Flagship or Midrange - which is best. I normally go for the top spec, but sometimes it is not that simple. With the Latest Lumia’s from Nokia the top end 920 is easily matched by it’s (slightly) lower end brother the 820. Which both pull away from the 7xx,6xx,5xx ranges.
Internally they have the same processing grunt, so whats the difference?
920 camera is higher spec with stella low light perfomance and has Optical Image Stabilisation for video.
820 camera is still a very good 8mp With Carl Zeiss lens.
920 wins - JUST on low light and OIS, but the firmware still needs updating to get the most out of that camera unit - in real terms I found little difference between the results.
Screen - 920 has 720p HD screen 4.5 inches, 820 has an 800x480 4.3 inch screen
Winner? - no one, yes the 920 is theoretically better but in real terms its makes no difference, day to day. Yes if you stick your face in the screen you can see the difference, but that’s not how people use devices. The 820 is arguably the optimum size.
Other difference are where the 820 starts to pull away as the one most people will choose.
920, fixed unibody, no sd card, no removable battery, wireless charging.
820 - changeable shells (with wireless and rugged options), swappable battery, Micro SD card slot.
So with the 820 you can change the cover as often as you want - want it in cyan, matte finish with wireless charging - no problem, want orange rugged - no problem.
Need to take 64gb of movies on holiday - no problem
Need a spare battery (battery life on both is excellent BTW and both last over a day on heavy use) no problem.
Add to that size and weight, the 820 is kinda just perfect in both aspects (YMMV), I don’t find the 920 too big or too heavy, but if I had to pick one up to take out with me - I’d probably take the 820.
Wow - I just shocked myself.
That said, on the previous generation of Lumia’s I also preferred the simply beautiful 800 over the (slightly) higher spec 900.
Over all the 820 wins out as a pretty much perfect size and more flexible device at a lower cost - Win, Win. Win.
That said It’s a 920 in my pocket, and I do love that camera. But I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone over the 820. For most people the 820 is simply a wiser buy.
The 920 is my personal device, I had the 820 on loan from Nokia Connects trial device program.