The Nokia Lumia 830 can be described as a “budget flagship” running Windows Phone OS. It is not the most powerful or most expensive Windows Phone smartphone out there. But it provides a well rounded experience of what Microsoft’s ecosystem has to offer. Here are five things that I love about it and one that irks me badly.
The Good Stuff
- The size and design: With a 5-inch display and very slim profile, the Lumia 830 is very comfortable in the hand. One-handed use is easy too. The 830 is gorgeous to look at and to hold. The Gold Edition is particularly stunning.
- The display: The display is beautiful and clear. And it is very nice to touch. Sensitivity is superb.
- The loudspeaker: The audio reproduction of the builtin loudspeaker (while only mono) is really rich.
- The camera: What we have here is a 10 megapixel camera with ZEISS optics, LED flash and optical image stabilisation. Does it produce really good photos? Yes; it does. Plus, there is a hardware shutter button so selfies with the main camera are more convenient.
- The OS: Windows Phone 8.1 runs smooth on the 830. The user interface is nice. But I have gone a step further and installed Windows 10 Mobile Preview on it – resulting in a whole new refreshing experience. W10M is even sleeker and smoother and a joy to use.
The Bad Stuff
- The back cover: It is plastic, flimsy and doesn’t fit perfectly. The upper edges keep popping out.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.