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 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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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 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.
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 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.
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" 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.
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 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.