Nokia Lumia 830, The Last of the Mohicans

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Nokia Lumia 830

With the release of the Nokia Lumia 830, this is probably the last time we’ll be hearing about a Lumia device with “Nokia” written on it. Which is kind of sad, if you ask me, as I’ve been a long-time fanboy of the Finnish company and its name still holds some weight to it when it comes to the phone industry. The freshly launched Lumia 830 packs a wonderful 10 MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization, wireless charging, WP 8.1 with Lumia Denim, a beautiful 5-inch ClearBlack screen, support for microSD cards and more, everything coming for a more than reasonable price. Follow the next review and check it out!

In its box, the Nokia Lumia 830 comes among its charger and a microUSB cable for making data transfers and recharging the device. No headphones, unfortunately.

Let’s sneak a peek at it. The Lumia 830 stands at 139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm and has a weight of 150 grams. Its sharp and elegant edges are already popular within its family and you can easily tell that this is a Lumia device. The also-specific high-quality plastic is present too and the solidly built body is surrounded by a classy aluminum frame. Managing it with one hand is a piece of cake, as the matte finish provides a good grip and also keeps fingerprints away from sticking to your handset. The back cover is removable and offers access to the phone’s battery. You can choose between 4 colors for the cover: black, white, orange and green.

The frontal part of the Lumia 830 is dominated by a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and has a pixel density of 294 ppi. The ClearBlack display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The image quality is great, with vibrant colors, very good contrast and extremely wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also good.

In terms of user interface, the Nokia Lumia 830 comes loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 which boosts the Lumia Denim package of features. You have the Action Center for viewing your notifications and access quick toggles, folder support, the Glance screen, double tap for “waking” your phone, the Quiet Hours functionality for blocking your calls/messages between specific hours, a very capable personal assistant with Cortana and much more. Microsoft has noticeably improved its mobile OS and the enhancements are very much welcome.
The Lumia 830 holds inside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The handset is a great performer and will provide a pleasant user experience, free of any lag issues or freezes whatsoever.

At the connectivity area, the Lumia 830 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, EDR, A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and NFC. The handset is able to wirelessly project your screen on a projector, TV or monitor.

Now, let’s get to my favorite part, its camera. The Lumia 830 holds on board a 10 MP PureView camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, a sensor of 1/3.4” and a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. Also, there’s support for optical image stabilization and settings for adjusting the ISO, focus, white balance, exposure or shutter speed, which goes up to 4s. As expected, the photos produced offer an excellent image quality, with gorgeous colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also extremely capable (the optical image stabilization has something to do about that, of course) and offers some wonderful 1080p videos @30 fps.

When it comes to playing media files, the Lumia 830 holds a nice Music app that offers, among others, equalizer presets, and a Movie player that supports popular formats such as DivX, XviD, MOV and MP4. The Dolby audio enhancements are here for improving the experience. The device offers a great audio output, with or without a headset plugged in.

Some other handy things provided by the Lumia 830 are an improved Internet Explorer 11 (which supports unlimited tabs, a reading mode, private browsing, password saving and so on), a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Here Maps and Here Drive+ (which offers voice guided navigation and works offline, too), the Office suite for viewing and editing document files, an FM Radio with RDS support and much more.

The Nokia Lumia 830 is powered by a removable 2,200 mAh battery which will keep your phone alive for two days under a moderate usage (or 15 hours of talk time, 10 and a half of browsing or almost 10 of video playback).

Nokia Lumia 830 The Last of the Mohicans

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