Microsoft/Nokia Lumia 830 Review


Welcome to the Nokia Lumia 830 review. The Lumia 830 was released in early 2015 is one of the first branded as Microsoft mobile phone. The Lumia 830 recommend retail price has dropped into the $300 – 400 range (outright) at the time of this review which we think is the current sweet spot in terms of pricing. If it can’t sell at this price there is clearly more to selling phones than price. Of course you can also purchase a 830 with a phone plan at minimal cost.

In terms of construction the Lumia 830 is very well made. It’s real metal surround with real glass screen. The removable back has been designed really well and you would’t expect that it could be taken off. Overall the 830 looks pretty good, not quite top end but better than it’s price suggests. It feels substantial in your hand without the feeling delicate so common these days.

In terms of hardware specifications the Lumia 830 is well equipped with a decent spec camera, CPU, battery, 4G capability and fantastic screen for a reasonable price. The screen is notable in that the images are sharp and its black and very bright when colours are displayed. The picture quality is better than most in the price range too.  The only issue ‘may’ be the seeming mere 1.2Ghz Quad-core CPU but in reality it is smooth as and fast enough.

In terms of use like all Windows phones the Lumia 830 works well, quickly and smoothly, easy to use and logical controls. There is nothing to complain about the way the system is designed. Sure the availability of Apps is still limited but all the key ones and there. It is simpler than the iPhone and Android.

To conclude we like the Lumia 830 and think it is one of the best specified and value mobile phone currently available (mid-2015). Easily recommended if you still haven’t got a smart phone yet… The 830 is also a great accessory if you have an Xbox! In fact we highly recommend it above the other entry level Lumia or Andriod and even iPhone purely for ease of use, it is the value for money choice at the moment! Although the recommend retail price for the Lumia 830 is quite high you can easily find one for less than $350.


  • Nokia Lumia 830
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G & 4G (Dependent on country)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L139.4 x W70.7 x D8.5 mm
  • Weight 150 grams
  • Display/s
    5 inch External 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
    720p pixel main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    Quad core CPU 1.2 Ghz
    Adreno GPU
  • Memory
    Up to 16 Gig on board
    Up to 15G cloud storage
    Up to 128GB MicroSD
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Micro-SIM, wireless charging,
    MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint
    A-GPS, GLONASS, Accelerometer
    HERE maps Free off-line navigation
    FM Radio with RDS
  • Power
    Li-Po 2200 mAh battery
    Up to 22 days hours Standby
    Up to 14.9 hours Talk Time
  • Price history Lumia 830
    Approx $380 AUS 2013 (Outright)