Lumia 820 - £260
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Nokia Lumia 820
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a mid-range smartphone that runs on Windows Phone 8.1. It is a well built and colourful phone that sits just below the 920 in Nokia's Lumia range.
This phone has a 4.3 inch touchscreen that displays in 217PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Lumia 820 has an 8MP camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 0.3MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.5GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 48 out of 100.
The Lumia 820 has an estimated battery life of around 14 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1650mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable and it supports Qi wireless charging.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Lumia 820 comes with 8GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 64GB external storage.
The Lumia 820 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. This phone has NFC compatibility which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends. It is also able to connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
The Nokia Lumia 820 has an FM radio and an MP3 player with the Nokia Music app (which allows you to stream songs for free). It is able to integrate with social media via the designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and has Excel, PowerPoint and Word installed, which is ideal for making last minute amendments before those important meetings. This phone comes preloaded with the City Lens, Nokia Drive and Nokia Transit apps. City Lens superimposes points of interest over the image the phone receives from its camera, Nokia Drive is a voice guided sat-nav that can also download maps for offline use and Nokia Transit gives you detailed bus, train and tube information in many of the UK's major cities. Other apps, such as YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Spotify are available to download from the Windows Phone Store.
The Lumia 820 is a very capable phone that offers a good alternative to the Android devices that dominate the market at this price range. The inclusion of Microsoft Office for Phones is a good selling point and the Lumia 820 offers a full range of features.