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Review: Nokia Lumia 830
4.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $579
Manufacturer: Nokia

Now that Microsoft Devices owns the “Nokia” name, there aren’t likely to be many Nokia phones to come out, replaced with Microsoft’s badge in the months to come. So how does one of Nokia’s last handsets perform, and does it have the potential to be your next phone?


Not quite a flagship but still packing specs, Nokia’s Lumia 830 is — on paper — a cut down version of Nokia’s Lumia 930, a phone touting a similar design with slightly different innards.

The design is close and so is the screen, with a 5 inch high-definition 720p (1280×720) In-Plane Switching LCD touchscreen display, instead of the Full HD 1080p (1920×1080) AMOLED found on the 930. With this difference in size, the display shows off 294 pixels per inch, instead of the 441 pixels per inch seen on the Lumia 930.

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display, too, helping keep the phone scratch free some of the time, though not all, dependent on how much of a scratch or tumble the handset takes.

Under the screen, you’ll find a bunch of internals, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, a chip that is clocked at 1.2GHz and matched with 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a microSD in case you’re itching to expand this with more storage later on.

Windows Phone 8.1 runs on the Nokia Lumia 830 out of the box, and the phone comes with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi support, DLNA, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with Low Energy and Apt-X, Near-Field Communication (NFC), Category 4 4G LTE (150/50), and support for wireless charging if you have a compatible charger.

If you do not, the Nokia Lumia 830 will take charge from the standard microUSB charger.

Cameras can be found on the phone too — of course these days — with a 10 megapixel PureView shooter on the back and 0.9 megapixel camera up front Video can be captured on both, with Full HD 1080p on the rear camera, while 720p on the front camera.

Buttons on the handset are typical for a Nokia phone, with three soft buttons below the screen for back, home menu, and search, while the three hardware buttons can be found on the right edge for volume, power, and camera shutter, the latter of which will activate the camera from any screen — even off — when held down.

Ports can also be found, though only two on the exterior of the phone, with both the 3.5mm headset jack and a microUSB charge port sitting at the top of the handset.

The phone’s rear cover can also be removed, and this will show the battery, as well as the nanoSIM slot and the microSD slot.

The battery is rated for 2200mAh and is removable.