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    30 September 2016

    Vodacom

    First impressions: Lumia 830

    STACEY VEE checks out the Lumia 830 and discovers a solid all-rounder with a little extra in the camera department.

    Nokia is calling it the ‘affordable’ flagship Lumia – which means if you’re smartphone shopping on a budget, the Lumia 830 packs in as many high-end features as possible without breaking the bank.

    (For the record, the Lumia 930 is the official flagship.)

    First impressions

    I’m thinking all the extra oomph went into the camera. The Lumia 830 has a 10MP PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics – and frankly, what most users really want these days is to have a device that takes 5-star photos and makes phone calls, with a smidge of social networking on the side. 

    After all, if you take a photo of the foam art on your café latte but don’t Instagram it, did it even happen?

    Cool camera

    So let’s talk about some of the camera features. Nokia says the image stabilisation component in the Lumia 830 is the thinnest one to date (it has to be, as the phone is only 8.5mm thick). There’s a dynamic flash feature that takes two snaps at the same time: one with an LED flash and one without, and then you can adjust the lighting level between these two shots. Handy. And of course you get all the editing capabilities that come standard with the Lumia and usually kick other editing apps to the kerb.

    Specs overview

    The Nokia Lumia 830 runs Windows Phone 8.1 with a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon chip. The device has a 5-inch screen with a 720p display (this could be better), 16GB internal memory and a generous 2 200 mAh battery. Battery life and internal storage are important if you’re going to be taking a lot of selfies.

    On a final note, remember the Lumia Cyan update that happened a while back? The Lumia 830, as well as the new Lumia 730 and 735, will come with the latest update – Lumia Denim – pre-installed. Lumia Denim will become available for download towards the end of 2014.

    Vodacom