Nokia Lumia 810 Review: Being Held Back

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 6
      • Total Score:
      • 7.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Mostly attractive design
    • Performance is outstanding for mid-tier phone
    • Low-res display still manages to look great
  • Cons

    • T-Mobile performance is dreadful
    • Weak camera
    • Dimensions are just slightly too big

Quick Take

The Nokia Lumia 810 is a fantastic mid-tier phone that is severely hindered by the perfomance of T-Mobile, the network on which it is exclusively available.

When Nokia announced the release of its newest mid-tier Windows Phone 8 device, they also announced that each carrier would have different variations of the phone. The Nokia Lumia 810 is T-Mobile\’s offering. Brighthand said the phone has an extremely attractive design and outstanding performance, but is heavily brought down by T-Mobile\’s service. After online-only discounts, the device is free with a new 2-year contract with T-Mobile, at the time of the review.

\"NokiaBrighthand commented that the Nokia Lumia 810 is possibly the best designed phone of Nokia\’s Windows Phone 8 models and called it \”so close to perfection.? The device is black with a matte finish, which makes it \”clean-cut and stylish.? Brighthand did note that the phone is just a hair to big in every dimension and called it \”a little chunky.? The phone also has a removable back plating for access to a microSD, SIM card and the battery. The Nokia Lumia 810 has an 800 x 400 AMOLED display with ClearBlack technology, which Brighthand noted is \”more than decent? and \”shockingly bright.? The device also has a dedicated volume rocker, power/standby switch and camera button.

The Nokia Lumia 810 runs on a 1.5 GHz, dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor and has 8 GB of storage, which is expandable via the microSD. Brighthand commented that the phone \”performs extremely well, at least on the hardware front,? and said T-Mobile\’s network is \”far and away the phone\’s biggest detractor.?  Reviewers at Brighthand noted that the phone almost never functioned in 4G, almost always dropping down to the 2G or 1X network and when on the 4G network, never had more than one or two bars. The phone comes equipped with Windows Phone 8, various Nokia apps, and multiple camera lenses, including City, Panorama, Smart Shoot and Cinemagraph functions, which Brighthand noted was a lot of fun to play around with, but not very useful. Despite having various lenses, Brighthand found the camera quality to be poor, however noted excellent battery life.

Overall, Brighthand found the Nokia Lumia 810 to be a \”fantastic mid-tier phone,? but commented that the phone is \”dragged down by the performance of its carrier.? Brighthand suggests users to go with one of the less attractive models with better coverage from AT&T or Verizon and said \”it\’s just not worth suffering through the weak signals and spotty coverage? with the T-Mobile version.


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