We are now entering some interesting times with Nokia following Microsoft’s acquisition last year. This obviously wasn’t a normal purchasing of a company, but clearly Microsoft has obtained the Lumia brand along with some other assets and the license to use the Nokia brand on their phone. All of this doesn’t appear to stop Nokia from being in the process of releasing a new tablet.
In fact Microsoft is now starting to releasing phones which no longer carry the Nokia branding. This shows that they don’t wish to carry on with the status quo, and want to distance themselves from it. We are however going to look at one of the phones which came out of the Nokia/Microsoft alliance the Nokia Lumia 830. As most of you are aware this phone has been available for a few months now, but this has given us a chance to put together a proper review having used it for some time.
The first striking thing you notice about the Nokia Lumia 830 is how similar its looks in comparison to the higher spec Lumia 930. This was of course intentional, as both the Lumia 830 and 930 are premium smartphones in the Nokia range. In fact at release Nokia said that the Lumia 830 is the world’s “first affordable flagship”. This statement is kind of true, you do however need to take into account that this phone does have slightly reduced capabilities. In comparison its specification is very close to the Nokia Lumia 735 and the other products in the Nokia range. It does however use materials in its construction which are almost identical to the flagship Lumia 930.
Having high quality materials used in its construction means the pricing of the Nokia Lumia 830 is closer to its more powerful sibling and not the lesser ones. It does however show Nokia’s drive for producing high quality smartphones which take advantage of the best materials available to produce premium products.
We have of course seen with other Nokia flagship products this drive for providing premium quality over recent years. This has resulted in the use of high quality polycarbonate in construction, and other exotic materials. For example in the case of the polycarbonate used in a Nokia phone injection of the colour dye is throughout it and not just on the surface. This means that you have a product which doesn’t show up all the scratches and other minor abrasions seen with other manufacturer’s products. This has meant that products like the Nokia Lumia 900 and 920 have continued to look good following years of usage, even though they have the occasional scratch on them.