The Nokia Lumia 810 is a fantastic mid-tier phone that is unfortunately dragged down by the performance of its carrier. While it’s true that the same hardware is available on different networks (the Lumia 822 on Verizon and the Lumia 820 on AT&T), the simple but attractive design of the Lumia 810 is exclusive to the carrier, which is sure to disappoint many.
For an 800 x 480 display, the screen of the Lumia 810 truly shines (see what I did there?), the battery life is great, and the performance is surprisingly heavy-hitting for a handset that isn’t even considered to be top-of-the-line. It’s a shame that such a pretty — but not quite perfectly designed — phone is only available on such a poor-quality network, as it’s just not worth suffering through the weak signals and spotty coverage.
If it’s the affordable price and respectable action under the hood that attracts you to the Lumia 810, suck it up and go with one of the less attractive but better connected variants from either Verizon or AT&T.