Nokia Lumia 830 – Thoughts

When you qi charge it, the metal around the phone heats up like the way Nexus heats up with TYLT VU. Also the top left part near the USB also heats up when you connect a powerful charger when the phone is low at 10%. The thing here is, since the battery is low the phone tries to charge as fast as possible and makes the metal to heat like in the qi. When you have enough power, there is no metal heat either way (qi or USB). When the battery is quite low, the frame heats as hell.

720’s display will heat up if you have the screen on for hours. There is nothing as such with the 830. Do note that both are IPS LCD with CBD polarizers. Nokia did something with the display here.

The oleophobic coating on the CGG3 is awesome and seems that it will last a very long time.

There is a subtle light bleed near the three capacitative keys, not noticeable generally unless you look at it in a particular angle in pitch dark with maximum brightness.

The three keys on the right screams excellence. So much so that I turned off double tap to wake, just to push myself into the habit of pressing the metal lock key to wake the phone up every time. Also the two-stage shutter key works brilliantly. All three has nice clicky feel to it.

The phone is a little top heavy. When you hold the phone with all your fingers below the camera module, in order to not to have fingerprints over the camera. The device tends to slip from the top. Like the top can fall top down any moment. The best-balanced device every is the 1520. Feels great!

Please check the disassembly video which shows why the phone is actually top heavy 😀

The black version I have here is not at a finger print magnet, the black 720 I have is certainly one.

Speakers are great! Love the Dolby EQ for speakers too. Dolby Digital Plus is also epic. 5.1 recordings are just brilliant and a treat to the ears.

USB and the headphone jacks are awesome and rigid. The headphone hole is actually the whole thickness of the phone, the phone is that thin. While it’s not light nor heavy, it feels great. It’s dense but certainly not heavy.

The black frame and the grey/black plastic for the RF looks great unlike the other models. The worst is the gold iPhone with the white bars moving around.

Battery life is normal. You will get one day of use (i.e, ~9 hours) no matter whatever you do. Screen on time easily crosses 6 hours for me. Maxed out at 7~8.

Vibration is perfect. Not too lite nor too moving. The haptic feedback is just about perfect for the capacitative keys. Anyway I have turned that off.

RF reception is awesome. Both Cellular & WiFi/NFC/BT.

The design is great too, a neat blend of 925 and the 930. Perhaps this might be the last batch of phones to launch with the Nokia logo on it, combined with the Microsoft logos in the internal & software side.

Was skeptic about Snap 400, but I really can’t feel it even when I pushed it hard. And finally 1GB of RAM. The internal 16GB is a sweet spot combined with the SD which I filled with a 32GB card. I have all the apps & content there, and I face no lag whatsoever. Denim is more of a bug fix & under the hood improvements than features.

No time at all to share camera samples, or unboxing videos and stuff. I have filmed them, but no time to upload and share, all thanks to my 1MBps down and 0.2MBps up ADSL connection from BSNL. I need FIBER BADLY! You can still check out my Flickr group for the 830 to see images of/by 830 from all around the world, here. There was none when I looked it up, so I created one. Please free to join the group 🙂 Making this a no Image post just to make you go see the Flickr group 😀 TBH it feels good when I see someone share their magic to something I made. Every admin will feel the same way afterall.

To sum it all up, if you’re into WP/Nokia and own anything other than the 1520, just get this 830 period!

Nokia 525

The pioneer leaker @evleaks just tweeted that Nokia Glee aka Nokia 525 is all set to be coming, these kinds of 520 ranged phones, i mean the pricing wise is what Nokia needs to boost the market share and to fight against the low end Androids.

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Annoyances of Windows Phone – Updated

This is about what i feel that is really lacking and kind of dumb on Windows Phone.

  • Pause and Zoom in:

Pausing a video while shooting it and Zooming in while shooting is a no brainer. This is by far the most stupid thing i have seen in my phone. Yes, i love Windows phone, have 720 and a 520. But that doesn’t mean that i should shut and to not disclose the shortcomings of my platform.  As a YouTuber wannabe who doesn’t have any other camera, but has the talent (i think so, maybe not) and the passion, i thought i can film stuffs once and i got my 720 as soon as i got released back in the April, in India. But only to realise that the pause and zoom is just not their! Off course, iOS just got in-video zooming months back, and Symbian/Android is a whole different level of Open System. But WP, is a sucking jerk in this department. Please someone seeing this tell the guys behind WP to change this ASAP.

