10-08-2014 06:14 PM
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  1. TLRtheory's Avatar
    I'm hopeful, optimistic... and also a bit scared.

    Thought October 2nd was the earliest anyone would see it, but the tracking info has showed me at least two facilities it's departed. Either way this looks to be everything I've wanted out of a Windows Phone.

    While I try to keep my composure over the excitement, I'll give you guys the story of me and WP.

    Samsung Focus Flash: While I technically started with WM5.0 and had many different WM6 phones too, the Focus Flash was my first break into the semi-current gen of Windows Phones. I actually got that phone to have some education and firsthand experience behind it when I went on my royal WP-bashing spree. What happened was completely and absolutely the opposite.

    Lumia 520: This is the cheapest, weakest most feature-lacking phone I ever loved. It had no front-facing camera, a crappy screen that would get scratched by thin air if not protected... but it was very smooth, very reliable... and while the 512MB held it back from running many apps, it handled the apps it could run like a damn champion... and the external storage paired with 8.1 put it above many phones that beat it in the game of raw power. The 512MB of ram ultimately pushed me to seek better options.

    Lumia 1020: This phone broke me forever... to a point in which I wish I'd never sold it (at times). I'm no photographer, and seeing how many "photographers" can't pay their bills off that profession has driven me away from any aspiration I may have to learn the trade... but GOD DAMN that camera was wonderful. Performance wasn't bad either. What got me away from this was the branded decision to make a camera that had no SD card expansion. If the 1020 had an SD card slot... I'd probably still have that beast today.

    Lumia Icon: I'd always wanted a phone that would match the design of my Surface Pro. Knowing damn well that the lack of SD card would turn me off, I bought it anyway thinking I'd simply invest more into cloud computing. Took nearly a week to get everything I had on SkyDrive then I was off... thing is, the Icon came with a ton of problems I never anticipated. It did this weird thing where it'd just start overheating in my pocket. Nothing was open, it was totally idle... but scorching hot! Of course this also came with monstrous battery drain and it would also have me waiting through loads of "loading" and "resuming" screens that delayed my usage a couple seconds (and often a couple minutes). The WiFi was unreliable as well, meaning I'd go to install a massive game, take a jog, and come back to see that my app wasn't installed because of some retarded issue. There was also the issue that this didn't play nicely with AT&T. I could deal with the lack of LTE, and thought I could lose out on MMS too (I was wrong, btw). When the phone worked, I loved it... but that wasn't very often. The 1080p panel even caused me problems as it broke two of my favorite games (Order & Chaos, Chaos Rings) I had myself an absolutely beautiful overheating brick that was only somewhat functional on my network. I had to bid this phone farewell.

    Lumia 1520: Spent large amounts of time convincing myself this phone was just too damn big, then that I wanted the size. I was all too happy to get my LTE back, have my MMS, play with glance again... AND have something that accepts an SD card. Being able to say I had the highest benchmarking phone in the world was kinda nice too... but my original thought turned out to be correct. Just taking this phone with me turned out to be annoying. It did fit in the pockets, but it was huge. No one-handed operation, and putting a case on it made it real unreasonable... real fast. This just wasn't a balanced experience... I needed to get a smaller phone in my life, pronto.

    Lumia 820: I didn't even know this thing existed until getting a recommendation to try it out... and everything honestly seemed stacked against it. I'd come from the respective #2 and #1 highest benchmarking phones ON EARTH to something with a little S4 processor and 480p screen? Sounded ridiculous... but I was unsatisfied with the Icon/1520... and this phone was so stupidly cheap that I decided "Why not?"

    BEST. DECISION. EVER.

    The Lumia 820 had the size of the L520 that I loved... but with the front-facing camera and 1GB RAM the L520 lacked. The SD card slot that the L1020/Icon lacked... and a practical size that the L1520 sadly did not have... and that low-res screen actually worked in my favor. The games that 1080p panels broke worked again, my Final Fantasy III was no longer upscaled... and I was a happy camper. Still am actually. Purchased a Nexus 5 recently... went right back to the L820. This phone isn't particularly powerful... but it's got balance. Quite possibly the best sense of balance I've seen in my entire time with WP.

    Needless to say, I'm totally sold on the 8XX series. 830 looks to simply expand on everything that makes the L820 so balanced, and I can't wait to have my hands on it.
    Last edited by TLRtheory; 09-29-2014 at 07:17 PM.
    09-27-2014 09:51 AM
  2. MDK22's Avatar
    Well, the size of the Lumia 1520 would make it quite difficult to fit inside a compiler !
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    09-27-2014 10:21 AM
  3. Stefan Holder's Avatar
    Great write up.. I'm thinking of getting the Lumia. 830 myself. I currently using a Samsung ATIV S. Great device. Only reason I'm getting rid of it is because I want a Lumia device.
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    09-27-2014 10:23 AM
  4. kevm14's Avatar
    Nice writeup. I do agree that the 830 may turn out to be more popular than the spec whores think. Balance is a great way to describe it, I think. I'm excited.
    09-27-2014 01:27 PM
  5. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I also ordered the 830 and will get to my place by Monday :) can't wait to play around with it


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    09-27-2014 07:18 PM
  6. hasasimo's Avatar
    I hope you didn't order one of those sub-$400 ones from Ebay without the retail packaging... apparently they're prototypes with broken Glance.
    09-27-2014 07:30 PM
  7. Stefan Holder's Avatar
    Where you got that info @hasasimo
    09-27-2014 07:49 PM
  8. TLRtheory's Avatar
    Where you got that info @hasasimo
    I'd like to know that as well. Not something I'd make a big fuss of though. I like showing off glance and double tap wake... but I never use them.
    09-27-2014 08:15 PM
  9. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I hope you didn't order one of those sub-$400 ones from Ebay without the retail packaging... apparently they're prototypes with broken Glance.
    If so I can still return it but I doubt they are prototype


