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If you’re in a mobile phone or electronics retailer and are looking at both the Nokia Lumia 830 and 930, it might be hard to see what the difference is. Indeed, the two are both 5 inch 4G smartphones with colourful exteriors, and outside of a few very minor cosmetic differences — thickness, port placement, the size of the camera module on the back — look practically identical.

But they are different, and it’s something you can easily discern when you break them down and start using them, with different specs and a different screen, despite the similar size and design across both of them.

In the hands, Nokia’s Lumia 830 feels very much like Nokia’s Lumia 930, though a touch thinner and a little lighter, and that’s because both of these are true.

Nokia's Lumia 830 on the left, the Lumia 930 on the right.

Plonk the two models down side by side and you’ll find the Lumia 830 is a little over a millimetre thinner, and a good 17 grams lighter, which is more noticeable than you might think.

The design, however, is more or less the same, with the same aluminium frame used on this model, making the otherwise colourful polycarbonate (plastic) body look a little classier and more in line with the Surface computers Microsoft makes.

Nokia's Lumia 830 on the left, the Lumia 930 on the right.

It even has the same plastic line accents inside the aluminium just like the Lumia 930, solidifying the colourful look Nokia and Microsoft Devices give to its phones and making the whole thing look a little less like a gumball machine.

You’ll still see some bright colours though: gone are the yellow, cyan, and magenta, with Nokia sticking with its orange, green, and black phones, that are just as striking, though very eye catching. We happened to like the yellow Nokia smartphones previously, happily using them, but the green Lumia 830 we’ve been reviewing is even flashier in public, with its neon green exterior acting like a beacon to the world.

Switch the phone on and you’ll see the 5 inch screen come to life, with the basic colours of Windows Phone 8 chiming in nicely with the phone’s colours.

As per usual, you can make the colours of WP8 anything you want — anything out of the options, anyway — and you can even sync it nicely with a Windows colour scheme you might have on the desktop and laptop editions of the operating system, but we let ours look like the green of the phone, which matches the exterior nicely.

From here, it’s all Windows Phone 8.1, the most recent revision of the operating system, and one that brings Microsoft’s mobile platform into real competition with the likes of Android and iOS.