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  1. colinkiama's Avatar
    wth! No, the lumia 830 isn't worthy. Wait for the flagships man. They literally have no loading/resuming screens on any of the hands on.
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    10-11-2015 04:40 PM
  2. slivy58's Avatar
    I'm also using an L830 (not the ATT version) and I can not confirm 2, 3, 4 or 5. I've always used a screen protector but I can't recall the device ever failing to instantly pick up touch interactions. I'd say screen sensitivity is pretty much perfect.
    Mine is Canadian born and on Telus...

    I've used screen protectors (top quality) too for years and never once was there an issue until I got the L830, through all my reads many have encountered similar issues with this handset, not necessarily did each encounter them all. As mentioned, the overall fluidity just isn't there and kind of makes it a chore rather than joy to use, have 26 days left on warranty and contemplating sending it in but afraid the end results may be worse, won't know if we don't try I suppose... Yep I'm a procrastinator LOL.

    Not sure how I forgot this one hehehe, I'm having connection issues when wifi availability is sketchy even though I have it set to "use mobile data", seems to be getting worse as of late, works fine within range.
    Last edited by Elky64; 10-11-2015 at 05:33 PM. Reason: additions
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    10-11-2015 05:09 PM
  3. anon(8532178)'s Avatar
    From personal experience and one who owns an L830 (using it now), comparing it to my Ativ S and L1020, worst phone out of the bunch. In saying that, below is my likes/dislikes, your mileage may vary as many others have...

    Pros:
    1) 5" display size
    2) Camera
    3) OIS
    4) Removable battery
    6) 16GB onboard storage
    5) Expandable storage
    6) Wireless charging
    7) Swappable rear covers
    8) Appealing design (subjective)
    9) Good call quality

    Cons:
    1) Capacitive button issue
    2) Poor screen sensitivity w/protector
    3) Battery/charging issues
    4) Distorted notification sounds while charging
    5) Overly sensitive camera button
    6) Mid to low specs (cpu/screen)
    7) On occasion somewhat laggy/sluggish
    8) Top mounted USB charge port
    9) Overall "fluidity" seems to be lost
    10) 1GB memory
    11) Connection issues w/wifi when range is sketchy, set to "use mobile data"

    Take your pick...
    The battery and the SOC pissed me off the most. 100% charged started depleting fast omg at least my 640 cab hold a charge.
    v535 likes this.
    10-11-2015 06:26 PM
  4. a5cent's Avatar
    Mine is Canadian born and on Telus...

    I've used screen protectors (top quality) too for years and never once was there an issue until I got the L830, through all my reads many have encountered similar issues with this handset, not necessarily did each encounter them all. As mentioned, the overall fluidity just isn't there and kind of makes it a chore rather than joy to use, have 26 days left on warranty and contemplating sending it in but afraid the end results may be worse, won't know if we don't try I suppose... Yep I'm a procrastinator LOL.

    Not sure how I forgot this one hehehe, I'm having connection issues when wifi availability is sketchy even though I have it set to "use mobile data", seems to be getting worse as of late, works fine within range.
    Fair enough. I spend almost zero time in the L830 forum (no issues myself beyond #1), so I'm not caught up on problems others may have beyond the ATT Denim debacle (which never affected me either).

    I'm not sure what you mean with "fluidity". What the device can't do is load apps quickly. Everything else is certainly usable, and considering the OP's intended usage I'd say he'd have no issues at all. If you think the OP won't be happy with the fluidity of the L830, then he won't be happy with the L640 either though. That's the comparison the OP is asking for. Both of those devices perform identically.

    Getting a high end device (any high end device including the iPhone), sounds ridiculous to me. For what the OP intends to do with it, that's just throwing money out the window. For the OP, the only legitimate reason to get an iPhone would be apps, nothing else.

    The OP does want a good camera however. IMHO that's the L830's strong suit. In terms of bang for your buck at $140 I'd still say it's a good buy. Obviously that is only true if you're not affected by the issues you've mentioned.
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    10-11-2015 07:17 PM
  5. realwarder's Avatar
    Nice spot. Where is this?
    10-11-2015 07:46 PM
  6. a5cent's Avatar
    Nice spot. Where is this?
    That was our hotel on Santorini. The entire island is just the rim of a volcanic crater (hence the steep cliffs) in the southern Aegean Sea. The white trim atop the cliffs on the horizon are buildings, all built right atop the cliff's edge.

