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The Lumia 830 is Nokia's last midrange effort before its entire smartphone business was gobbled up, and rebranded as Microsoft Lumia. Nevertheless, the handset will be updated to the unifying Windows 10 when it lands later this year, so it is far from irrelevant still.
Lumia 830 is hardly a spec'd out device when it comes to the main mobile components, as it features a lowly Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1 GB of RAM, and a 720p display “only,” but Nokia has thrown in a couple of perks that set it apart not only in the Windows Phone crowd, but also from mainstream Androids. Can a 10 MP optically-stabilized camera, and Nokia's Rich Recording with surround sound audio be enough to prevent the Lumia 830 from sinking into oblivion before Windows 10 hits? Let's see...
In the box
- Nokia AC-60 1.5A wall charger
- Nokia Charging and Data Cable
- Warranty and information leaflets
One of the thinnest Lumias available, the colorful polycarbonate 830 feels solid in the hand, eschewing the traditional unibody with a replaceable battery design this time.
At first brush, the Lumia 830 is the typical Lumia Nokia's been churning out since the brand's inception, with a polycarbonate chassis that is available in numerous flashy colors. Here, however, we don't have the traditional unibody design, but rather an easy to pry off rear cover that reveals a swappable battery pack, as well as the nano SIM and micro SD card slots. We have to take points off for the nano SIM, however, as it will force you to cut or replace your micro SIM card if you buy it unlocked, but this trend is inevitable, it seems. At 5.49 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches (139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm), however, and weighing 5.29 oz (150 g), it is somewhat tall and heavy for a 5-incher, and yet it utilizes a nano SIM slot, which should be reserved for slim and light design efforts.
Moving on, the Lumia 830's chassis feels very solid in the hand, the matte polycarbonate on the back prevents it from slipping, and the keys concentrated on the right-hand side, are all big enough, with good tactile feedback, and easy to find and press without looking. We also liked how the tapered cover glass slopes towards the sides to merge with the side rim for one uninterrupted look and feel. Nokia bragged that it takes hundreds of robotic movements to achieve the curved glass edges, and we have to say that the results of all that scrubbing are very pleasant to hold or simply look at. Overall, the Lumia 830 feels like one very solid piece of hardware that should serve you well a long time.
139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm
5.29 oz (150 g)
141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm
5.26 oz (149 g)
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)
137 x 71 x 9.8 mm
5.89 oz (167 g)
While an HD resolution is nothing to write home about in this day and age, Nokia has put a good IPS LCD panel in the 830, with plenty of color modes and manual adjustments to choose from.
Lumia 830 sports a 5” 720x1080 pixels IPS LCD display with decent 294ppi pixel density. You have several display modes to choose from, like cool, vivid and advanced, with the latter letting you play around with color temperature, tint and saturation sliders, until you've reached the desired results. Color saturation can be adjusted from “natural”, all the way to the gaudy “vivid” level. Color temperature goes from warm through neutral to cold, while the tint slider lets you emphasize individual colors – from green to purple.
The color accuracy of the screen in the default mode is excellent, too. Lumia 830 returned 6558 Kelvin white point in our display measurements, which means that the hues are neither too cold nor too warm, but rather cover almost perfectly the reference 6500K mark. Scoring another good point, the color distribution chart returns accurate representation, with no oversaturation or off-kilter tonalities.
Nokia cites “sunlight readability enhancements” for the Lumia 830, which consist of boosting the display brightness significantly when outdoors under direct sunlight, but doesn't list it as having the Clear Black filter on top that diminishes reflectivity. Thus, while the 830 fares well outdoors, it's contrast is not as good then as the one on the Lumia 930, for instance, so you'd have slightly subpar experience reading the screen under the bright sunlight, compared with the flagship. Still, at 478 nits, the phone's display is bright enough to be used comfortably outdoors.
Covered by sculpted Gorilla Glass 3, the Nokia Lumia 830 screen should withstand more than a few bumps and scratches, and, as usual, it also features a supersensitive touch layer, meaning that you can operate it with your gloves on.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Nokia Lumia 830||473
|Motorola Moto G (2014)||390
|Nokia Lumia 930||297
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Nokia Lumia 930||56.6%
|Nokia Lumia 830||82%
|Motorola Moto G (2014)||86.4%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
17. sgodsell (Posts: 3348; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Why compare the LG G2 and Moto G to the 830. The LG G2 right now is on sale for $200 off contract and it came out a year and a half, but it is still superior to the Lumia 830. The G2 has a 1920x1080 IPS display, a quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU running at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of ram, 13mp camera, 32 GB of storage. The Lumia 830 has a 1280x720 display, quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU running at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of ram, 10mp camera, 8 GB of storage. I would spend my money on the older but more capable G2. Also the Moto G 2014 has the same display size and resolution to the Lumia 830, including the same ram and CPU. The moto G off contract is $179, where as the Lumia 830 is around $400 off contract. My money would still be on the Moto G because I could buy 2 off contract with a good meal out on the town for the price of 1 Lumia 830.
