AT&T Lumia 830 Windows Phone, first impressions of the Affordable Flagship
Without a lot of fanfare the AT&T Lumia 830 Windows Phone hit store shelves yesterday. Affectionately named the "affordable flagship", the 830 sports a 5" ClearBlack Screen protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. Add the Quad Core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of Ram, 16GB storage with expansion card slot and the 10MP Pureview camera and the 830 isn't too shabby of a Windows Phone.
There are some reservations on whether or not the Lumia 830 is a worthy upgrade and after spending a little time with the new AT&T Windows Phone I wouldn't let the 800 Series designation fool you. While there is some room for improvement, the Lumia 830 is a solid choice.
After charging up the Lumia 830, restoring all my apps and games, struggling to decide which is the better cover (green or black), and letting the "newness" of the Lumia 830 wear-off a little here are a few observations on the latest AT&T Windows Phone.
- The Lumia 830 is only .33 inches thick and weighs in at 5.3 ounces, all of which fits nicely in the hand.
- AT&T did a beautiful thing by leaving Qi wireless charging support in place. If you are currently using the Lumia 920 (or those who bought wireless charging covers for other Lumia models), all of your wireless charging accessories will work including the Nokia CR-200 car cradle.
- Five inches may be the perfect size for a Windows Phone screen. The 830's screen shines nicely with subtle colors, contrast and brightness. However, if you look at the screen from an angle it appears a little on the flat side, making the screen a little difficult to read. I don't mind this much because it will make it tougher for prying eyes to eavesdrop.
- The Quad Core Snapdragon processor makes the Lumia 830 noticeably faster when compared to the Lumia 925 or even the Lumia 1020.
- The charging port and headphone jack is located at the top of the Lumia 830. While I don't mind the headphone jack up top, the charging port needs to be at the bottom. Not a deal breaker but you will find yourself trying to plug in the micro-USB cord at the bottom of the phone.
- The side buttons are nice, responsive and raised ever so slightly to help make them distinguishable. The camera button does seem a little on the sensitive side, and I'm a tad concerned you might start the camera by accident when carrying the 830 in a pocket. More research will be needed before choosing to disable the press to launch feature.
- The battery cover is designed similar to the old Samsung Focus S with a series of hooks that firmly snap the cover into place. The cover is firm and lacks the flimsiness the Samsung covers had.
As far as call quality is concerned, I cannot find anything to complain about. The vibration feature, both as a ringer and for haptic feedback, is a little on the weak side though.
Overall, I am very happy with the Lumia 830 and in many respects, and it could have easily been a 900 series Lumia if it had a stronger processor. Is it a worthy upgrade for those looking for a new Windows Phone?
I think that if you are coming from a Lumia 920 or even a Lumia 925, you will be pleased with the 830. The decision gets more difficult for those coming from a Lumia 1020 because of the camera differences. However, the Lumia 830's camera isn't exactly a pushover. I've only snapped a few shots with the 10MP shooter but so far, I'm liking what I see.
Naturally, your best option is likely to find a local AT&T Store with the Lumia 830 in stock and go handle the new phone for yourself. The 800 Series Windows Phone might surprise you.
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Edit: Wow, this is the first time I've been first. :)
I hope pure view team will release a phone with 55MP Sensor and Canon lens
Unrelated: Windows Phone is all over the new turtles movie!
I'm currently trying to pick up a replacement 1020....and am quite amazed at how they are doggedly staying around the £200 mark!
My 1020 is feeling tiny but damn it's a workhorse. And the pictures are freaking gorgeous.
But it looks like the official announcement will be next week, so I hope to be proven wrong as I would love to see more flagship devices coming down the pipe. However, assuming that I am right, then here is what I am expecting: Windows 10 is released for computers in the late spring or early summer, and new phones are announced at that time. It will then take a few months for the devices to come out and become available which puts us in mid to late summer. My thinking is to pick up an 830 now on a 12 month ATT Next program, and then next November the flagships will still be pretty new and I will trade in my 830 and purchase one of the new devices. Still going to wait until next week's announcements before pulling the trigger, but if all of these new devices are low end as expected then this will probably be my course of action.
I'd say, this time next year, for a flagship device.
Small things, but annoying nevertheless :)
ATT is not subsidizing the new phones nearly as much as they use to because they are pushing people to the Next plans which makes this a bad comparison. Really the comparison is the $850 Lumia 920 price vs the $450 Lumia 830 price... you are getting a whole lot more bang for that buck on that. Still not exactly a clear 'upgrade' from the 920, and it is a little sad that the carrier is not subsidizing devices as much as they use to on traditional contracts, but you really cannot say that the 830 is horribly overpriced. Besides, you can sell the free/useless fitbit for some $80 and effectively buy the phone outright new for ~$370. Compared to the $800+ Lumia 920 this really is an 'affordable flagship'.
Financing is about making things available today that you can afford tomorrow. Next is a better deal than a subsidized plan (assuming you take good care of your devices), but not better than buying a device outright if you can afford to do so.
Lol jk WP fan here.
Should I upgrade my Lumia 925 to this or wait until W10 phones?
Which ones more powerful? ;)
(Hint - the quad core in the 830 is faster than the dual core in the 920, even if it has a lower clock speed)
But it was too much for me.
As soon as I had the opportunity I trade it. But it is fast and beautiful
http:www.microsoftproductreviews.com/windows-phone/lumia-1020-vs-lumia-8... Plus an accompanying video. In a nutshell, you aren't going to love the camera on the 830 if you are used to the L1020. It's more like the camera on the new iPhone in terms of being speedier, but lower res, plus it has that flat focus field and weak flash like an iPhone. So a great snappy camera oriented for a average cell phone camera user, but no match for the creative, flexible, cinematic camera of the L830.
To each their own. If you match the camera to the User, everyone will be happy
For typical phone owners though, the L830 is at least as good as the iPhone 6+ and superior to the iPhone 6. It gives a little in terms of speed, although the new camera apps may close that gap, but you get better resolution, low light performance and color balance (the later is somewhat a matter of preference, although the Lumia is more natural.)
Look at the review I referenced above. It's detailed and thorough, and hits on all these points. Not saying the iPhone camera is poor, but its not the best by a significant margin.
Lets face it, they aren't going to compete with the iPhone in North America with upmarketed mid range handsets, not with Android anywhere without killer mid range and low end ones. That's the market reality.
They're doing a good job with the mid and low range models, but Elop's aversion to high end hardware is going to be a big problem!
As for the processor, I find it able to handle most things quite well and there are videos online of people playing higher end games with only slight slow down. The main weakness that I noticed is the web browsing. I find the 830 struggling to render longer webpages as it readers part of the page in chunks. This might be due to IE. I noticed IE for the 830 doesn't function with hover elements as well as my 710...
Finally, I have had more reboots on my 830 than 710 over 2 years. Its is usually due to a memory leak in one of WP7 app, but the same app on my 710 only crashes and doesn't reboot the phone. A few reboots were due to the browser on the 830 as well. Usually the app/browser will freeze and after a 5 seconds the phone will reboot. Good thing is that the 830 boots/reboots much faster than my 710.
Lumia 925 vs Lumia 830 ?