“Having a few doubts about the Nokia Lumia 530? Read on to get an answer”
Nokia's WP offerings haven't been able to make much of a dent against the duopoly of Android and iOS ecosystems. However one device from Nokia's portfolio, the Lumia 520 comes off as an exception to the aforesaid fact, since it was one of the best-selling smartphones of the last year. It still continues to be a hot seller thanks to a slew of price cuts. But the device has been in the market for more than a year and the Microsoft-owned brand has recently launched its successor in the form of the Lumia 530. It comes at a similar price point, but if you have a few doubts before making up your minds, then we're here to help. We've compiled a list of commonly-asked queries about the phone and have answered them here... read on.
The Nokia Lumia 530 is fitted with a 4-inch display featuring a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels (~245ppi). Humming inside the chassis is a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor supplemented by 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of built-in storage. The juice is provided by a removable 1,410mAh Li-ion battery.
The handset has been priced affordably at Rs 7,200 and is available online for as low as Rs 6,700.
We have already brought you the unboxing of the Lumia 530 and it comes with the usual goodies like a charger, earphones and a couple of manuals along with the battery. Sadly, it misses out on a micro-USB cable.
Nokia is known for making solid phones and the 530 also lives up to that promise. The device feels very sturdy in the hands even though its crafted from a polycarbonate body. Compared to its predecessor, there are a number of changes – both big and small. The Lumia 530 is more curved at the rear in comparison to the 520. It also misses out on a dedicated camera button. Interestingly, while the Lumia 520 had the volume rocker and power button in black even if the device was in a different colour, it’s successor sports the same hue for the controls.
You bet. The Nokia Lumia 530 comes in a range of colourful exteriors like green, grey, orange and white. The device you see above is in grey.
To keep the phone in the budget segment, Nokia had to cut a few corners and hence there’s no protective layer on the 530’s display panel. What’s surprising however, is that its predecessor comes with a scratch-resistant glass, but the 530 includes no such feature.
If you love sharing your selfies with your friends and on apps like Instagram, then this phone isn’t meant for you, since there's no front camera. There’s a 5-megapixel fixed-snapper at the rear, though an LED flash is missing in case you want to click images in low-light conditions.
Quality-wise, the 5MP sensor and that too with fixed-focus, doesn’t raise our hopes too high, but we must say it’s decent for daily usage. It reproduces accurate colours, although you can’t expect much detail. The Nokia Camera app gives you a creative control in terms of various manipulations like white balance, brightness, ISO, and more. We’ll discuss more on the interface and camera quality in our upcoming review, but you can have a look at a few of the full-resoltution images captured by the Lumia 530’s camera.
Sadly there isn’t much space left in the supplied 4GB internal storage. Users only get 1.28GB for installing apps and games, along with their personal files. Thankfully, you can increase the storage via a microSD card of up to 32GB.
The answer to that question is a big yes, which is a relief. The phone allows you to install all the apps by default on a microSD card and you can also transfer the ones installed on internal storage to the card.
After the Lumia 630, the 530 is the second Windows Phone offering from Nokia offering dual-SIM support. While the first SIM is 3G -compatible, the second SIM can connect with 2G networks. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
The Lumia 530 is very basic when it comes to sensors as it only has an accelerometer and a gyroscope. There’s no ambient light sensor to automatically adjust brightness or proximity sensor to automatically turn the display off whenever the device is bought near the ears.
The Nokia Lumia 530 runs the latest Windows Phone 8.1 iteration with Lumia Cyan update on top. Nokia signature apps like Nokia Camera, Here Maps, and MixRadio among others are available by default, while more apps from Nokia can be downloaded from the Windows Store.
Most things remain the same between the Lumia 530 and it’s predecessor, the Lumia 520. In fact, apart from the quad-core chipset and dual-SIM capabilities, the Lumia 530 seems like a step backward as it misses out on a scratch-resistant glass over the display and offers 4GB internal storage instead of 8GB on the 520. We have already discussed the differences in the build quality of the two. The Lumia 530 also foregoes a dedicated camera button available on the 520 and has also ditched the capacitive hardware navigation buttons for onscreen ones.
Now that we have answered your questions, if you’re still in a quandary about the Lumia 530’s real-life performance, then watch out for our comprehensive review coming soon.
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