Lumia 530 Review (Dual-SIM)

Lumia 530 is Nokia’s most inexpensive Windows Phone to date. It costs only PKR 12,800/- (USD 128) and is available in bright orange, bright green, white and dark grey colors. It is also available in a Single SIM variant but the device we have for this Lumia 530 review is the Dual SIM variant. Before getting started, let us have a brief look at the Lumia 530 specifications.

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • Dimensions: 119.7 x 62.3 x 11.7 mm, Weight: 129 g
  • 4.0-inch (480 x 854 px) TFT display, ~245 ppi pixel density
  • 1.2 Ghz Quad-Core CPU
  • 4 GB Internal Storage, 512MB RAM
  • microSD support upto 128GB
  • 5MP camera
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, AGPS/GPS, Bluetooth v4.0
  • Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery

Packaging

Like all the other new Lumia devices, Lumia 530 also comes in the new sleek packaging. You can watch the complete Lumia 530 unboxing in one of our earlier posts.

Lumia 530 Review

Interestingly, Lumia 530 has more accessories than what we expect from Nokia for budget devices. Unlike Lumia 630, this one comes with a handsfree and an extra shell as well. Complete contents of the packaging are as follows:

  • Lumia 530 device
  • Charges (with a fixed cable)
  • Handsfree
  • Extra Lumia 530 shell
  • Reading material

Design

Lumia 530 Review

Lumia 530 is a rather decent device and not the kind that you would remember for its design. It is a bit bulky and heavy for a device this size. The build material isn’t much impressive, after all it is a budget device. Like many other new Lumia devices, Lumia 530 also lacks a camera button and has on-screen navigation bar instead of the usual touch keys.

Lumia 530 Review

Lumia 530 Review

Rest is the usual Lumia device. On front, a speaker grill on top, a mic on bottom and the Nokia logo with the 4.0″ display in between. Back of the device hosts the 5MP camera and the loud speaker grill.

Lumia 530 Review

Lumia 530 Review

One side of the device has the volume rocker keys and the power button while other side is empty. On top of the device is the 3.5mm audio jack while mini-USB port is at the bottom.

Lumia 530 Review

Lumia 530 Review

Interface & Functionality

Lumia 530 comes with Windows Phone 8.1. For those of you who have ever used a Windows Phone before, you might want to skip this part direct to the video below. That is because Lumia 530 (in terms of software) is like any other Windows Phone 8.1 device you’ve ever used. It might be a low-budget device but the software has everything that a high-end Lumia device offers.

For those who don’t know much about Windows Phone, well Windows Phone is not like your usual mobile operating system. Starting the phone, you would see a lockscreen which slides up to unlock. This lock-screen shows you current time, your upcoming appointments and count of unread notifications for your selected apps. After the unlocking the device, you would end up on the Start screen. Your start screen is where you can pin live tiles for different apps to get live updates from them. Slide to the left and you would see the Windows Phone’s application list. All you installed applications are listed here, categorized and ordered alphabetically. You can pin, rate and review, share or uninstall your applications from this screen.

Near top of the display, you would be able to see the system tray. Your system tray has icons for battery, signal strength, time and any new notifications. You can always drag down from your system tray to drop the Action Center onto the screen. Action Center in Windows Phone is much like the Notification Center in Android. You have all your unread application notifications and toggles there.

Camera & Video

Lumia 530 comes with a 5MP fixed-focus camera. No LED flash is present neither is there a front-facing camera. It doesn’t really has a camera which you could use to capture your precious moments but still its good enough for a budget phone.

Outdoor captures are just satisfying but indoor captures are rather disappointing, mainly due to the fact that it has no LED Flash. Still, if you know your way around cameras, you can pull off a few tricks of your own using the Nokia Camera app.

Here are a few samples shots and a sample video recorded using the Lumia 530.

Battery Life

Lumia 530 Review

Lumia 530 has a 1530 mAh Li-Ion battery which doesn’t fail to deliver. We were able to make the device last a day, on heavy usage. If you’re not a power user, your Lumia 530 even may last two days.

Lumia 530 Review Verdict

At the moment, Lumia 530 is the cheapest Windows Phone (by Nokia) available in the market. For a price tag this small, Lumia 530 does not has an outstanding design or performance but does support HSPA+ networks speeds and a 128GB microSD card. It also has a Quad Core processor good enough to handle many games. Lumia 530’s camera might not be the best but is good enough to capture your daily moments. We would still advice you to use a digital camera to capture your life’s memorable moments. All in all, Lumia 530 is a decent Windows Phone device which is recommended for new smartphone users but power users might want to seek other options.

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haseebahmed7
I am a technology enthusiast who has been writing tech blogs for few years now. I come from a Computer Sciences background & have been developing webs, web apps & smartphone apps from a long time. I also develop for White Rabbit & can be reached at haseebahmed (at) rabbit-white (dot) com.
  • http://pakorbit.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

    Only for Windows Phone lovers, otherwise this device is a fail.

    • http://haseebahmed.me/ Haseeb Ahmed

      Not a complete failure because its the cheapest Windows Phone to date :-D I do agree that its not as good as compared to new low-end Android devices such as Moto G or Moto E.