- Editor's Rating
- Solid performance
- Verizon 4G LTE network is great
- Good exclusive apps, namely Data Sense
- Unattractive build
- Camera is of poor quality
- Data Sense has a caveat
Quick TakeThe Nokia Lumia 822, offered only by Verizon Wireless, is the most favorable of the three carrier-exclusive variants of the Lumia 820.
Nokia released their newest mid-tier Windows Phone 8 devices with three carrier-exclusive models, giving each T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon different versions of the Lumia phone. The Nokia Lumia 822 is Verizon\’s offering and features many of the same specifications of the other models, including a 1.5 GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and an 800×480 pixel display with ClearBlack technology, which Brighthand notes is excellent, especially considering its relatively low resolution. The phone is priced at $50, at the time of the review.
The build of the Nokia Lumia 822 is slightly larger than the others models at 2.69×5.03x.44-inches, with rounded corners and a glossy white casing. It has a dedicated volume rocker and dedicated power and camera buttons. The headphone jack is on the top of the device, while the micro USB port for charging is on the bottom. The phone also has a removable back plate for access to a microSD, SIM card and the battery. Brighthand said the camera \”could be better\” but noted excellent battery life. Brighthand noted the device is also available in black or silver and found the design to be less attractive than that of the other models.
The biggest selling point for the Nokia Lumia 822 is the Verizon 4G LTE network, which Brighthand noted is far superior to the T-Mobile network that carries the Nokia Lumia 810. Reviewers at Brighthand used the phone in both Boston and New York and noted a \”very good performance.\” Brighthand said the Verizon network features \”vastly superior speeds,\” to that of T-Mobile and found a \”consistently strong signal.\” The phone also comes with a preloaded suite of Nokia-branded apps and a few Verizon-exclusive apps including NFL Mobile and Univision Spanish language television and, most notably, Data Sense. Data Sense is an app designed to help users ration their data usages every month and is available exclusively on the Verizon Wireless network.
Overall, Brighthand found that the Nokia Lumia 822 is the \”best bet\” for anyone attracted to the hardware and price of the Nokia Lumia mid-tier series. Brighthand noted it doesn\’t have the \”sexiest build\” of the three variations and found the camera to be of poor quality, but commented that \”what it lacks in style, it more than makes up for in performance.\” Brighthand also noted the exclusive Data Sense app and the affordable price as selling points for the device.