Nokia Lumia 830: The New Mid-Range Device

Nokia Lumia 830With an attempt to bring the metal frame and PureView camera branding of high-end Lumias down to the mid-range smartphone price level, the Lumia 830 with the freshly minted Microsoft Mobile is a smartphone priced at $100 with a two-year contract on AT&T ($450 contract-free). Although, such moves by big mobile companies run the risk of sending the wrong message when trying to lower the price. Whether Microsoft shaved too many corners off of the 830’s aluminum body is something time will tell. Meanwhile, here is a sneak peek into the good and bad about the phone.

The quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM powering the Lumia 830 seems to be an intentional move towards making the phone mid-range, but its general performance doesn’t leave too much to be desired. Apps launch and close swiftly, and general navigation around the Windows Phone 8.1 UI is fluid and bumble-free. Browsing mobile web pages is easy and smooth, with a tad bit of tiling when zooming in and out of desktop sites.

As far as the design is concerned, the ports and buttons are located in the typical Lumia style. The phone mostly sticks to the standard layout seen on many a Lumia we have seen in the past few years. The volume rocker lies to the right edge near the top whereas the power key is located right in the middle with the camera key toward the bottom. The headphone jack sits front and center along the top edge along with the micro-USB port up there as well (which is different from past phones). The Lumia 830 achieves a nice balance with its premium aluminum frame and mid-range internals. Those looking for a solid camera experience at this price range should take a good look. Unlike the 5MP front shooter on the lower-tier Lumia 735/730, the 0.9MP unit in the Lumia 830 phone is strictly average. It’s fine for quick snaps and Skype, but does not extend its reach beyond that.

All in all, The Lumia 830 has got the high-end looks and a capable camera of flagship-level phones, combined with the fair performance and display resolution of mid-range and budget models.

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BLU’s First Windows Phone Devices are Out: Win JR and Win HD

BLU Products, the first Latin-owned mobile manufacturer and the fastest-growing in the region, is famous for grinding out Android devices that are light on consumers’ pockets. But the company has finally broken ice today by launching its first two android devices powered by Windows Phone.

The first two phones from BLU that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system are BLU Win JR and BLU Win HD. As with its Android hardware, BLU has managed to give these Windows Phone products affordable price tags and respectable specifications. With the cost-effectiveness factor maintained, BLU is likely to yet again strike a chord with its targeted consumers. Here’s the full glance over on both the handsets:


Sharing first things first, the BLU Win JR is priced at $89, which is the most appealing feature of the device. The dual-sim handset screens a 4-inches 800×480 display with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. The cellphone’s camera has a good 5-megapixel rear and VGA front feature, which is enough to cater to the regular user. The device has 4GB of storage and a microSD slot with support for cards up to 64GB. The RAM again may not be up to the league of devices available today but still reasons well for 512 MBs if the price tag is kept in mind. This 1950mAh battery handset sports the Windows Phone 8.1 version and is available in bright, trendy colors such as neon orange, neon green, neon yellow, and white.

BLU Windows Cell Phone


The other cellphone launched by BLU is the BLU Win HD priced at $179. The reason this phone is priced higher than the Win JR version is its enhanced features. This phone has a 5-inch 1280×720 display with 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. The cameras are 8-megapixelsin the rear and 2-megapixels in front. Even the storage capacity of this device is pegged at a good 8 GBs of storage. The phone offers a microSD slot with support for cards up to 64GB; a feature similar to Win JR. The phone’s RAM, however, is improved to 1GB facilitating a smooth running of the operating system. The dual sim 2200mAh battery is sturdy enough to support the user for longer duration. This phone too sports Windows Phone 8.1 as its user interface. Similar to Win JR, this smartphone is also available in colors such as neon orange, neon green, neon yellow, and white.

Windows OS Phones

While neither of new BLU’s Windows Phones are barnburners given their specifications, both of them do offer a price not many cellphone companies can afford to offer.

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High-Spec Nokia 1520 – Tops the List of Best Windows Phones


Creative Canvas


We cannot talk about top Smartphones and Phablets without mentioning the two tech giants – Samsung and Apple. Over the last few years, they have been relentlessly dominating the world of Smartphones. Amidst this Smartphone battle, Nokia Inc. has found its shining spot. Recently, their high-spec Smartphone, Nokia 1520, topped the list of best Windows Phones in the first quarter of 2014. This high-spec Smartphone comes with amazing features such as large screen display, great battery life, and super-sensitive touch screen, etc.



Detailed Design & Display


There are two main features that strike you when you look at this Smartphone: the first is the large 6-inch screen and the second is its slim and beautifully crafted body. It’s a mere 8.7mm thick polycarbonate body which weighs just 209 grams. This is one design-led Smartphone that feels amazing to hold. Its display is eye-catching and crisp. In simple words, it’s the most pin-sharp and the most accurate Smartphone out there.


Bigger View




The PureView branded camera of Nokia 1520 combines a 1/2.5-inch 20MP BSI CMOS sensor with a F2.4 lens and optical image stabilization. Its further camera specifications are as below:

  • 26mm equivalent focal length

  • Optical Image Stabilization

  • dual LED flash 

  • Front-facing, 1.2MP “wide angle” camera

Wireless Charging


Nokia is doing better than its competitors right now to make wireless charging not a fad but an everyday part of Smartphone life. Nokia has successfully managed to incorporate wireless charging into the Nokia 1520 body. This means you need not worry about cables and chargers to charge your phone. It gets charged by simply keeping it on its charging plate. This amazing feature helps it conquer the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Unmatched Video Quality


With 4 built-in microphones, you not only get distortion-free, immersive directional stereo recording, but also highly improved sound clarity for the sound you want to capture. In short, you get the voice quality that you deserve.


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