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Unboxing: Nokia Lumia 822

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Although I’ve been a die hard Android fan my entire life (or, at least since the HTC G1), I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the device you see above. Yes, it is exactly what it looks like: A Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 822 to be exact. I don’t think I’ll be switching platforms anytime soon, but I’m incredibly interested in taking at least a short look at Windows Phone 8 and what it has to offer to a longtime Android user. So, without further delay, let’s see what’s in the box.

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Just like every other smartphone I’ve reviewed on Verizon, the Lumia 822 is packed into a box not much larger than the phone itself, which has a slip cover over the actual lid. The box opens to present the device, which is flanked by red. Quite a bit of red, in fact, so much that I think Verizon may have gotten a hold of the order for the boxes and changed the entire color pallet to variations of red.

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Underneath the device is the standard USB cable and AC adapter, and hidden on the back of the cardboard piece that holds the Lumia is a slot for the getting started menus. While it looks like there should be a set of headphones at the bottom of the box, there were none to be found.

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What you see above is a shot of everything of importance in the box, minus the cardboard and other packaging. I haven’t used it much, but the plastic based build of the Lumia 822 surprised me when I picked it up, the device is thick, but also very light. I’ll examine the hardware in more detail in the review, but for now I’m interested in trying out Windows Phone 8. Maybe I’ll even read the getting started booklets, as they might contain some useful information. Eh, who am I kidding, I still won’t read the getting started booklets. Anyways, I already have a helpful forum thread for Windows Phone 8 tips and tricks.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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7 thoughts on “Unboxing: Nokia Lumia 822

  • Avatar of JRDemaskus

    “I’ve been a die hard Android fan my entire life,” So you are 3 1/2 to 4 years old?
    My wife has the ATT NOKIA 820. I have played with-it a little. It sure isn’t WinMo. If that is good or bad, is up to you.
    But Internet Explorer is what I remember, and may be enough on its own to make me switch to WP8 with the right device.
    Just wish the UI wasn’t such a snooze fest.
    Peace

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  • Avatar of William Devereux

    I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the device, Aaron. Especially since you’re coming from the much more customizable Android OS. Most people who try Windows Phone (especially people new to smartphones) seem to understand how to use most of the features intuitively. I’m curious to see if your experience will be the same or different.

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  • Interesting that you went for the 822. From what I’ve looked at spec-wise, it’s basically a Galaxy S2 with Windows.

    The numbers look dated to me, but the OS is still interesting. It’ll be nice to see a more unbiased review of a Windows phone, though it is a mid-range device and may not show off the best W8 has to offer.

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  • I’m very interested in seeing how well you’ll be able to integrate all of the Google services you use into Windows Phone, especially Google Voice, etc. I’m so heavily invested in Google at this point, I don’t know if I could switch, even if I wanted to!

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    • Avatar of William Devereux

      Along those lines, I’d recommend downloading MetroTalk, since there isn’t a dedicated Google Voice app on Windows Phone. You can also add your Google account in the settings to access Gmail and your calendars and contacts.

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  • Avatar of kasrhp

    I switched to WP7 awhile back from Android and used it for about a year or so and enjoyed it. Unfortunately, Microsoft announced WP7 was a dead platform, and because the app situation was so dire my wife and I switched back to Android (also, we were both pretty pissed we just signed 2 year contracts with 2 brand new WP’s and 5 months later they were DOA).

    Being back to Android is fantastic. I forgot how great it is to have thousands of actually usable apps that have competition with other apps to make them better. Windows Phone is a beautiful OS with some great features that I still miss from making the switch. But, the entire ecosystem pales in comparison to Android and what Google offers. I’m looking forward to seeing your journey into WP, but more importantly I am interested in how far that journey goes.

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  • Avatar of JRDemaskus

    WP8 VS. IOS VS. ANDROID VS. WinMo6.x
    I have tried them all.
    Started with Symbian, moved to WinMo with a steep learning curve, lots of tutorials, and constant forum reading to use the feature packed, highly customizeable OS.
    Next came Android, not as complicated as WinMo, slightly less mature, but still feature packed and customizeable. Tutorials and forums required for deeper more advanced tasks.
    IOS, picked it up and used it with no prior knowledge of the OS. Simple, easy, a child can use it instantly. The depth of advanced features is pretty shallow, until you get into jailbreaking, which I found to not really advance the OS.
    WP8, is none of those. While you can easily pick it up and use it, the OS is not intuitive, and tutorials are needed just to setup the tiles. Once you are done with your tiles, you are done. There is nothing else to do except change themes, colored backs, and cases. Boring! I find myself looking for features that are just not available with the OS. But that is just me looking for those features, my wife is happy with it as is. She is also happy with her Kindle Fire.
    Also, it freezes, requiring a battery pull to reset, atleast once a week. Unacceptable since my wife cannot remove the back by herself.
    Like the Kindle Fire, this OS is made for those who do not want or need advanced customization, or features. They just want something that works, simply.
    Your experience my vary.
    Peace

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