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Nokia Lumia 830 review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Nokia Lumia 830 currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Excellent camera quality
  • Lag free performance during basic tasks
  • Bright display with excellent viewing angles

What's bad

  • Frame rate issues for more intensive apps
  • Not full HD display
  • Poor viewing angles in bright light

The Lumia 830 will be the one of last Lumia phones to sport the Nokia label now that Microsoft has taken over the Finnish company. Marketed as an "affordable flagship" the 830 offers many of the same features as on the 930 such as an aluminum frame and colorful, interchangeable plastic back panels. Where it differs though is its size. It is slightly smaller and thinner measuring in at 5.5x2.8x0.3 inches and weighs grams. On paper the difference might be small, but reviewers noticed a significant change when switching from the 930 to the 830. Anand Tech states, "The 930 would slightly dig into my hands…the Lumia 830 does not…In hand feel is very good."

Nokia has opted to keep the same 5-inch screen size, but in their quest for affordability they had to go without a full HD screen and instead opting for 720p. While this offers a slightly lower pixel density of 294ppi, most critics had no issues with pixilation thanks to the ClearBlack IPS technology. They describe the overall panel as "punchy" with excellent viewing angles, deep blacks and good bright light legibility, though CNET did notice a significant drop off in legibility when changing angles.

On paper, the 830 doesn't seem impressive with only a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. With that said experts add that its performance didn't leave much to be desired as apps launched and closed quickly, navigating the UI was fluid and most games played stutter-free. Battery-life as well impressed reviewers, especially since Nokia opted for only a 2,200mAh battery. When put through the battery draining tests, it lasted a little over 10 hours and real-life usage got most experts through a full day of moderate usage. Just in case you do run out of juice, the battery is removable so you can swap out if necessary.

Like the other Lumia phones, the 830's main event is the camera. At 10MP, it might not offer the same sharpness as the 1020's 41MP camera, but it still holds its own against its competitors. Branded as PureView, the 830 comes equipped with Optical Image Stabilization for clearer pictures. When put to the test, experts were able to take high quality pictures with accurate colors and plenty of detail in bright light situations. Unfortunately, they also experienced a significant quality dip once the lights dimmed in the form of noise, loss of detail and muted colors though the images weren't necessarily unusable.

While reviewers generally enjoyed the Lumia 830, they are hesitant to recommend it outright. Trusted Reviews states, "The Lumia 830 is, mostly, a very good phone, but before you buy you need to make peace with some tricky weaknesses." TechRadar adds, "With a cheaper price tag than its flagship brother, the Lumia 830 can be forgiven for taking a few cuts in performance...[but] I really struggle to see how the Lumia 830 will compete."


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
10+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

While a very decent Windows Phone device, the Nokia Lumia 830 has a steep hill to climb against midrange Androids with its current price bordering on 300 USD or EUR. 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 a...

- Daniel P., PhoneArena
Tech Advisor

There's nothing shockingly wrong with the Lumia 830, but it does feel like a slight opportunity lost. It is a mediocre performer, with a not-great camera. But it is well priced, nicely built and stylish. Better value can be found by dropping down to the Lumia 630, but if you want a 5in Windows phone...

- Matt Egan, Tech Advisor
iTechTriad

Overall, I enjoyed using this phone even though (like I said) many of the apps I use on a day-to-day basis are basically non-existent in the Windows Store world. but other than that, the Nokia Lumia 830 feels sturdy in build and smooth in software performance. This is perfect for someone who isn&rsq...

- Andrew Romero, iTechTriad
Phone Scoop

The Nokia Lumia 830 is an all-around solid performer. It may be a mid-range handset, but it acts more like a flagship smartphone. It boasts Nokia's classic design and solid build quality in a phone that's compact and a pleasure to use. The Lumia 830 handles the basics with ease. The screen looks gre...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
The Inquirer

Featuring Microsoft's enterprise-friendly Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, quad-core processor, decent screen and excellent camera, the Lumia 830 is a great phone.Add to this its moderate £320 price tag and we can definitely see the Lumia 830 appealing to business buyers looking for an affo...

- Alastair Stevenson, The Inquirer


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Nokia released the Lumia 830 on October 7, 2014.


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Screen Size
5"

The Nokia Lumia 830's screen size is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 (Update Available: 10) operating system (OS).

Camera
10+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 10+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 888 minutes, 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 830 Specs

Overview
Release date October 7, 2014
Regions available Canada, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1 (Update Available: 10)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.87 W/kg
Body: 0.83 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 840 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 888 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Green, Orange
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm (5.5 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 296 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, ClearBlack
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Nokia Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
0.9 Megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-NB, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA Pro, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, AVI, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable (OneDrive)
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


PhoneArena

Color-accurate display, very good battery life

from PhoneArena

While a very decent Windows Phone device, the Nokia Lumia 830 has a steep hill to climb against midrange Androids with its current price bordering on 300 USD or EUR. 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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While a very decent Windows Phone device, the Nokia Lumia 830 has a steep hill to climb against midrange Androids with its current price bordering on 300 USD or EUR. 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.

