Microsoft Lumia 530 Review

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Welcome to the Nokia Lumia 530 review. The new Lumia 530 released globally in early 2015 is the latest Windows OS based phones designed to complete with the low end of the smart phone/mobile phone market. The Recommend Retail Price of the Lumia 530 is $150 outright which is significantly lower than it’s predecessor the Lumia 520 which we actually bought!

In terms of construction the Lumia 530 very well made – let’s face it there are only two parts for the 530, the rear plate and the main body which is the screen and frame of the phone. Yet the plastic or polymer back doesn’t feel completely down market. Overall quite good to hold and weights nicely in the hand.

In terms of hardware specifications the Lumia 530 is quite well equipped with a quad core CPU and GPU largish battery and reasonable sized screen (for the price). Windows 8.1 IS the smoothest interface currently available out of all the three main operating systems. Since it works just was well on the prior 520 you can expect the 530 even better. The screen resolution is not exactly high end but is as good as any other in the class. The only disadvantage – if you can it that in the price range is that it can’t do 4G. Other than that there are no additional hardware features to comment on, which is not surprising since it is one of the cheapest windows smart phones you can currently buy.

In terms of use the Lumia 530 works well, quickly and smoothly, easy to use and logical controls. There is nothing to complain about the way the system is designed. However the biggest problem  is still the lack of Apps in the Microsoft store which is a separate issue however the situation is improving as the other have had a noticable head start.

In the end the Lumia 530 is just like any other Windows Phone, although a base model it works quickly and can do 90% of what the top range phone can of a faction of the price.  Furthermore unlike cheap entry level phones notably Android OS ones in the past the Luima 530 is a great buy for anyone wanting to try a Windows Phone. So give the Lumia 530 a go you may actually like it.

Specifications

  • Nokia Lumia 530
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Dependent on network)
    Dua-band 3G 850/2100
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L119.9 x W62.3 x D11.7 mm
  • Weight 129 grams
  • Display/s
    4 inch External 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera
    5MP
  • Video Camera
    848 x 480 pixel main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    Quad core CPU 1.2 Ghz
    Adreno GPU
  • Memory
    Up to 4 Gig on board
    Up to 15G cloud storage
    Up to 32GB MicroSD
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Micro-SIM
    MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint
    A-GPS, GLONASS, Accelerometer
    HERE maps Free off-line navigation
    FM radio with RDS
  • Power
    Li-Po 1430 mAh battery
    Up to 22 days hours Standby
    Up to 13 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $150 AUS 2013 (Outright)
    Under $80 AUS 2013 (Pre-paid)