03-08-2015 05:20 AM
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  1. Paul1266's Avatar
    So, last weekend I bought myself an 830 purely to try W10. I run a L930 and also a L735 so the technical preview was tantalisingly out of reach. My shiny pre-owned 830 arrived yesterday (complete with all 4 battery covers - very nice). I duly installed windows 10 and as expected, twas buggy as hell but I did like the new home screen layout etc. Anyway, I flipped the 830 back to 8.1 earlier today and have fallen in love with it. My L930 is now heading for ebay. Great phone but relatively weak battery life and mildly better performance in operation (I'm not a gamer or pro photographer) mean there is no point in me keeping it anymore. The 830 is lighter, thinner, has a much better battery life, expandable storage and swappable backs. It feels great in the hand, is buttery smooth and looks...well awesome. I love this phone!
    03-05-2015 04:33 PM
  2. worldspy99's Avatar
    Thanks for posting this.
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    03-05-2015 05:01 PM
  3. BSobotta's Avatar
    So, last weekend I bought myself an 830 purely to try W10. I run a L930 and also a L735 so the technical preview was tantalisingly out of reach. My shiny pre-owned 830 arrived yesterday (complete with all 4 battery covers - very nice). I duly installed windows 10 and as expected, twas buggy as hell but I did like the new home screen layout etc. Anyway, I flipped the 830 back to 8.1 earlier today and have fallen in love with it. My L930 is now heading for ebay. Great phone but relatively weak battery life and mildly better performance in operation (I'm not a gamer or pro photographer) mean there is no point in me keeping it anymore. The 830 is lighter, thinner, has a much better battery life, expandable storage and swappable backs. It feels great in the hand, is buttery smooth and looks...well awesome. I love this phone!
    You validate my feelings with going with an 830 over the 930. I still will probably pick up the next flag ship upon release, but I LOVE this phone. I have been having intermittent issues with the search button, but that is relatively minor.
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    03-05-2015 05:06 PM
  4. anon(123856)'s Avatar
    I just picked one up myself and I'm loving it. I can't wait until I can port my number over on Monday. The waiting is killing me!
    03-05-2015 05:22 PM
  5. hasasimo's Avatar
    So, last weekend I bought myself an 830 purely to try W10. I run a L930 and also a L735 so the technical preview was tantalisingly out of reach. My shiny pre-owned 830 arrived yesterday (complete with all 4 battery covers - very nice). I duly installed windows 10 and as expected, twas buggy as hell but I did like the new home screen layout etc. Anyway, I flipped the 830 back to 8.1 earlier today and have fallen in love with it. My L930 is now heading for ebay. Great phone but relatively weak battery life and mildly better performance in operation (I'm not a gamer or pro photographer) mean there is no point in me keeping it anymore. The 830 is lighter, thinner, has a much better battery life, expandable storage and swappable backs. It feels great in the hand, is buttery smooth and looks...well awesome. I love this phone!
    And now you get Glance screen too! Welcome aboard :)
    a5cent likes this.
    03-05-2015 09:53 PM
  6. qbrick's Avatar
    I use the 830 since day one in Germany and I find nothing to share with this forum except of praise for this device.
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    03-06-2015 03:12 AM
  7. a5cent's Avatar
    My L930 is now heading for ebay. Great phone but relatively weak battery life and mildly better performance in operation (I'm not a gamer or pro photographer) mean there is no point in me keeping it anymore. The 830 is lighter, thinner, has a much better battery life, expandable storage and swappable backs. It feels great in the hand, is buttery smooth and looks...well awesome. I love this phone!

    I think what you've described is very common. Purchasing what is advertised as best isn't always actually best. I completely agree that for those who don't play twitch-games and don't want a phablet, the 830 is currently the best WP device available. With the latest Denim update I think the camera is also pretty much on par with the 930. It has a lower megapixel count, but when viewed on a PC monitor there is no discernable difference in sharpness. There are very few practical scenarios where the higher MP count matters.

    Similar to an iPhone, the 830 is a balanced device, which aims to find the sweet spot between size, battery life and performance. It doesn't sacrifice everything in a one-sided drive towards largest possible CPU, RAM and display resolution specs. Like you said, outside of games, the difference those specs make is surprisingly small.

    The spec-focused approach only works well in combination with larger devices that can compensate with much larger batteries, hence the popularity of the 1530 over the 930.
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    03-06-2015 05:03 AM
  8. AndyCalling's Avatar
    If you like the 830, you would have absolutely loved the 820. It is faster AND has lovely amoled.
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    03-06-2015 05:07 AM
  9. Paul1266's Avatar
    I think what you've described is very common. Purchasing what is advertised as best isn't always actually best. I completely agree that for those who don't play twitch-games and don't want a phablet, the 830 is currently the best WP device available. With the latest Denim update I think the camera is also pretty much on par with the 930. It has a lower megapixel count, but when viewed on a PC monitor there is no discernable difference in sharpness. There are very few practical scenarios where the higher MP count matters.

