Nokia Lumia 822

Nokia Lumia 822 -- Verizon's Take on the 820

It's a funky mix of above average features and a few standout options wrapped in a dull design.

CDMA 800 / 900 / GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Form Factor:
Block / Windows Phone 8
127 x 68 x 11 mm
Touch Screen
Battery Type:
1800 mAh Li-Ion
Talk Time:
10.2 hours
Standby Time:
10.6 days
16.0 GB
Radiation (SAR):

Main Screen:
AMOLED (Polarization Filter / Light Time-Out / Ambient Light Sensor)
16,700,000 colors (480 x 800 px)
Secondary Screen:
8.0 MP / Carl Zeiss / Dual LED Flash / 4X Zoom / Touch Focus / 1080p Video Recorder / 1.3 MP / Video Chat

MP3 Player:
FM Radio:
Noise Cancellation

480 x 800 px
Screen Savers:
480 x 800 px
Xbox Live / Windows Marketplace for Mobile
Streaming Multimedia:
MPEG-4 / AVI / H.263 / H.264 / WMV9

POP3 / IMAP4 / SMTP / Exchange / Outlook
Windows Live
Predictive Text:
Handwriting Recognition

Office Mobile
To-Do List:
2.0 (Internet Explorer 9)
Voice Commands:

Infrared Port:
High-Speed Data:
LTE / cdma2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A
802.11 a/b/g/n / NFC
Nokia Maps / Nokia City Lens
PC Sync:
USB 2.0 (My Phone / Wireless Charging)

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When Nokia created the Lumia line, it marked a turning point for the company -- it jettisoned Symbian, since the operating system was aging quicker than a meth addict in a tanning salon. By teaming up with Microsoft, Nokia bet its chips on Windows as the software for its comeback.

Now, Windows still lags far behind Android and Apple in terms of mobile popularity, but Nokia's second generation of Lumia phones are worthy competitors, especially its sleek flagship, the Lumia 920.

But not everybody wants a flagship phone, and for Verizon customers, there's a mid-range option that gives you the Lumia experience without obliterating your budget. That's where the 822 comes in.

The 822 strays from Nokia's "monoblock" straight-edge, flat-side design, opting instead for a rounder, fatter look. It also comes in black and white rather than the trademark candy hues of Windows devices. I prefer the cleaner look of the 820, but the 822 is more contoured to the hand, giving it a more comfortable grip.

Photo 1

It's about the same size as the Galaxy Nexus, but surprisingly heavier due to the hard plastic casing. The display is smaller, too, giving it a clunky feel. The battery cover doesn't wrap around the front like on the 820, so it's easy to pop off.

The 4.3-inch screen is nowhere close to the same league as the 920, of course, but it's not bad for a mid-tier device. The 800-by-400 resolution makes Windows look great, but the 217-pixel per inch density is a bit on the low side. I didn't notice any obvious pixilation, though, -- it doesn't use the inferior PenTile layout -- so while it's not as sharp as other devices, it's clearer than many high-end devices.

At 398-lux, colors are rich and blacks are deep for a wide range of contrast. For comparison, on average, displays clock in around 300-lux, while the iPhone registers in a ridiculous 525. Next to top-tier devices, I noticed a slight bluish tint, but not enough to be noticeable alone. Outdoors, a polarizing filter helps to cut down on glare, so you can see at all angles.

The best part, though, is the responsiveness. Like the 920, the 822 comes with a "glove" mode that lets you use it with clothing -- great if you live in cold climates or work on a construction site. No need to freeze your fingers to send a message on frosty days.

The 8-megapixel camera, meanwhile, is fantastic. Carl Zeiss has a reputation for outstanding optics, and the 822's auto-focus lens takes clearer, more detailed shots than many more-expensive rivals. Colors are true-to-life and noise was kept to a minimum -- even in low-light. But if it's too dark, the LED flash is handy, though, it tends to wash out colors in the face.

Photo 2

The software is great, too. Nokia includes apps, called "lenses," to add post-processing effects, like Instagram. During group shots, you can also capture a rapid-series of shots and then swap faces for the perfect shot. My favorite, though, is an app that creates GIF-esque moving images. But if you'd rather shoot longer clips, you can record high-definition 1080p video. For chat, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera does the job.

