The Nokia Lumia 810 Windows Phone release date came and went with a modest thud, having hit the market to serve as a less-than gargantuan Smartphone for those not looking for all things powerful and spec-mad. Sporting a 4.3-inch display and a price tag of just $99.99 on the T-Mobile network, you’d expect the Lumia 810 to tick all the boxes as a good, old-fashioned bargain for the masses.
Sadly however, early indications suggest that the Lumia 810 – even with its Windows Phone 8 prowess – just isn’t going to fly off the shelves as both Nokia and Microsoft would have liked.
First of all, despite having a generally modest 4.3-inch screen up front, the Nokia Lumia 810 still somehow manages to feel too big and bulky – thanks to its less than inspiring overall design.
Under the hood, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor delivers the grunt and is backed by 1GB of RAM. Given the fact that the Lumia 810 is overall a smaller ship to drive, this adds up to enough power to see it hit the same kinds of speeds as the Lumia 920 during standard bench-tests.
The 8-megapixel camera to the rear is flanked with a dual-LED flash and delivers excellent, crisp images both indoors and outdoors. Video recording is also pretty much spot-on, with 1,920 by 1,080 pixel movies running smooth as silk at 29FPS. Less impressive is the VGA camera up front for video calling, but this is hardly a deal-breaker.
So, what’s the biggest problem with the Nokia Lumia 810?
Simple – it just doesn’t live up to its Android rivals on the market for the same mid to low-end prices. For example, the HTC One S continues to prove the favorite of reviewers and critics the world over and is available on the same network for no more than $50 more than the Lumia 810. Perhaps worse still, the same $100 price will also stretch to the Nokia Lumia 920 on the AT&T network, which is quite simply a better phone and a better buy from top to bottom.