I will get a killing urge when i am shooting a great video and at the last moment someone calls me, or some neighbourhood baby (literally babies, not girls.. yes, you guessed it, forever alone 😦 ) screams, or someone calls me for some errands. I mean if i had pause, i will just pause and continue, but now i will either leave the idea of shooting that video or i have to re-shoot it from the start, which you might have guessed it by now, a pain in the rear.

  • Have to manually on the Bluetooth prior initializing the transfer, and NFC is not just tap & send, its go to options, go through multiple taps and then finally send it! And also if you own multiple Windows Phone devices, all their names will be just windows phone.

I mean this is crazy, i should either keep the BT on all the time killing the battery, i mean its BT 4.0 LE, but still… why the heck should i manually activate BT if i want to send something? The way it should be is, if i choose to send something via BT the OS should recognize that i am trying to send a goddamn thing out and should auto activate BT sans any pop-up’s (exception for paring, searching etc, its obvious! The scenario i am saying is when i already got a device paired) and connect, send, and deactivate BT and go do what it was doing prior. And also i am sending a fil from another device and i have my 520 and 720, when i search for my 720 intending to send a file to it, i’ll see two “windows phone” in the search result, and i will have no idea of which is 720 and which is 520, Unless i rename it via PC.

  • Video Calls via Network

Yes, people use Skype and stuffs and the front cam works well enough for that. But, when i have some thing why shouldn’t i  able to use it? Video calls via networks is a thing i need.

  • Ability to adjust the vibration intensity

No explanation needed, i hope.

  • IE probs

You cannot separately delete the history, cookies, cache, saved data and stuffs separately. I don’t need the history, cache and temporary files at all, but need my login’s and site preference and cookies. But if i want to  delete any one, i have to sacrifice all! And the temp files will easily go to 200MB + after a little browsing :/

And the lack on password manager, too.

  • Operator Billing

I seriously wish to pay for the software i use, i wanna help developers for their hard work. But i only have a debit card and many in India don’t even have a card! Nokia Store had operator billing and the base price for the apps was 5 INR. This should happen, i mean the operator billing. I wanna pay from the deep of my heart to NextGen Reader and many many more apps, but i just can’t.

I am fine with toast and tile notifications 🙂 but if i miss the toast and didn’t pin the app to the homescreen, R.I.P that notification, its forever lost.

  • Other storage bug

This picture will tell what i am suffering, freaking other storage bug is killing my poor 8GB internal memory 😦

You see i get the point that giving a file manager will destroy the security of the OS and people will make Windows Phone a Android. But giving a file manager which will only allow viewing, transferring, renaming, deleting etc to the files on the SD card. And for the devices like 920/925 with no expandable storage, why not give users access to all except the C:// drive?

  • Closing an app

Either developers should be able to give this “options -> close/exit” inside their apps or the OS should implement down swipe the app to close like in Windows 8. To experience the annoyance of what i am saying simply use IE for a while and without closing the tab just use back key to exit, or better yet browse for a while in the Facebook for Windows Phone app and then use the back key to exit. You’ll die in frustration.

  • Hiding settings for stuffs deep down under
  • Find, Lock and Ring thing never works, like never.

Enough said

I request you to visit for some pictures 🙂

[P.S: Yes, i know there is operator billing, Amber to solve Other storage bugs, and the notification center has been planned, closing apps in the multitasking view is arriving in GDR3 which is already under testing etc etc… but i wrote the post in context of 9th Spetember 2013! This day, the above things are not yet solved! And yes, i am due to receive Amber!]

My take on the Nokia’s event at the MWC 2013

This post is all about my take on the almost impeccable event of the Nokia held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 2013. And the personal highlight is off course the Nokia Lumia 720. So go grab a pop-corn and sit back in your couch and proceed.

Throughout the post i’d quote people, the exact quote as much as possible and at some instance, the exact message of it.

Begin different for the sake of beign different, is not interesting

Marko Ahtisaari.


Nokia 301 is a personal choice

-Marko Ahtisaari.

People with distinct color phones are likely to recommend it to thier friends, says statistics

-Marko Ahtisaari.

Nokia 301:

  • HD voice
  • 3.5G
  • Whatsapp with two dual sim support  
  • panoroma shot
  • Voice promted self-shot
  • Slam
  • Super Speakers  

And all this for 65 €!

