In our past Lumia reviews, we have gone over a lot of the new features brought to the table by the Lumia line. It makes little sense to rehash the same thing again, so I will just make mention of those before looking at a few new things. Refer back to the Lumia 630 and Lumia 930 reviews for a more in-depth look at the base software.

First, like the other new Lumias launched this year, the 830 also supports “SensorCore” to track movement data. The device hub is also available, as are the HERE navigation maps. Since Microsoft took over Nokia, the “Lumia Collection” in the Windows Phone store has shrunk quite a bit – but that is not a bad thing. There are still apps that are available just for Lumia phones but the majority of the apps have been pushed out to all Windows Phones now. Still, there are unique aspects to the software for the Lumia 830.

The 830 is the first device to ship with the “Lumia Denim” firmware update. Unlike previous releases though, Denim does not bring any major new features yet – although some new features are supposed to be coming soon which are enabled by Denim. Cortana should be able to be launched by voice for instance, and an updated Lumia Camera app is going to speed up photos as well as add missing features such as HDR. But for this review anyway, this is not here yet.

One thing that has been improved in the last month or two though is the Glance screen, and as this is the only Lumia device launched this year with Glance, we can finally discuss it.

In case you are unfamiliar with the Glance screen, it allows information to be displayed on the screen when the device is “off” or sleeping. While this started out as just a basic clock and notifications icons and numbers, it has expanded to include detailed notifications from an app you choose (mine is set to calendar so I can see my next appointment) and the latest update allows display on Glance from certain applications. Right now, those are limited to Health and Weather, so for instance you can take a look at the current temperature and forecast without even turning your phone on.

Glance is one of my favorite features and it has made me reluctant to recommend Lumia phones that were recently launched without it.

In order to enable Glance, the display must support panel self refresh, which was what held back the Lumia 930 from having Glance. That is not the case with the 830 though as it is supported and works well. Lumia phones with OLED displays are better for Glance, as the amount of power required for the display is pretty low when just a bit of white text is being displayed on a black background. For the LCD models (like the 830) the Glance screen runs the backlight at its lowest setting which keeps the power draw down but also makes the Glance text a bit more faint than the OLED version.

One of the Windows Phone requirements is that the basic user interface cannot be modified by OEMs, and all OEM and carrier apps must be able to be removed from the device, but Nokia paved the way to show that even with that in mind, there can be a lot of value added to the platform with software. Though there is not a lot of software changes to speak of on this particular device, that is only because all of the Lumia phones have a lot of the same features. Microsoft will hopefully continue this trend going forward.

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  • cheshirster - Friday, November 28, 2014 - link

    "Lumia 830 that it did not jump up to at least the Snapdragon 600"

    Do you really understand what Snap 600 is?

    It is good they don't use it here.
  • cheshirster - Friday, November 28, 2014 - link

    "Snapdragon 600 for sure seems like it would have been a perfect fit "
    again, NO
  • Brett Howse - Friday, November 28, 2014 - link

    They (Nokia/Microsoft) don't seem prepared to move to 610 yet, although the 800 would of course be a better chip with integrated baseband. Just anything better than 400 at this price range is needed.
  • cheshirster - Friday, November 28, 2014 - link

    What "anything" exactly?
  • Laxaa - Saturday, November 29, 2014 - link

    They should have shipped it with a downclocked S800. When the 820 was released alongside the 920, the hardware was pretty much the same, aside from the lower res screen and the lack of OIS on the camera.
  • cheshirster - Saturday, November 29, 2014 - link

    And I had that 820.
    1650mah + top hardware is not really a good choise.
    Yes, it could run games and tests but with violent battery discharge rates at 40%-50% per hour.
    S800 + 2200mah would be the same sad story.

    I think L830 is perfectly balanced for non-gamers, basically for every grown up user.
  • Laxaa - Sunday, November 30, 2014 - link

    I guess I can agree with that. Still, I wish it was a step up from the 630 and 730.

    I tried one yesterday at my local store and it feels really good in the hand. They've done great job with the body and I'm excited to see where they go from here. Hopefully the 940 will build on that template.
  • cheshirster - Friday, November 28, 2014 - link

    Galaxy A3 is the phone that beats price records for S400 hardware.
    L830, that is priced right on most markets.
  • jasont78 - Saturday, November 29, 2014 - link

    curious in alot (most) of the graphs iphones are at the top of the stack but at the same time alot of the phones that are in some graphs say lumia 930 are omitted. seems to me like iphones are getting propped up once again to look like the best shiz on the market. if you are going to run graphs keep the stacks fair and truthful and use the same phones in all of them or your just cheating the public and helping the apple marketing department which by the they dont need the help.
  • Brett Howse - Saturday, November 29, 2014 - link

    The only graphs that don't have the 930 are the Basemark X 1.1 graphs since the benchmark would not run on the 930.

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