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Shootout: 4G LTE Smartphones Below S$600

By Sidney Wong & Vijay Anand - 15 Jul 2013

Nokia Lumia 820 - Design & Features

Nokia Lumia 820

We've reviewed the Nokia Lumia 820 in detail when it was new, but we'll present a concise rundown of what it has in this page.

The Nokia Lumia 820 has a new recommended retail price of S$599 (UP: S$699, inclusive of GST) without line contract. However, you can easily obtain it for under S$500 at some retailers.

The Lumia 820 bears some resemblance to the Lumia 920, but it still holds its own. While it comes with the familiar polycarbonate chassis, it is modified to take on a less angular form and sports a removable back cover.

We feel the rounded corners make it easier to hold compared to the Lumia 920. Although we appreciate the convenience of having a removable back cover, it is ridiculously hard to remove it to access the 1,650mAh battery, microSD and micro-SIM card slots.

The black hardware buttons are all located on the right side of the Lumia 820 which makes for simpler operation; they include the volume rocker, power and camera shutter button. They are also sufficiently raised for good tactile feedback when pressed.

Housed in the polycarbonate body is a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which is a far cry from the Lumia 920’s PureMotion HD+ IPS display, and most of its rivals in this comparison. Its 8GB internal storage is augmented by microSD card support and 7GB free SkyDrive cloud storage.

The only non-Android phone in this roundup, the Lumia 820 is powered by Windows Phone 8. It also comes with Nokia’s exclusive apps and services such as Nokia City Lens, Nokia Maps and App Highlights (that we've shown in detail with the Lumia 920 review).

The Smart Screen on Windows Phone 8 allows you to customize the Live Tile sizes.

The Live Tiles on the start screen can be resized - small, medium and large. The rationale behind the new Smart Screen is to allow Window Phone users to customize the start screen based on what's important to them - music, communication, productivity or anything else.

However, not all Live Tiles can be resized to small, medium or large. The extent of this allowance really depends on how the apps have been designed.

Nokia Collection on the Apps Highlights app.

Nokia has a pretty extensive range of apps that are already downloaded on the device. If you are looking for more, you can head into Nokia's own Apps Highlights app for a couple of choice recommendation.

Nokia Exclusives section contains apps that are only available on Lumia devices. Some of the apps include HERE Maps, HERE Drive+ Beta and Nokia Trailers. It also offers a selection of apps based on the country (in this case, Singapore), which makes it convenient for local users to find the apps they need to use.

Laslty, Nokia Lenses is a selection of photo apps that adds extra functionality to your photo-taking process on Lumia devices such as traditional photography tools like stitching several shots together into a panorama, applying color or tone filters or capturing several shots in rapid succession. You can add more apps via the Windows Phone marketplace, including Nokia's own Cinemagraph (creates GIF files), Panorama and Smart Shot apps.

Unleash your photo creativity with Nokia Lenses.

For a more detailed review of the Nokia Lumia 820, check out our full review from last year.