22. elitewolverine (Posts: 5117; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
I exchange way to many G2's to consider them as a serious phone to use. I would argue for the G3 however. Guess I am missing the sale of the G2, on tmobile without contract i am paying 330 at ATT i am paying 478.
I would hands down choose a 830 over the G2, not only from personal use from test phones at work, but the camera despite 10mp was for me the better snapper. Plus as everyone here loves to use sd support, it has it at 128gb at that.
As well in anand's review the 830 held rather well against the g2 and the motox.
24. EcoCare (Posts: 415; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)
True but still, they need to up their specs at that price. I know Windows Phone is more efficient, but please, this is not iPhone.
2. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Why so late PA? l mean to review this device?
4. Damo579 (Posts: 242; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Daniel since you were reviewing the unlocked version of the 830 you couldn't update it to the latest version of Denim with Lumia Camera? That would make a big difference in the feel of the phone?
5. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
This deserves a higher score. Maybe 8/10. The design, camera, battery life and display look pretty solid for its class.
6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
You can get LG G2 for around the same price, which is arquably superior in every way (except cheaper feeling plastic). Moto G is also almost as good as this (except camera), yet much cheaper. Same with Lumia 735.
7. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Yup, I think price is the only reason for low scores, otherwise they are fairly good phones
18. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
I know but PA doesn't seem to account for that for many other phones.
8. isprobi (Posts: 637; Member since: 30 May 2011)
The nano SIM is enough to keep me from buying any Microsoft phone. I like to be able to switch phones. I really do not understand why phones keep getting bigger but SIM cards are trending smaller?
10. Jason78 (Posts: 237; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
Nano SIMs will be standard in a year or so.
The reason is obvious: Why make a SIM bigger than it needs to be? A smaller SIM means a smaller SIM holder and more room in the phone for other things.
13. isprobi (Posts: 637; Member since: 30 May 2011)
When everybody uses nano SIM switching phones will not be as big of a problem. But right now it is one of the major things that stopped me from buying a 1520. I bought a Sony Xperia Z Ultra instead. And there is a limit to how small an item humans can easily handle with their fingers. For me the current SIM is already there.
11. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
I take it you won't be buying an iPhone anytime soon either. If the size of the SIM card is really an excuse........
14. isprobi (Posts: 637; Member since: 30 May 2011)
I doubt I will buy an iPhone any time soon because I like more customization options on Android. I would be more likely to buy a 5.5 inch or larger screen BlackBerry first.
21. ezfidel (Posts: 31; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)
Just get a SIM card adapter. I switch from Lumia 1520 to LG g3 to m8 to Lumia 920.
9. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Really? Now? Why don't you continue to delay this review until 2018, PA?
12. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Why doesn't PA just list "Not an Android" as a default con with a 2 point deduct? Really, a 7?
15. Smarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)
It´s too bad. Call quality is low, muffled voice is a matter of low end smartphone. Snap 400 is weak. Clear Black is not present. Slowmotion and fastmotion is missing. Too expensive. It´s poor. Competition across Android and iOS is better.
16. jellmoo (Posts: 1525; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Gotta be honest, I don't think the score really represents actual device usage. I had the chance to use one for almost a week and the 830 is an absolute joy to use. It feels great in the hand, looks nice, is very zippy to use, lasts welllll over a day on a charge and take really nice photos.
Specs are nice and all, but I feel like reviews like this take away from how people actually use their device.
19. D.Luis (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)
it's simple, same internals of the moto g with just a better camera an over price. No game. Where's the market game in there "they just want it because have WP", no sr. Price it 200 and let's see if the people come. MS can play this game long way, they still receive money from android phones
20. luis.aag90 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)
I should add this Lumia is A better phone than Moto G 2014. It's not just a better camera, it has better build quality, a better design with a metallic frame, it has a smaller footprint, wireless charging, a better calibrated display with much better picture quality, NFC and LTE (which is missing in you beloved G 2014). The fact that you just overlook these facts and then say they're equal or comparable just because they got the same SoC and RAM. I agree the initial price (400USD) was nuts, but right now I think the Lumia 830 is well worth the 300USD it's selling for.
