Lumia 830by Nokia

  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 830
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
70%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The camera on the 830 lives up to the PureView name, consistently snapping clear photos.
  • The overall build quality feels good in the hand. The screen size makes one-handed use a realistic possibility.
  • The battery-life is enough to get the average user through a single day of use.

CONS

  • The overall performance is disappointing--particularly the time it takes for apps to launch.
  • The 720p display is a big disappointment, with most competing smartphones offering at least 1080p.
  • The Windows Phone doesn't run a leading OS, so it's slow to get the latest and greatest applications. Windows 10 looks to fix that problem, but it's not there yet.
The Nokia Lumia 830 is the last smartphone in a long line of devices to carry the Lumia namesake. It's equipped with a 5-inch HD720 display, 16GB of storage, 1GB of memory, expandable storage up to 128GB, a 2,200 mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and a 10 MP camera. The 830 ships with Windows Phone 8.1 installed, but is capable of running Microsoft's latest mobile OS Windows 10.
NameLumia 830One (M8) for WindowsLumia 735Lumia 635OneTouch Fierce XL
ManufacturerNokiaHTCNokiaNokiaAlcatel
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List Price$380$480$192$100$139
80%

Unlike some 5in phones that can have a tendency to feel a little unwieldy, the Lumia 830 feels well-thought through.

Unlike some 5in phones that can have a tendency to feel a little unwieldy, the Lumia 830 feels well-thought through.

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80%

Inside the 830 sits a removable 2,200 mAh battery, compared to a 2,420 mAh battery in the Icon. I found it perfectly acceptable for all-day,…

Inside the 830 sits a removable 2,200 mAh battery, compared to a 2,420 mAh battery in the Icon. I found it perfectly acceptable for all-day, moderate use (using it more to browse the Web and use apps than making calls).

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80%

Most apps run smoothly although the camera could be faster to open and there is sometimes a slight wait as apps load. For the money it has l…

Most apps run smoothly although the camera could be faster to open and there is sometimes a slight wait as apps load. For the money it has lag where you'd expect it, making it fine for the mid-range but not ideal for power users.

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80%

I find the 830's screen pleasing for the most part, with accurate colors and good viewing angles in most directions. However, I did notice w…

I find the 830's screen pleasing for the most part, with accurate colors and good viewing angles in most directions. However, I did notice washed-out colors while watching movies at extreme positions, especially toward the lower left and right in landscape mode.

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70%

Windows Phone 8.1 is now a better mobile OS, and the Lumia 830 is promised for a Windows 10 update, too. We certainly can't complain about t…

Windows Phone 8.1 is now a better mobile OS, and the Lumia 830 is promised for a Windows 10 update, too. We certainly can't complain about the out-of-the-box software that comes with the handset, but the ecosystem still lacks in terms of app count, so if you are coming from an Android handset, or an iPhone, some applications you know and love might not be there.

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70%

A great example of a Windows-based smartphone and a killer option for what it costs, although there's still not quite enough going on with W…

A great example of a Windows-based smartphone and a killer option for what it costs, although there's still not quite enough going on with Windows Phone to pull people away from Android or iOS.

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60%

Nokia and Microsoft may call the Lumia 830 a “flagship,” but it’s not. The phone runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1G…

Nokia and Microsoft may call the Lumia 830 a “flagship,” but it’s not. The phone runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. The display isn’t 1080p and tops up at a pixel density of 226ppi. These were flagship specs in 2012, not today.

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And the Lumia 830 lives up to the PureView name. Shots come out clear and bright, although the front facing camera does leave a little to be…

And the Lumia 830 lives up to the PureView name. Shots come out clear and bright, although the front facing camera does leave a little to be desired with its sub-1MP sensor. In all, the Lumia 830 camera certainly gives reason to take a second look.

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50%

The Nokia Lumia 830 is a middling phone that's outmatched by a range of other options on AT&T.

The Nokia Lumia 830 is a middling phone that's outmatched by a range of other options on AT&T.

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The 830 is a good-looking handset: the smart aluminium frame is reassuringly solid, as is the Gorilla Glass screen, while the day-glo swappa…

The 830 is a good-looking handset: the smart aluminium frame is reassuringly solid, as is the Gorilla Glass screen, while the day-glo swappable back gives it a little accent of fun that sets it apart from other black slabs.

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The back plate is a sheet of plastic, with a touch of flex in it. Because of the slight curve at the edge there’s a bit more strength again …

The back plate is a sheet of plastic, with a touch of flex in it. Because of the slight curve at the edge there’s a bit more strength again bending, but it doesn’t feel like something that should be part of a flagship – if there’s any part of the design that feels affordable it is this back plate.

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The 830 is a bit thinner and a bit lighter than the Lumia 930, and it sounds small on paper but it really changes the in-hand feel of the ph…

The 830 is a bit thinner and a bit lighter than the Lumia 930, and it sounds small on paper but it really changes the in-hand feel of the phone.

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