- Flat colors and bad viewing angles
- No front facing camera
- Very limited internal storage
Nokia hopes to recreate the overwhelming success of the Lumia 521 with the release of the Lumia 530. Like the rest of the Lumia line, the 530 comes in several different colors: green, orange, blue, black and white. Measuring in at 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches and 129 grams, it is neither particularly thin nor light. Despite its chunkiness, critics explain that the phone is still comfortable to use and can easily slip into their back pocket. They also mention that the phone itself feels very solid despite its plastic exterior and can handle a couple mishaps.
The screen of the Lumia 530 remains at 4 inches though its resolution is slightly higher than its predecessor at 480 x 854. Although it increases pixel density to 245ppi, critics barely noticed much of an improvement. What they did notice, however, were the flat, washed out colors and poor viewing angles. PC Advisor notes, "…unless this is your first smartphone the display may put you off."
The specs as well place the Lumia 530 firmly in the budget category. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 512MB of RAM. While it won't win any speed contests, reviewers were able to run everyday tasks and fast-paced games without any stutters or crashes. Still, they did notice that some apps took a bit longer to load, most notably the camera. Battery life was equally acceptable, clocking in at around 13 hours of moderate usage for critics. The biggest downside of the phone is its limited 4GB of internal storage. Luckily, it does come with a microSD expansion slot.
Unlike other smartphones, the Lumia 530 only has a 5MP rear facing camera. The amateur photographer is likely to be disappointed as the basic camera from Microsoft lacks features like manual focus and LED flash. Reviewers describe the camera as "half-decent" and able to take pictures with realistic colors and good detail.
In general, reviews are fairly positive for the Lumia 530. Recombu says, "If you want a no-fuss, user-friendly phone…this seems to be a great choice." TechRadar adds, "…it's another solid offering from Microsoft Devices…" though the also mention that, "…there's very little in the way of a spec boost here."