25. Seany1 (unregistered)
Phone Arena the Lumia 830 does have focus assist with the flash you have to press the screen to focus not the camera key. Your reviews are useless
26. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1531; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
folks look for Microsoft to soon discontinue selling ALL Nokia branded Lumia smart phones
they will be replaced with "Microsoft brand" Lumia smart phones because Microsoft knows Nokia can again begin selling it "Nokia Brand" name smart phones in 2016 so Microsoft wants customers not to be confused with whether Nokia of Finland is selling Microsoft Lumia smart phones or Visa Versa. Microsoft is now selling out it's stock of Nokia Lumia 520
smart phones at a super dirt CHEAP price. Microsoft going to start clearing out Nokia Lumia smart phones stock starting with the Lumia 520. This Nokia lumia 830 will soon drop in price so low they will be swift fully bought by Windows smart phone fans who want a back up smart phone
27. mildorzalost (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)
Really? Cons are: No MKV support and nano SIM card format?
AWFUL REVIEW!!! THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN 735
29. diyi75 (Posts: 70; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
I used a 830 for approx one month. Absolute joy to use. The front camera takes better pictures than my s4 and my friends iPhone 6. The Moto g, original or current isn't in the same ballpark with exception of app availability. This the only area where wp is deficient. A lot of devices pass through my hands on a weekly basis: my daily driver is a GS5, lumia phones have really impressed me lately.
30. wworld (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Mar 2015)
Replaced my 920 with 830. Was considering the 1520 and 930.
930 battery life not as good and does not have replaceable battery.
1520 would be my second choice in the future.
This phone is a BIG step up from 920
1. Battery life - i am an extremely heavy user as this is my business phone and constantly on pone calls and the calendar. With 920 i would have to recharge the phone 4x a day to keep it above 40%. With the 830 i can go an entire day and still have 25% left.
I am not totally sure why the battery life is so dramatically better. i have location and bluetooth on full time and the only setting i changed was to turn off 'vibrate'. I use 'medium' brightness. so i am ecstatic with battery life!
2. Screen - great
3. Speed - again pleasantly surprised. Bluetooth, Wifi, Airplane on and off all work much faster and nearly instant.
4. Size - ideal! great in the hand as it has a slim profile. i can manage all functions with one hand.
5. Camera - a step up from 920 and much faster loading
6. Apps - all apps seem to run no problem especially heavy graphic games like Asphalt 8. no skipping and runs perfectly smooth for up to one hour in my testing
7. Easy to remove back cover for removable battery is a great feature and must have.
8. LTE/4G is wicked fast! Tested against iPhone 6 and loaded pages faster! :-)
9. Dropped in a 16 gb sd card. Love it, as you can choose to save whatever files to the card and or the phone.
10. Skype - runs perfect on video calls. interestingly the speaker phone works better on Skype!
1. only negative is the speaker phone. the mic is super sensitive. so any back round noise gets picked up and callers complain its too loud. so you need a quiet area to talk.
and listening volume if above 7 echos to the caller and starts to distort listening.
2. Bluetooth headset or using in the car solves the problem if 50 mph or lower.
Overall i give the phone a 9!
31. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)
I don't see any other phones getting negative scores for a different type of SIM slot :/
I'm using a 1020 and an 830 at the moment, and I honestly can't list any of the 'cons' you mentioned in the device I'm using (except for lack of MKV support). Even the audio quality sounds clear.
Seriously, WHY a 7? What did the phone even do to deserve that? If it's the price...well, I don't even know what to say.
32. DSP96 (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)
They should have given it the snapdragon 600 processor or something like that. Even though windows phone is light and doesn't demand much in terms of processing or RAM, giving it the snapdragon 600 processor would have helped it give a better spec sheet. It would make it feel even more better value for money. By the way, I don't like the nano sim card, because the adapters have a tendency to jam up in some phones. I hope the race stops at nano sim size.
33. Austiniter (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Dec 2015)
This phone was well built, solid feeling phone, antenna/reception is exceptional, call quality exceptional and battery is excellent. This is the type of built phone MS should had produced when it manufacturers the MS Lumia 950. This phone I reply upon for dependability.