The biggest advantages of the Lumia 830 against said Androids are the excellent sound recording ability that the three high-amplitude mics bring about, and the color-accurate display. Also, not many phones at that price point come with optical image stabilization for smooth and flawless videos. On the minus side, the earpiece call quality is not that good, flash shots are murky, and the chipset might stall at heavy 3D gaming.

At this price point you can find many a formidable Android competitor, like the LG G2 and Huawei's Honor 6 with 1080p displays, faster chipsets, and a lighter build, while a Benjamin more would get you the LG G3 now, for instance. The arrival of Windows 10 might change things for the Lumia 830, but for now, unless you need quality video sound recording on the go, we'd advise to wait for the inevitable price drop. 

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Tech Advisor

Offers good battery life, decent build and camera

from Tech Advisor

There's nothing shockingly wrong with the Lumia 830, but it does feel like a slight opportunity lost. It is a mediocre performer, with a not-great camera. But it is well priced, nicely built and stylish. Better value can be found by dropping down to the Lumia 630, but if you want a 5in Windows phone this is a decent option.

Read full review

There's nothing shockingly wrong with the Lumia 830, but it does feel like a slight opportunity lost. It is a mediocre performer, with a not-great camera. But it is well priced, nicely built and stylish. Better value can be found by dropping down to the Lumia 630, but if you want a 5in Windows phone this is a decent option.

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iTechTriad

A new definition to budget phone

from iTechTriad

Overall, I enjoyed using this phone even though (like I said) many of the apps I use on a day-to-day basis are basically non-existent in the Windows Store world. but other than that, the Nokia Lumia 830 feels sturdy in build and smooth in software performance. This is perfect for someone who isn&...More

Overall, I enjoyed using this phone even though (like I said) many of the apps I use on a day-to-day basis are basically non-existent in the Windows Store world. but other than that, the Nokia Lumia 830 feels sturdy in build and smooth in software performance. This is perfect for someone who isn’t into mobile gaming, but more into the photography aspect of things.

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Phone Scoop

Windows Phone done right

from Phone Scoop

The Nokia Lumia 830 is an all-around solid performer. It may be a mid-range handset, but it acts more like a flagship smartphone. It boasts Nokia's classic design and solid build quality in a phone that's compact and a pleasure to use.

The Lumia 830 handles the basics with ease. The screen looks great, signal performance is solid, call quality is excellent, and battery life is right where it needs to be. The Windows Phone operating system performs perfectly on the 830 and never felt bogged down or slow. The features available in Windows Phone 8.1 mean the 830 can go toe-to-toe with most other phones in the market. The 10-megapixel camera does an admirable job and the 830's photo-management tools are powerful and easy to use....

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The Nokia Lumia 830 is an all-around solid performer. It may be a mid-range handset, but it acts more like a flagship smartphone. It boasts Nokia's classic design and solid build quality in a phone that's compact and a pleasure to use.

The Lumia 830 handles the basics with ease. The screen looks great, signal performance is solid, call quality is excellent, and battery life is right where it needs to be. The Windows Phone operating system performs perfectly on the 830 and never felt bogged down or slow. The features available in Windows Phone 8.1 mean the 830 can go toe-to-toe with most other phones in the market. The 10-megapixel camera does an admirable job and the 830's photo-management tools are powerful and easy to use.

I can think of only one real weakness, and it is shared by all Windows Phones: App selection. There's no question that Android and iOS have more available apps, though some may argue Windows Phone has the major gaps filled.

AT&T is selling the Lumia 830 for $450 with no contract, $100 with a contract, or about $20 per month on an AT&T Next plan. The Lumia 830 is a bargain no matter which you choose. I'd say it's the best mid-sized Windows Phone currently available from AT&T. 

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The Inquirer

A mid-range smartphone ideal for business rollouts

from The Inquirer

Featuring Microsoft's enterprise-friendly Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, quad-core processor, decent screen and excellent camera, the Lumia 830 is a great phone.

Add to this its moderate £320 price tag and we can definitely see the Lumia 830 appealing to business buyers look...More

Featuring Microsoft's enterprise-friendly Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, quad-core processor, decent screen and excellent camera, the Lumia 830 is a great phone.

Add to this its moderate £320 price tag and we can definitely see the Lumia 830 appealing to business buyers looking for an affordable option. Although there's still work to be done on locking users into IE and adding more apps to the Windows Phone eco-system. 

