In a little under two weeks, I'll be celebrating my 22nd birthday and so I've planned in advance to update my phone around that time. I've got to admit, any phone would be an upgrade to what I'm currently using considering my old phone barely holds charge for longer than a few hours now. So, with phones on the mind, it seemed like a case of perfect timing when Microsoft got in touch for me to trial the Nokia Lumia 830. Although I've been using an iPad for quite some time, this has been my first time using a smartphone that didn't include my brother telling me to 'stop looking through his contacts' and that in itself has been a welcome change! Though, the question is.. how did it feel to step out of the dark ages and into the world of the Lumia 830?
First things first, appearance. I won't pretend as though I'm anything but shallow when it comes to the appearance of technology; I like my gadgets to look sleek, modern and fuss-free. Well, tick, tick and tick - both the slim design and large screen have been ideal for what I'm looking for in a smartphone. One 'thumbs down' for me on the appearance, however, would be the black circle highlighting the camera.. call me fussy, but part of me wishes it would just blend a little better against the white (metal and polycarbonate) case instead of looking as though the camera forgot to take off last night's makeup. It's a minor dislike though and not something that would have had me gritting my teeth for longer than a second if I were using the black version available.
Moving onto the practicalities of the phone itself, I was surprised by just how impressive some elements were. The first pleasant surprise was delivered in the form of the 5-inch display screen's vibrant colour, which went a long way in enhancing the process of exploring the Windows smartphone's various functions. The second thing that has had me nodding with appreciation, is how easily navigable the Lumia 830 is; within moments I'd figured out where I was going and which applications were 'up my street' and those less so.
If you were to ask me what I consider to be the best feature, I'd probably have to say the camera. Over the past year, I've become more attached to my DSLR that any alternative.. however for those quick flower shots mid-run, or sneaky dinner captures at a dimly lit restaurant, I can see how useful the high-quality camera could be. For some reason or another, I didn't have high expectations for the camera quality, which in hindsight is a bit ridiculous considering the Lumia 830 has a '10 MP PureView camera with OIS and Zeiss optics'. Ten minutes later and after an intense search online for what the hell any of that means and I understand why I should have raised my expectations a little before using it!
The most interesting thing for me has been wrapping my head around the concept of a smartphone that offers the various functions of other gadgets and does so at a high standard - I can understand why it's marketed as a phone for 'life on the move', though I'm still in the process of determining how much exactly I want from my next phone. Overall, the Lumia 830 has impressed me and I'm glad it was sent my way to explore before deciding which phone to upgrade to. If you're looking to invest in a new phone that has a healthy camera-alternative to your DSLR (aka 'one true love') for when it's just not appropriate to take your camera with you, this is for sure a direction worth looking in. With regard to my experience, it's certainly been food for thought at a time greatly needed before my upcoming phone change!
Note: I was provided with a Nokia Lumia 830 to share my thoughts on A Glass Of Ice, however all options are my own.