You'll either love Windows or hate it. If you think the iPhone is too simple or Android is too confusing, you'll love live tiles. It's just right and very easy to use. The draw is "live" tiles, which are like icons, but they interact and move, showing you more or less information with a tap. You can drop in tiles for dates and weather to news and Facebook updates, all on the homescreen.

The interface is beautiful -- it's cleaner than Android and shows more on the homescreen than iOS. But Windows is weak on third-party apps. You'll find some popular titles like Angry Birds, but others famous programs are missing.

Still, Nokia adds some really great apps, too. City Lens, for example, uses augmented reality to recommend where to eat and what to see. Just active the lens and view the world through the display. You also get helpful features like Navigation for give turn-by-turn driving directions, but it's not as comprehensive as Google Maps.

But the 822 comes with one unique Verizon feature: it works with Microsoft's Data Sense, which compresses files as you send and receive them. That means your data bills are cut. The program can save you up to 30 percent -- and that makes a difference. It's just a great function if you run up data bills and I'm surprised it's not on more phones.

Photo 3

The 1,800 mAh battery life is exceptional. I squeezed out around 12 hours for talk time and well over a day and a half with moderate use. You can also charge wirelessly with a pillow, sold separately. Meanwhile, the 1.5-gigahertz dual-core chip hums along smoothly -- it's actually the same processor as the one on the 920.

What makes the 822 better than the 810 and 820 is Verizon's faster LTE service. That's about three times speedier than T-Mobile's 3.5G network. You'll get mediocre 16-gigabytes of storage, but if you need more you can add a microSD card. Unless you plan to throw on a lot of music or movies, it should be enough.

If you want to try Windows, but don't want to pay a premium price, the 822 is a solid mid-range device. It's funky combination of boring design, some mediocre features and some standout options, but it's a pretty good deal for the price, especially if you're tied to Verizon.

But consider your options before you buy it. If you're torn between carriers, the 810 for T-Mobile and 820 for AT&T are just as good. The 822 has a leg up with Data Sense, but the 820 is the better-looking of the two. Also take a look at HTC's mid-tier 8S. It also runs on Windows, but it's a step down from the 822 -- it lacks 4G and has a worse camera.

For Android, the Nexus 4 is far superior in hardware and software. But it's sold by Google, independent of a carrier, so you have to pay more upfront, without subsidies. Otherwise, the HTC One VX is a low-end option to the X+, but the cheap build materials make you wish you paid more.

Overall, the 822 is a good all-around device. You won't be blown away, but you won't pay an arm and a leg, either.

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Rating: 5 of 5 Lumia 822 Review

Paul S. on November 23, 2012

If you're on Verizon, and you're looking for a Windows phone, the Lumia 822 is a great choice.

To start, the design of this device is wonderful -- it's more alluring that the photos make it out to be. Go check it out in person.

Unfortunately, it's made of plastic. The material is thick and sturdy, with a partial flat, partial gloss finish, but it can feel a bit cheap compared to higher-end devices. The back lacks a rubbery coating other devices have, but fortunately, the sides slant in from the bottom to the top, giving it an easy-to-hold design so it doesn't accidentally slip out of your hand.

There's wireless charging -- not included -- but you'll need to buy a separate back for that feature.

I found the phone wider and thicker than most, but you won't have problems fitting it into a pocket or purse. The keys have a nice firm click to them on the edges, and the power button is nicely placed for your right thumb. But if you're left-handed, it's going to be a pain. Also, if you're going to take a photo, the camera key uses is a two-step process, which took me a little time to get used to it.

Meanwhile, the 480-by-800 pixel resolution seems low, but don't let it fool you. It's a great touch screen with bright colors that pop. Nokia included a super-sensitive touch that you can use with gloves, but thicker gloves, like leather, won't work. Gorilla Glass ensures it's all protected, and when the screen is off, the black blends into the bezel nicely for a sleek look.

I was pleasantly surprised by the camera. Low-light shots came out sharp, thanks to the flash, and the colors were pretty accurate -- no oversaturation here. Some of the filters, like white balance, aren't that great. But that's a software issue, which hopefully can be fixed with an update.

