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Turn on, tune in, and drop out! Your Nokia Lumia 820 is already an outstanding smartphone—for a start, it’s got Nokia City Lens, an 8MP camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and you can charge it wirelessly!—but on top of all that, it’s also a kick-ass music machine. Let’s pop the bonnet and take a closer look.

Dolby headphone technology

Nokia have always been happy to partner with other tech companies to give a better user experience, and the Lumia 820 is yet another example of this. Music lovers will be happy to hear it includes Dolby Headphone technology.


Also known as Mobile Surround for mobile devices, Dolby Headphone simulates a multi-channel surround sound listening experience; wearing only headphones, the digital signal processing technology will make you feel like you’ve got up to five loudspeakers at your service. And all from your smartphone! Just remember, you need to sport a pair of wired headphones to jack into this technology—we promise it’s worth it!

The Pro way to party on

Speaking of headphones: the Nokia Lumia 820 has a phenomenal range of accessories. Release your inner DJ by trying the Nokia Purity Pro Wireless Headset on for size—just tap your phone to get the music pumping! These beauties are Bluetooth-enabled, noise-cancelling, and the battery lasts for up to 24 hours of playback time.


Of course, you can always go wired if you prefer the old-school vibe, and that way you’ll get to use Dolby Headphone technology. The Purity Pro headsets are versatile! If you prefer to share your tunes with your mates, try the JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia. More a design object than a mere speaker, this Bluetooth baby is available in four colours and will keep the music coming for up to ten hours at a time. Party on! 

In the mix 

Excited? You just need some tracks to get started—and with the Lumia 820, the Nokia Music Store and Nokia Mix Radio are at your fingertips. The Music Store catalogue is stuffed with more than 17 million tracks ready for download, but if you’re finding it hard to choose, check out Mix Radio, a Lumia special—pre-selected playlists created by real-life Nokia music fans, like Rene Goodland, an amateur film-maker who’s in charge of the soundtrack mixes. Inspirational!


Make every day a play day

And if that wasn’t enough you can get into the groove with the Xbox Music Pass, part of the Windows 8 Music app. A streaming music service, with a “Smart DJ” mode, it does a great job of generating playlists inspired by your favorite artists and songs. There’s 18 millions tracks to choose from, with free unlimited listening for six months.

Space bass

Finally, no need to worry about space fir your music library—there’s 8GB internal storage and an SD card expansion slot that supports up to 64GB! But that’s not all: you also get 7GB on SkyDrive, which is the integrated Cloud service for Windows Phone 8 OS. The particularly nifty thing for music lovers here is that not only can you stream music from the Cloud using your Lumia 820, but you can also use the Cloud to sync playlists from Nokia Music and listen to them offline at no extra charge. Rock on!

Any other Lumia 820 musical features that get you shaking your booty with excitement? Let us know in the comments below!

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