Nokia Lumia 530 review

Pitched firmly at the mid-range smartphone user, the Nokia Lumia 530 encompasses a decent set of features to those who aren’t looking for an expensive flagship, metal-bodied and super-high-definition phone.

Nokia Lumia 530: Design & Build

 

As a mid-range smartphone the Nokia Lumia 530 holds up well in this market segment with a Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor powering the experience.

 

Nokia Lumia 530 colours

 

The 4” LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels (246 pixels per inch) places this phone firmly into the mini-sized range of smartphones available today. So if you are after a very pocket or bag-friendly phone then say hello to the Lumia 530!

 

If you have been using Android smartphones then you will love Nokia’s answer to the Swype keyboard. The new Word Flow keyboard offers that same finger-gliding system to create and predict text whilst automatically correcting spelling mistakes.

 

Word Flow keyboard

 

The Lumia 530 weighs in at 129 grams and is 11.7 mm thick. The bright colour scheme includes lime green and and a zesty orange whilst the more discerning using may chose a white or black colour variant.

 

Nokia Lumia 530 dimensions

 

Under the hood there is 4 GB of memory that can be boosted up to 128 GB with an SD memory card. This phone is also Wi-Fi and 4G enabled and comes with the popular Internet Explorer 11 built-in.

Nokia Lumia 530: Apps & Features

 

As I said earlier there is a decent set of features to entertain or increase productivity on the Nokia Lumia 530.

 

Operating on Windows Phone 8.1 you can now add your favourite picture as a background and get straight into messaging with Skype, Viber or Line. You can even open your emails with the text-to-speech message reader!

 

Nokia Lumia 530 apps

 

Many other apps that come pre-installed include Shazam, Microsoft Office, Vine, Instagram Beta, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, OneNote, XBox Live Hub, and the popular WhatsApp.

 

Backing up or sharing your photos and files is also easy on the Cloud with OneDrive and 15GB of free storage.

 

OneDrive cloud storage

 

Nokia MixRadio delivers unlimited commercial-free music streaming and you will be able to create your own playlists which are available offline. XBox Music is also included with millions of songs to stream for free and you may search by album, artist or song.

 

Nokia MixRadio

 

The Maps app turns the Lumia 530 into a GPS navigation device with on and offline turn-by-turn navigation with live traffic information.

 

Maps app

 

If you need to bring your others devices online then the Lumia 530 can help there too by creating your very own Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Nokia Lumia 530: Camera & Video

 

A 5 megapixel camera was considered top-spec not too long ago but today we see one included on this mid-range smartphone.

 

It is backed up by a set of photographic aids such as scene mode recognition with automatic, sports and night modes.

 

Nokia Storyteller will allow you to view photos as slide shows, group them by location and share them with friends.

 

You can also share them on a TV with the Nokia Play to DLNA app while Nokia Photo transfer for Mac takes care of compatibility issues when moving your photos and videos to your Apple computer.

 

Video recording and playback is also possible at a rate of 30 frames per second

Nokia Lumia 530: Battery

 

With a capacity of1430 mAh the battery is small but then again so is the phone! There is a battery saver mode built in though to ensure you get the best performance possible.

 

Long lasting battery

 

With this in mind you should be able to enjoy a maximum talk time of 13.4 hours, standby of 22 days, play music for 51 hours, watch videos for 5.5 hours and browse the internet over Wi-Fi for 8.5 hours.

 

Written by: Michael Brown

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