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  1. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    How about an HTC One M8? If the camera isn't important, the M8 is the best of the last generation. I'm running WP10 on mine, and it's running good with latest updates. The quad-core 2.3GHz and 2Gb of RAM crushes anything and everything WP can throw at it.
    Last generations best windows phone are the 1520 and Lumia icon/Lumia 930
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    01-26-2016 10:15 PM
  2. Ariel Takom's Avatar
    Last generations best windows phone are the 1520 and Lumia icon/Lumia 930
    Not exactly true though.

    For hardware-performance, the M8 is up there with 930 and 1520.

    Design wise, I guess it's down to personal preference. Full-metal -> HTC One M8, Full-plastic unibody -> 1520, Half-metal-half-plastic -> 930

    Main Camera -> 1520, 930.

    Front Camera ->One M8

    Battery -> 1520

    Size/handling -> 930, M8

    Accessories -> M8 (mainly because it has a famous Android version)

    Additional Stuff-> 930, 1520 (Wireless Charging)

    So technically, the One M8 can be bundled with the 930/Icon and the 1520 as the best WPs of last generation.
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    01-27-2016 06:06 AM
  3. macros_1's Avatar
    Had a 950 XL and returned it. I had given my previous 830 to my wife when I upgraded, so I had to use her old 925. For those who said that the Snapdragon S4 Plus of the 810/82x/92x/etc. is the same or better than the 400 in the 830, perhaps it is on paper...but in usage, there's no comparison. I used the 925 for two days before I went out and bought an additional 830. The performance of the 925 on Win10 was one notch below infuriating. While the 830 is no barnburner, it is good enough for me (no where near how fast the 950xl was though).

    Obviously YMMV, but I think the 830 gets an undeserved bad rap for its SoC. Brand new @ $400+....it's a pretty meh value. But the last two I've found have been around $150 and it's a heck of a phone for that price (and substantially more stable than what I experienced with the 950xl).
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    01-27-2016 12:48 PM
  4. raycpl's Avatar
    For those who said that the Snapdragon S4 Plus of the 810/82x/92x/etc. is the same or better than the 400 in the 830, perhaps it is on paper...but in usage, there's no comparison.
    .. but I think the 830 gets an undeserved bad rap for its SoC.
    Absolutely agree.


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    01-28-2016 03:21 AM
  5. Hugo Sundberg's Avatar
    You can make your case as much as you want, but I made my decision long ago that the 830 was and is a poor product. It was marketed as a flagship, yet its SoC was not meaningfully better (if at all) than its predecessor (the 820) from 2 years prior. It was a low-end chip at the time it released, yet sold as something worthy of a high-end price tag of $450. Basically, it was a budget phone with a good camera and wireless charging.

    I'm not going to start the argument of 830 vs. 950 because that's a laughable game to even try to play, the 950 would just take a massive dump on the 830. The 830 was overpriced, underpowered, and a phenomenal disappointment. Its only redeeming quality, in my eyes, was that it had some nice color options (I'd have liked the 950 to be sold in green and orange), but that doesn't make up for its price tag and hardware shortcomings. There's a reason they called it an "affordable flagship," then discontinued it 6 months later and pushed out the half-hearted 930, and it's that they knew it was disappointing and poorly marketed.
    True, it is overpriced and marketing might have been exaggerated. But aside from that, I do really like the phone even with it's 720p non-clearblack display. Might be the looks and weight of the device that I like.
    02-09-2016 04:41 AM
  6. fgaudet's Avatar
    As Keith said, the 830 was overpriced, overhyped at release, but it doesn't make it a bad phone. The camera is great.
    Got mine subsidised on Fido, otherwise I would have went for another phone. The 830 has been a mixed bag, every time I tried W10M it was a total disaster, and I had to revert to 8.1. Still waiting to see I should try the .71, but I'm leaning more on waiting some more. W8.1 works fine after all.

    To the OP, if getting an 830, make sure to check to following points :

    1. Top right corner of the screen : make sure it is not becoming unglued, this stops the proximity sensor from working and is hella annoying

    2. Make sure the microphone works in calls : plug in a headset with inline mic, unplug the headset and confirm the in phone mic still works IN CALLS. There is a micro switch in the jack that can stay stuck and will mute your mic while in call. Also hello annoying...

    3. Front facing camera (if important to you) : dust can get into the FFC (see point #1), check that selfies are ok and not blurry

    If I had to replace 830 today, I would probably get a 640... Or a Nexus 6X ?
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    02-09-2016 09:02 PM
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