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Nokia Lumia 830

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Nokia Lumia 830

Originally reviewed by 13 October 2014

From £18 a month or £276 SIM-free

Key features:
  • 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 screen
  • 10-megapixel camera with OIS
  • Lovely design and build quality
  • Wireless charging and NFC
Looking like a thinner, more attractive version of the Lumia 930, the Nokia Lumia 830 is also lighter, much nicer in the hands and cheaper. It features the same metal trim and plastic rear as its flagship brother, but we reckon it’s put together nicer.
 
As we’ve come to expect from Windows Phone smartphones built by Nokia/Microsoft, camera quality is a key selling point. The 830 carries a 10-megapixel main sensor with OIS (optical image stabilisation) to counteract camera shake – many far more expensive smartphones still haven’t got this going on. It’s great for low-light photography, despite the lack of HDR, and the dedicated two-stage camera shutter button is a bonus.
 
The 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 screen isn’t quite as impressive, but it’s bright and colour-accurate. Like the cheaper Lumia 735, it runs on a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 1GB RAM, but games just don’t perform as well on Windows Phone as they do on Android phones with the same hardware. The 2,200mAh battery has to be charged nightly.
 
Overall, it’s a really well-featured phone, supporting wireless charging and NFC too.
 
Price: £276

Our Score

8/10
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