Nokia Lumia 820: Back with a bang

The Finnish handset maker still rules the hearts as its new device shows.

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Published: April 11, 2013 2:39 pm

The Finnish handset maker still rules the hearts as its new device shows

Back in the late nineties,I used to be the proud owner of a Nokia 5110,a sturdy phone with a larger than big postage stamp size LCD screen,which used to display black text on white background. The device’s long-lasting battery was its unique selling point; the phone needed to be plugged in for charging after five to six days of moderate use. Somewhere down the line,I drifted away from the Finnish company’s products,briefly dabbling with the Motorola Razr and eventually getting addicted to the BlackBerry family till date.


Specs

* Dimensions: 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm

* Display: 4.3 inch OLED WVGA 800 x 480

* Operating system: Windows Phone 8

* Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4

* Camera: 8 MP with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash

* Memory: 1 GB RAM,8 GB mass memory,support for microSD cards up to 32GB

* Sensors: Accelerometer,proximity,compass,ambient light,gyroscope

Estimated street price:Rs 23,969


My association with Nokia was recently revived,courtesy the Lumia 820 that came to us for a product review. It is a stylish,mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact package. With a 4.3-inch clear black OLED display,Nokia’s peerless suite of location based apps and wireless charging,I feel that this device is the most versatile Lumia phone. Its 8 megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash helps you beautifully capture your picture perfect moments.

In a smart strategy in order to entice the younger lot,Nokia has made available its Lumia 820 in a range of colours—red,yellow,cyan,white & black—and a beautifully sleek design. While the Lumia 820 has the same features and unibody look and feel as the Lumia 920,it comes with an exchangeable shell design.

Set up at my end was a simple affair. Insert the micro-SIM and memory card and connect the USB cable to the charger. You can also charge from a computer with the USB cable. The device offers rich,fast,personal and fully connected user experience straight out of the box. To get apps from the Store or access more Microsoft services,such as SkyDrive or Hotmail,your phone guides you to create a Microsoft account. You can also sign in to your existing Microsoft account,which allows you use to access,for example,Hotmail.

To use your phone,simply tap or tap and hold the touchscreen. If you want to swipe,place a finger on the screen,and slide it in the direction you want. To zoom in or out,place two fingers on an item,such as photo,and slide your fingers apart or together. In my experience,taking pictures with the Nokia Lumia 820 couldn’t have been more fun. While the Cinemagraph feature allows you to add some movement to your still images,the Smart Shoot lens enables you to take multiple photos with a single click so that you can edit effortlessly to make the perfect picture.

You can also take your friends with you. Get in touch with your friends,family,colleagues,you name it. The People Hub is the place to manage all your contact information. To transfer contacts from your old phone,on the start screen,swipe left,and tap Transfer my Data. Follow the instructions shown,and tap continue. If your old phone is a Windows Phone device,sync your contacts to your Microsoft account,and import them to your new phone straight from the service.

You can also add a personal touch to your phone. The start screen of the Nokia Lumia 820 contains live tiles that show you what’s going on. Pin your favourite apps,music and more to the start screen. To pin for example,an app,swipe left tot he apps menu,tap and hold the app,and tap pin to Start. Importantly,this Lumia device supports wireless charging. Just put your phone on a wireless charger (available separately) and it starts charging.

It was my fond memories of the Nokia 5110 that prompted me to try the Lumia 820. Take my word,the Lumia 820 is unarguably a phone to enjoy using.

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