Nokia Lumia 820

nokia-lumia-820-2Although overlooked by the other more premium members of the Nokia Lumia family, especially the Nokia Lumia 920, the Nokia Lumia 820 is something of a hidden gem. Despite being one of the high-end members of the Lumia family, the Nokia Lumia 820 is a bargain as the handset can be purchased for less than £200 online.

The smartphone market tends to be dominated by Apple and Android operating systems, however, the Windows operating system is becoming an increasingly popular option. One of the great things about the Nokia Lumia 820 is that it is a Windows 8 phone. As with other Windows 8 phones, the device sports a highly customizable start screen that comprises of tiles, much like that seen on the Windows 8 laptops and computers. As there are three tile sizes available, you can fit a good number of contacts, programs and apps onto one home screen. In addition, you can also add ‘Live Tiles’ which connect to social media or news applications and instantly update themselves. This means that you are always up to date!

Although the Windows Phone operating system is not well-known for its range of apps, Windows’ collection is certainly growing. In addition, Nokia have made an effort to tackle this problem by preloading the Nokia Lumia 820 with a number of exclusive apps which are unavailable on other Windows Phone devices.

Beneath the surface, the device is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. This is the same chipset featured in the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Nokia Lumia 920 and makes the Nokia Lumia 820 a speedy and responsive device.

While the Nokia Lumia 820 lacks the Pure View technology seen in the more elite members of the Lumia family, it has a pair of relatively decent cameras. The smartphone has a 1.2MP front-facing camera, which makes it great for video calling. On the back of the phone there is an 8MP camera equipped with a dual LED flash, which is more than capable of taking great photos on the go, even in poor lighting conditions. In addition, like other devices in the Nokia Lumia family, the Nokia Lumia 820’s camera is equipped with Carl Zeiss optics for clear images.

The Nokia Lumia 820 is available in a broad range of colours and like the old Nokia mobile phones the back cover is switchable, making the device even more customisable. Hopefully, in the future we will see more innovative designs being released from third-party manufacturers. The back cover is also capable of wireless charging which makes it great for those who rely heavily on their smartphone.

In short: if you are looking for a solid Windows 8 phone without a hefty price tag, give the Nokia Lumia 820 a go!