Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Nokia Lumia 830 Review

Nokia Lumia 830 ReviewIn 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?

Nokia Lumia 830 Review 
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.  
Nokia Lumia 830 ReviewNokia Lumia 830 ReviewMoving 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!  
Nokia Lumia 830 Review
Nokia Lumia 830 ReviewThe 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!
Nokia Lumia 830 Review

Nokia Lumia 830 Review

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: I was provided with a Nokia Lumia 830 to share my thoughts on A Glass Of Ice, however all options are my own.
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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this phone! Happy birthday! My birthday will be soon, too.

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    1. No problem and thanks very much for the advanced birthday wishes!

      ps. happy birthday in advance :)

      Gabrielle x

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  2. I could definitely use a nicer camera on my phone...but I would have a hard time giving up the iPhone! I don't feel like learning a whole new system, ya know?

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    1. An impressive camera is essential when buying a new phone, I agree!

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Wow, this is definitely a great phone, I'm an iPhone girl, but I would consider this option later on, I really want to upgrade my phone, too! Thanks for the information, Gabrielle! I really enjoyed reading this post, it's super useful and the pictures are also pretty cool! xx

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    1. I'm becoming quite the apple girl myself, so I'm still undecided with regard to my new smartphone - I'll show my decision in a few weeks on my blog though! You're very welcome, I'm so glad you enjoyed this post María :)

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Looks like a pretty good phone! Love my Samsung S6 though.:D Wonderful post!!!

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    1. I love seeing which phones people remain loyal to!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Nokia has some smartphones that have insane camera quality (one boasting 42 Mega Pixels!) so the camera quality of this one does not surprise me. I've been contemplating whether to switch over to Windows but I've become way too attached to using an Android phone. I think any one who lives in the modern day would want any of their gadgets to look sleek and chic, haha, so I can definitely relate to you there! I love the design, though, so I do think it's a matter of preference.

    Wonderfully written review, Gabrielle!

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    1. Haha you make a good point, very few people dislike sleek and chic gadgets! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this review May.

      Gabrielle x

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  6. nice phone my dear!
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  7. So at first - Happy Bday! Glad to read your thoughts about the phone - for me Lumia is rather worse than other smartphone stuff, but this seem to be quite good one. However, staying faithful :)
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    1. Thanks very much for the advanced birthday wishes Paulina! I'm still undecided on which phone to get, so it's brilliant hearing people's opinions.

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Love the sleek and modern design of this phone and it does sound like a great product too! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The design of the Lumia 830 sure is very attractive, I agree!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. wow Nokia has really come such a long way since their very first phones!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Haha yeah, I used to love their trusty old 'brick phones' - they were indestructible! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  10. I've had several Nokias before smartphones came around. Nowadays, I use Android but my parents use Nokia smartphones. Even though I think the quality of their phones is amazing, I do not like Windows Phone because many apps such as Pinterest & Snapchat aren't available.
    Happy birthday, btw :)

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    1. You know, I wasn't aware Snapchat wasn't available via Windows, thanks for the insight Cristina! It's interesting how each person has different qualities they're looking for in a phone, I'm still curating a list of mine :)

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Blaspheme! That's not an IPhone.
    In all fairness a Nokia will last for years and years…while the IPhone will break in about two!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. You've got to me kidding me, I was tricked! Haha no I'm still undecided, though I should probably make a decision soon..

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Happy birthday in advance and nice review. Greetings and best wishes!

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  13. When my Nexus stopped working (thanks Lollipop update) I had the Nokia Lumia, Samsung and iPhone in consideration. I went for the iPhone in the end but I'm still intrigued by Nokia because before the time of smartphones, I used to be a very loyal customer of Nokia. I must have had at least 4 different models and they all worked and performed to a high standard.

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    1. I've also been quite intrigued by Nokia's modern versions and so this was a great opportunity to try it for myself, though I'm still very much interested in the iPhone 6 still. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this review Carolin :)

      Gabrielle x

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  14. Happy upcoming birthday! This looks like a good phone. Perfect review! :) Have a wonderful rest of the week!

    xo, Bry

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    1. Thanks very much Brighton! Have a lovely weekend.

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Nokia really looks nice. I used to own a Nokia phone, it was huge in the early 2000's but my issue with them now is the app. They don't have the app that I use on my Android phone. Nice review though! :)

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    1. I've heard that too and although I'm not heavily into apps right now, there's every chance I will be in the future.. food for though, that's for certain. Thanks Alyssa!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Wonderful! It looks fabulous. But I really have to confess that I'm crazy for iPhone and iMac and will never change them ^^

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    1. So far, all of my gadgets are by Apple so this was a nice opportunity to try something different!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. I am an iPhone fanatic but the Lumia is amazing when it comes to its camera. Definitely worth checking. Xx

    eLLa
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    1. The Lumia's camera certainly is a strong selling point for the smartphone!

