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Topic # 110264 5-Oct-2012 19:44 Send private message

Ok Geekzone, time to help me make a decision.

I currently have a 5th gen iPod Nano 16gb and an LG Optimus ME. The iPod’s battery is on its way to the big powercell in the sky (only managing a few hours on charge) and its storage is now too small to house my music collection. The Optimus ME is possibly the worst piece of electronic equipment ever to cause me grief; the lag is unforgivable, the storage hopeless and it constantly misses button presses etc.

I plan to retire the iPod and cast the Optimus into a volcano and replace both with one Lumia Windows Phone.

And here is the crux of my conundrum, do I buy a Lumia 800 or stump up for a 820?

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800:

Pros: It’s dimensioned perfectly, I prefer the design, it will be very cheap when WP8 hits.

Cons: It doesn’t have an equalizer and sound quality is poor (unless high resistance headphones are used); Storage will be even smaller than the iPod and that will be very frustrating.

820:

Pros: Storage size is fantastic, Uses WP8 with all the benefits of that, has an equalizer and Dolby tech for music.

Cons: It’s bigger than I would like (both taller and wider), it will be at least 3 times more expensive than the 800 on release (I’m expecting it to retail at $870+).

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Just so ya’ll know, most of the new features of WP8 over WP7.8 don’t matter much to me; The main factors for me are Price, Music Quality and Storage.

Can anyone share an opinion? I can’t decide between limited functionality and fantastic price or complete functionality and exorbitant price. I’m a student and will be getting a Surface pro tablet. Will there be any additional benefit in having both a WP8 Phone and a W8 Tablet, or is tethering the only thing that a phone assists a tablet with? Does anyone know if Nokia's new equalizer is coming during the 7.8 update?

 

Cheers guys!

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  Reply # 696930 5-Oct-2012 19:58 Send private message

if you can afford 820, go for it!

you will get used to the size easy (coming from someone using galaxy note)





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  Reply # 696945 5-Oct-2012 20:40 Send private message

Lumia 820 or HTC 8S if you are aiming for mid range. You can pre-order HTC 8S for pretty cheap from clove.co.uk.

Lumia 820 should be between $600 ~ $800 mark. Lumia was $899 when it launched in NZ. Parallel importers will be even cheaper.




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  Reply # 697320 7-Oct-2012 00:06 Send private message

From what I've read, the Lumia 710 is essentially a Lumia 800 in plain clothes.



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  Reply # 700668 13-Oct-2012 15:02 Send private message

@Litespeed

Interesting, you are right the guts are the same, but when I played with them both in a store, the 710 seemed to lag a tiny bit and the 800 didn't.
Storage size is a problem here, I was interested in hints that it had a MicroSD Card slot, but reports are conflicting, I'd rather have the 800 obviously if the 710 couldn't be upgraded with at least 16gb.

@nakedmolerat

You don't have any issues getting it in and out of your pockets? I'm assuming you hold it with one hand and operate it with the other (I prefer to only have one hand in use, leaving one free for carrying stuff), can you use one hand with these larger phones?

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  Reply # 700673 13-Oct-2012 15:20 Send private message

Incindre: @Litespeed

Interesting, you are right the guts are the same, but when I played with them both in a store, the 710 seemed to lag a tiny bit and the 800 didn't.
Storage size is a problem here, I was interested in hints that it had a MicroSD Card slot, but reports are conflicting, I'd rather have the 800 obviously if the 710 couldn't be upgraded with at least 16gb.

@nakedmolerat

You don't have any issues getting it in and out of your pockets? I'm assuming you hold it with one hand and operate it with the other (I prefer to only have one hand in use, leaving one free for carrying stuff), can you use one hand with these larger phones?


I don't think it would have lagged they are both the exact same ram, processor and gpu. The only diff is the screen type and memory which you stated is to small. I would wait till the 820 comes out, we will get them here at Parallel Imported when the 800 came out we were $150-200 cheaper then vodafone. The 820 will be way better for someone wanting to use it for media due to the card slot (up to 32gb) and 8gb internal. Plus app designed for wp8 arnt backwards compatible so with the lumia 800 your stuck on wp7.8


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  Reply # 702280 17-Oct-2012 05:11 Send private message

Strongbad1905:
I don't think it would have lagged they are both the exact same ram, processor and gpu. The only diff is the screen type and memory which you stated is to small. I would wait till the 820 comes out, we will get them here at Parallel Imported when the 800 came out we were $150-200 cheaper then vodafone. The 820 will be way better for someone wanting to use it for media due to the card slot (up to 32gb) and 8gb internal. Plus app designed for wp8 arnt backwards compatible so with the lumia 800 your stuck on wp7.8


Ditto.

One says the 800 is all one needs in mobile hardware/software, but the 800 and 820 are vastly different in performance and support going forward. If an iPod with 16GB is too small, then I question why a Lumia 800 with only 16GB shared with the operating system and other user data would be seen as a step forward.

Lumia 820 has Bluetooth 3.1, NFC, a graphics processor that'll display a 720p movie seamlessly, higher 3G data rates, 32GB micoSD card and the list goes on.

You can pick up a Lumia 800 for around ~$450.00 from a parallel importer today and for a while a Lumia 820 will have a premium price, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for.

But if music is your thing then having a phone with a 32GB microSD card plus internal memory must have some allure.
Otherwise you're limited to less than 16GB of total user storage on the Lumia 800 with no chance of USB OTG to back you up.

My music is OGG and FLAC encoded from CDs and it does take up a fair bit of room even with my 32GB microSD card.

So I don't see there is any choice, It a Lumia 820 or another phone altogether.



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  Reply # 702682 17-Oct-2012 21:10 Send private message

DrStrangelove: If an iPod with 16GB is too small, then I question why a Lumia 800 with only 16GB shared with the operating system and other user data would be seen as a step forward.


I might be able to handle it if the audio quality is good enough and streaming from Skydrive cheap enough.

But yes, I believe that the the 820 is the most sensible option, I just have to hope that the Surface Pro tablet is cheap enough to allow me to get it (otherwise I'll have to either toss up between the two W8 devices or compromise with a Lumia 800 and Surface).

Thanks for your input guys,

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