    Similar to an iPhone, the 830 is a balanced device, which aims to find the sweet spot between size, battery life and performance. It doesn't sacrifice everything in a one-sided drive towards largest possible CPU, RAM and display resolution specs. Like you said, outside of games, the difference those specs make is surprisingly small.

    The spec-focused approach only works well in combination with larger devices that can compensate with much larger batteries, hence the popularity of the 1530 over the 930.
    Yup, it is easy to get sucked into the specs war but at the end of the day most handsets above the very basic appear to have very smooth and stable UIs these days and the Snapdragon 400 whilst constantly being sniffed at by almost every reviewer I read does an excellent job. I picked my mint condition 830 up on ebay for 182 ($280)with all the shells and a DC-50 wireless charger thrown in. Insane value for a handset this good.
    Last edited by Paul1266; 03-06-2015 at 05:38 AM.
    03-06-2015 05:23 AM
  10. King Nickles Saintil's Avatar
    So, last weekend I bought myself an 830 purely to try W10. I run a L930 and also a L735 so the technical preview was tantalisingly out of reach. My shiny pre-owned 830 arrived yesterday (complete with all 4 battery covers - very nice). I duly installed windows 10 and as expected, twas buggy as hell but I did like the new home screen layout etc. Anyway, I flipped the 830 back to 8.1 earlier today and have fallen in love with it. My L930 is now heading for ebay. Great phone but relatively weak battery life and mildly better performance in operation (I'm not a gamer or pro photographer) mean there is no point in me keeping it anymore. The 830 is lighter, thinner, has a much better battery life, expandable storage and swappable backs. It feels great in the hand, is buttery smooth and looks...well awesome. I love this phone!
    Hello, please check your inbox. Would love to get a 930.
    03-06-2015 05:55 AM
  11. envio's Avatar
    Haha, I also bought a brand new, unused green 830 off ebay just over a week ago just in order to try out Win10 too! I also bought a 128GB SD card so it has way more storage than my 930 as well as being lighter, more comfortable in my hand, it's a great device. I don't regret my 930 though, it's still faster overall and the camera is excellent.
    03-06-2015 08:06 AM
  12. Muessig's Avatar
    One of lifes happy accidents it seems. Great news!
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    03-06-2015 08:23 AM
  13. droidguy1964's Avatar
    Have them both and the 930 is miles ahead. Your just having fun because its change but give it a week or two.
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    03-06-2015 08:37 AM
  14. a5cent's Avatar
    ^ It depends on what your needs are. The 930 is not unconditionally "miles ahead".
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    03-06-2015 08:49 AM
  15. ballanda's Avatar
    I liked the 830 better than my 930 in every way, except the display. Once you go AMOLED...

    Anyway, I am back to using the 830 because the 930 came up with the dreaded screen lift / proximity sensor failure problem, and Microkia support wants nothing to do with it. I did try to go to a OnePlus 1 Android phone. I lasted 2 days before feeling like my brain was going to explode form all of Android's terrible UX inconsistencies. But enough about how Android sucks. We already know that. :-)
    03-06-2015 08:58 AM
  16. Paul1266's Avatar
    ^ It depends on what your needs are. The 930 is not unconditionally "miles ahead".
    Correct...the battery for starters! Swappable and better. I also think the 830 feels better in the hand. Don't get me wrong, I have had my 930 for a while now and its great but the 830 addresses two of the minor concerns I had with it. The lower specs did not result in a corresponding drop in experience which is still fluid. Screen is not as punchy true but again not a million miles away in quality. Also, the scrolling is a lot less blurry on the 830. At the end of the day though I all comes down to personal preference. For ME, because of the battery life, swappable backs, micro SD support and thinner frame, it wins out...but like I say, that's just me.
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    03-06-2015 09:25 AM
  17. tgp's Avatar
    I always thought that a removable battery was a necessity. Then a couple years ago I hesitantly bought a phone without a removable battery because the phone otherwise had what I wanted.

    As it turns out, I no longer desire the feature, and it does not at all factor into my decision of whether or not to buy a phone. In fact, in a way it's better without because it makes the phone a bit more compact. I'm guessing this is at least part of the reason that iPhones have never had a removable battery.
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    03-06-2015 10:32 AM
  18. AndyCalling's Avatar
    Worth mentioning that the 930 has a better battery than the 830 and although some early revisions reported overheating (and so poor battery use) I can confirm that I see no such issues with h/w revision 2.0.0.3. The 930 also has an easily replaceable battery. I know, the spec says it isn't removable, but it really is. The back's no harder to get off than an 820 and then swapping out the old battery is easy.

    Personally, I stick a large power vault battery at ~8000mAh in my bag just in case, but I rarely need it. It is more a convenience than a necessity.

