Nokia Lumia 822 - black (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Nokia Part number: Lumia822Black
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- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 11/20/2012
- Released on: 11/19/2012
The good: Nokia's Lumia 822 delivers 4G LTE and a nice 8-megapixel camera, and adds 16GB of onboard storage with room for 64GB more.
The bad: A heavy build and rough, scratchy call quality detract from the Lumia 822's overall appeal.
The bottom line: The Nokia Lumia 822 offers a very good value for Verizon, but if you're into stylish design and spotless call quality, this isn't the phone for you.
Phone that's well worth its price!
by A-Dahle on July 15, 2013
Pros: 16 GB of memory with 1 GB of RAM
Screen quality is excellent with bright and vivid colors
Battery life was excellent
Exceptional call quality
Cons: The side buttons are a little bit too flat against the phone for my fingers as well, and they feel spongy when pressed unlike the tactile feedback of the volume keys on the iPhone.
Summary: When I first heard about this phone, I was rather curious about how good the phone itself would be. Microsoft had been advertising the new Windows Phone 8 for a ...
Summary: When I first heard about this phone, I was rather curious about how good the phone itself would be. Microsoft had been advertising the new Windows Phone 8 for a while and for a bit, I was divided between this phone and the HTC 8X. What really convinced me to buy this phone was its price. But when I started using it, I started to like this phone even more.Edit:
This phone has 16 GB of memory with 1 GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor. Unlike the HTC 8X and even the Lumia 920, this phone has a Micro SD slot to expand its overall storage which is a real bonus for me. It features a screen with a 480 x 800 resolution. Despite the low resolution, the screen quality is excellent with bright and vivid colors. To be honest, you won't notice much distortion of text except in small fonts on web pages, but that can be fixed by pinch-finger zooming.
It features the Windows Phone 8 operating system. However, Nokia's windows phones all feature Nokia apps which are a real blessing since without the apps, the phone would lack a voice navigation app. The Live tile feature is also quite useful for checking things quickly. For instance, I can use the calender app's live tile to see my to-do list for the day without having to open the app itself.
The phone features both an 8 megapixel camera on the back of the phone and a 1.2 megapixel camera on the front. The quality of pictures from the front camera leave something to be desired, but most people will rarely ever use the front camera aside from taking pictures of themselves. The back camera on the other hand has superb quality and is also capable of recording video in 1080p. The camera has a couple issues related to the software, but that should eventually be fixed with a couple of updates.
For me, the battery life was excellent. I was messing around on the web watching videos, listening to the music and just web surfing in general. The battery lasted around 11 hours despite the workload I put on the phone's processor. I can easily assume that the battery will last much longer when the phone is on standby. Turning off NFC (Near Field Communication) will help increase the battery life further.
Verizon overall has been an excellent service for me. I've had Verizon phones since I was 16 years old and I never want to stop. The people at the Verizon stores are always friendly to me and I rarely ever find a spot without reception. For those of you who hate Verizon, but still want a windows phone, consider the Lumia 920 that's AT&T exclusive.
The phone has exceptional call quality with a microphone that picks up my voice with exceptional clarity while I can easily hear what the person on the other end is saying with my speaker. It can be a bit loud for some, but adjusting your speaker volume will easily fix that.
The App store has some good apps, but is overshadowed large number of 'junk' apps, but that may have to do with the fact that there aren't enough good developers creating apps for Windows Phones yet. However, I believe that in time as more people buy Windows phones, developers will take their time and begin developing more excellent apps in the future.
I must tip my hat to Nokia for creating such an excellent phone at such an excellent price. Nokia has always had a reputation of creating durable phones that last a long time. I will easily recommend this phone to anyone and everyone who is thinking about buying a new phone. You can't get a better phone for $99.99. Period!
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Updated on Dec 1, 2013
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8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Growing in the right direction.
by 30127cnet on November 23, 2012
Pros: Nice screen. Decent battery life. Reasonably easy to use but I would suggest looking up the user manual and downloading it. Excellent accuracy on the speech-to-text feature (better accuracy than Android or Siri, imo).
Cons: Phone is slightly thicker than I like. A bit of a learning curve coming from Apple/Android - more "refined" interface than Android, but not quite as refined as Apple's OS, but, you're not tied in to iTunes, either! Lack of non-major apps.
Summary: Window's 8 is kind of like moving to a new city in Middle America. Whereas Android is like living in the untamed wild West, and Apple is like living ...
Summary: Window's 8 is kind of like moving to a new city in Middle America. Whereas Android is like living in the untamed wild West, and Apple is like living under communist rulers, Windows 8 offers "freedom", but with some conservative leanings here and there, as well.
