Saturday, October 13, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 3:30 PM —
Just a few days ago we received our first look at Verizon's purported Lumia 822, a mid-range offering that looks very different from its siblings on AT&T and T-Mobile. WMPoweruser has returned with more hands-on photos and details about the elusive device.
Their tipster first goes over some Windows Phone 8 observations like the Maps app being rebranded as Nokia Maps and a wide range of 55 voice options to download for Nokia Drive (including one we're excited for as California natives: 'Surfer Dude'). Then there's expanded sharing abilities like the ability to send Documents and Photos via several mediums like Bluetooth, Tap + Send, Email and more. Finally, you can now pin apps directly to the Kids Corner (if it is already setup) by tapping and holding in the app list.
Speaking of the app list, we get a look at it in one of the new photos above and it reveals that Verizon's exclusive NFL Mobile app is coming to Windows Phone. Presumably it will only be available through their carrier section of the Windows Phone Store, but nonetheless it's quite exciting to see if you're as much of a fan of American Football as we are. There's also a look at an Alpha build of Nokia Drive+, the rumored Nokia-exclusive version of the app.
Moving on from that, their informant says the device did not work when connected to a Windows 7 computer. The Zune desktop software did not recognize it. The question now arises if there is a compatibility issue or if Zune just needs an update in order to recognize Windows Phone 8 devices.
Following all of those details, the attention returns to the phone. WMPU writes that the phone will come equipped with 16 GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot to expand upon that. However, it appears the phone may not allow users to differentiate themselves with swappable back covers like the Lumia 810 and 820, which is a little disappointing. The tipster commented on the phone compared to Verizon's only other Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy, saying it has a similar plastic finish while being somewhat taller and wider thanks to the 4.3-inch display. At the end of the article, the site reveals that the phone may retail for an extremely reasonable $49.99 on contract, which should help erase some of the disdain many have expressed towards it.