Monday, 17 November 2014

Nokia Lumia 830 review: Great camera but overpriced

Nokia Lumia 830 review
Microsoft launched its ‘affordable flagship’ Nokia Lumia 830 Window Phone 8.1 smartphone in October. One look at this smartphone, and you will get a feeling that the device promises quality. But then is it enough to grab the attention of buyers who are bored with Android and can’t afford iOS? We check out.
Specs: 5-inch 1280 x 720 pixels display | Windows Phone 8.1 OS | 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor | 1 GB RAM | 16 GB internal memory expandable up to 128 GB | 10 MP PureView camera, 0.9 MP HD front camera | 2200 mAh battery
Price: Rs 28,799
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Design: The phone is great to hold, but like the Lumia 830 is similar in looks to most of the latest Windows smartphones. However, Microsoft has given a premium feel by adding a metal rim and polycarbonate back cover. At the back, you will find the big round camera module which is bordered by a slightly raised cut-out on the back cover, as if hinting that the device is focused on its camera. Overall, the build quality is superb and offers good grip.
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Display: Microsoft calls it the ‘affordable flagship’ but it does not have all flagship features. For instance, the display is not Full HD.  But then I did not have much to complain as it delivered some stunning results. The 5-inch display offers a resolution of 1,280×720 pixels at a density of 226ppi, which while not great on paper leaves you satisfied. The viewing angles are good and the ClearBlack filter did a good job by offering decent outdoor visibility. Overall, you will like the display.
Performance: As I promised, I will not mention the hardware specs here. From a user’s perspective, I did not witness any lags.  However, the phone heated up like crazy when I was shooting down zombies in the Dead Target game. Doing routine stuff was pretty smooth and the phone is quite responsive. In general, the apps loaded quickly, but the camera took a while to open. I really liked the sound quality and liked watching videos on the phone. The overall multimedia experience is good. Now, if all this is achieved by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB RAM, I am happy with it. And yes, Cortana is not available in India yet, so, don’t curse it.
Camera: I am not wasting time writing how good the camera is. I tried it in almost all regular light conditions, and the PureView camera did not disappoint me at all. It’s a 10 MP camera, but don’t go for the mega pixels only. The PureView camera with Zeiss optics, optical image stabilisation and a dedicated button will make you feel like that you are using a digicam.
Connectivity: The phone offers NFC along with regular connectivity features. I did not witness any issues with connectivity.
Battery: The good part of not having a jaw-dropping spec sheet is getting decent battery life. The 2,200 mAh battery will easily last a day.
Verdict: This is one of the better Windows Phone devices, but I simply cannot agree with Microsoft calling it an ‘affordable flagship’ by just giving a PureView camera at Rs 28,799. For those bored Android users out there, the Nokia Lumia 830 might offer a good break only if you are dying to get a PureView camera. For those who are already using a Windows Phone, this is a good upgrade. However, I found the price to be bit on the higher side and I cannot term this as an affordable handset. Blame Android.