Nokia Lumia 530 – first look review roundup

November 11, 2014 : TECHFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Nokia Lumia 530 first look review roundup

When it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family on the move, not everyone wants or needs an all-singing, all-dancing top-of-the-line smartphone like the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. But fortunately, these people are also well-served, with there being a great range of choices for tech fans on a budget.

And one of the newest entrants to the market is Nokia's Lumia 530. Coming in at just £60, this is one of the cheapest smartphones you can buy in the UK. But what do you get for your money, and can such a bargain smartphone really compete with some of the powerhouses that are already out there?

Well, reviewers have been getting their hands on the device and delivering their verdicts recently, so here's our roundup on what they've been saying about the Lumia 530.

No matter what device you choose, the first thing anyone will notice about a smartphone is how it looks and feels. And in this respect, the Lumia 530 punches well above its weight.

At four inches across, it's much more slimline than the plethora of premium smartphones out there, but PC Advisor noted it feels "solid and well put together", so will stand up well to the occasional mishap. The publication also praised the wide range of colours available, so the device should always stand out in a crowd.

Under the hood, the specs are modest – as you would expect from a phone in this price range – with a 1.2Ghz processor and just 512 MB of RAM. However, the International Business Times noted that despite this, the system runs very smoothly. It also has the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, so no need to worry you're missing out on the newest software.

It's not all good news though, as the camera and screen were noted by PC Advisor as disappointing, with Recombu describing the snapper as "typical budget" fare.

But overall, there were plenty of positives to be found. Recombu said they were "really impressed by what Nokia’' produced in the Lumia 530. Meanwhile, the International Business Times said that despite its limitations, "it's remarkable that Nokia has produced a smartphone of this quality for just £60".

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