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Nokia takes on the budget phone market again with with the Lumia 530, an update to their good but frar from great Lumia 520. It retains the same budget-friendly specs and design, but lacks the pizzazz to move ahead of cheaper handsets like the Moto G.

The best thing going for the 530 is Nokia's penchant for well-designed phones, with TrustedReviews saying it "looks better" than other low cost devices. While the plastic body lends itself to being more durable than some of its metal counterparts, CNET points out it that it also means it has a "slippery body" that turns you into a "butterfingers." On the back side is a five megapixel camera that TechRadar says "might capture some nice photos" in ideal conditions as long as you keep absolutely still. Given this requirement and Pocket-Lint's finding the low-light "noisy with lots of mottling" it's probably in your best interest to avoid the 530 if you need a phone for taking pictures on the town.

For the price of the Lumia 530 it could be a lot worse than it actually is, but even with its average battery life and display it's still a decent buy for under $100. If you're in a pinch or really don't care about having the latest and great and just need a dirt-cheap, functional smartphone then give it a look. But in the long run, you've be better off saving the cash and splurging on the significantly better, but still cheap, Moto G.

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Critic reviews

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    8.7
  • Display
    6.2
  • Battery life
    6.4
  • Camera
    6.6
  • Ease of use
    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    7.2
  • Durability
    7.1
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0

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6.0
CNET Oct 7, 2014

Since specs are decidedly basic, its low price is the major reason to seek out the Nokia Lumia 530.

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7.0
SlashGear Oct 14, 2014

Is it worth the cash you pay for it? Yes, it really is. But remember - this is the sort of phone that you buy because you’re saving up for a far, far nicer phone.

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7.0
TechRadar Sep 23, 2014

The Lumia 530 wants to claim the budget crown in the face of stiff Android competition. It's a valiant effort that represents good value for money, but it's a case of two steps forward and one step back for Nokia.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Sep 16, 2014

The Nokia Lumia 530 cuts out every little extra, streamlines every feature to save money. But it does so to too great a degree, offering a worse experience than either its now-cheaper predecessor or the many Android alternatives.

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