Nokia Lumia 830
Built for life on the move
After spending some time discovering the ins and outs of the Nokia Lumia 830 I have just realised that this smartphone is the perfect life-companion that will integrate itself within everything you do from work to play and everything in-between!
Finally the Nokia and Microsoft partnership truly delivers a smartphone that you will want to by. It’s high-end, has all of the Windows apps you enjoy on your home PC and we finally see a design that you won’t be ashamed of when you pull it out of your pocket or bag.
You can find out why I think this smartphone will be a hit in my Nokia Lumia 830 review.
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A smartphone that is pushing for a top-pick position needs to be built with quality materials and the Nokia Lumia 830 achieves this with a combination of metal, polycarbonate and Corning Gorilla Glass.
The colour projection from the screen is the first success story and the 5” ClearBlack LCD display with 1280 x720 pixels at 296ppi is absolutely brilliant outdoors with its sunlight readability enhancements.
A wide viewing angle brings friends easily into the picture when you want to share what you can see on your screen and the little touches such as double tap to wake up, super sensitive touch and Nokia Glance, where you can check the time even when the phone has gone to standby, all make for a great experience.
The design includes surfaces that are easy to clean and there is the correct combination of physical buttons for adjusting the volume, taking a picture and powering on or off the phone. The Lumia 830 weighs 150 grams and is just 8.5mm thick.
Inside there is a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and a 16GB memory that can be boosted with a 128GB memory card. NFC for secure payments, 4G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are all also present.
Phone Set Up
Phone set up is pretty straight forward particularly if you are already familiar with Windows 8. The Live Tiles show you what’s happening without evening opening an app so you can see your social notifications, weather updates and health & fitness info right on the home screen.
The Windows Phone 8.1 OS will also allow you to group apps together by creating Live Folders which really do make it easier to find the app you are looking for.
If you don’t already use a cloud service for backing-up or sharing your files across your devices then now is the time to do this as the Nokia Lumia 830 comes with 15GB of free storage space on OneDrive.
You will also want to set up your email and Outlook, Yahoo, Hotmail and many other email clients are already installed. Once you have set up one or multiple email accounts you will be able to listen to messages with the text-to-speech message reader and create new emails with the word flow keyboard.
If you haven’t used a word flow keyboard before then you are in for a real revelation. Simply slide your finger over the virtual keyboard from letter to letter and lift your finger off the screen at the end of each word, where the keyboard will then automatically enter a space for you.
Inside the box you will find a Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-108) and the Lumia 830 is BT neckloop compatible.
There are no shortage of features to explore on the Nokia Lumia 830 before you even think about visiting the app store. Professionals will be delighted to find Microsoft Office inside and there is an Adobe free download available and a Company Hub for enterprise applications.
Entertainment wise there is the XBox-Live Hub for gamers and the DirectX 11 software delivers eye-popping 3D visuals with sophisticated shading and texturing for the most lifelike in-hand game play.
XBox Music with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and a graphical equaliser deliver on the music side of things whilst online your experience is guided by Internet Explorer 11.
Just a few of the most popular built-in apps you will want to use include Skype for making video calls, Vine, Instagram and HERE Drive+ with HERE Transit and offline HERE Maps for use with GPS.
Camera & Video
The camera and video on the Nokia Lumia 830 is superb and is absolutely loaded with features to give your amateur photographs a professional edge.
The 10MP PureView camera with optical image stabilisation includes 6-lens Zeiss optics and a LED flash. The physical camera key comes into play here offering a genuine digital camera experience with autofocus linked to a two-stage capture key.
While most of the camera settings can be set to automatic I think you will have far more fun tinkering with those options. The main camera has 4x digital zoom and you can choose between automatic, night and sports modes as well as choosing the white balance from cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent, daylight or automatic.
Here are some of the camera features that give you a little bit more than point and shoot:
- Nokia Glam Me - This automatically enhances your self-portraits with before and after previews and you can apply cool effects such as enhancing your teeth, eyes and smile.
- Nokia ReFocus - Take a picture on the Lumia 830 in this mode and then you can un-focus elements such as the background for a cool effect.
- Cinemagraph lens app - Here you can add a little movement to your images by taking a picture over 3-4 seconds. After this you can select parts of the picture that you would like to animate.
Below is an image taken using the Cinemagraph lens app:
Video recording at full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30fps is possible and you will get great results with continuous autofocus, OIS, and Nokia Rich Recording with Surround Sound. The Nokia Video Trimmer app will let you edit the start and end points of your video clips and the Nokia Video Upload app makes it easy to share them on YouTube.
The 2200mAh battery is recharged using an energy efficient charger and by using the battery saver feature and automatic screen brightness mode you can achieve a standby time of up to 22 days.
But of course if you buy a Nokia Lumia 830 then you will want to use it and it should provide up to 14.8 hours of talk time, 78 hours of music playback, 10 hours of video or 14 hours of Wi-Fi usage.
As you can see the Nokia Lumia 830 is built for life on the go and the Nokia / Microsoft relationship has finally come of age.
Written by: Michael Brown