Nokia Lumia 530 Review – Nokia recently just released a new successor to their previous Lumia 520 in the form of the Lumia 530, but does it have the same award winning features and design? Nokia has a penchant for small devices at affordable prices, and with their Lumia 530, they are not straying far from their norms.
With the Lumia 530, they aim to cut certain corners in order to bring down the cost of the phone, but will doing that bring down its quality, this month, we put that notion to the test. If there is one word to describe the look and feel of the Nokia Lumia 530, it would be cute. Its diminutive size and bright colours make it unmistakeable. On a good note, Nokia has good build quality when it comes to their mobile devices, and the same is true here, with the device feeling solid and durable.
Its 4-inch screen however, does little to impress for those who are used to large screen devices. It also has a problem with its colour accuracy with most of the images displayed being grainy and the colours were a little off. The glare is another problem which users will find distracting limiting the display angles available. When it comes down to features, the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system does have some advantages in terms of app quality and function. The Live Tiles makes the home screen more intuitive and personalised.
The latest version of Windows Phone also now has support for most of the mainstream apps. With all the rudimentary stuff out of the way, it’s time to take a look under the hood. The Nokia Lumia 530 sports a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 512MB RAM and based on our benchmarks scores, it did above average. However, its low memory capacity means we couldn’t install any top notch games like Asphalt 8 or Dark Meadows without a slow and laggy experience. Camera-wise, the phone performs average at best, with the downfall of not having an autofocus; the picture quality is easily affected in low light scenarios.
The Nokia Lumia 530 is definitely a smartphone that does not break the bank, but with its limitations on its performance and camera quality, it might be best to get this phone as a secondary option, but for those looking for a ridiculously cheap smartphone, then look no further than the Lumia 530.
- Customisable back covers
- Good build quality
- Smooth browsing
- Dual SIM
- Display is grainy
- Has glare issues
- Camera does not have autofocus
Nokia Lumia 530 Specifications
- Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan
- Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
- Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA 900/2100MHz
- Screen: 4-inch FWVGA (854 x 480)
- Connectivity: Micro SIM, Micro USB 2.0,
- Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Dimensions: 119.7 x 62.3 x 11.7mm
- Weight: 129g