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Lumia 530 Review – One of the Best budget Smartphones

Lumia 530 is the most affordable smartphone running on Windows Phone 8.1. It is a direct competitor to Android smartphones which are present in the entry level segment. Over the period of time budget Android smartphones have become more powerful and now offer smooth UI. So can Lumia 530 beat these entry level Android smartphones? And is it worth Buying? Read on to find out.

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Unboxing

Here is an unboxing video of the Lumia 530 showing various items you get with the device in the Indian retail package.

Retail Box Contents:

  • Lumia 530 (with 1430 mAh Battery)
  • Earphones
  • Charging Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide

Design & Build Quality

Nokia has always been known for its build quality and Lumia 530 is no exception. It measures 119.7 x 62.3 x 11.7 mm and weighs around 129 grams. The phone is made of plastic but does not feel cheap but it is slippery in nature which makes it bit difficult to hold. It sports a 4 inch TFT display which has a resolution of 854×480 pixels.

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Above the display you just have an earpiece and Nokia Branding. Unfortunately it does not have a front facing camera. Few Android smartphones in the same price segment do come with a front facing camera and we personally feel that company should have provided at least a VGA front facing camera.

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Unlike Other Lumia devices, Lumia 530 comes with on-screen touch buttons. There are no physical touch buttons present on the device and the on-screen controls permanently takes a portion of the display.

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On the right side you have volume rocker and a power/lock key. You don’t have any buttons or ports on the other side.

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The phone has a curved removable back which is bit slippery in nature. There is a 13 megapixel camera and a circular loudspeaker on the back. Once you open the back panel you will find two SIM card slots and a microSD card slot for expanding the storage.

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The 3.5 mm audio jack is present at the top and the micro USB port along with primary mic for voice calling is at the bottom of the device.

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Lumia 530 is available in the market in variety of colors, we had the Dark Grey variant with us and other colors include Bright Orange, Bright Green and White.

Display

The phone comes with a 4 inch FWVGA display which has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The display is decent but viewing angles are not so good. Colors start fading even with a slight tilt. Users can enjoy reading text or watching videos on the device but expect lower quality as compare to some other devices which comes with a HD display.

Hardware & performance

Lumia 530 is powered by a 1.2 Ghz quad core Snapdragon 200 processor along with 512 MB of RAM. It comes with 4 GB internal storage which can be expanded by using a microSD card. In normal usage the device works smoothly but takes some extra time to open an app. This is because of low 512 MB RAM.

Though the Windows Phone does not require high RAM to work smoothly but you might face some hiccups while running heavy apps or games. For average user it won’t be a problem as most of the apps and interface is smooth.

Talking about the connectivity features, it is a Dual SIM device and supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Users will also get 500 MB of data per month for two months from Airtel free with the device.

Software & Features

The device runs on Windows Phone 8.1 which comes with some new features and useful updates. Users can now use a wallpaper as background on the start screen and a third optional column to place more tiles is now available. We always wanted a Swipe keyboard for Windows Phone and with WP 8.1 users can now enjoy Word Flow keyboard.

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Another interesting feature is the notification center, users can now simply toggle few important settings like WiFi, Bluetooth etc and view notifications easily. You can now also set SD card as your default location for installing apps. Talking about apps, Windows Store now contains every important app a user needs, so no more complaining about the Windows App ecosystem.

Other new features include new calendar app and better browser. Overall, Windows Phone 8.1 is now much better and users won’t be complaining about the software or apps anymore.

Camera

Lumia 530 comes with a 5 megapixel fixed focus camera with No LED flash or front facing camera. The camera is decent and works good in daylight but don’t expect anything while capturing images in low light conditions or a object close to you. But if you take into consideration the price, camera performance seems to be justified.

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You can use the Nokia Camera app to capture the images. It gives you advance controls like ISO setting, White balance, shutter speed and exposure.

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Here are some sample images which we have captured using the Lumia 530 camera:

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The camera is capable of recording 480p videos which is bit disappointing as most other devices in this segment at least offer 720p recording. Overall, the camera quality is average.

Battery Life

Lumia 530 comes with a 1430 mAh battery which gives it a rated talk time of around 10 hours on 3G. The battery life is pretty good and it easily lasted for an entire day with moderate usage. For normal users it can last upto one day and half.

Conclusion

Nokia Lumia 530 is now available for Rs 5,500 which makes it one of the best budget smartphones for 2014. It is a decent device with good build quality, decent performance and great battery life but tt will face a tough competition from Android smartphones in the same price segment.

Pros:

  • Decent Build Quality
  • Great Battery life
  • Value for money

Cons:

  • Average Camera
  • Low Resolution Display

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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