October 8th 2012 3:52 pm

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A solid Windows Phone, but the competition is even better

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The Nokia Lumia 810 is an undoubtedly solid smartphone, but its ultimate undoing is the Lumia 920, a better device that costs less money. If you're unwilling to jump ship from T-Mobile, Nokia's custom software also throws a wrench in the equation, because you'll need to choose between superior hardware that does less (HTC 8X), and a relatively inferior smartphone that does more (Lumia 810). Alternatively, you could also wait for the Lumia 920 to break free of its six-month AT&T exclusivity. Or you could import the Canadian version, which just so happens to support T-Mobile's HSPA+ bands. So long as you're aware of the alternatives, we have no qualms recommending the Lumia 810. If you're wanting to snag the phone right away, however, you should prepare to swallow a bitter pill, because we don't expect its $150 price tag to last far beyond the holiday season.

Critic reviews

7.6
4 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    9.0
  • Display
    7.8
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.5
  • Media support
  • Durability
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.3

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User reviews

8.7
3 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.7
  • Display
    8.7
  • Battery life
    9.3
  • Camera
    8.7
  • Ease of use
    10
  • Design and form factor
    9.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.7
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.7
8.0
Engadget Nov 15, 2012

As you're aware of the alternatives, we have no qualms recommending the Lumia 810. If you're wanting to snag the phone right away, however, you should prepare to swallow a bitter pill, because we don't expect its $150 price tag to last far beyond the holiday season.

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7.0
CNET Nov 15, 2012

The Nokia Lumia 810 makes for a practical smartphone choice, but if you're looking for something thin and light, the HTC Windows Phone 8X is one better option.

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8.0
SlashGear Nov 13, 2012

In the end, Nokia has created another real winner for the Windows Phone 8 universe as a whole. The Nokia Lumia 920 may be just that little bit better ... but the 810 takes care of the user who doesn’t want to take a monster out of their pocket every time they need to make a call.

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7.0
HotHardware Jan 3, 2013

Overall, we feel the Lumia 810 is a solid handset that has a lot to offer. It's zippy and responsive, and Windows Phone 8 has some cool new features that should catch your eye. In addition, the Lumia 810 has a price tag ($49 - $99 on contract) that's friendlier to your wallet.

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