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    09-27-2014 09:00 PM
  10. sahib lopez's Avatar
    It also says in big bold red letters that if its not working or defective they will replace it imageuploadedbytapatalk1411866170.917570.jpgso I doubt it's a prototype


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    09-27-2014 09:03 PM
  11. hasasimo's Avatar
    I got that info from the "Who's buying a Lumia 830" topic pinned to the top of this forum.
    09-28-2014 05:40 AM
  12. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Oh I see ._. Well I'll just wait for mine to see if that's the case


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    09-28-2014 11:40 AM
  13. Broad and Market's Avatar
    Honestly I'm a little bit sad I got the Icon a few weeks ago. Now don't get me wrong the Icon is the best phone I have ever owned and one of the best I have ever used. The problem is I don't really need all the specs. The only thing I really use is the camera and for all that I have to put up with Verizon. My plan isn't much more expensive than it would have been else where but the lack of support and communication over the Cyan update may force me away less than two months into my contract.

    If I had to do it all over again I probably would have ordered an unlocked 830, they are currently $380 on e-bay and put it on Cricket or T-mobile and saved some money.
    09-28-2014 04:25 PM
  14. TLRtheory's Avatar
    She's arrived! First impression is that it's beautiful... and it's the first Windows Phone since the 520 that didn't bug me about battery drain when I selected the white background theme. Very surprised to find that - even though I was impatient - the version of the 830 I have supports LTE on AT&T!!!

    Unfortunately, I went straight from a 9.5hr shift to class - where I'll be for the next four hours... so I haven't been able to do jack with it yet.

    Either way, I don't have to focus on this class much - so ask me anything! Once I'm back home, I'll be doing a comparison between the 830 and 820 to see just how accurate speculation is regarding the SD400/A305's supposed inferiority to the S4/A225.
    09-29-2014 07:19 PM
  15. Fred Wilson2's Avatar
    Where did you order it from ? What model number, exactly, is it ?

    Thanks,
    Fred


    She's arrived! First impression is that it's beautiful... and it's the first Windows Phone since the 520 that didn't bug me about battery drain when I selected the white background theme. Very surprised to find that - even though I was impatient - the version of the 830 I have supports LTE on AT&T!!!

    Unfortunately, I went straight from a 9.5hr shift to class - where I'll be for the next four hours... so I haven't been able to do jack with it yet.

    Either way, I don't have to focus on this class much - so ask me anything! Once I'm back home, I'll be doing a comparison between the 830 and 820 to see just how accurate speculation is regarding the SD400/A305's supposed inferiority to the S4/A225.
    09-29-2014 08:22 PM
  16. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Well mine is the same ..no glance :/


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    09-29-2014 08:38 PM
  17. hasasimo's Avatar
    Thanks. I guess I'm going to go with the regular international variant, which means no LTE. I've gotten so used to using Glance and I want to guarantee full updates to the phone (I noticed it runs Debian Red instead of Denim. Hopefully for your sake the device will be updated regularly with everyone else's).

    It sucks that we have to choose between LTE and Glance right now in the U.S.
    09-29-2014 08:55 PM
  18. StutterStep's Avatar
    Does the "Hey Cortana" feature work? I'm guessing it doesn't
    09-29-2014 09:13 PM
  19. sketchy9's Avatar
    Thanks. I guess I'm going to go with the regular international variant, which means no LTE. I've gotten so used to using Glance and I want to guarantee full updates to the phone (I noticed it runs Debian Red instead of Denim. Hopefully for your sake the device will be updated regularly with everyone else's).

    It sucks that we have to choose between LTE and Glance right now in the U.S.
    Well, technically, you can wait for the AT&T version and get LTE and Glance. But then you lose Qi. It's always something...
    09-29-2014 09:15 PM
  20. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Couldn't we just flash it to a correct firmware when it appears on NCS ;)


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    09-29-2014 09:17 PM
  21. sketchy9's Avatar
    Couldn't we just flash it to a correct firmware when it appears on NVS ;)


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    That's a good question. Obviously no one knows at the moment. I certainly hope so. I ordered one and am waiting for it but the whole prototype issue sketches me out a bit. I want to keep this phone for a while and I'm not sure if this is the best way to do it.
    09-29-2014 09:24 PM
  22. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Same here since it comes from the carrier Claro they are bound to get the real 830 with the correct firmwere and when they do we could probably load it to this phone


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    09-29-2014 09:28 PM
  23. hasasimo's Avatar
    Well, technically, you can wait for the AT&T version and get LTE and Glance. But then you lose Qi. It's always something...
    Yeah, screw the AT&T version. They won't be getting my money with this PowerMat nonsense. Why can't an unlocked retail version of the RM-985 just be out along with the RM-984? I guess I could just buy the RM-984, then sell it and buy an unlocked RM-985 when that's available but it's a hassle, not to mention you typically lose some money. #FirstWorldProbs
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    09-29-2014 09:42 PM
  24. Javier Canizalez's Avatar
    and glance finally works, after 8.1 Update 1?
    09-29-2014 09:49 PM
  25. harisyousaf's Avatar
    Nice
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    09-29-2014 09:55 PM
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