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Review: Nokia Lumia 822 for Verizon Wireless

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Screen

The 822's display measures 4.3 inches across the diagonal and has 800 x 480 pixels. This stops well short of the higher-resolution display on the HTC 8X, (also sold by Verizon,) but it still manages to look good. It’s very bright and colorful, and all the on-screen elements are easy to read and see. You will notice individual pixels only if you hold it close to your eyes. As with other Lumia devices, the 822's display was easy to see and read outdoors.

Signal

The 822 did particularly well on Verizon's LTE network. It remained attached to 4G the entire time I tested it. The 822 never dipped down to Verizon's EVDO 3G network (for data). All the voice calls I made connected on the first attempt. The 822 didn't miss any calls and didn't drop any while I used it. With a constant LTE connection, the data speeds were always good, which meant browsing the web and updating web-connected apps was a good experience throughout.

Sound

Voice calls sounded very good, but were just short of excellent. The quality of the calls was nearly perfect. I noticed only a small amount of interference and noise from time to time. Calls never dipped or faded out. The earpiece is good for conversations held in somewhat quiet environments, but not so good when used outdoors or in a loud coffee shop. Even set all the way up, I strained to hear conversations when walking around a local mall during a busy lunch hour. The speakerphone loses some of the quality of the earpiece and some of the volume. It’s OK for quiet places, but noisy ones will drown it out. The ringers and alerts can be quite noisy, though, and the vibrate alert was good.

Battery

The 822's battery did well. It consistently provided power for an entire day, no matter how much it was used. Considering that it was always connected to LTE 4G, I'd say Nokia and Verizon got their power management features just right. Even after a day of extensive use, it still had more than 20% left in the battery. You'll need to charge every night, but shouldn't have to worry about keeping a charger handy during the day.

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