The Nokia 822 has a very nice, bright, screen. Decent size that isn't too large for a pocket, but slightly bulky in terms of thickness. The call quality is a 7.5 on a scale of 10 with signal strength being good but not among the best. 4G speeds seem very good with good signal. The Nokia maps work well for navigating roads when a dedicated GPS isn't available. Battery life is slightly better than average by smart phone standards, especially if you turn off unneeded background updating apps.
Android can at times be an uncontrolled mess. Apple goes too far telling people what they should have, based on what Apple thinks they should have. Windows 8 phone OS offers a bit more flexibility than Apple, but not the same level of customization as Android, so it may still seem slightly restrictive to some. The app store has most of the primary major apps but chances are your hometown news station won't be coming out with a Win8 very soon, too. The text-to-speech voice recognition however, is excellent (hold the front window button down on the front of the phone to pull up that menu).
For those who don't want the wildness of Android, or the Stalin-like control of Apple, Windows 8 and the Nokia 822 offer a good mix of a pocketable phone with decent features. You'll be disappointed if you are the type to have 300 apps on your phone - chances are many will not be available in Win8 format (yet), but it's a growing and evolving system.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
U get exactly what you pay for, that's not a bad thing.
by itguy79 on November 21, 2012
Pros: Camera, customization, ease of use, size of phone, Nokia software
Cons: Choice of apps, choice of accessories.
Summary: This is my first windows phone and I've been eying it since Windows Phone 8 came out a few weeks back. Verizon only has 2 Windows phone at the ...
Summary: This is my first windows phone and I've been eying it since Windows Phone 8 came out a few weeks back. Verizon only has 2 Windows phone at the time, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Lumia 822. I compared both, and I have to admit while the HTC has the better display, the Nokia was worth every penny. It's not a super high resolution display, but the colors are great, and video and camera shots look very clean. Actually the hardware specs beyond the display are very comparable to the high end Android phones out there.
The phone is easy to use, super fast, and no it does not have all the fancy options like iOS and Android, but than again, this is Windows Phone, not those others. The Windows OS will evolve, no question about it.
I don't see apps as being a huge issue, I have about 75% of the apps I used on a regular basis from my Android on my Windows phone.
The design of the phone is not fancy, and it would be nice if it were a little slimmer, but I don't like these huge phones that are out now, so this is smaller compared to all the others at Verizon. This phone really isn't all that big, the design is pretty deceiving, and I think the phone is pretty light.
I'm pretty impressed with the software. If you are a Windows ecosystem person, then the integration with Skydrive and office is a great feature. I still use my Gmail email, contacts and calendar that integrated no problem into the phone. I was also able to sync up with my work Exchange very easily.
Overall, the phone is just easy, no fuss. I don't think its a step backwards in technology, but a step to the side. It's just different, and some people have a hard time with change.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
A phone for those frustrated with the "Big 2"
by JTSavella on December 7, 2012
Pros: The new Windows Phone operating system is intuitive and pleasant to use. The apps that were most dear to me on my Android device are already available. Everything runs smoothly on the Nokia's dual-core processor.
Cons: Not as many "niche" apps available yet for Windows. Many of the existing apps are second rate.
Summary: A great phone for those who are frustrated with Android's chaos and Apple's narcissism and greed.
The new Windows Phone is attractive and highly functional without the "clutter" ...
Summary: A great phone for those who are frustrated with Android's chaos and Apple's narcissism and greed.
The new Windows Phone is attractive and highly functional without the "clutter" and confusion of Android. The Nokia 822's components rival or exceed the Iphone 5's, at about 1/4 the contract price. In the end, the Nokia-Microsoft alliance has produced exactly what people like me have been waiting for: a smart, highly functional smartphone, that is a pleasure to use. The bargain price is icing.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
A really good phone!
by Grimm24 on January 9, 2013
Pros: Microsoft Office, and Skydrive built in as well as the Nokia apps.
Cons: It may be just me, but when I type a word and have a typo in the middle, I have to retype the whole word. The speakers sound tinny.
Summary: This is my second cell phone my first was the Samsung Galaxy Fascinate. When it came time to upgrade, I took a chance with the Windows phone and I am ...
Summary: This is my second cell phone my first was the Samsung Galaxy Fascinate. When it came time to upgrade, I took a chance with the Windows phone and I am very happy with it. It does everything I want. I love having the ability to edit all my word documents and Excel spreadsheets and then emailing them.
