In 2011 Nokia unveiled the first handset to run Windows Phone and bear the Lumia moniker – the Nokia Lumia 800. With a striking unibody design, bright colours and Windows Phone UI, it felt fresh, different and instantly became a serious alternative to Android and iOS.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is one of our favourite smartphones from 2012 – second to the Samsung Galaxy S3. Nokia’s new flagship won us over with its sturdy yet shapely polycarbonate body, great screen and the best low-light performance we’ve seen on a smartphone, courtesy of PureView technology. Its younger sibling the Lumia 820 offering the added flexibility of microSD card compatibility.
Unfortunately, because the Lumia range is relatively young and has yet to hit sales gold (in comparison to the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3), there aren’t many third-party Lumia cases. Nokia, however is releasing some useful and unique own-branded designs, so here’s our pick of the best Nokia Lumia cases.
Nokia X Burton Insulator Case CP-614
Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800, 900, 820, 920
Cold conditions can dramatically reduce smartphones battery performance, so Nokia has joined forces with winter outfitter Burton to create a range of Lumia cases suitable for winter sports fans that improves battery performance by 50 per cent in cold conditions.
Snuggly fitting the Nokia Lumia 920 (and smaller devices) the Nokia X Burton Insulator Case CP-614 case is a thick and well padded, with soft-touch fur lining and 3MThinsulate protecting against the cold. Inside there’s a mesh pocket with a velcro seal for accessories such in-ear headphones, USB cable or cash and credit cards. The leash clips to a bag and there are grey, black and orange variations from Burtons 2012/13 collection
Price: £16.99 (Stockist TBC)
Nokia X Burton Insulator Case CP-611
Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800, 900, 820
Another collaboration from Nokia and Burton designed for winter sports lovers, the Nokia x Insulator Case pouch has a soft fur lining extending battery life by 50 per cent in sub-zero temperatures. The love it or hate it Gorilla patten is from a Burton winter jacket and it can be worn around a wrist or attached to a bag using the leash.
Price: £12.99/£16.99 (Stockist TBC)
Nokia Splash Resistant Carrying Case CP-605 (large)
Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800, 820
Festival goers might be interested in this zip-up case, designed to protect Lumia handsets from splashes. At first glance the plastic seems a little thin, but does mean the touchscreen can be operated without removing it from the case. The Large version we tried is perfect for the Lumia 820, but you’ll need Extra Large for the Lumia 920 – pair it with a lanyard, hang it around your neck and it’s a good solution for days out. The case isn’t waterproof, so if you are heading to the beach opt it may be better to opt for the Proporta BeachBuoy instead, although it’s a less streamlined and discreet.
Price: £17.95 [LINK]
Nokia Lumia 920 Commuter Series
Nokia Lumia 920
OtterBox is known for its range of tough cases and this case provides two layers of protection, the outer layer is polycarbonate, while the inner layer is made from sturdy silicon that encases the device, while ensuring it’s still pocketable.
Price: £24.98 [LINK]
Nokia Lumia 820 Premium PU Leather Wallet Case
Nokia Lumia 820
This stylish flip-case has been designed to protect the Nokia Lumia 820 from bumps and scratches. Available in Black with flowers (below), Black and Tan, Hot Pink, Purple, Red and White, Inside there’s a pocket for credit cards and money.
Price: £4.99 [LINK]