    Coming from an 820, my 930 feels like it has masses of battery to spare. The lack of SD slot is more of a thing than rumored battery issues that are not really a thing on current h/w revisions.
    03-06-2015 11:16 AM
  19. rhapdog's Avatar
    I always thought that a removable battery was a necessity. Then a couple years ago I hesitantly bought a phone without a removable battery because the phone otherwise had what I wanted.

    As it turns out, I no longer desire the feature, and it does not at all factor into my decision of whether or not to buy a phone. In fact, in a way it's better without because it makes the phone a bit more compact. I'm guessing this is at least part of the reason that iPhones have never had a removable battery.
    That's true for most people. Most people are going to buy a new phone long before the battery stops taking a charge. In my case, that's not necessarily true. I'm still using a phone (as a second device) that I bought in 2006. I may not be using it more than the next couple of years, however, simply because that while it has a new battery now, the batteries for that phone are getting increasingly difficult to find due to the age of the device. New batteries are no longer made it seems, so I may be on the last battery it will ever have.

    Yeah, for 99.9% of the population, it may be a non-issue unless they let the phone die and don't charge it for a long period of time, thus needing a battery replacement. In those cases, it's best to have replaceable batteries.
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    03-06-2015 11:27 AM
  20. tgp's Avatar
    That's true for most people. Most people are going to buy a new phone long before the battery stops taking a charge. In my case, that's not necessarily true. I'm still using a phone (as a second device) that I bought in 2006. I may not be using it more than the next couple of years, however, simply because that while it has a new battery now, the batteries for that phone are getting increasingly difficult to find due to the age of the device. New batteries are no longer made it seems, so I may be on the last battery it will ever have.

    Yeah, for 99.9% of the population, it may be a non-issue unless they let the phone die and don't charge it for a long period of time, thus needing a battery replacement. In those cases, it's best to have replaceable batteries.
    You're absolutely correct; a swappable battery is important to some people. Using your number of 99.9%, it would be 1 in 1,000 (which is probably pretty accurate!). It's probably not enough to make a big difference in influencing the design.
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    03-06-2015 11:49 AM
  21. Paul1266's Avatar
    Worth mentioning that the 930 has a better battery than the 830 and although some early revisions reported overheating (and so poor battery use) I can confirm that I see no such issues with h/w revision 2.0.0.3. The 930 also has an easily replaceable battery. I know, the spec says it isn't removable, but it really is. The back's no harder to get off than an 820 and then swapping out the old battery is easy.

    Personally, I stick a large power vault battery at ~8000mAh in my bag just in case, but I rarely need it. It is more a convenience than a necessity.

    Coming from an 820, my 930 feels like it has masses of battery to spare. The lack of SD slot is more of a thing than rumored battery issues that are not really a thing on current h/w revisions.
    Sorry Andy, but you are wrong mate. The demands of a higher screen resolution coupled with a more powerful and draining chipset mean the 930's battery life is significantly shorter under use Tha the 830's slightly smaller unit. GSMarena put the difference at something like 20hrs of usage. I have both phones and my experience backs those numbers up. The 930 can drain very quickly with the screen on and yes my 930 is bang up to date.
    03-06-2015 01:12 PM
  22. King Nickles Saintil's Avatar
    Sorry Andy, but you are wrong mate. The demands of a higher screen resolution coupled with a more powerful and draining chipset mean the 930's battery life is significantly shorter under use Tha the 830's slightly smaller unit. GSMarena put the difference at something like 20hrs of usage. I have both phones and my experience backs those numbers up. The 930 can drain very quickly with the screen on and yes my 930 is bang up to date.
    Hey man Paul, I inboxed you. If you're interested in selling the 930 please message me back.
    03-06-2015 01:25 PM
  23. Paul1266's Avatar
    Have replied...
    03-06-2015 01:37 PM
  24. anon(123856)'s Avatar
    I always thought that a removable battery was a necessity. Then a couple years ago I hesitantly bought a phone without a removable battery because the phone otherwise had what I wanted.

    As it turns out, I no longer desire the feature, and it does not at all factor into my decision of whether or not to buy a phone. In fact, in a way it's better without because it makes the phone a bit more compact. I'm guessing this is at least part of the reason that iPhones have never had a removable battery.
    I had a battery partially fail on an Android device and was pretty happy that it was removable. Out with the old, in with the new. One minute, job done. While I don't consider a removable battery a "must have", it can be a "nice to have".
    03-06-2015 02:02 PM
  25. Ten Four's Avatar
    I purchase my phones outright, no contracts and no warranties, and I've had to replace a few batteries. Saved me having to junk the entire phone or pay a lot for a battery swap. Some batteries are just defective. For me it's a must-have spec along with removable storage. If the phone doesn't have those two items I just don't even look at it.
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    03-07-2015 10:13 AM
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