    That picture was taken here.

    The Island is too touristy for my tastes, but it definitely has its beautiful moments:

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    sunrise from our hotel room (no photo editing)

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    sunset from a café on the northern tip of the island (no photo editing)

    Sorry for going off topic.
    Last edited by a5cent; 10-13-2015 at 05:52 AM. Reason: formatting
    10-11-2015 08:46 PM
  7. realwarder's Avatar
    Sorry for going off topic.
    Wow. Yes, sorry about the interlude OP.

    Looks really nice. Thanks for the insight.
    10-11-2015 09:25 PM
  8. raycpl's Avatar
    Have been using my 830 since April and its a good phone. The camera (on WP8.1, denim) its more than decent. I'm using it with four email accounts, browsing, Office apps (read only Excel, I don't have 365), lotsa music files. No games except small quick ones, like 2048. Don't watch movies on small screen cos my eye sight ain't what it used too be.

    I'm heavy on Telegram/whatsapp These does sap the battery.

    The camera shines on the 830. Having full manual control means I get good macro shots in lowlight where iPhones/Androids users wont even dare to try.

    Two misgivings'.. It was too pricey when I bought this "affordable flagship."
    The other is the design. My Orange phone is a killer on looks/design. I keep mine protected in a transparent jelly backjacket. It does take a lot of abuse. But I just found out the aluminum chassis is bent. It's very noticeable the middle on left side and the screen is detached about a millimeter. Will be sending it for checking as it is still under warrantee. In the meantime, the 950/XL looks very tempting
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    10-11-2015 09:45 PM
  9. slivy58's Avatar
    I'm not sure what you mean with "fluidity".
    It is in regards to the phone’s screen/capacitive button(s) sensitivity, having to swipe or tap multiple times to invoke a reaction which can disrupt one’s intended actions, the smooth flow transitioning no longer exists (I liken the flow to water hence, fluidity).

    Now that we have made out my phone to be a complete lemon I should clarify, although it has many idiosyncrasies it does hold its own for the most part with none of the problems being to the extreme, its shortcoming really become apparent though after using my other two WPs.

    What the device can't do is load apps quickly. Everything else is certainly usable, and considering the OP's intended usage I'd say he'd have no issues at all. If you think the OP won't be happy with the fluidity of the L830, then he won't be happy with the L640 either though. That's the comparison the OP is asking for. Both of those devices perform identically.
    Oh I think the phone for the OPs intended use is a very capable device, I was just pointing out my experiences with it, in no way did I intend to insinuate every L830 is complete garbage (came out that way I guess), it keeps drawing me back so something must be right… I’m pretty much convinced some of us got the Monday or Friday models LOL,

    Getting a high end device (any high end device including the iPhone), sounds ridiculous to me. For what the OP intends to do with it, that's just throwing money out the window. For the OP, the only legitimate reason to get an iPhone would be apps, nothing else.
    Agreed

    The OP does want a good camera however. IMHO that's the L830's strong suit. In terms of bang for your buck at $140 I'd still say it's a good buy. Obviously that is only true if you're not affected by the issues you've mentioned.
    Yep camera is definitely good and at $140, it is a steal compare to what it would cost me here in Canada. Like I said, a Mon/Fri phone it could have been, many have stated they’ve had little to no issue so who knows.
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    10-11-2015 10:26 PM
  10. tangledW's Avatar
    It is in regards to the phone’s screen/capacitive button(s) sensitivity, having to swipe or tap multiple times to invoke a reaction which can disrupt one’s intended actions, the smooth flow transitioning no longer exists (I liken the flow to water hence, fluidity).

    Now that we have made out my phone to be a complete lemon I should clarify, although it has many idiosyncrasies it does hold its own for the most part with none of the problems being to the extreme, its shortcoming really become apparent though after using my other two WPs.