      Gabrielle x

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  18. I started using iPhone in 2010 and never looked back ever since. I did read a few pretty good reviews on this phone though but I think after so many years with Apple, there's a very slim chance of me switching to others.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I can understand where you're coming from - since I started using a Mac, I can't imagine switching to anything other now!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. wow!! nice phone!!

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  20. Perfect review!!! Great mobile phone :o

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    1. Thanks very much Miguel.

      Gabrielle x

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  21. i have the same smartphone :)
    I posted a new OUTFIT, I'd love to know your opinion
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    1. That's great to hear - enjoy!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks for the advance birthday wishes!!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. This is beautiful! Hope you have an awesome Friday!

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    1. Have a lovely weekend Kenny.

      Gabrielle x

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  24. My first mobile was a Nokia and it was nowhere near this sleek and cool looking. It's amazing how smartphones enable you to get so much done while on the go isn't it :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. I think my first phone was a Motorola haha, I'd completely forgotten about that! You're so right and I particularly love how all smartphone's cameras are decent at best now, which is a long reach from how they once were!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. Great review! A good camera is right on top of my list when it comes to choosing a phone. Love this!
    XoXo from South Africa

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    1. Thanks very much! I'm the same way out of convenience for when I don't have a DSLR with me.

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  26. Sounds like great smartphone, seems that new Nokia has great camera :) But to be honest, Gabrielle, I always prefer smartphones from Samsung :D But, it good to hear that you are pleased with Nokia Lumia 830 :)

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    1. I completely understand, everyone has a 'favourite' they remain loyal to - I'll determined mine too at some point this month!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. I've had a Lumia 930 since November 2014 and I absolutely love it, it suits me perfectly. I can keep everything linked up together with my laptop and OneDrive and know it's all in one place. I don't think I'd go back to Android or Apple now!

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    1. It's great to hear you've been happy with your Lumia and yes, the transference/linking up elements to Windows phone is certainly attractive!

      Gabrielle x

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  28. I like the look, the camera in the back also gives it a unique look I actually like the big circle, as much as I like new stuff and latest technology I hate changing phones and laptops I just always feel like I'm going to lose something in my old phone or laptop. but eventually I get over it.
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    1. It's always interesting to hear other people's views when it comes to both function and appearance of gadgets - thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

      Gabrielle x

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  29. It seems like a good product!

    Federica
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  30. Looks like a great phone to me!
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    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. Nokia Lumia is ok. My sister has the same in black and she is satisfied :) Me personally I have iPhone 5c since it was launched on the market and I love it!!!! Never disappointed with it :)

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    1. I love the variety of opinions on smartphones, I'm still undecided :)

      Gabrielle x

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  32. The design looks great and I'd give it a try... If only I wasn't so much in love with my iPhone 6.
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    1. The design certainly receives a 'thumbs up' from me. I'm keen to play around with the iPhone 6 before deciding on my next phone, for sure.

      Gabrielle x

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  33. Sounds like the camera is a great function of this phone, I'd definitely give it a try

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. Out of their available phones, the Lumia 830 is best known for camera quality I believe.

      Gabrielle x

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  34. What a great review!
    I'd like to give it a try, I've always loved Nokia :)))

    xoxo
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  35. Feeling almost 22? Wow who knew! I would have guessed older just based on the maturity and deep insights from the majority of your posts. Being contacted by Microsoft?!?! OH OK, just a casual day in the life Gabrielle :) Great review. Nokia reminds me of 2003, I hate that it does that and it's probably very stereotyping of me but it does. I am an Apple Lover <3

    XO K
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    1. I'll take that as a compliment, thanks Kelly! Haha yeah it was quite a surreal moment, though perfectly timed as I'm close to deciding on my next phone :) Have a wonderful weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  36. I do like the sound and look of this. I've currently got the Lumia 610 and I do need to upgrade to something which is more in this time-zone now as all of my friends have mega sleek and cool phones and I've always been lagging in terms of apps etc. but as long as I can phone and text it's been OK - I would like a good new phone though and the camera pulls me in too! Great review. - Tasha

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    1. I wouldn't worry about being up to date, my current phone may as well head back to the 17th century haha. Yeah, camera quality is a huge appeal for me too :)

      Gabrielle x

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  37. A really sleek looking phone! Great review, so interesting to read. You covered so many points! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks very much, I'm so glad you found this review thorough.

