Nokia Lumia 830: The Affordable Flagship That Doesn’t Disappoint

01 Apr 2015

Nokia Lumia 830

Nokia Lumia 830, the last generation of Nokia Lumia before Microsoft absorbs and rebrands it as Microsoft Lumia, is a great prototype of a Windows-based smartphone. Described below are some of its greatest assets that we think make it a phone worth spending for.

The Basics

Appropriately dubbed the “affordable flagship”, Lumia 830 is a mid-range priced premium phone that features great design, nice touches, and various perks. The phone has a slightly rounded edge, a slick, tapered glass front, and a polycarbonate back matte that feels great in your hand and prevents slipping. The cover glass also slopes towards the sides merging with the side rim, showcasing an uninterrupted display.

The Lumia 830 has a 5-inch screen, 1,280x720 resolution, with 226 ppi pixel density, a demotion from 441 ppi of Lumia 930, and does not have Full HD or OLED. Even so, while lacking ultra deep blacks, its IPS-LCD panel is impressively bright, with sharp and accurate colors, and works great even outdoors.

The last generation of Nokia phones offer various perks that come with its Microsoft Windows Denim update. The update brings a novelty of changes with some exclusive tweaks designed specifically for Lumia range. The perks include: the PureView camera, Moment Capture shortcut and 4K video recording option, Auto HDR, dynamic flash and low-light shooting. The PureView camera with 10-megapixel effort and built-in optical image stabilization (OIS), helps rectify camera shake and produce more vivid, and clearer photos in bleak lighting. 

Compared with Lumia 930

The differences between Lumia 930 and 830 are minor, yet tangible. The Lumia 830 is 150g and 8.5mm thick compared to 167g and 9.8mm of the Lumia 930. Nokia has swapped the Lumia 930 hefty and clunky feel with that of a smooth, thin, simple and intuitive design of Lumia 830, without losing any of the perks, high-end camera, or wireless charging. 

Distancing itself from the traditional Nokia unibody design, Lumia 380 has a removable rear cover that allows you to access and swap the battery and the nano SIM, and add microSD card. The back cover easily comes off and clips back on, yet provides a solid design.

Potential Downfalls

The disappointment for some may be the same Snapdragon 400 chip, which may pose a slower processor dilemma, yet the phone runs with great swiftness and fluidity, and allows for the desired price range.

Worth It After All

Once again, Nokia Lumia has created something great and affordable; a task that is challenging in today's competitive industry. For those who are contemplating a switch or upgrade, this phone definitely trumps and is worth considering.