Lumia 830 - £280
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Nokia Lumia 830
The Lumia 830 is a mid-range smartphone that runs on Windows Phone 8.1.
This phone has a 5 inch HD touchscreen that displays in 294PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Lumia 830 has a 10MP PureView camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 0.9MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 68 out of 100.
The Lumia 830 has an estimated battery life of around 12 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2200mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable. This phone also supports wireless charging (requires the purchase of a compatible wireless chargepad).
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Lumia 830 comes with 16GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 128GB external storage.
The Lumia 830 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. The Lumia 830 is able to connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly. It also has NFC compatibility which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends.
The Lumia 830 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. As a Windows Phone, it comes with Microsoft Office Mobile installed so is compatible with Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents, which is ideal for last minute adjustments before an important meeting. This phone also comes preloaded with the HERE Maps, HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit. HERE Maps with LiveSight superimposes points of interest over the image the phone receives from its camera, HERE Drive+ is a voice guided sat-nav that can also download maps for offline use and HERE Transit gives you detailed bus, train and tube information in many of the UK's major cities. Other apps, such as YouTube, Instagram and Spotify are available to download from the Windows Phone Store and Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp come preinstalled.
The Lumia 830 strikes a good balance between performance and price. It has a good camera, an attractive design and good spec when compared with its immediate rivals.