    Oh I think the phone for the OPs intended use is a very capable device, I was just pointing out my experiences with it, in no way did I intend to insinuate every L830 is complete garbage (came out that way I guess), it keeps drawing me back so something must be right… I’m pretty much convinced some of us got the Monday or Friday models LOL,



    Agreed



    Yep camera is definitely good and at $140, it is a steal compare to what it would cost me here in Canada. Like I said, a Mon/Fri phone it could have been, many have stated they’ve had little to no issue so who knows.
    I'm on my 4th model. 3 from the same store, 1 from an AT&T store about 500 miles away a month later.

    I refuse to believe I just got unlucky. The 830 has horrible design & build quality. By far the worst Nokia I've even heard of, much less owned.
    10-11-2015 10:55 PM
  11. slivy58's Avatar
    I'm on my 4th model. 3 from the same store, 1 from an AT&T store about 500 miles away a month later.

    I refuse to believe I just got unlucky. The 830 has horrible design & build quality. By far the worst Nokia I've even heard of, much less owned.
    Oh I hear and verify what you are saying, read many a posts of others complaining of the same thing, multiple replacements only to end up with same results, do think Nokia missed the boat on this one and suppose I faired better.

    In saying the above...

    Have never exchanged mine, yet, although I should I'm skeptical of the outcome ("couldn't find anything you say"), as in my last post it is not a complete fail so more than likely will continue to use, to really get the gist of what I have said previously a "hands-on" would be required. Design is its strong suit for me as is build quality (fit-n-finish), absolutely no complaint there other than location of charging/USB port, got use to it now and when using Qi charger the problem disappears.
    10-11-2015 11:21 PM
  12. Visa Declined's Avatar
    If you haven't read it, Anandtech's 830 review is the best and most accurate you'll find on the web.

    Nokia Lumia 830 Review
    10-11-2015 11:23 PM
  13. gordonfink's Avatar
    Funny. I had an ATT version for awhile, and none of the issues cited above. I have a screen protector, and I have no issues with touch or capacitive buttons.

    After using it a bit, I swapped over to an unlocked 985 version, because I didn't want to wait on ATT to upgrade to Denim. I have no issues with that one either.

    So, I have, if I count them all up, NONE of the issues cited above.

    Outside of the 2 I have owned over the long term, I have had another 20 or so pass through the shop. I had one with a capacitive button issue.

    The most common failure I've seen (on 2 or 3) is the earpiece speaker failure, which is easy to correct.

    Had I paid $400 for it new, I'd probably feel like it wasn't there. However, for $140, it is a good buy.
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    10-12-2015 07:48 AM
  14. Steve Adams's Avatar
    A 520 is a good alternative to the iPhone 6.
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    10-12-2015 08:03 AM
  15. L830's Avatar
    Don't buy a Lumia 830!
    -You'll spend a lot of time to explain to your i-friends why you didn't buy an i-phone.
    -You will feel odd
    -Your photos will be by far the best, but they'll say that aren't from i-phone
    ;)
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    10-12-2015 08:55 AM
  16. jakja83's Avatar
    I like going against the stream so I can cope without an iPhone, but they are very good. No discussion, but paying 1/3 monts wage is not something I want. Going against the stream is good, but I also have to feel like it is a wise choice as well. I don't want to save petty cash only to be irritated and feel as though I am missing out.

    I have used L930 earlier but I felt the screen flickered a lot and it was kind of "fat" design-wise so the L830 is probably better with LCD + thinner body.

    L640 also looks good and pics from it also looks more than good for its price.

    I like having a cheap phone - it means I can avoid having insurance and I don't have to watch it as if it was my child.
    10-12-2015 11:51 AM
  17. Krystianpants's Avatar
    The camera is gorgeous, the phone is probably one of the best looking phones and It definitely runs well. Windows 10 build does have some loading/resuming issues but that is the nature of the build. On windows 8.1 GDR2 it ran quite well. But the processor is still not the greatest on this puppy. I can for example play asphalt 8 with no lag but if I play minion rush there will be a bit of framerate drop that is noticeable. If you only care about general usage it is great. I took these with the Camera.

