Nokia Lumia 530 Review – An Entry Level Smartphone

Nokia Lumia 530 Review: Released in 2014, the Lumia 530 was the successor to the budget smartphone Nokia Lumia 520. This collaboration with Microsoft had seen a huge amount of Windows-enabled smartphones hit the market under the Lumia banner since their conception in 2011. A large part of this was Nokia playing catch-up to Apple and Samsung as it tried to cover different segments of the market.

Where this fits in may be slightly confusing. The Nokia Lumia 530 was probably towards the bottom of the Lumia range, but that was still pretty decent. The Asha range was the real budget smartphone. Many of these models also ran Windows, but came with much weaker specifications and smaller screens – at a cheaper price.

What we can say is that the Nokia Lumia 530 was the replacement for 2013’s Lumia 520. Upgrade would be the wrong word as in fact the phone had no improvement in many areas, and in some others was slightly weaker. This being said, it was a phone that was cheaper in price and targeted at the pay-as-you-go market.

Full specifications here.

Nokia did release a proper successor a few months later. The Nokia Lumia 535 came out in November 2014. This genuinely did improve on the Lumia 520 with a bigger, higher resolution screen, larger battery and improved camera.

Nokia Lumia 530 Review Pros: 

  • Price is the major aspect of the phone.  At under £100, this phone delivers much of what the better phones do (albeit in smaller quality) at a fraction of the price.
  • Customisation is a major plus on the Lumia series. With many models opting for a unibody design, the phone offers a removable, replaceable back.
  • The processor switched to a quad-core variant, which offered better performance on more demanding apps.
  • With further software optimisations battery standby time was increased and the phone takes the same battery as the previous model.

Nokia Lumia 530 Review Cons: 

  • Screen size remained the same and there was only a negligible increase in the resolution. It also lost the Gorilla Glass protection.
  • Basic storage on the phone was reduced to 4GB from 8GB, although the microSD port supported sizes up to 128GB.
  • The camera was a relatively poor model for pictures, offering limited focus options and no flash.
  • The phone also lacked a selfie camera so could not operate video calls.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

These phones have dropped out of modern usage with the Windows Mobile operating system long being discontinued. Also many of the Lumia phones are quite similar in look to each other; thus reducing the novelty value. These are not quick selling phones but may be suitable for very basic use, which supports a low selling price. Perhaps in future this may change.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here

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