Nokia Lumia 830

Midrange 5" Windows smartphone

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The new Nokia Lumia 830 Windows 8.1 smartphone is Microsoft's new "affordable flagship". Does it live up to the name endowed on it by the manufacturers?

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Main features

  1. Superb 5 inch Full HD 1080p screen
  2. Stunning 20.7 megapixel camera
  3. 4G handset
  4. Water and dust resistant
  5. Aluminium chassis


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by Mike Leader

Described as the "affordable flagship" mobile phone, the Nokia Lumia 830 joins a growing band of big screen phones with features just below premium standard, with lower resolution screens and cameras with less megapixels.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha and LG G3 S are two other examples of the trend. But while the Samsung and LG don't quite pull it off, the Lumia 830 is a totally different story.

Good start

First impressions are excellent because the design is very reminiscent of the brilliant premium Nokia Lumia 930 with it's brightly neon coloured rear panels which come in orange and green.

Both those colours are available here, and black and white are also available for those who don't like the bright colours. We do. Those colours do add a touch of originality and personality to the Lumia range and are a definite change from the usual dull colours adorned by most smartphones.

Up front, Nokia's ClearBlack screen blends into the surrounding black glass so well that you can't actually see where the screen ends. The aluminium frame confirms you are handling a solid, classy phone.

Like the Lumia 930, the square frame holds metal power and volume buttons and a camera shutter button.

However the rear panel and edges were a little sharp to hold on the flagship model. Microsoft's Nokia have learned from this and here they are not so edgy, which makes the phone more comfortable for you to hold. Perhaps more importantly it is refreshing to see a manufacturer listening to it's customers.

The Lumia 830 is also almost exactly the same size as it's flagship brother at 139 x 71mm, but slightly slimmer, in fact the slimmest Lumia ever at 8.5mm. The weight of 150 grams also feels just about right.

Admirable 5 inch screen

The 5 inch screen is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covered screen with 720 x 1280 pixels, which gives you a density of 294 pixels per inch (PPI).

While this is not Full HD, it is not far behind the iPhone 6 at 326 PPI and suits the square tiled interface of the Windows Phone operating system far better than it would an Android, or indeed an Apple phone.

We love Full HD 1080p screens and as such we are normally not so happy with anything less these days, but you would have to place it next to a 1080p Android phone to really notice any real difference. You can just about see individual pixels, but in normal use you generally can't really tell.

It really is a great screen in a device at this price range, and this on a phone that costs less than a third of the price of the iPhone 6 which has a smaller 4.7 inch screen.

It's an IPS LCD screen too, which are bright and clear even in strong sunny days and at wide viewing angles so you will have no problem viewing the screen outdoors..

Best in class camera, by far

The camera lens is housed in a large black circle which is similar to the one found on the a href="http://1stmobile.co.uk/?p=2516" title="Nokia Lumia 1020" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020. The 10 megapixel camera itself carries Nokia's premium PureView technology which includes optical image stabilisation.

You also have that camera shutter button too which is sadly lacking on many smartphones. It even has a focus lock.

This all ensures better, sharper pictures in a wide range of lighting conditions, and is assisted by HDR, an LED flash, full auto mode and a large array of manual options. The 'Living Image' feature sounds like a gimmick, taking a very short one-second video when you take a shot but that fraction of movement on each photo when you look through your photo albums is a wonderful touch, especially if your photos contain people or animals.

The Nokia camera app also includes tutorials, showing you how to take photos in low light situations and experimenting with white balance, amongst others. Most phone cameras with optional settings features are left unused by most people because they simply don't know what to do with them so we think this is another excellent touch.

Video recording also includes optical stabilisation behind the Carl Zeiss optics and Full HD recording is available here, at 30 frames per second and with stereo sound. 720p video recording can also be accomplished from the front facing camera.

The wonder of wireless charging

Another top feature which is still missing from even some flagship handsets is wireless charging. When you need to charge your phone you simply place it on top of the charging pad, included in the box.

You can also use the "traditional" method of charging via USB cable but wireless charging is one of those things you never miss until you try it, then you wonder how you ever lived without it and plugging your phone in to charge it up suddenly becomes an irritation.

15GB free storage

The Qualcomm 1.2 GHz processor is more than sufficient to keep things flowing nicely on the Lumia 830, thanks to a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/how-to/wp8/basics/whats-new-in-windows-phone" title="Windows Phone 8.1" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1 operating system not requiring anywhere near as much power as Android to run smoothly.

Likewise 1GB of RAM memory is ample, while the 16GB of internal storage space is complimented with 15GB of free Microsoft OneDrive online storage.

If you still need more you can add a memory card right up to 128GB. It's double that of the aforementioned LG while Samsung's Alpha doesn't have a card slot.

Comprehensive connectivity

Every possible form of connectivity is here, including wireless charging of course, and NFC for contactless payments and file transfers, GPS for satellite navigation and geo-tagging, GPRS, DLNA to view your photos and videos on a smart TV wirelessly, and you also get dual-band Wi-Fi.

Stereo Bluetooth is perfect for listening to the built-in FM radio, or your Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound enhanced music tracks. You can also use your own favourite headset via the 3.5mm headphone socket.

Even your calls sound good thanks to Active Noise Cancellation which cuts out background noise using a dedicated microphone.

Microsoft also have the latest Nokia "Denim" update onboard, the first in the Lumia range to include this update, and the first update of Windows Phone 8.1 operating system which now allows you to group your apps into folders.

Halo's Cortana is your voice controlled virtual assistant

Much more interesting though is the new Cortana voice controlled assistant, with which you simply speak to add calendar and diary entries and appointments, check the weather, find local restaurants and add notes to your OneNote notebook, included with the free Microsoft Office suite on your Windows phone.

You can do much more too including setting reminders and searching the internet, find music and check traffic. Best of all is it is very accurate and works better than both Apple's Siri and Google's Now voice systems.

Outstanding battery life

You can play with your phone for hours too, with just under 15 hours talk time claimed and a huge 528 hours standby. Without heavy use, many of you should get 2 day's use out of the interchangeable battery.

But the beauty of the QI wireless charging system is you will often find yourself putting the phone down on the charging pad when not in use, as opposed to charging by cable when you would normally only put your phone on charge when the battery is low.

Our summary

It's worth noting that several other reviews have recorded the lack of a full HD screen as a flaw but that's not true, certainly not at this price.

We have already highlighted the Galaxy Alpha and LG G3 S as the probable nearest Android competitors and although both have a similar resolution, it works so much better on Windows Phone to the point that it does make a very favourable difference.

The Lumia 830 is also the cheapest of the three, and by some margin.

Beyond that this is a solidly built and good looking handset that exudes quality in much the same way as the flagship Lumia 930, and for considerably less of your hard-earned.

The camera is best in class, as is battery life, and there is nothing else found wanting here.

We are well known for our fondness of Lumia handsets. That's because we have never seen a bad one but for the price, this might just be the very best yet.

Screen resolution aside the Nokia Lumia 830 is a flagship smartphone in every sense of the word and is simply exceptional.


Photos copyright Microsoft 2014


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Nokia Lumia 830

£379.99


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