Introduction


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

Design

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.


Nokia Lumia 830

Nokia Lumia 830

Dimensions

5.49 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches

139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm

Weight

5.29 oz (150 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.8 x 0.39 inches

137 x 71 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.89 oz (167 g)

Nokia Lumia 830

Nokia Lumia 830

Dimensions

5.49 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches

139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm

Weight

5.29 oz (150 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.8 x 0.39 inches

137 x 71 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.89 oz (167 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display

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.



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33 Comments

1. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Not fair !

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7382; Member since: Mar 16, 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: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 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: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why so late PA? l mean to review this device?

3. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

hm, every WP is a 7? makes sense. haha PA

4. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 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: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 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: Aug 18, 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: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Yup, I think price is the only reason for low scores, otherwise they are fairly good phones

18. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I know but PA doesn't seem to account for that for many other phones.

8. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 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: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 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: 797; Member since: May 30, 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: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 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: 797; Member since: May 30, 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: 63; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

Just get a SIM card adapter. I switch from Lumia 1520 to LG g3 to m8 to Lumia 920.

9. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Really? Now? Why don't you continue to delay this review until 2018, PA?

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why doesn't PA just list "Not an Android" as a default con with a 2 point deduct? Really, a 7?

23. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

best comment ever!

15. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 2595; Member since: Oct 31, 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: Sep 18, 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: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 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: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Really? Cons are: No MKV support and nano SIM card format? Really?!!!! AWFUL REVIEW!!! THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN 735

28. NateAdam8

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Haven't seen this on T-Mobile

29. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 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: Mar 29, 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 PROS 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! CONS 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!
Lumia 830
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 0.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2200 mAh(14.8h 3G talk time)

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