The Windows OS is a breath of fresh air for me. I have been playing around with it for about a week and I think I am getting to the point where I have everything where I want it. The camera is taking me more time to get used to however. I have to learn to pinch and zoom when I am recording video instead of using the rocker switches to zoom in and out.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
White 822. Got it last Friday and really like it a lot.
by GCF4 on November 20, 2012
Pros: Fast, Focused and Flexible... I got it last Friday and really like it. It is fast, clean and fits in my hand nicely. I like the weight. It feels solid!
Cons: Not enough apps. Coming from Android, I miss all the choices. There are substitutes but.
Summary: I had an original iPhone ( liked it too) and a 3GS and a droid ist generation (didn't like it) and a Samsung Fascinate.(lots of potential but a lot ...
Summary: I had an original iPhone ( liked it too) and a 3GS and a droid ist generation (didn't like it) and a Samsung Fascinate.(lots of potential but a lot of problems, 4 replacements in 18 months Please Samsung).
This also has a lot of potential. Check it out!!!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best free phone on Verizon.
by TWOG on May 8, 2013
Pros: SIZE; Call quality (CNET's review says otherwise, but maybe there was an update); Sensitive touch; Nokia apps/support; Price; Runs smoothly (fast processor); Wireless charging; etc.
Cons: None for me, and I am a heavy user. CNET review says call sound is scratchy... maybe their was an update because the first call I made on it the person on the other end immediately commented on how good/clear my voice sounded.
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 822 is a great phone for it's price and size, and just all around. It comes preloaded with the same great apps and support that most ...
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 822 is a great phone for it's price and size, and just all around. It comes preloaded with the same great apps and support that most Nokia phones have, particularly it's GPS navigation with turn by turn voice directions - it works great and was recently updated. Also, several free apps like Pandora w/ a 1 year free subscription. Windows Phone 8 has come a long way just in recent months with big time apps, it now has every app I had on my Android and in some cases the apps are much better. I have had no problems with this phone, not in any way.I love this phone.
If you want a small WP8 at a great price with Verizon, this is the way to go. I would recommend it over any non-Nokia WP8 because of Nokia's dedication to the OS. HTC and particularly Samsung are not as invested.
Updated on May 8, 2013
After having a Droid X, its like a dream come true.
by Norfolk757 on May 2, 2013
Pros: Sharp, easy-to-read, high-contrast screen. Windows 8 OS is way better than the work-in-progress feel of Android and its not an Apple product. Easy integration with basically everything.
Cons: Headphone jack wore out after fewer than 6 months. Speakers sound tinny.
Summary: I couldn't wait to ditch my Droid X. I wanted a smartphone, but I find Apple pretentious. I love the Nokia 822. The new Windows 8 OS is much ...
Summary: I couldn't wait to ditch my Droid X. I wanted a smartphone, but I find Apple pretentious. I love the Nokia 822. The new Windows 8 OS is much easier to use once you get Android out of your head. It easily connects to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, multiple emails, etc. All of your contacts across networks are linked. Social media integration is awesome. You can update a status, tag and upload a picture, even check friends' statuses without ever actually opening Facebook. The Live Tiles allow at-a-glance review of new emails, social media messages, texts, and voicemails. Overall, I find myself rarely using any apps because all of the information is presented right from the OS. Additionally, the Nokia-specific apps are excellent. The map and navigation apps, HERE Maps and HERE Drive+, are excellent compared to other phones. Maps are preloaded and stored on the device, allowing navigation without cell service. Unfortunately, it does not have a native YouTube app, although that might be Google's doing, not Microsoft. It does not have the gazillion apps that Apple has or the half a gazillion that Android has, but all the important ones are there, besides, you should probably be working anyway. It doesn't have iTunes, but I prefer Rhapsody anyway.
Nokia could have improved the external speaker. It does have poor, tinny sound quality. The phone itself is of high quality. I have dropped it multiple times without any noticeable damage. It is on the heavy side, but not prohibitively heavy. (It is an once heavier than the iPhone 5.) I find it interesting that CNET calls the iPhone a "sharp" design and the 822 a "boring" design because I think they look similar. While call quality is no perfect, I don't find it any worse than any other cellphone I have ever had. Sometimes it is worse than others, but I think that is caused by Verizon, not the 822. The phone itself operates quickly, with almost no lag on opening apps (WAY less when compared to my old Droid X).
