A new year is upon us so you might be due for a new phone. Up until this point, you pretty much had two choices: Apple or Android (notice, I did not even mention Blackberry…). However, Microsoft recently is doing everything in their power to add their name to the list with the introduction of the Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 822 phone. This phone has been popping up in commercials, TV shows, etc. so I wanted to see if the fuss was warranted so I was happy for the opportunity to test this phone out on the Verizon 4G LTE network.
The aesthetics of the phone are not terribly impressive. It’s a 4.3-inch bulky block that is quite slippery. A phone being slippery might not bother some people, but if you are used to texting with one hand you will definitely find the inability to grip the phone somewhat annoying. Once you get past this issue, you will be greeted with a very vibrant and clear display screen with blinking tiles all over the place. If you are a fan of Windows 8, clearly this is the phone for you, but if you are not, I’m sure you will feel like your home screen has a case of information overload. It’s too much information coming at you at once. I like my home screen to be simple and organized. It was a bit confusing to figure out how I wanted to set up my tiles and being the neat freak that I am, I really missed the feel of being able to create folders and storing similar apps within that folder. I feel like the constant “blinking” or animation of the tiles was incredibly distracting.
Perhaps, Microsoft did this in hopes to keep you from realizing how much they need to work on their app store. They have the major apps that you would expect to see (i.e Netflix) but not much else. So if you are an app lover then you will definitely be out of luck. The one thing that I did find surprising was the 8megapixel camera. It isn’t the best camera in the world, but it definitely holds its own when compared to other smartphone cameras. However, my only complaint regarding the camera would be that your editing options are limited. I’m not expecting it to be like Instagram (one of the many popular missing apps in Windows store), but it is a shame to waste this camera’s potential without being able to enhance your photos.
The quality of your phone calls will be great (no surprise there) and you can expect to quickly browse the internet, but other than this the Lumia 822 didn’t leave me with the feeling that they were another alternative to Apple or Android.