NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The new Lumia 830 smartphone is the last model that will carry the Nokia name -- at least for the foreseeable future. It's the final Windows Phone device that was in the pipeline when Microsoft (MSFT) purchased the cell phone division from Nokia (NOK) a little more than a year ago.
With the Nokia Lumia 830, you can tell by the model number that it's a mid-range, mid-priced device. The 930 and it's cousin, the Icon, are higher-end Lumia smartphones.
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The 830 is an AT&T (T) exclusive. It has a 5-inch "Clear Black" IPS touchscreen (1280 by 720 pixels for 294 pixels-per-inch) and comes with a quad-core, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (plus microSD card expansion possibilities). The 2,200 mAh rechargeable battery is user-replaceable, which Microsoft claims you'll have as much as 14 hours of 3G talk time and up to 528 hours of standby on a full charge.
As for the hardware, hold one and the first thing you'll notice is that the phone is hand friendly. It's very, very thin - much thinner than it's Lumia 930/Icon big brother. That makes the handset easy to hold and control. Overall, it's nicely sized especially considering its big, bright, 5-inch display. We found battery life to be worth noting too. We were able to get a full day of medium-to-heavy use from a fully-charged battery pack.
The handset measures 5.5 by 2.8 by 0.33 inches and weighs a scant 5.29 ounces thanks to its aluminum chassis. It's a 4G/LTE phone and comes with all the other wireless connectivity you'd expect in a modern smartphone including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and even an FM radio. Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, comes standard on the 830. While the Windows Phone app store may not have as many application titles as the competition, there should be enough goodies there to keep you occupied.
In addition to running Microsoft's Windows Phone software (version 8.1), Lumia phones are also known for their high-quality cameras and this model is no exception. On the back is Nokia's 10 megapixel "PureView" camera mated to a quality Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash. It's capable of taking 1080p videos at 30 frames-per-second. The front-facing camera is a little, 0.9 megapixel device.
The camera is the 830's biggest feature worth noting. While it's not the equivalent of the Lumia 1020's 41 megapixel camera or the 930's 20 MP shooter, the 10 MP camera in the 830 produced terrific pictures and videos. The automatic settings produced sharp, well balanced photos and the Nokia Camera app allowed me to charge some of the parameters manually. Plus, the built-in stabilizer worked pretty well when shooting videos. The ClearView camera is definitely the phone's best feature.
Putting all of these pieces together we found the Lumia 830 to be a terrific mid-priced device. Microsoft has been steadily improving its mobile operating system and its polish is showcased on this device. Even with a lower-end Snapdragon processor and only 1 GB of operating memory the 830 is a smooth operator. In our test, all operations were handled without a glitch.The Nokia Lumia 830 retails for $100 with a two-year contract or $450 if you want to buy it outright. We found it to be a well-priced smartphone for those people who are willing to take a chance on something that isn't an Android or iOS device.
Final Grade: 8.0/10
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