Despite not holding the title for Microsofts flagship device, the Lumia 830 holds up well despite some obvious cut backs. However its still packed with features including wireless charging, NFC and support for up to 128GB microSD cards. You can grab all of this for a mid-ranged price too!
In terms of the design of the handset, the 830 is very similar the recently reviewed 930, with a 5-inch display and metal surround. Dimension-wise it measures 139.4 mm x 70.7 mm x 8.5 mm and weighs in at 150 grams. This makes it just a millimeter thinner than the 930 but 15g lighter.
As we’re accustomed to seeing with Lumia range the rear casing of the phone is made from plastic, which can take away from the high quality build. Although it has its advantages such as not attracting fingerprints as well as being easy to grip and hold unlike what we saw with the Xperia Z3 glass back.
The battery cover is removable which means you have the benefit of replacing the plastic back plate if it ever got damaged or even if you became bored of the colour.
In terms of colours you’ll find the standard black and white options as well the two luminous orange and green versions. As mentioned before these won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I think it gives you a unique look which makes you stand out, hence why I absolutely love these two additions.
Button and port layout is along the lines of what you expect from a Lumia device. Along the top edge you have the 3.5mm and micro-USB charging ports. While along the right edge you have the dedicated camera shutter button, lock button and the volume rocker. The left side of the device is completely empty.
The Nokia Lumia 830 packs a 720p 5-inch ClearBlack IPS display. It’s still a very bright screen so perfect for use when outdoors even with direct sunlight. Like the 930 you’ll only have 3 different brightness settings however which may limit you, although I found the automatic setting did a decent job of adjusting the display correctly to different situations.
Overall the screen delivers accurate colours and images appeared sharp, and although it may not be the OLED display we saw on the Lumia 930, the screen is still very good.
The inside is packed with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB RAM. This isn’t the best hardware we’ve seen packed into a smartphone, and considering its price tag we thought it would pack a little more. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not awful and quite a few cheaper phones still use it. However when looking at similarly priced phones on the market, they use newer and upgraded chips.
In terms of everyday use such as using the Windows Phone 8.1 interface and the default apps it ran very smoothly without any lags. I did run into a couple of problems when trying to play some popular games on the phone such as Asphalt 8:Airborne. It took a long time to load and the graphics aren’t mind blowingly good either.
Performance-wise the Lumia 830 is good, but nothing to rant and rave about, something which I expected.
Probably the most impressive feature of the Lumia 830, much like most other Lumia devices is the camera. It boasts a 10MP PureView shooter which features optical image stabilisation for both video recording and still images, whilst being equipped with auto-focus and LED flash. You won’t be finding a HDR feature among the settings though.
For the techies: It has an f/2.2 lens and 1/3.4-inch image sensor.
The images we managed to capture with the 830 camera were good and had a reasonable amount of detail with accurate colours. We found images to pick up a bit of noise even in well lit conditions, although it was more noticeable in low light conditions.
You can load up the camera in two different ways. Either by using the app found in the menu/live tile, or by using the dedicated camera button on the edge of the device. Neither of them are particularly quick at loading the camera and no matter when we launched it using the dedicated button we were always presented with a loading screen. Overall it took around 1-2 seconds to launch.
The front facing camera uses just a 0.9MP sensor and can shoot 720p video.
The 830 is powered by a removable 2,200mAh battery – yet another downgrade from the 930 which hosts a 2,420mAh battery. Through our tests we managed to last a whole day from waking up until going to bed without having to charge the device once. However this was through light use and carrying out general tasks such as calling, texting, listening to music and the odd browse on the web.
We decided to test again, regularly using the camera, playing on games and the 830 still performed quite well lasting nearly 11 hours one a single full battery.
In terms of charging time it took just over 3 hours to reach 100%, which despite not being terrible, isn’t ideal.
As it is with most Lumia devices, the camera is by far the stand out feature of the Nokia Lumia 830. With a solid build quality, gorilla glass screen, funky colour choices and overall good performance it seems you can’t go wrong if you’re looking mid-range device. And if this is what you’re looking for then the Lumia 830 seems like a decent choice.
For those who are looking for better performance the upgraded hardware of the 930 will offer you this and has no trouble running all of the tasks you need.
Credit: Thanks to the @Connects team for sending out the device.