- 01-19-2013, 09:08 AM #1
I recently (today) exchanged my 8X for my new Lumia 820 and I love it so far. I am looking for a case for it, and wanted some input, as I have seen some pretty bad cracks from drops all around the Internet. I am about to pull the trigger on 3X Transparent Matte TPU Flex Gel Covers Shells Cases for Nokia Lumia 820 | eBay and wanted your opinions on durable, but not intrusive cases.
Also, is AT&T the cheapest place right now to get the charging plates?
P.S. if anyone has any questions about my switch from the 8X to the 820, fire away. I will answer what I can!
- 01-19-2013, 09:59 AM #3
- 01-19-2013, 12:00 PM #6
I'm looking for a case as well... preferably something that's not quite as slick as the stock case but doesn't add much bulk, doesn't cover the mic and doesn't impact the camera and flash.
So far the incipio feather is at the top of my list but at $25 it's more than I wanted to spend.
- 01-19-2013, 12:40 PM #7
I've sold my 8X and now got a Lumia 820. I found the 8X hard to operate with one hand...especially the on/off button which is on the top of the device and quite difficult to push in because it's so flush with the shell.
820 is much better/easier. The on-off button on the side makes a big difference.
Got a couple of Nokia wireless charging shells from Amazon UK - red and blue for about £47 each.
I'm sure they'll come down in price soon.
- 01-19-2013, 01:11 PM #9
I found waking up the phone using the 8X power button virtually impossible with one hand without sending the phone flying to the ground. You have to press it pretty hard and the device is so long you can only grip the sides and press the button at the same time.
Didn't think it would annoy me to begin with....but it did.
Pity, because otherwise the 8X is a good slim design.
Must admit, I find the 820 very good to hold. Fits in the hand well with all buttons easily accessible. Good speedy phone. Wish there was more internal memory for apps and that bloody "other" file, but you can't have everything. At least there's a card slot for music and stuff.
- 01-19-2013, 02:25 PM #10
I agree, the 8X was an excellent design, just a few things that got to me:
- Nokia announcing all kinds of software updates and plans
- 16GB is nothing after a few apps, pics, and music.
- Power button, very hard to press one handed
- Screen was ho-hum... I think the 820 screen looks better, but I do miss the HD
- Potential for wireless charging with 820... none with GSM 8X (when Qi takes off and the prices come down, I will have pads in my office and at home. Battery life will never matter again)
- Nokia apps... enough said
The reasons were overwhelming so I exchanged here while I still could. Hopefully I made the right choice and I won't regret it in a year. The 920 is sold out everywhere in Italy, and I hate shipping expensive devices through military mail from the States.
- 01-19-2013, 02:44 PM #11
I never owned or tried the 8x but I have the 820 since launch day in the US and I am very happy with it and hope you will enjoy yours as well
I have a red and a black shell case, they are a little less slick than the back of the phone and low profile. I like them but some think it is too much like the original back cover.
Amazon.com: NOKIA LUMIA 820 HYBRID RUBBERISED BACK COVER CASE - SOLID BLACK: Cell Phones & Accessories
Last edited by charlyee; 01-19-2013 at 03:58 PM.
- 01-19-2013, 05:01 PM #13
Indeed, I just ordered a rubberized snap on 2 piece case from eBay. I may have to pick up that case from Amazon as well. Doesn't protect as well as I'd like though, but I guess it's main job is to mimic the feather case.
- 01-25-2013, 03:21 PM #14
FWIW I also picked up the following screen protectors:
Amazon.com: Halo Screen Protector Film High Definition (HD) Clear (Invisible) for AT&T Nokia Lumia 820- Premium Japanese Screen Protectors: Cell Phones & Accessories
I don't notice any negative impact to screen visibility, the feel (touch/scrolling) is very similar to the actual screen. It does pickup/show more fingerprints than the stock screen and as with most screen protectors you have to be careful applying it to keep dust from getting under it. I've only had it a day so I can't yet speak to how durable it is.
- 01-28-2013, 09:18 AM #17
I am waiting on two cases, one from eBay & one from Amazon. Hopefully one will replace the cheap silicone case I bought on eBay that I had to tinker with to uncover the mic.
IMAK Quicksand Thin Hard Cover Back Case for Nokia Lumia 820 Free LCD Film | eBay
Amazon.com: Katinkas USA 2108054345 Soft Cover for Nokia Lumia 820 - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Blue: Cell Phones & Accessories
I didn't like the Terrapin case. To me it felt exactly like the back cover of the 820, hardly rubberized IMHO.
- 01-28-2013, 09:33 AM #18
Lol. Contemplating changing to the 8X from my 820. I have a small hand but long fingers. The 820 is too wide for me to be able to type one handed-ly, and I can't reach the back button with my right hand without risking dropping it.
Tried the 8X out a few times at stores, the buttons don't seem to be as flush as what you guys are saying.
What is the thing that made you guys choose the 820 over 8X? I don't use Nokia apps, none at all. I'm also spoilt by Apple's retina display, can't get used to the screen on my 820 lol..
Edit: I have a few cases for my 820, will post pics of them tomorrow.
02-03-2013, 02:19 AM #19
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I am now on my third 8x lol but its been good for more than a month, had this been faulty it was back to apple. Im happier with the screen rez on this and browsing the web is a better experience. As is taking photos and listening to music.
But it does not feel half as solid, its no worse built and is very solid but is light, its the perception i guess. Though you grip the soft touch much better and the 820 was always a little skiddy for me.
I have had one update in over a month, i had a few on the 820 so im not sure if that's a good thing or a bad.
If you don't use Nokia apps its not a big deal in the end but i felt it was a better experience with Nokia. More apps, more commitment.
- 02-03-2013, 09:09 AM #20
I got both cases in my possession now, the IMAK is my favorite. The fine soft plastic sandpaper like finish make my 820 so much easier to hold. And the gray color goes very well with the black 820. The only downside is I have a wireless charging shell, so the buttons on the right side are not centered well from the extra size. But I would highly recommend the case to any 820 owner. :)
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