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Digit

Offers a sturdy and good looking design with stable and smooth OS

from Digit

The Lumia 830 is a good Windows Phone, but not the best smartphone as you can get much better options in the market like the Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, etc. It offers an appealing design, a smooth OS and a great camera, but somehow it doesn't justify the price. If you love WP, then this is...More

The Lumia 830 is a good Windows Phone, but not the best smartphone as you can get much better options in the market like the Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, etc. It offers an appealing design, a smooth OS and a great camera, but somehow it doesn't justify the price. If you love WP, then this is a good option, but if you want high-end specs to match the heavy price-tag, then you better give this a pass.

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Digital Trends

A great Windows Phone at a reasonable price

from Digital Trends

At $100 on a two-year contract with AT&T, or $450 outright, you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to go in on this one. The Lumia 830 is a solid middle-of-the-road Windows Phone.

The camera’s consistent performance is great, but its specs are as low as a $180 Moto G. Watching Netflix or streaming music may be easy enough, but gaming is a mixed bag. If you’re a stickler for screen resolution and pixel density, then the Lumia 830 will disappoint, but I never felt the display hurt my enjoyment.

Nokia’s legacy isn’t fully represented in the Lumia 830, but it’s certainly an affordable way to hand over the branding reins to Microsoft, who will need a lot more devices like it to get prospective Windows Phone users to adopt its unique platform....

More

At $100 on a two-year contract with AT&T, or $450 outright, you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to go in on this one. The Lumia 830 is a solid middle-of-the-road Windows Phone.

The camera’s consistent performance is great, but its specs are as low as a $180 Moto G. Watching Netflix or streaming music may be easy enough, but gaming is a mixed bag. If you’re a stickler for screen resolution and pixel density, then the Lumia 830 will disappoint, but I never felt the display hurt my enjoyment.

Nokia’s legacy isn’t fully represented in the Lumia 830, but it’s certainly an affordable way to hand over the branding reins to Microsoft, who will need a lot more devices like it to get prospective Windows Phone users to adopt its unique platform.

 

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Softpedia

The perfect mid-range Windows phone handset

from Softpedia

Nokia Lumia 830 might look a bit more expensive than other smartphones with similar specs, but the addition of the 10-megapixel PureView camera and 5-inch ClearBlack display completely justifies its price.

The fact that the smartphone almost doesn’t have any downsides should make it popular among smartphone users. Alas, things aren’t that simple and given Windows Phone market share is so low, the devices powered by this operating system have a harder time getting into customers' hands unless they have a really good price...

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Nokia Lumia 830 might look a bit more expensive than other smartphones with similar specs, but the addition of the 10-megapixel PureView camera and 5-inch ClearBlack display completely justifies its price.

The fact that the smartphone almost doesn’t have any downsides should make it popular among smartphone users. Alas, things aren’t that simple and given Windows Phone market share is so low, the devices powered by this operating system have a harder time getting into customers' hands unless they have a really good price.

I have enjoyed using the Nokia Lumia 830 very much and strongly recommend the smartphone to those who are willing to switch to Windows Phone but don’t want to spend more to get the Lumia 930 or Lumia 1520.

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Future Shop

Solid user experience, but not the best specs

from Future Shop

The Lumia 830 may be the end of the road for Nokia, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the phone suffers from the passing of the torch to Microsoft. It’s just important to recognize that this is more in the affordable camp than the flagship camp. The reasoning behind the association has...More

The Lumia 830 may be the end of the road for Nokia, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the phone suffers from the passing of the torch to Microsoft. It’s just important to recognize that this is more in the affordable camp than the flagship camp. The reasoning behind the association has more to do with the fact the phone feels like it’s at the higher end of the mid-range. It’s unquestionably a solid handset and one of the best entry points for a user looking to go with Windows Phone. The number of apps available has improved, but many are still missing and others that are here may not be as developed as those on other platforms. If you’re invested in Microsoft’s apps, this will be less of an issue, but if you’re keyed in on Google’s services, then you may feel a little lost.

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GSMArena

Shining bright

The Nokia Lumia 830 is the affordable flagship Microsoft is pitching it as. It's got top-notch specs in every key aspect of the phone and comes with a competitive mid-range price. We get a solid build with metal frame plus a curved protective screen glass and a matte finish on the back. There is...More

The Nokia Lumia 830 is the affordable flagship Microsoft is pitching it as. It's got top-notch specs in every key aspect of the phone and comes with a competitive mid-range price. We get a solid build with metal frame plus a curved protective screen glass and a matte finish on the back. There is the 5" IPS display of excellent quality, enhanced with ClearBlack tech as well. The Snapdragon 400 chipset runs buttery smooth on that 720p resolution, too. And, of course, let's not forget the 10MP PureView camera with ZEISS optics and optical image stabilization.

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