Nokia Lumia 830 review: best Windows phone in Rs 28,000 price range

Microsoft announced the Lumia 830 at IFA in Berlin and recently in India.

It is the successor to Lumia 820. The company has touted Lumia 830 as “the first affordable flagship”.

Priced at Rs 28,799, Lumia 830 is a major upgrade in terms of both form factor as well as other features compared to Lumia 820. The device sports high end features with an affordable price tag.

The Nokia Lumia 830 is the thinnest and lightest Lumia, including the thinnest Optical Image Stabilization module. The camera itself boasts Zeiss optics and a 10MP sensor.

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The phone also features the new Lumia Denim release responsible for a lot of improvements to the software. This includes the new Lumia Camera and the Selfie Camera apps.

PROS

  • High quality camera
  • Good display
  • Metal design

CONS

  • Not highly powerful

DESIGN

The Lumia 830 packs exposed aluminium edges and colourful matte plastic back-panel like the Lumia 930.

The 830 has a softer design, with the edges curving all the way around to the 5 inch screen. This gives the 830 a less severe look than Lumia 930 and makes it a little more comfortable to hold in one hand.

Lumia 830’s highlight is the use of a sturdy metal frame and the Nokia’s ability to make the phone slim and handy even though it has a complex camera module incorporating Optical Image Stabilization and its PureView technology.

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It measures 139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm and weighs 150 grams. The 830 also comes in a choice of green, orange, or white colours, which come with a silver metal frame.

On the right side of the body there is a volume rocker key, screenlock/power button and two-stage dedicated camera key. The left side is also devoid of any buttons or keys, which gives the 830 a plain look.

Nokia Lumia 830 is a good looking phone that feels solid and durable due to its metal frame and high quality construction. Even though the phone sports a 5-inch screen, it is very pocketable.

DISPLAY

Nokia Lumia 830 boasts a 5-inch, 720p IPS LCD display. It uses Nokia’s ClearBlack technology, which makes the Windows Phone’s dark theme look really good and reduces the reflectivity to improve sunlight legibility.

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Lumia 830’s display looks bright and vivid, rendering sharp and crisp text and graphics. The flat UI elements such as tiles and lists don’t get blur even though the display is low resolution compared to flagships and even mid-range phones.

The glass protecting the display is a sculpted Gorilla Glass 3 the left and right sides of the display slope making swipes quite pleasant.

USER INTERFACE

The Lumia 830 is the first Windows Phone to run Lumia Denim, which includes Nokia’s firmware improvements over Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.

The Denim update also comes with improved image processing for clearer lowlight photos. It also offers “Hey Cortana” voice activation similar to Apple’s Siri and Google Now and allows users to say “Hey Cortana” while the phone is idle to activate it.

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The feature is powered by the phone’s SensorCore technology. It supports phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 80x processors. Update 1 brings features like Live Folders, Cortana support (alpha), SMS merge and forwarding, consumer VPN and Internet Explorer improvements.

Users can only swipe notifications away to discard them, or hit the button up top to clear them all in bulk. The notifications cannot be expanded unlike Android or iOS 8.

Nokia Lumia 830 comes with a large number of preloaded apps (including Flipboard, BoxTV,PicsArt, Snapdeak, Times City and WeChat) in addition to Nokia and Microsoft apps. Users can also remove these apps.

CAMERA

Lumia 830 boasts a 10MP Pureview camera, with video recording at 1080p 30 fps (Full HD), Nokia Rich recording audio with Surround Sound, and Dolby Dolby Digital Plus sound recording.

The super-thin OIS module is certainly impressive but the camera also boasts Zeiss optics, so far reserved for Nokia’s royalty.

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The camera has a 1/3.4″ BSI sensor with 16:9 aspect ratio. The camera has an f/2.2 aperture and relatively wide 26mm focal length and a minimum focus distance of 10cm. You can use the two-stage shutter key to focus but also wake up the phone.

The key highlight is Rich Capture that allows capturing and merging multiple images together simultaneously, and applying auto HDR with dynamic exposure steps and flash settings.

The picture as well as the video quality of the Lumia 830 is very impressive.

UNDER THE HOOD

Nokia Lumia 830 runs on a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor coupled with 1GB  RAM.

It has 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to  128 GB via Micro SD card.

The Lumia 830 is fueled by a 2200 mAh removable battery, which provides up to 14.8 hours of talktime on 3G, 10 hours of continuous video playback, 78 hours of music listening or 22 days of standby time.

The device has wireless charging support built into the back panel, so users can plonk it on a Qi wireless charger to juice it up sans wires.

WRAP UP

Priced at Rs 28,799, it offers good value for your money. The build quality is excellent, the camera is better than any other smartphone at this price range, and Windows Phone has improved massively over the last year.

There are some other competing devices at the same price range such as Google Nexus 5 which sports a better display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and runs the latest version of Android but has an average camera and lacks a microSD card slot.

HTC Desire 816, which also costs slightly cheaper, has BoomSound stereo front facing speakers, a better front facing camera, a larger display, same resolution and processor, but doesn’t have as great a camera.

Vishal Kawadkar
editor@gizmolead.com

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