Great phone. Fourth Nokia I've owned. Impressed.
by NowTheWorld on April 29, 2013
Pros: Alright, I could go on and on, great battery life, LTE speed (35Mbps down and 15Mbps up, faster than my home internet), tiles are great, everything is organized and works smoothly. Solid phone, easy to fit in a pocket, etc. Call quality A++++
Cons: Sometime's won't load data in 3G, but reboot and it's fine. Lack of apps.
Summary: The first Nokia I owned was the E-71 with the Symbian system. Then I had the 6790 Surge slider, also on Symbian. I was recently given an X2-01 I just ...
Summary: The first Nokia I owned was the E-71 with the Symbian system. Then I had the 6790 Surge slider, also on Symbian. I was recently given an X2-01 I just sold as well. EVERY phone I had from Nokia has been DURABLE and quality built, and that's why I went with the Lumia 822 from Verizon. This phone has been EXCELLENT in almost EVERY way, yes it has its quirks, but i love the phone. I've never been an Android/iOS guy so Windows/Blackberry OS have always been my thing. Bottom line is, Windows wins all the way. The phone is quick and responsive with NO lags. I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks for reading
Awesome device, but the little things get you
by Master_Valkar on March 6, 2013
Pros: Ease of Use with WP8
Nokia'a build quality
Cons: Speaker and voice quality
Lack of available apps
LTE signal strength
Summary: After having this device for a week, I'm at a crossroad. Windows Phone 8 is a great OS. Very ease to use and learn. The live titles are great, ...
Summary: After having this device for a week, I'm at a crossroad. Windows Phone 8 is a great OS. Very ease to use and learn. The live titles are great, but more and more very day I start to miss the apps that I had on my last Android device. The speakers are placed on the bottom edge of the device, making for odd sound angles and most people I've call report not being able to hear me very well. Last of all, the LTE signal strength is lacking. I live a mile and a half from my closest tower, and cannot get a single bar of LTE unless I'm against a window facing the direction of the tower. My Droid RAZR I had always had at least 3 bars, if not full LTE at all times. Weird.
These are all things one and live with, and I do highly recommend the Nokia 822 to new-to-smartphone people, or those needing an escape from Android or the devil iOS, but today I used my mom's upgrade and ordered an RAZR HD for myself, which I know I will more happy with. I've been and Android user for almost 4 years now. Its hard to quit something you are so used to...
- Manufacturer: Nokia
- Part number: Lumia822Black
- Description: One of the biggest advances in the new Lumia 822 is the simplicity that's built in. The intuitive Windows Phone 8 start screen with live tiles lets you personalize your phone around the way you live. All the apps and features are right at your fingertips. Take amazing shots using your 8MP camera with industry-leading optics from Carl Zeiss or capture 1080p HD video. Say it face-to-face using the 1.2MP front-facing camera for video calls. Be sure to download Nokia Lenses, like Smart Shoot and Panaroma from the Windows Phone Store to get those perfect photos.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Resistance Gorilla Glass 2 (scratch resistant glass)
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 2.69 in
- Depth 0.42 in
- Height 5.03 in
- Weight 4.99 oz
- Body Color Black
- SAR Value 1.03 W/kg (body) / 1.23 W/kg (head)
- Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Windows Phone 8
- Application Software Microsoft Office Mobile,
Nokia City Lens,
Internet Explorer 10
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch) , Capacitive
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Twitter IM,
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger),
- Supported Email Protocols SMTP,
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs LinkedIn,
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Mobile Services Nokia Mix Radio,
Windows Office Hub,
Windows Live SkyDrive (7GB of free online cloud storage),
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- LTE Band LTE Band 13
- Data Transmission Operating Frequency LTE 700
- Wireless Interface NFC,
- WLAN Security TKIP,
- Bluetooth Profiles Object Push Profile (OPP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Sensors Magnetometer,
Ambient light sensor,
- Additional Features Dual LED camera light,
Text-to-Speech (text recognition),
- Personal Information Management Alarm clock,
Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards M4A,
WMA 10 Pro,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Type QUALCOMM MSM8960
- Clock Speed 1.5 GHz
- Processor Core Qty Dual Core
- RAM 1 GB
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 64 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 3552 x 2000,
3264 x 2448
- Lens Aperture F/2.2
- Min Focal Length 26 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Digital Zoom 4
- Special Effects Normal,
- White Balance Automatic,
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Features Geo-tagging,
Tap to focus,
Carl Zeiss optic,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS/GLONASS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Nokia Maps,
- Type Color
- Technology ClearBlack
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in
- Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Connector Type Micro-USB,
Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Capacity 1800 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 612 min,
Standby - up to 486 hour(s),
Playback ( Music ) - up to 62.1 hour(s)
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Data cable,