Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Nokia Lumia 530's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1430mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 22 days standby time, 804 minutes (2G), 600 minutes (3G).



This phone can stand out, but not eat up and spit out its competition

- Leela Prasad , The Indian Express 

Since specs are decidedly basic, its low price is the major reason to seek out the Nokia Lumia 530.

- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet 

Reviews summary

5.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 14 reviews

What's good

  • No performance stutters or crashes
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Decent battery life

What's bad

  • 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."

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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)


WPCentral

Low-cost phone with quality hardware from Nokia

from WPCentral

The Lumia 530 is the cheapest Lumia you can buy today and you get some excellent support from Microsoft. However, new 'white label' Windows Phone like the BLU Win JR. give the Lumia 530 some competition for value. Although more expensive, the Lumia 635 is a much better choice if you can spend the extra cash.

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The Lumia 530 is the cheapest Lumia you can buy today and you get some excellent support from Microsoft. However, new 'white label' Windows Phone like the BLU Win JR. give the Lumia 530 some competition for value. Although more expensive, the Lumia 635 is a much better choice if you can spend the extra cash.

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Ars Technica

Newer, but not better

from Ars Technica

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 gets you a better-quality screen, a slimmer design, a faster SoC, LTE, far superior battery life, and twice the internal storage. There’s something similar-ish going on with the Lumia 735 and 830, which share many of the same specs with a just handful of key differentiators. Together with the flagship 930 (a variant of which was sold in the US as the Verizon-exclusive Lumia Icon but which Verizon has for some reason discontinued), there are five separate phones in the current Lumia lineup where three could probably suffice.

And then there’s the Lumia 520. Gadgets generally improve from year-to-year. If something is working, it gets to stick around. If something isn’t working, it gets kicked to the curb. As a phone that actually isn’t as good as its predecessor, the Lumia 530 is an exception to the rule.

Performance is fine. Build quality is fine. The wireless connectivity options and other features are fine. Windows Phone 8.1 is uniquely suited to thrive on low-end hardware like this, and the Windows Phone app situation continues to improve, albeit with plenty of notable holdouts (anything from Google beyond the bare minimum, for instance—going with a Moto G or E still gets you the more robust application ecosystem). And the low-quality screen screws it all up.

Unless that display improves in future hardware revisions, we urge Windows Phone fans to either step up to the 630 or 635 or step sideways to the still-available 520. The 530 isn’t an awful phone, but other Lumias render it completely redundant. 

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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 gets you a better-quality screen, a slimmer design, a faster SoC, LTE, far superior battery life, and twice the internal storage. There’s something similar-ish going on with the Lumia 735 and 830, which share many of the same specs with a just handful of key differentiators. Together with the flagship 930 (a variant of which was sold in the US as the Verizon-exclusive Lumia Icon but which Verizon has for some reason discontinued), there are five separate phones in the current Lumia lineup where three could probably suffice.

And then there’s the Lumia 520. Gadgets generally improve from year-to-year. If something is working, it gets to stick around. If something isn’t working, it gets kicked to the curb. As a phone that actually isn’t as good as its predecessor, the Lumia 530 is an exception to the rule.

Performance is fine. Build quality is fine. The wireless connectivity options and other features are fine. Windows Phone 8.1 is uniquely suited to thrive on low-end hardware like this, and the Windows Phone app situation continues to improve, albeit with plenty of notable holdouts (anything from Google beyond the bare minimum, for instance—going with a Moto G or E still gets you the more robust application ecosystem). And the low-quality screen screws it all up.

Unless that display improves in future hardware revisions, we urge Windows Phone fans to either step up to the 630 or 635 or step sideways to the still-available 520. The 530 isn’t an awful phone, but other Lumias render it completely redundant. 

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PC Magazine

A very inexpensive, entry-level smartphone that's best for light users.

from PC Magazine

Deciding here comes down to simplicity versus flexibility. The One Touch phones run Android, which has a much broader range of third-party applications than the 530 can support. But Android has a slightly messier, slightly more complex UI than the extremely simple Windows Phone, and the Evolve's voice call quality wasn't as good in our tests as the Lumia 530's. That makes the Lumia 530 a better bet for casual users without a lot of coin.

