If the hardware and price of the Nokia Lumia 820 and its carrier equivalents appeal to you, then Verizon’s own Lumia 822 is likely your best bet. It may not have as sexy of a build as the Lumia 810, but what it lacks in style, it more than makes up for in performance.
After all, the greatest drawback of the Lumia 810 — the awful performance of the T-Mobile network to which it was tied — is no longer a factor here. And while the Lumia 820 on AT&T’s network certainly offers better performance than T-Mobile’s network, it’s still not quite on the same level as that of Verizon’s.
Those who are willing to overlook the rather plain (to put it nicely) build in favor of Verizon’s excellent 4G LTE network and the carrier-exclusive apps (namely, DataSense) will find that the Lumia 822 makes for an attractive package. Despite being a mid-tier handset, this is still a respectable piece of hardware for $50, and unlike the competition, it’s running on a powerful network, to boot.
- Solid performance
- Verizon 4G LTE network is great
- Good exclusive apps, namely Data Sense
- Unattractive build
- Camera is of poor quality