Nokia Lumia 830 is one of the best Nokias yet
When the Nokia Lumia 830 was announced earlier this year, Microsoft called it an “affordable flagship.” And, for the most part, Microsoft got it absolutely right.
The 830 gives users an exceptional experience without draining their wallets.
It runs on an impressive Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, it has a clean and crisp 5-inch high-definition display and its 10-megapixel PureView camera is a thing of beauty.
And for just $99 on-contract at AT&T, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the 830.
The device is also pretty thin (.33 inches), and the ergonomics were spot on for my hands. Navigating the home screen and apps was painless.
The plastic-meets-metal exterior has a great feel to it and, though the plastic back can be removed, it doesn’t feel cheap or like it lacks durability.
It also helps that the 830 is pretty snappy out of the box. Running on a 1.2 GHz quadcore Snapdragon 400, the device has plenty of oomph to get the job done. Not once did I experience slowdown or lag when running the 830 through its paces.
Another favorable feature is the microSD port for expandable storage. The device comes with 16GB internal storage, which would fill up pretty fast if you’re the type of user to load up the phone with apps, music and videos. Thankfully, the microSD storage is expandable up to 128GB.
While the display is only 720p, it’s crisp and colorful and, frankly, one of the best 720p screens out there.
Windows Phone 8.1 comes with Cortana, which is like iOS’ Siri. Using Cortana is easy and I didn’t experience any difficulties with the tasks I gave her. It was actually quite pleasant.
What makes the 830’s camera stand out is its ability to process images in poor light conditions, despite having a sensor that’s lower-res compared to most other devices.
The camera does lack in some areas that matter, though: It’s a slow shooter, its burst mode is lackluster and there’s no HDR shooting mode.
Still, the 830 is a champ when it comes to image processing. It does a great job adjusting exposure levels, macro shots are easy to achieve using the Nokia Camera app’s manual focus controls, and low-light shots turned out better than I expected.
One major problem I have with the 830 is its battery. It lasted only about four hours when I tested video streaming at maximum screen brightness. But, as far as general use goes, the 830 lasted an adequate 14-ish hours.
The Nokia Lumia 830 has its ups and downs, but the downs didn’t keep me from truly enjoying this device. If you’re into Nokias and Windows phones, and like your phones to cost less than $100, then consider the 830.