After one month with Lumia 820

Simplicity is here the key factor. Windows Phone 8 is pretty simple in use. The simplicity is achieved with no loss in comprehensive possibilities. This OS together with the powerful hardware deliver fast and responsive solution. To me a phone is a device to perform tasks immediately instead of thinking how to use it.

Nokia Lumia 820 general specification:

  • OS: Windows Phone 8
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960, dual-core, 1.5 GHz, Adreno 225
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal storage: 8GB
  • Camera: 8 Mpix Carl Zeiss; movies: 1080p 30 fps

General expectations to a phone (excluding phone call and sms):

  • Organizer 
  • Alarm
  • Calendar 
  • Ringtones adjustment
  • Decent camera
  • NFC
  • Short time to start with a phone
  • Reliability 

General observations:

  • General expectation are met (except reliability, no way to assess it after one month)
  • Works really fast
  • Intuitive and coherent look and feel
  • No need to spend much time to make the phone ready to use i.e. default configuration fulfilled most of my personalization requirements
  • Good camera
  • Clear and strong sound

Start screen

Start screen personalization
Microsoft Office Excel Mobile

E51 and Lumia 820

Before Lumia I had Nokia E51. I used that phone for more than 5 years. I could rely on it. This E51 has never visited a service. There was only one issue during exploitation which I diagnosed and repaired by myself. The board under keypad was broken.

Better in 820:

  • General device performance
  • Camera

Better in E51:

  • Size, this one was much more slim. It was firstly a small challenge to fit a bigger phone in the same pockets.


Both photo and video produced with this phone have a good quality.
Dedicated camera key is a plus. It facilitates taking pictures in a stable way.
I’m sharing some photos below.


Has not been tested as yet.


I tried to prevent low battery level. The longest period without charging was 3 days. The level was slightly above a half on a scale. The phone is charging in the background when is plugged to a laptop and is an appropriate level to do so.


In my opinion Nokia Lumia 820 is a right combination of WP8 OS and Nokia hardware. I roughly know what this phone offers and my continuous expectation is the reliability.

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