2.7 billion people are still without a mobile phone and Nokia 101 is 15

 -Marko Ahtisaari.

 Nokia 105:

  • Splash and dust proof keypad
  • Flashlight
  • Charge it, just once a mont! (yes, you read it right. Once a month)

Nokia Lumia 520:
The Lumia portfolio has too been updated. Now Nokia Lumia 620 is not the chepeast Lumia, its the Nokia Lumia 520!

  • Exchangeable & colorful back covers
  • 4″ super sensitive screen
  • 1 Ghz processor
  • 8 + 64 Gb 
  • 5mp autofocus with the nokia lenses & photobeamer
  • Nokia Music unlimited
  • Here suite (maps, drive, transit)

Nokia Lumia 720:

This device is the limelight & also the sweet spot, in the Nokia’s Lumia range.
It is perfectly sandwiched between the Nokia Lumia 820 & the Nokia Lumia 620. I was about to get Nokia Lumia 620 as my first smartphone, but this announcement has made me switch my mind. I’m going to get a matte cyan Nokia Lumia 720, & that too as soon as next month (March 2013). Let us see about some of its specifications

  • 4.3″ CBD Curved blackdisplay
  • Super sensitive touch
  • Unibody with microSD support upto 64Gb
  • Nokia Music unlimited (free)
  • Nokia Music + (4 )
  • NFC
  • HD 6.7MP sensor Carl Zeiss optics with f1.9 apperture camera with flash and a HAAC mic near it
  • wide angled HD front facing of 1.3 MP sensor 
  • Place tag app
  • Site app (part of Here suite) 
  • wireless charging via a snap on cover
  • 2000mAh battery (same as Nokia Lumia 920)
  • 128 grams
  • Glam Me
  • Special coating improving viewing angles and helping to be less of a finger print magnet
  • Powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8227 Snapdragon S4 Plus (28nm, 1Ghz dual-core Krait, Adreno 305, BT 4.0 (though 3.0 only given right now), wi-fi a/b/g/n with dual band, HSPA+) it is the same as the one found in the HTC 8S & the home grown Nokia Lumia 620
  • GPS (USA) + Glonass (USSR)
  • Standby 520 hours and a talk time of 13.5 hrs
  • 127.9 x 67.5 x 9mm
  • Gloss (white) and Matte (others)
  • The only phone (till date) to have four physical lenses along with a f/2.4 back side illuminated front HD 1.3MP sensored camera!
  • More details 

[Now i have to tell you this, people buying any other phone other than Nokia, are doing injustice to the idea of owing a Mobile phone itself!]

Introduced/announced in MWC 2013:

  • Wireless charging car holder
  • Here suite for Firefox OS & other WP devices (though it is just to increase the quality of the Here content, the best UX will always be only available in a Lumia
  • Place tag
  • Site App
  • Glam Me
  • Dreamworks partnership
  • Nokia 105
  • Nokia 301
  • Nokia Lumia 520
  • Nokia Lumia 720

The Price tags & availability:
Nokia 105 – 15 euros q1
Nokia 301 – 65 euros q2
Nokia 520 – 139 euro q1
Nokia 720 – 249 euro q1

Do note that they’re all the prices prior to the operator subsidicing and also sans the VAT. So for instance the Nokia Lumia 720 is 17,780 INR, so read it as 19,999 or 18,880/999.

Every Nokian is proud that we’re having the most innovative products

Stephen Elop

We’re leaders of Augumented reality, we just in the young stages, more to come.

Stephen Elop

 Note that the above is said by Nokia’s CEO Mr.Elop when someone asked about Nokia’s hand at Augmented  reality projects like the Google Inc’s Google Glass. So the future do seems interesting! And to add the fact that their was no announcement of the hyper expected 41MP WP Lumia device.

Dual sim will come eventually to Nokia Lumia

 –Stephen Elop

80 million phones sold last quarter

Stephen Elop

Qwerty is losing to full touch

Stephen Elop

So this is what i learnt from watching the 55 mins web caste (fml, i missed the live event cause i was at the college). So see ya folks, will again meet in my post on the Windows Phone 8 & Windows 8 ecosystem, and the Nokia Lumia 720 unboxing shot by Nokia Lumia 920.

More images of Nokia Lumia 720 

Nokia Lumia 720 chic & social

-Rat Kutti.