NOKIA LU­MIA 820

HWM (Singapore) - - Design & Handling -

The Lu­mia 820 bears re­sem­blance to Nokia’s for­mer flag­ship Lu­mia 920, but while it comes with the poly­car­bon­ate chas­sis, there are mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the form of a less an­gu­lar form, as well as re­mov­able back cover.

The rounded cor­ners make it eas­ier to hold, and al­though we ap­pre­ci­ate the con­ve­nience of hav­ing a re­mov­able back cover, it is ridicu­lously hard to re­move to ac­cess the 1,650mAh bat­tery, mi­cro-SD and mi­cro-SIM card slots.

The black hard­ware but­tons are all lo­cated on the right side of the Lu­mia 820 which makes for sim­pler op­er­a­tion; they in­clude the vol­ume rocker, as well as the power and cam­era shut­ter but­tons. They are suf­fi­ciently raised for good tac­tile feed­back when pressed.

As the only non-An­droid-pow­ered de­vice in this roundup, the Lu­mia 820 runs on Win­dows Phone 8. It also comes with Nokia’s ex­clu­sive apps and ser­vices such as Nokia City Lens, Nokia Maps and App High­lights.

Housed in the poly­car­bon­ate body is a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with a res­o­lu­tion of 800 x 480 pix­els, which is an ob­vi­ous far cry from the Lu­mia 920’s PureMo­tion HD+ IPS dis­play. Un­for­tu­nately for Nokia, the same goes for most of the Lu­mia 820’s ri­vals in this com­par­i­son.

In terms of hard­ware, the Lu­mia 820 runs on a Qual­comm Snap­dragon S4 du­al­core 1.5GHz pro­ces­sor, and 1GB RAM. Its on­board 8GB of stor­age is aug­mented by mi­cro-SD card sup­port, and 7GB of free SkyDrive cloud stor­age from Microsoft.

An 8-megapixel cam­era with

Carl Zeiss op­tics sits at

the bac.

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