For added fun, Nokia has software like Creative Studio for editing and Cinemagraph to make animated pictures. It's actually pretty neat and a great feature for post-processing. Love it.

The speakerphone on the back is plenty loud, so you won't have to worry about muffled sounds; you can hear everything on this phone. The earpiece is good too and there's Dolby audio with an equalizer for your music. It's akin to Beats Audio from HTC -- you can boost frequencies and tune tones to your liking.

Windows 8 is new to me. I've been using an iPhone, so I was a bit worried. But I have to say, I love it. There are enough apps in the store to make it worthwhile. It's not near the level of Apple, but it's not a desert. The software loads quickly, and there's no stalling, lagging or crashes. Nokia even adds exclusive photo apps it calls "lenses" to let you add cool effects to your photos. The apps work wonderfully with Creative Studio. Nokia has about 30 or so exclusive apps in the Windows store.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the Lumia 822. It's a beautiful phone with easy-to-use software. For the price, you can't go wrong, and I'd recommend this to anyone.

The battery is on par with most power-chugging smartphones on the market. I can get around 16 hours on a charge, which last me through the workday. But if I forget to charge it when I go to bed, I'm screwed the next day. I recommend you get a second charger to leave at the office.

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Rating: 5 of 5 VIDEO is private? WTF!

Robin on August 03, 2013

The review is interesting,BUT... read the CONS!

What kind of moron posts a video about the Nokia Lumia 822 and then makes the video PRIVATE!

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Rating: 4 of 5 Elegant, Innovative Phone

C. Roth on December 01, 2012

The Lumia 822's camera is great -- pictures and videos are sharp and colors come out natural. The music player is equally great too -- not only can you sync with iTunes, but Nokia offers a free Pandora-like service to enjoy music.

For navigation, Nokia's mapping service is amazing. It's very accurate -- much more than iOS, which isn't saying much -- and even tells you stops to take on route when you need them.

Like others, I was skeptical of Windows 8, but the software is pretty nice. You can customize the home screen and change the location and prominence of apps. You can also pick live updates. So, for instance, when you pin a contact to the home page, you can choose to see his Facebook and Twitter updates on the app. Now you don't even have to login to view updates. Very cool.

Another big plus is Microsoft Office. You can edit Word and Excel documents directly on the phone, which is nice if you need to step out of the office. There's also an app that let you sync to-do lists with people on Facebook or email accounts on Hotmail.

I'm very happy with my Lumia 822. It's an elegant phone with a great camera and screen. The software is innovative, and I'd highly recommend it.

I have big hands, and it's a bit hard to type on this thing. But I'm getting better at it. Also, the app store is kind of thin. It's not a wasteland -- there are new apps going up every day, so it's just a matter of time. Still, there are some apps on Android I wish I had on Windows. Aside from that, I don't have any issues.

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Rating: 5 of 5 Stylish, Functional Phone

Andy O'Neil on November 20, 2012

I manage mobile devices for a corporation in Rhode Island, USA and chose the Nokia Lumia 822 when we switched our account over to Verizon. I couldn't be happier.

I previously had an HTC HD7 from T-Mobile, and here some of my observations:

I switched to the Lumia 822 from the HTC HD7 and I couldn't be happier with my choice. First, the display is one of the best I've seen. Gorilla Glass protects it from scratches and an ambient light sensor will automatically adjust the brightness to your surroundings, keeping the colors bright even in sunlight.

You might think the lower resolution is a turn off, but for me it wasn't very noticeable. Did I mention Nokia used a new high-sensitivity glass so you can use it with gloves? Now when it's snowing outside, you don't have to freeze your hands off trying to tap tiles or switch songs. Nice!

The 1.5-gigahertz processor is plenty quick and there's no lag at all. Of course, it runs on Microsoft's touted Windows Phone 8 software, which is a big change for me. But I haven't seen much not to like. The experience was pleasant and launching apps take less than a second -- with the splash screen most apps load.

In short, the Lumia 822 is a stylish device with fast speeds and a growing marketplace. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in Windows Phone 8.

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