Product Nokia Lumia 830
Website Nokia Lumia
Specifications Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 5in, 1280x720, 294ppi IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display, 16GB storage, microSD slot, 10MP with Carl Zeiss optics and Optical Image Stabilisation rear and 1MP front cameras, 3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Windows Phone 8.1, 139x71x8.5mm, 150g, eight hours of battery life.
MOST BUSINESS EXECS will poke their nose up at anything but a top-end smartphone, but the reality is that most firms can't afford to arm every employee with a £500-plus device.
This is a problem as, despite the financial concerns, many firms still want to take advantage of the productivity and mobility gains a smartphone offers. As a result the mid-range is an increasingly important segment of the smartphone industry for many business buyers.
Aware of this, Microsoft's recently purchased phone division, Nokia, has been working hard to bring some of the innovations debuted on its top-end Lumias to the mid-range price bracket.
The Lumia 830 is the latest step in this strategy and is designed to offer an enterprise-friendly, bring your own device option with good performance that won't break the bank.
Design and build
At a glance the Lumia 830 looks a lot like the Lumia 930. The Lumia 830 has the same metal sides and polycarbonate backplate and, were it not for the larger black camera lens on the back, would be all but identical to the Lumia 930.
But there are a few subtle design features differentiating the two. The biggest of these is the Lumia 830's removable polycarbonate backplate.
The plate grants access to the Lumia 830's nanoSIM and microSD card slots and offers an element of customisation not seen on the 930, letting users replace the native plate with one of a number of custom Nokia cases.
In the hand, we found the Nokia Lumia 830 reasonably comfortable. Measuring 139x71x8.5mm and weighing 150g, the Lumia 830, while not the lightest handset, is compact enough to remain usable one handed and never once felt cumbersome.
We were also reasonably impressed with the build quality. Using the smartphone as our main work handset, the Lumia 830 survived all the usual wear and tear and came out of an accidental encounter with a night bus floor mark and scratch free.
The Lumia 830's 5in, 1280x720, 294ppi IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen isn't, on paper, anything to write home about compared with most top-end Android smartphone displays.
However, considering the Lumia 830's moderate £320 Sim-free price tag on the Microsoft Store, we were pretty impressed with the screen.
Thanks to IPS technology, which improves colour vibrancy levels and consistency by arranging the liquid crystals horizontally and charging them at a constant rate, colours on the Lumia 830 are wonderfully rich and vibrant.
Text and icons are suitably crisp, and we had no problem reading text when surfing the internet or editing documents. Brightness levels are also reasonably good, although nowhere near as good as those seen on more expensive handsets, such as the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5.
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