- Good Build Quality
- Laggy software
- Overpriced for it’s specs
- Dull phone inside out
- Very low Ram
This is the Lumia 530 Dual sim variant. This phone is the first phone that was released with the Microsoft branding instead of the Nokia ones in the previous models. The phone is an entry level phone and that’s the only segment in which Microsoft actually has any stakes at all. The phone succeeds the Lumia 530 and is a much better phone overall with a bigger screen, bigger battery and a much better camera.
Design and Build:
The phone is rather well built and feels sturdy and has a good feel in hands. There’s a slight camera hump on the back but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem as the case protects the camera lens. The loudspeaker is on the back side, which is not really a good place to have the speakers. The back cover is removable and under it lies the removable battery, the 2 sim slots and the SD card slot. Although the phone doesn’t look as premium as other phones in the same price range, it’s got a really solid build inside out.
The phone has 5 MP cameras on back , the rear one obviously better with a ¼” sensor and the lack of front camera is a weird exclusion. The rear camera can only record 480p videos only though sadly. The good thing is that continuous autofocus is available for video recording. The camera has manual options, the focusing speed is rather slow, but the photos come out rather good. Overall it is a good camera but can be laggy at times due to the software.
The phone has a 4.0 inch qHD IPS LCD display which was rather nice when the phone was released, but it’s decent at best right now. The phone has on-screen buttons unlike some of the previous models with capacitive keys. The display has good color reproduction and good viewing angles as well.
The Lumia 530 is powered by Snapdragon 200 1.2 GHz quad core processor, aided with the Adreno 302 GPU. The phone has 8 gigs of internal storage and an SD card slot which supports upto 128gb expansion. The phone also has 512MB of RAM which is very low even for a Windows phone. The phone can only play 720p videos, so 1080p videos just won’t play. Even though Windows phones should perform great, this phone doesn’t do all that well with games, a lot of games tend to lag.
The Lumia 530 comes with Windows 8.1 out of the box. The phone should run smooth in most cases thanks to the super light Windows OS and 512MB of RAM. There have been lags now and then, which Microsoft keep fixing over new updates. Also Microsoft has promised Windows 10 update to all Lumia phones running Windows 8.1 and that will be a welcome boost to this phone as well. The UI is rather simple for people to get used to and understand, but plain and dull at the same time.
The phone has a 1430 mAh battery which seems so less at first sight, but this being an entry level phone with a 480p display running Windows OS on a low end chip doesn’t consume all that much of a battery thus helping it easily last a day of usage. The battery saver mode helps with saving the as well.
The Lumia 530 is a decent phone at best, it should’ve probably been priced much cheaper considering its specs. The phone takes pretty good photos but it’s not always consistent. The 1 GB RAM should’ve been enough, but the phone lags now and then. You should probably only consider buying this phone if you only want a Windows phone and bare basic functions, because the rest of the competition are cheaper and much better.
What’s good : build quality, good battery life , good camera
What’s bad : laggy software, overpriced for it’s specs , dull phone inside out