- Leela Prasad , The Indian Express
This phone can stand out, but not eat up and spit out its competition
- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet
Since specs are decidedly basic, its low price is the major reason to seek out the Nokia Lumia 530.
- No performance stutters or crashes
- Sturdy build quality
- Decent battery life
- 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."
Reviews (5.7/10 Avg. rating)
Low-cost phone with quality hardware from Nokia
Newer, but not better
The Lumia 530 has three big problems. First, the low-quality screen. Second, the fact that the Lumia 520 is in many ways a superior phone. Third, there’s the existence of the Lumia 630 and 635.
Let’s start with the last problem first. We bought our T-Mobile Lumia 530 from the Microsoft Store for $69.00 before shipping and taxes. Similar carrier-locked-but-off-contract Lumia 635s normally go for about $100, but we grabbed one on sale at our local Best Buy for just $80.
When the price difference is so low, there’s no reason to go with the 530. The 635 g... Full review
A very inexpensive, entry-level smartphone that's best for light users.
Decent phone, but nothing to make the parents proud
The Kumia 530 is priced Rs 8,199
It is that time of the year again when you break the bank, rummage through your savings to be a willing participant of the festive ‘Dhamaka’ sale. It is October, the month of Diwali. And it is “snowing”. “Snow” flakes of different hues – green, orange, white and black – appear to float down like a cascade of matrix code. Lumia, derived from the Finnish word for snow, has just brightened the mood by coming out with the Lumia 530.
The 530 has a strong lineage. Its roots can be trace... Full review
Basic specs line up with rock-bottom price
As with all phones, the Nokia Lumia 530's overall no-frills desirability entirely depends on your needs. Compared to handsets even a step or two up on the pricing ladder, the 530 is a mediocre performer across the board, though its 4G connection and capacious SD storage card options are bright spots. However, its small screen size limits it from being helpful for seniors or the majority of people transitioning to their first smartphone, and the slippery material is less than ideal.
I recommend saving up for the pricier Lumia 635 , or switching to Android for the Motorola Moto G,... Full review
Cute, well designed and cheap, but not without its problems
The sub-£100 price of the Nokia Lumia 530 makes it difficult to ignore, but the performance makes it difficult to fully recommend.
Priced as it is, the Lumia 530 is one of the cheapest smartphones around and it has plenty to offer. If you're looking for something to keep you in touch, plus some apps and connectivity thrown in too, then it may be well suited.
But there are two areas that are likely to annoy those who opt for this Lumia: the display and the camera. A low resolution panel, buttons occupying the screen space and no auto-brightness controls limit the... Full review
Handset itself is disappointing
A competent ultra-budget handset
Windows Phone 8.1 made affordable
At the moment the Lumia 530 Dual SIM is available for around Rs. 6,500 at many e-commerce outlets. The price is low for a phone that can provide a decent smartphone experience, but unfortunately the Moto E, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and the Asus Zenfone 4 all provide better smartphone experiences at the same price.
Buy this phone only if you want a really cheap device running Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 630 and the Lumia 520 have seen price drops and are also available for less than Rs. 10,000. Those two older devices are better options if you don't mind spending only a little bit mo... Full review
A phone that saddens us
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