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Lumia 830 – Taking the office with you

 

Today’s increasingly mobile business decision-makers are challenged to remain productive when they leave the office. Without the right tools and services, documents, spreadsheets and presentation files that live on their office computers or networks may not always be accessible for revisions when they leave the office.

 

Enter the Lumia 830. This new Windows-based device promises to keep business users connected and productive when they’re away from the office. I’ve had the pleasure of using this device recently, and some of the many things I like about it include:

 

It keeps me productive. Microsoft Office 365, integrated into the updated Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, allows seamless creation, editing and sharing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. The device – powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1 Gb of RAM – includes more than enough horsepower to keep road warriors like me as productive on the road as I am in the office.

 

Security is part of the package. Built-in VPN delivers secure, high-performance access to the corporate network, while the OneDrive cloud-based file storage service keeps everything in its proper place and allows geographically dispersed teams to collaborate on complex projects. For organizations in sectors with regulatory oversight – such as financial services, health care or government – this capability can simplify IT support requirements and keep critical data from falling into the wrong hands.

 

It gives me visibility. An updated notification centre keeps critical information, such as messages, appointments and tasks, instantly visible – which allows me to keep up-to-date without having to stop and unlock the device or otherwise drill down into specific apps. And the 5-inch IPS display offers up lots of high-definition real estate.

 

Storage is easily expandable. The Lumia 830 comes with a respectable 16Gb of onboard storage. Granted, it’s not an overwhelming amount, but it’s more than enough to get the job done. And the fact that the storage is expandable by up to 128 Gb via a microSD card slot allows me to sleep easier at night knowing I’ll be always be able to store as much as I need to if I pass the 16 Gb limit.

 

The battery performs well. No matter what I do throughout the day, the 2,200 mAh battery delivers all-day performance. It also comes equipped with a Battery Saver feature that shuts down non-essential features to further extend battery life. And when I’m looking to charge the device, the Lumia 830 can be placed on a Qi-compatible charging surface or hooked up to a standard micro USB cable.

 

It comes with voice control capabilities. The Cortana voice assistant – which works similarly to Apple’s Siri or Google Now – provides hands-free control over the Lumia 830, which is an incredibly useful feature during commutes to and from work.

 

The camera is what I expected from a Lumia. As expected, the Lumia 830 comes with excellent camera-related technology. More specifically, it includes a rear-facing 10 MP PureView camera that features the world’s thinnest optical image stabilizer, along with a front-mounted 1 MP camera. Add in 3 mic Rich Recording, and it’s never been easier to shoot high-quality videos with excellent sound on a mobile device. And as an added bonus, the device also supports built-in Skype videoconferencing and the Lync collaboration suite.

 

The bottom line

Business smartphones often make a number of tradeoffs to keep the price down, ranging from lower-quality screens, slower processors or limited feature sets. However, the Lumia 830 includes a business-friendly feature set and no-compromise design coupled with a competitive price. For businesses looking to help their employees extend their Microsoft Office experience outside the office while holding the line on price, the Lumia 830 is certainly a worthy candidate to consider.

 

If you’re in the market for a new phone, does Microsoft’s latest mobile offering hit the sweet spot for you? Let us know via the comments section below.

 

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