Long before the Moto E became widely acclaimed, the much-awaited Asus Zenfone 4 or the new dacoit favorite Xiaomi Redmi 1S had stormed into the budget smartphone market in India, a phone that was the Nokia Lumia 520. The phone was a surprise to both Microsoft and Nokia, and for the first time offered consumers a polished smartphone experience without digging deep into their pockets.
The Nokia Lumia 520 and its successor, the Nokia Lumia 525, both received the Windows Phone 8.1 update via the Lumia Cyan update, but Microsoft has also announced the Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM, which comes with the latest load. However, if you take a look at the features of the Lumia 530 Dual SIM on paper, it doesn’t really look like an upgrade to the Lumia 520. This time the price of demand is much lower than this, which puts it at the bottom of the market.
Look and feel
One thing that always seemed to Nokia right with each new launch was the design. Despite the bump at 11.7 mm, the Lumia 530 Dual SIM’s finely curved edges give it a foreign feel. Of course, the phone is made entirely of plastic, but it doesn’t feel cheap. The matte white paint we found was very slippery and difficult to hold, but it is so small that it wouldn’t hurt to use it with one hand.
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The 4-inch screen is surrounded by medium borders. Nokia / Microsoft decided to go with the on-screen button instead of the space button under the screen. Unfortunately, this includes valuable assets that are already in short supply. There is a wind piece at the top of the screen. To the right is the power button and volume rocker. A micro USB port is at the bottom while a 3.5 mm audio jack sits at the top. The back has a primary camera and a circular speaker grill. It is easy to remove the rear structure by pulling on a corner. Once opened, you will notice that a sufficiently steam-filled battery has two SIM card slots and a memory card slot.
Specifications and software
Under Nokia Lumia 530′s Dodd, the Dual SIM is the same processor inside the Motorola Moto E – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200. However, it is a quad core invention of the processor and clicks at 1.2 JHz. It has an integrated Adreno 302 GPU. Disappointingly, only 512 MB RAM. We’ll see if this will affect performance in a later review. The phone has 4 GB of storage, of which only around gigabytes are available to users. Then it is a relief that the phone also accepts up to 64 GB microSD card.
It has a fixed focus rear camera of 5 megapixels but no flash. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are other connectivity standards. The 1430mAh battery provides the juice for the phone to work.
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The 4-inch LCD panel on the phone is one step below the IPS LCD panel on the Nokia Lumia 520. Viewing angles are terrible, even the slightest movement of the hand can destroy the screen. Even at high brightness settings, sunlight capability is really poor. Scroll through the application pane to tear the screen very clearly. We are very disappointed that Microsoft had to cut corners in this way.
Windows Phone 8.1 has a lot of new useful updates and is available on feature rich platforms like Android. However, in our review of Lumia 630, we noticed that there is still a lot to do in Windows Phone 8.1. Our thoughts have not changed since then. To make the transparent background option look good, one must still arrange the tiles directly. Buttons appear on the screen when we play the video. It is still complicated to implement the back button as a multi-tasking shortcut.
We preferred additional apps like Bat Battery Saver, Data Sense, Wi-Fi Sense and Storage Sense because they do what they are called. While Nokia’s signature apps MaxRadio and Nokia Camera are available, Maps and Drive + are not. BookMyShow and Snapdeal are two third-party apps pre-installed on the device.
This is the last time we have seen Nokia choosing a fixed-focus camera on any smartphone. The 5-megapixel rear camera captures good detail and colors in broad daylight, provided it focuses on the subject. On the other hand, you have to forget about greedy articles that are very close to you.
Images captured in low light conditions are usable. The camera on the Lumia 530 Dual SIM can capture only 480p video, an important step from the 720p and 1080p options available on other phones. The quality of the captured video is also not very good. The Camera app has a good number of manual options for users who want to tweak the settings, but we don’t know why anyone would bother to do this with a single-focus camera. To be fair, the Lumia 530 Dual SIM even Moto E has a fixed camera, and is a lot better than the former.
In daily use, we noticed that the phone moved a little while opening the app, but it was not very clear. This may be due to the relatively 5 512 MB RAM. Otherwise, most of our experiences during daily use were good.
Buy this phone only if you really want a cheaper device running Windows Phone 8.1. Lumia 630 and Lumia 520 have seen a drop in prices and are available for less than Rs. 10,000 If you don’t mind spending anything else, then these two old devices are a better option.