Nokia Lumia 530

69
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
69

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Engadget Summary

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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
4 GB
Screen size
4 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (f/2.4) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location)

Storage

Internal memory
4 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Bluetooth
4.0 (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], OPP / FTP [file transfer])

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA)
Subscriber identity
micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4 inches
Screen resolution
Other (854, 480)
Pixel density
246 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono

Hardware

Processor make
Qualcomm (Snapdragon 200)
CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
512 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)
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