      Gabrielle x

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  38. Stunning phone, love this design. ^^
    Have a beautiful weekend...

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  39. I like sleek gadgets also! I really like the look of this phone...I so need to upgrade mine also.

    Keisha xo
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    1. Oh really? 'tis the season to update phones, it seems! haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  40. I don't use Nokia more. Now I use LG mobilephone. But your sharing is useful. Thanks a lot! I write and design at my blog here. Wish you come to my blog
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    1. It's always interesting to know which phones people favour!

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  41. Advance happy birthday, Gabrielle!
    I'm actually not a fan of Nokia since, but I was impressed with its 10megapixels camera resolution..
    Thats the first thing I'm looking for in a smart phone :)
    But thanks for your review, at least it changed my insights about nokia.
    Have a lovely day!

    xoxo
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    1. Thanks so much Jhem, it's just a little over a week away now! The camera quality is very important to me too, so I'm looking forward to going in store and trying out the iPhone 6 camera now as well. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

      Gabrielle x

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  42. This is a nice review....
    I as well upgraded from iphone 3gs to sony experia z... Its functionality and water proof feature works best on me.

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    1. Thank you! I love the idea of a smartphone being waterproof.

      Gabrielle x

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  43. That looks like a great phone! Yes I'm also big on aesthetics and function, and the big screen and sleek design really hit home for me too! Ah happy early birthday to you Gabrielle! Can't wait to read up on your birthday post. I've been MIA for a while but coming back to it I'm so glad to read your posts! Hope all is well hun! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. Aesthetics is (sadly) high on my list when choosing gadgets and yes, the big screen is a total plus point. Thanks so much for the early birthday wishes and that's no problem, it's lovely to hear from you again! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  44. I love this brand !
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  45. I currently have an iPhone 6 plus! This phone looks amazing though!

    God bless,
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    1. I'll have to pick your brain on that phone soon then as I'm looking at the iPhone 6 as an option too!

      Gabrielle x

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  46. This looks like a really great phone :)) Happy Friday my dear xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by lovely, have a great weekend

      Gabrielle x

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  47. Lovely review!

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  48. This phone sounds amazing! :) <3 Thanks for the review!
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  49. Great post. The phone sounds really good. I especially love that you say the camera is very good quality and a quick alternative to using your Canon X

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    1. It's especially important when everyone is trying to eat their meal and you want to quickly photograph their plates without making a scene.. haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  50. To me, camera feature is very important too since I post on instagram and snapchat all the time :) Great review! Have a lovely day and I hope to see you on my blog :) xx Maja
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    1. When purchasing my next phone, I'll definitely keep Instagram in mind too! Thanks Maja!

      Gabrielle x

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  51. This seems a very good phone, to me a good camera is essential!
    Nice review and beautiful photos!
    xxx
    S
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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Silvia, have a wonderful weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  52. This sounds good - I still love my trusty iPhone though, nothing has quite beaten it yet although Samsung seems to be doing a really good job with it's latest launches!

    Lovely review though and I do like the look of it - camera is SUCH a major part for me too, sometimes you just can't have your camera everywhere you go!

    Ah, hope you have a wonderful birthday - hopefully I won't miss it and will be able to wish you on the day too! :)

    Layla xx
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    1. I know where you're coming from, I'm looking forward to playing around with an iPhone 6 for comparison before purchasing. Thanks very much and I agree, the camera quality is right at the top of the list with regard to essential factors :)

      ps. thanks so much for the birthday wishes gorgeous!

      Gabrielle x

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  53. The new Lumia looks nice though, but as all my other stuff is from Apple, in doesn't make sense to me to switch.
    Though I considered getting a Lumia a couple of years ago, primarily because of the camera. At that time the iPhone cameras sucked, but with the iPhone 6 that changed, so I'm happy I stuck with the Apple clan:)

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    1. I get where you're coming from and I'd say all cameras in any shape or form has come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of years!

      Gabrielle x

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  54. I love this post Gabrielle! You always share such useful information. Keep up the great posts:-).

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    1. Thanks very much Elizabeth, so glad you found this post helpful!

      Gabrielle x

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  55. I love how you phrased how you like your technology to be sleek :)

    Chelsea
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    1. I have a feeling I'm not alone on that one! ;)

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  56. Nice review and nice phone, but I'm completely in love with iPhone :D
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    1. haha well I can't hold that against you. Have a lovely week Rosa!

      Gabrielle x

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