Optional accessories for the Lumia 820 are the wireless charging stand and charging shell (CC-3041). The charging shell replaces the back cover of the phone. There are no special instructions to doing so, barring the need for being careful with removing the back cover as was noted earlier on. Frankly speaking, I prefer the texture of the wireless charging shell over the default case, as the former has a fingerprint-resistant matte texture. After that, it’s just a matter of plugging in the charging stand into a power socket, and letting the phone stand on the pedestal. Battery charging is by pure induction.
Charging time is decent, taking 147 minutes to charge from a completely flat battery to a full charge. And it does make for a slick-looking desktop accessory.
However, I don’t expect many Nokia Lumia owners to be rushing to the nearest Nokia dealer and screaming ‘Shut up and take my money!’ for these accessories. For one thing, it’s just a power charging accessory. You can’t transfer data to and from the phone wirelessly using this accessory. In that respect, the simple micro USB cable reigns supreme. Maybe you’ll get that cute girl from the cubicle next to you to swoon over the wireless charger, but the odds of that not happening make the extra expense on this accessory hardly worth the cost. Also, the charging time is slightly longer than the 135 minutes it takes to charge via the microUSBcable from a wall plug. Apparently some power is lost in the conversion to wireless power, which makes sense from an engineering perspective.
When the Lumia 820 is evaluated on its own merits, it’s not a bad phone. All the functions that you reasonably expect in a smartphone in this day and age are there.
However, this phone in particular and Nokia phones in general still pale in comparison to many Android and Apple phones on the market. For one thing, this phone is hefty, and you will feel its size and weight no matter how strong you are. The battery life is also rather poor, and one cannot help but wonder whether a larger-capacity battery could have been fitted into this large chassis. The ability to change covers will appeal to nostalgic customers, but even that must be tempered against the physical difficulty of doing so. The wireless charging stand is a nifty device, but the inability to transfer data and the slightly longer charging time does not make it a compelling argument against the venerable microUSB cable. The biggest criticism of all is the poor selection of apps in the Windows apps store, which is in stark contrast to Android and Apple.
Our verdict? If you’re out to get your first smartphone, this isn’t a bad choice. However, there is nothing in this phone that will make Android or Apple devotees give up on their phones for this.