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Nokia Lumia 822 - 4G LTE (also available in White)
The Nokia Lumia 822 is one of the sturdiest phones on the market. Nokia's phones may be a little taller and thicker than many other smartphones, but they are still comfortable to hold in your hand, and they have gained a reputation across the Internet for being indestructible.
While that may be an exaggeration, this free phone is certainly strong and durable.
The 4.3" AMOLED screen displays beautifully vibrant colors, shown in a resolution of 480 x 800. What may be the best part of the touchscreen display, however, is that unlike other touchscreens, it has a "glove mode," offering high sensitivity - and, yes, you can operate it with gloves on. If you do not want to have to take your gloves off in the winter just to check your messages, this would be an excellent choice for you. On top of that, the phone's performance is slick, with smooth scrolling and quick application launches.
The Windows Phone 8 operating system comes with a small series of pre-loaded applications, including a calendar, email, ESPN, The Weather Channel, and a data usage tracking app called Data Sense. Nokia has added in a few of their own as well. Nokia Music lets you stream themed music playlists with no log-in or ads. Drive and Maps is a useful navigation app to give you turn-by-turn instructions to reach your destination. If the apps you want are not already on your device, you can head over to the Windows store on your phone and find the ones you want.
The Lumia 822 has an 8-megapixel camera and LED flash that uses Carl Zeiss optics to take excellent pictures with vibrant colors and good detail, especially in good natural lighting. Consider using it in connection with apps from the Windows store like Nokia's Smart Shoot, which will help you clean up and improve your pictures. The 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera also is colorful, with sharp visual details, making it easy to use for video chatting.
The 4G LTE speeds on this phone are superb. Data flies through this phone at an incredible speed, letting you play games, download apps, watch movies, and stream music smoothly and with on interruptions. Load your favorite web pages in just a few seconds. Battery life for the Lumia 822 is also good, even when connected to LTE. With light usage, it can even last a few days before needing to be recharged. When you do need it recharged, you can purchase a wireless charging cover and pad for your phone and do it all wirelessly - no more cords to trip over.
- 5.03" tall, 2.69" wide, and 0.44" thick, the phone is sturdy and comfortable to hold in your hand, weighing just over 5 oz
- 800 x 480 resolution offers clear images on a 4.3" screen
- Smooth performance and powerful speeds with the 1.5-GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1 GB of RAM
- "Glove mode" offers increased screen sensitivity, so you can use it even with gloves on
- Kids Corner feature gives parents more control over their children's access to the phone
- Take pictures of your friends and family with the high quality 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
- Pre-loaded Data Sense app helps you monitor your data usage to avoid paying a hefty overage fee
- Built-in NFC option lets you tap and share videos, music, and photos with other NFC-enabled devices
- 1,800mAh battery keeps your phone going for long periods of time before having to charge it
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