Although I’ve been a die hard Android fan my entire life (or, at least since the HTC G1), I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the device you see above. Yes, it is exactly what it looks like: A Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 822 to be exact. I don’t think I’ll be switching platforms anytime soon, but I’m incredibly interested in taking at least a short look at Windows Phone 8 and what it has to offer to a longtime Android user. So, without further delay, let’s see what’s in the box.

Just like every other smartphone I’ve reviewed on Verizon, the Lumia 822 is packed into a box not much larger than the phone itself, which has a slip cover over the actual lid. The box opens to present the device, which is flanked by red. Quite a bit of red, in fact, so much that I think Verizon may have gotten a hold of the order for the boxes and changed the entire color pallet to variations of red.

Underneath the device is the standard USB cable and AC adapter, and hidden on the back of the cardboard piece that holds the Lumia is a slot for the getting started menus. While it looks like there should be a set of headphones at the bottom of the box, there were none to be found.

What you see above is a shot of everything of importance in the box, minus the cardboard and other packaging. I haven’t used it much, but the plastic based build of the Lumia 822 surprised me when I picked it up, the device is thick, but also very light. I’ll examine the hardware in more detail in the review, but for now I’m interested in trying out Windows Phone 8. Maybe I’ll even read the getting started booklets, as they might contain some useful information. Eh, who am I kidding, I still won’t read the getting started booklets. Anyways, I already have a helpful forum thread for Windows Phone 8 tips and tricks.