The Lumia 830 was introduced by Microsoft at IFA 2014 and is one of the first phones to run Windows Phone 8.1. Its great strength is obviously its price since it is currently possible to find it below the symbolic bar of 300 €. Some of you may be wondering if it is worth the investment and this article should allow you to see it a little more clearly.
Basically, I was not supposed to receive the Lumia 830 but… the Lumia 930. The little rascal however slipped into his big brother's box inadvertently and I therefore took the opportunity to shoot a little video this weekend just to present it to you.
However, you will have to be content with this simple handling since the phone will start again today or tomorrow.
If you no longer have them in mind, you might as well start by briefly reviewing the technical characteristics of the machine. It is not the most exciting step but it is essential.
- 5 inch HD screen.
- Resolution in 1280 × 720, pixel density of 296 ppi.
- Snapdragon 400 processor composed of four cores clocked at 1.2 Ghz.
- 1 GB of RAM.
- 16 GB of storage, with a micro SD port (128 GB max).
- Main sensor of 10 million pixels (1 / 3.4 inches).
- 26mm stabilized lens, capable of opening at f / 2.2.
- Front camera of 0.9 million pixels.
- Wide-angle optics, capable of opening at f / 2.4.
- WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS (GLONASS), NFC.
- Category 4 4G.
- Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity switch, gyroscope.
- Dimensions: 139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm.
- Weight: 150 grams.
- Price: € 279 excluding operator subsidy.
- Windows Phone 8.1 + Lumia Denim.
On paper, we therefore have a more than correct configuration. My only fears were about the processor and the amount of RAM on board, but they quickly faded away. The Lumia 830 is extremely responsive on all occasions, and even in games.
Design & Ergonomics
The Lumia 830 gives pride of place to metal and polycarbonate, with very bright colors that obviously recall all the terminals in the range. It is also available in four distinct colors: black, white, orange and green. The back cover is removable.
The finishes are exemplary. Nothing moves and an impression of solidity emerges from the whole. The protective glass placed at the front is slightly rounded, and it is suddenly very soft to the touch. It is really very pleasant.
The ergonomics of the terminal are fairly conventional. Below the screen, we will find the three usual touch-sensitive buttons , specific to Windows Phone. They will allow us to return to the home screen, to return to the previous screen or to access research.
In search, but also in Cortana.
All the physical buttons are placed on the right edge. The two volume control buttons sit at the top, quickly followed by the power button and the shutter release button. As a direct consequence, the two buttons dedicated to volume are hardly accessible when holding the phone in hand.
The headphone jack and Micro USB 2.0 port are placed next to each other, on the upper edge. Funny, especially since the trend has been rather the opposite for some time.
Nothing on the left edge, not even on the lower edge.
To access the terminal ports, the shell must be removed. The micro SIM port will only be accessible after removing the battery from its housing. Fortunately, this will not be the case with the micro SD port and you can therefore change the card without having to dismantle everything.
I received the Lumia 930 this morning and obviously took the opportunity to compare the two phones. And guess what? The 830 has nothing to envy its big brother. Not at the level of its finishes in any case. Microsoft has done a really good job.
Two days are not enough to get an idea of a product. There are two points that surprised me a lot.
The first is the feel of this phone. The Lumia 830 is certainly not the thinnest phone on the market, but it is really very pleasant to handle and its screen… is simply insane. Browsing through photos or watching videos is a real pleasure.
Okay, and the second point? It is undoubtedly the autonomy of the terminal. I charged the phone all the way Friday night and it lasted until… this morning. Or more than two days. And this even though it was very busy during the weekend.
Okay, it's not the first to last that long, it's true, but I remind you all the same that we are talking about a terminal positioned on the mid-range. A terminal sold for less than 300 euros!
I will stop there for this grip. I will now take a serious look at the Lumia 930. Expect articles and videos in the days / weeks to come. If you have any questions, you should obviously not hesitate to come forward. Same thing if there are points you want me to dig.