want to have a Lumia 920 and all its Windows Phone 8 glory but you do not have the money for it, you might have to settle for the other Lumia phones.

One of your options is AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 820. Though it is not as expansive as the Nokia Lumia 920, this phone has almost everything that you want in the 920 for less cost.

So what does the Lumia 820 have in store for you? Take a look and find out:


This one looks like one of its brethren, the T-Mobile 810, with its monoblock build and sharp corners. It is 4.9 inches tall and 2.7 inches wide. And like the other Lumias, it is a bit on the heavy side at 5.1 ounce.  Normally, I would not have a problem with heavy phones because it usually translates to long battery hours, but this time it has a smaller battery capacity (1,650mAh) compared to the Lumia 920.

Another problem I have with this phone is that to access the SD card slot, you have to remove the back panel – which is hard to pry off, and then remove the battery to do it. That is a lot of hassle just to add an SD card (up to 64GB).


Though not as sharp as HD screens, the Lumia 820’s 4.3 inch AMOLED display still gives bright and vivid colors. The ClearBlack Display from the Lumia 920, which reduces outdoor glare, is also featured on this phone. The screen is also protected from scratches by a layer of Gorilla Glass.


Even with the low price tag, the 820 still sports an 8MP rear shooter with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash. At automatic settings, it takes some really nice outdoor shots. It struggles a bit with shots with no natural lighting where the background color can be a little dull. If you are used to advanced features from other phones, you might be disappointed in this one. It does not allow you to change brightness, resolution and saturation levels. There is panoramic mode but aside from that, the only other things you can do are preset the ISO and white balance. There is also 1.2MP front-facing camera. It will not take great self shots by any means, but it is adequate enough for VoIP service calls, especially at its price.


Of course this device has the Windows phone 8 OS and all its goodness: the resizable tile interface, Kid’s Corner, Office 2013 and NFC features including Tap + Send sharing. The Lumia 820 also supports Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. You also get additional 7GB storage space online via Microsoft SkyDrive. Nokia also added their own touch with Nokia Drive for voice navigation, Nokia Maps and Nokia Music, which lets you download up to 250 songs that you can listen to even if you are offline. Though you do not get wireless charging out of the box, you can buy one for your unit to enjoy the feature.


You get a lot of bang for your buck with the Lumia 820 because it is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip; the same one that is powering Lumia 920 and Samsung’s Galaxy S3. What you get is a very fast and very smooth experience. And with AT&T’s LTE network, data transfers are equally fast.


It is not as stylish, vibrant or colorful as the Nokia 920 but it has almost everything you love about the Nokia Lumia 920. It’s got a large AMOLED screen, Windows Phone 8 and all the Nokia add-ins, and the processor of a flagship phone. Finally, you are getting the phone in a bargain of a price. This is a great deal from AT&T and Nokia.