Nokia Lumia 830 Review
The Lumia 830 is one of the last few Windows Phone smartphones to carry the Nokia brand. It’s a mid-range device but sports a PureView camera and a beautiful design and build that reminds us of its flagship brother, the Lumia 930. Is the Nokia Lumia 830 worth buying? Find out by reading our full review.
Design and Construction
The Lumia 830 has a lot of similarities with the Lumia 930 flagship. If you put them side by side, the two almost look identical. Like the Lumia 930, the Lumia 830 sports an aluminum frame which gives the device a premium look and feel.
On the front we have the 5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass 3. Above it are the earpiece and 0.9 megapixel front camera. Down below are three navigation buttons and pinhole for the microphone. On the left are the volume rocker, power/lock button, and dedicated camera key. Right up on top is the microUSB port and the headset jack.
Take a look at the back you will see the plastic rear cover with matte finish, the 10 megapixel camera and LED flash housed in an awkward-looking circle, another microphone, and the speaker.
Before we further enumerate the good points, we’d like to mention a defect that we noticed on our unit. It looks like an adhesive problem with the glass as the upper left part won’t permanently stick to the body. Take a look at the photo below.
The gap isn’t that wide but dust could easily get in. We hope that this is just an isolated case and is not affecting other units.
It’s a bit difficult to accept that the Lumia 830 is a mid-range device as it feels more like a flagship. It has a tough glass that smoothly curves down at the edges, the cool to the touch aluminum frame, and the brightly colored polycarbonate back plate. Overall, it’s a well-crafted smartphone with a sleek design.
Display and Multimedia
High-end smartphones nowadays sport at least Full HD displays and are now gearing towards Quad HD. Any lower than Full HD is sometimes frowned upon. The Lumia 830 features a 5-inch IPS HD display or equal to 294ppi. But before you start wishing that it should be higher than that, we’d like to point out that the display quality in this thing is stunning.
The Lumia 830 utilizes the company’s ClearBlack display technology so images and texts appear crisp, viewing angles are good, colors are rich with deep blacks, and has great contrast, even when used outdoors.
With that in mind, the Lumia 830 makes a good multimedia device for watching movies or browsing through photos. The speaker on this thing is also fantastic as it is capable of producing very loud yet clear sounds. We don’t even need to pump the volume to maximum if we’re just listening privately. Really good audio.
The Lumia 830 sports a 10 megapixel PureView camera as its main shooter. It features a 1/3.4-inch sensor size, Carl Zeiss optics, and optical image stabilization. That set of hardware is partnered with a couple of camera apps – the standard Camera and the Nokia Camera.
The standard camera app is pretty basic as it only features Burst mode and video mode, but if you want more control over the settings the Nokia Camera is recommended.
As expected, camera performance is really good and captures photos with great details and colors. It can also hold its own when it comes to low light but not that impressive. Check out the sample photos below.
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If you like shooting videos with your smartphone, the Lumia 830 will do a fantastic job. With Nokia Camera it can record up to 1080p resolution at 24/25/30fps with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Watch the video below.
Software and Apps
We were expecting the Lumia 830 to ship with the latest Lumia Denim update, unfortunately, this one does not. At the time of writing we’re still waiting for the update to arrive so we’re missing out the best bits of the new firmware for this review.
Still, I was able to enjoy the features and pre-installed apps that came with the device. Being the camera as one of its strongest suit, the Lumia 830 comes with a bunch of camera-centric Lumia apps like Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, Selfie, and Storyteller. There’s also the nifty Lumia Refocus app that is available at the Windows Phone Store.
The Lumia 830 comes with 16GB of internal storage with 14.56GB available for the user. It supports microSD cards up to 128GB so if you’re heavy on media files you can put it all right there.
Performance and Benchmarks
This is the part where the Lumia 830 becomes a “mid-range” device. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snadragon 400 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, Adreno 305 GPU, and 1GB of RAM. It may not sound much if you’re looking at it from an Android perspective but this is Windows Phone OS so performance is different. If we put things into perspective, the Lumia 530 we reviewed last month performed very decently on a Snapdragon 200 CPU with just 512MB of RAM.
In the case of the Lumia 830, the performance is good. Animations and transitions are smooth, apps launch fast, and games run well without any lags. When playing games we noticed that the upper left portion of the device becomes noticeably warm. It’s not really a big issue but your fingers will get easily sweaty on that part. We also ran a benchmark test using AnTuTu and the score is 12,170.
The Lumia 830 is equipped with a 2,200mAh battery which is decent for a smartphone of this caliber. Although we’re wishing that it is atleast 2,500mAh. Still it was able to perform well on our battery test (Airplane mode, 50% brightness, 50% volume with headset plugged, 1080p video on loop) as it was able to churn out 10 hours worth of playback which is really good.
To conclude, the Nokia Lumia 830 is a solid mid-range smartphone that feels looks and feels like a flagship. It’s well crafted, has a beautiful design, packs a great PureView camera, brilliant display, fantastic speakers, long battery life, and good performance. Not to mention that it’s not running the Lumia Denim update yet so we expect this device to perform better when it arrives.
The Lumia 830 is priced at Php18,990. It’s more powerful brother, the Lumia 930, costs Php29,990. So if you’re on a hunt for a good Windows Phone device but can’t shell out an extra Php11,000 for the flagship, the Lumia 830 is your next best bet.
Nokia Lumia 830 specs:
5-inch IPS HD ClearBlack display, 294ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU
Adreno 305 GPU
16GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD
10 megapixel PureView rear camera w/ LED flash
1/3.4-inch sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS
0.9 megapixel front camera
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP, EDR, LE, apt-X
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Wireless charging support
Windows Phone 8.1 OS
139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm
What we liked about it:
* Great build
* Nice design
* Great display
* Good camera
* Long battery life
* Good performance
* Great speakers
What we didn’t like:
* Usual app limitations from Windows Phone Store
* Doesn’t come with Lumia Denim out of the box
* Gets warm when playing games