Best Windows Phones: Holiday 2014by Brett Howse on December 3, 2014 8:00 AM EST
Mid-Range Device: Nokia Lumia 830
The Lumia 830, which we just reviewed, is at the top end of the Nokia mid-range smartphone lineup. Armed with the same SoC as the other mid-range devices, it trumps them with a more premium feel and a surprisingly decent PureView camera. The five inch display also has the mid-range specs of 1280x720, and it has LTE support.
The one major downside to the Lumia 830 is the SoC though, which is underpowered compared to other devices in this price range. It does not stop Windows Phone from being quick to respond and fluid in motion, but it can hamper app loading times and performance within apps. The Lumia 830 has seen a quicker than normal worldwide availability though, which is a bonus. Prices can vary from region to region, from $0 to $100 on-contract pricing. Off-contract pricing can vary as well, but it is available at or around $360 outright from the right retailers. There are a couple of variants, so be sure to get the one that supports your local frequencies if purchasing from anyone other than your cellular provider.
|Nokia Lumia 830|
|SoC||MSM8926 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400|
|RAM/NAND||1 GB LPDDR2, 16 GB NAND + microSD 128 GB|
|Display||5.0” 1280x720 IPS ClearBlack LCD Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Network||GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSPA/LTE up to 150 Mbps|
|Dimensions||139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 (mm)|
|Rear Camera||10MP, 1.1 µm pixels, 1/3.4" 16x9 CMOS, f/2.2, 26 mm focal length, LED Flash|
|Front Camera||0.9MP wide angle, f/2.4, 1280x720 video resolution|
|Battery||BV-L4A 2200 mAh, 3.8 V, 7.04 Wh|
|OS||Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim Firmware|
|Connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n + BT 4.0, USB2.0, DLNA, FM Radio|
|Location Technologies||Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS, A-GLONASS, BeiDou|
|SIM Size||Nano SIM|
If you are not someone who craves the latest and greatest SoC, the Lumia 830 is a great choice with a good in-hand feel, a thin body, and light design. The removable back also has Qi wireless charging and gives access to the replaceable battery and microSD slot.