More on the Nokia Lumia 820's interchangeable covers

While much of the excitement surrounding Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 announcement was focused upon the new flagship Lumia 920, the slightly smaller Lumia 820 has plenty to sing about too, including that old Nokia favourite, the interchangeable cover.

As Nokia revealed yesterday, the 'exchangeable shell' covers for the Lumia 820 aren’t just about the aesthetics. In addition to a range of colours – including the much-loved cyan, which isn’t an option on its bigger brother – an optional exchangeable cover can also be purchased that brings the wireless charging feature found on the new Lumia 920.

Nokia spoke with Pocket-lint in a bit more detail about its exchangeable covers, and revealed that a more ‘rugged’ cover option is also on the way. Three types of cover will ultimately be offered:

  • Matte covers will include wireless charging
  • Glossy covers are purely aesthetic
  • Rugged covers have a ‘soft-to-touch’ finish with rubbery corners

That third option is designed to offer an extra dose of protection for users that are especially concerned about damaging their handsets. As with third party covers, Nokia’s covers can be removed and switched as needed, so that during the day, a sober black cover might be perfect for the office, while a brightly coloured one could co-ordinate with an outfit for a night out; and a rugged cover can be slipped on for a sporty activity weekend, to avoid seeing your Lumia meet an untimely end at the mercy of a rock.

Nokia’s offering differs in making the cover part of the handset itself, rather than an extra layer or sleeve of added bulk on top of your smartphone, which can often turn even the sleekest handset into a bit of a chunky beast. 

Source: Pocket-lint | Image via Nokia

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I am very surprised that no one has posted this comment.

Shells are beautiful and great idea to especially the rugged ones but what is the point when LCD has no gorilla glass.
Main thing is the screen, if screen is scrachted. There is not much of point in rugged body.

Reminds me of those old banana peel phones from like 10 years ago. Too many options here for me to choose... don't want to make a mistake... better pick iPhone.

This is why I'm buying the 820 instead of the 920.. To find out there is going to be a matte case just seals the deal.. Good job Nokia...

S_Herbie said,
The flip cover for my SGSIII replaces the whole back of the phone and is available in different covers too...

Ok?

S_Herbie said,
The flip cover for my SGSIII replaces the whole back of the phone and is available in different covers too...

That's cool, I guess.

ACTIONpack said,
how much thicker does it make the phone? If it's too thick then what's the point being wireless.

It doesn't, the wireless chargerjust adds the flat square metal coil under the case.

and even if it was thicker. it adds a lot of convenience, no need to plug in the annoying micro usb plug that's usually hard to push in, and always feel like you're about to break something. you just drop the phone down on top of a charging mat or charging surface and it just starts charging. And on top of that, when you need to answer the phone or go somewhere, you just pick it up and go, no yanking out the cable again. and no cover to fiddle with to fit back in place over the micro usb port.

ACTIONpack said,
how much thicker does it make the phone? If it's too thick then what's the point being wireless.

Last paragraph of article is for you