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Deciding here comes down to simplicity versus flexibility. The One Touch phones run Android, which has a much broader range of third-party applications than the 530 can support. But Android has a slightly messier, slightly more complex UI than the extremely simple Windows Phone, and the Evolve's voice call quality wasn't as good in our tests as the Lumia 530's. That makes the Lumia 530 a better bet for casual users without a lot of coin.

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The Indian Express

Decent phone, but nothing to make the parents proud

from The Indian Express

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....

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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 traced all the way back to the 510, the first of the three affordable models released in the Lumia series. Then came along the 520, a major upgrade over its predecessor, which was the highest selling Nokia Lumia phone in 2013. Without delving too much into genetics, the 530 carries the same genomes as its parents but can it prove to be a worthwhile successor to the 500 series Lumia family?

Key specs: 4-inch LCD capacitive 480

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Cnet

Basic specs line up with rock-bottom price

from Cnet

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, either LTE or non-LTE versions. True, these phones can be twice the price of this ultra-budget 530 in their given regions, but the user experience is also about twice as enjoyable. 

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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, either LTE or non-LTE versions. True, these phones can be twice the price of this ultra-budget 530 in their given regions, but the user experience is also about twice as enjoyable. 

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Pocket-lint

Cute, well designed and cheap, but not without its problems

from Pocket-lint

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 user experience, while the fixed focus camera, lack of flash and overall quality mean this Lumia lacks the camera prowess of those devices higher up the range.

Another issue the Lumia has is not of its own doing, it's down to the competition. With the Motorola Moto E offering a stronger display and performance for the same price in an Android operating system experience, as one example, you might well be tempted to look past this particular Lumia.

 

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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 user experience, while the fixed focus camera, lack of flash and overall quality mean this Lumia lacks the camera prowess of those devices higher up the range.

Another issue the Lumia has is not of its own doing, it's down to the competition. With the Motorola Moto E offering a stronger display and performance for the same price in an Android operating system experience, as one example, you might well be tempted to look past this particular Lumia.

 

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uSwitch

Handset itself is disappointing

from uSwitch

The Lumia 530 isn’t terrible. But compared to Nokia/Microsoft’s previous budget offerings, and Android devices around the same price, it’s a pretty poor relation.

Due to its performance issues, and terrible screen, you’re better off going for its predecessor, or picking up an Android number like the Moto E.

The Lumia 530 has too many niggles to make it worth recommending. 

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The Lumia 530 isn’t terrible. But compared to Nokia/Microsoft’s previous budget offerings, and Android devices around the same price, it’s a pretty poor relation.

Due to its performance issues, and terrible screen, you’re better off going for its predecessor, or picking up an Android number like the Moto E.

The Lumia 530 has too many niggles to make it worth recommending. 

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PC Pro

A competent ultra-budget handset

from PC Pro

The Nokia Lumia 530 is a disappointing successor to the Lumia 520. It provides comparable performance, looks quite nice and battery life is decent; even the camera isn't too bad. But its display is atrocious, and that should be enough to put anyone off. If you have £91 to spend on a smartphone, go for the Motorola Moto E instead.

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The Nokia Lumia 530 is a disappointing successor to the Lumia 520. It provides comparable performance, looks quite nice and battery life is decent; even the camera isn't too bad. But its display is atrocious, and that should be enough to put anyone off. If you have £91 to spend on a smartphone, go for the Motorola Moto E instead.

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NDTV

Windows Phone 8.1 made affordable

from NDTV

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 more. 

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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 more. 

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TrustedReviews

A phone that saddens us

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The Nokia Lumia 530 cuts out every little extra, streamlines every feature to save money. But it does so to too great a degree, offering a worse experience than either its now-cheaper predecessor or the many Android alternatives.

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The Nokia Lumia 530 cuts out every little extra, streamlines every feature to save money. But it does so to too great a degree, offering a worse experience than either its now-cheaper predecessor or the many Android alternatives.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date August 28, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1430 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 330 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 510 minutes
3G Surfing Time 468 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time 804 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 600 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Bright Green, Bright Orange, White, Dark Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 6.2 x 1.2 cm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 129 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 246 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Nokia Mail, Windows Live, Hotmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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