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    This one I added a slight blue tint. But you can even see the rain drops, quite a lot of detail.
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    10-12-2015 01:04 PM
  18. Krystianpants's Avatar
    It is in regards to the phone’s screen/capacitive button(s) sensitivity, having to swipe or tap multiple times to invoke a reaction which can disrupt one’s intended actions, the smooth flow transitioning no longer exists (I liken the flow to water hence, fluidity).

    Now that we have made out my phone to be a complete lemon I should clarify, although it has many idiosyncrasies it does hold its own for the most part with none of the problems being to the extreme, its shortcoming really become apparent though after using my other two WPs.



    Oh I think the phone for the OPs intended use is a very capable device, I was just pointing out my experiences with it, in no way did I intend to insinuate every L830 is complete garbage (came out that way I guess), it keeps drawing me back so something must be right… I’m pretty much convinced some of us got the Monday or Friday models LOL,



    Agreed



    Yep camera is definitely good and at $140, it is a steal compare to what it would cost me here in Canada. Like I said, a Mon/Fri phone it could have been, many have stated they’ve had little to no issue so who knows.
    Which version do you have in terms of Hardware? I got mine from Fido and don't have any of the issues you mention on 8.1 GDR2. I do have issues on windows 10 build, but that's not a fair assessment. I have touch sensitivity set to normal as it defaults to High. I never have issues with reactions to taps or anything of that nature. Never used a screen protector as it's not needed. And I have dropped this puppy on concrete with gravel. I had to wipe the rocks off the screen and still no scratches.

    Mine is the RM-985_1000
    Chip Soc version: 8926
    10-12-2015 01:10 PM
  19. Derausgewanderte's Avatar
    wow, OP from yesterday, 43 posts, I don't know anything about iPhones, but the comments about the L830 were foreseeable. There are many existing threads about the pros and cons of the L830 already. Paul's reply to your post already summarizes the most important points you asked.

    My wife and I didn't have any issues with our L830 (no resuming) with the exception that I made the mistake buying them from ATT. Our L830 took great pictures as you can see from other posts.

    Any comparison of the L830 on W10M will be meaningless unless it's final.

    At $140 for an almost new L830 that is a great decision if you are on a tight budget. When you switch to the L830 you will certainly downgrade as the 6S is the superior phone.
    Last edited by Derausgewanderte; 10-12-2015 at 03:24 PM.
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    10-12-2015 02:55 PM
  20. Timbre70's Avatar
    Lets be brutally honest. IPhone is still the best all rounder. But not all will buy the best.
    10-12-2015 05:57 PM
  21. Draconica5's Avatar
    The only good thing about Lumia 830 is it's the best affordable WP on the market right now. Beside that, i'm not recommended.

    iPhone 6s and Lumia 830 aren't even on the same price tag so it not really comparable.
    10-12-2015 10:29 PM
  22. a5cent's Avatar
    Lets be brutally honest. IPhone is still the best all rounder. But not all will buy the best.
    That depends entirely on what your definition of "the best" is!

    If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, and you don't use your phone for more than the OP does, then the iPhone is probably the worst. At $140 the L830 would be very difficult to beat IMHO.

    Again, all this assumes you're not getting the lemons others here are reporting, which I definitely haven't.
    10-13-2015 01:08 AM
  23. mariusmuntean's Avatar
    Bad comparison in the first place.
    10-13-2015 01:19 AM
  24. Muessig's Avatar
    OP, what apps do you use currently? Maybe we can help you find WP alternatives. This is likely to be your biggest issue in coming to WP.
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    10-13-2015 02:25 AM
  25. Shobin Drogan's Avatar
    Let me put it this way. The 830 is like a McLaren P1 with the engine of a Hyundai i10. Take my advice and stay away from it, if you buy it now you will regret getting it and not purchasing a newer phone when Win 10 mobile is available.
    If you desperately need a WP right now, you can get a "mini" 640, then upgrade to the 850 or rumored surface phone later.
    Oh yes, i almost forgot, you can also wait for the Acer Jade Primo, that phone looks pretty promising.
    libra89 likes this.
    10-13-2015 04:52 AM
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