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Nokia Lumia 530 review

 Review: November 2014  

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: The Nokia Lumia 530 is a basic Windows 8.1 smartphone. It's cheap, but doesn't have much else to recommend it.

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Design & Looks

We like the Lumia series generally, but the 530 isn't a great example of Lumia design. Just because it's a cheap phone, it shouldn't be necessary to make it look cheap. Does it need to come in a range of garish colours? Even if you stick to black, it still looks very plasticky. It isn't even that small either.

The 4 inch screen is a decent size for a mid-budget phone, but it's not a very high quality display. With a low pixel density of 246 ppi, text and images can be jagged, and the display lacks brightness and clarity, making it hard to use outdoors.

Windows 8.1

We do like Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS. It doesn't have the wide choice of third party apps that iOS and Android offer, but for core functionality it comes with all the built-in apps you'll need. You'll find full messaging and social media support, a web browser, and the excellent HERE Drive+ and Bing Maps for navigation. OneNote is an excellent document editor, and Windows Phone 8.1 also supports PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Xbox Music and MixRadio let you access music from a range of sources.


The 5 megapixel camera is extremely basic, lacking essentials like autofocus and a flash. It's almost useless by modern standards, and we can't imagine how Nokia thought it could possibly be acceptable.

Quad-core processor

The one good feature of the Lumia 530 is its snappy quad-core processor. It's a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 and is plenty fast enough to run Windows Phone 8.1.

The built-in memory of 4GB is limiting however, and you'll definitely need to make use of the microSD memory card slot.


Connectivity is fairly basic. It's a 3G phone with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There's no NFC connectivity, but that's not surprising considering the price.

Battery life

Oh dear. Not even the battery life of the Lumia 530 is much good. Despite the bulk of the phone it contains rather a small 1430mAh battery. Under continuous use, you'll only get about 6 hours out of it, making it suitable for light use only.


We don't know why Nokia released this phone. It's already out of date at the time of launch, and there are far better budget phones available for under £100. The Lumia 630 is much better and so are the Motorola Moto E and EE Kestrel.

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Reviewed by Shubhangi from India on 29th Jun 2015
quite good

Reviewed by Michael Bunting from United Kingdom on 18th Feb 2015
My first Smart Phone, bought for me by my younger daughter as a Christmas Present. I like the size and feel and it does everything I want and more. But I've only had it for approx. seven weeks and it's crashed. It won't charge up nor start up. I took it back to the shop it was bought from and they removed the battery and put it back in and all seemed well. Only for it to shortly crash again. The bottom line being that I'm about to dump it and go out and buy something else.

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