Lumia 530 - £70
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Nokia Lumia 530
The Nokia Lumia 530 is an entry-level smartphone that runs on Windows Phone 8.1. It is an updated version of the Nokia Lumia 520, a phone which can lay claim to being the most popular Windows handset of all time.
This phone has a 4 inch touchscreen that displays in 246PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Lumia 530 has a 5MP camera and can record video in up to 480p. This phone does not have a front facing camera.
Performance is provided by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and 0.5GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 65 out of 100.
The Lumia 530 has an estimated battery life of around 13 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1430mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Lumia 530 comes with 4GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 128GB external storage.
The Lumia 530 has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It is also able to connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the Nokia Lumia 530 Dual) that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use. This comes in handy if you are planning to use your phone abroad extensively or want to keep your business and personal calls separate.
As a Windows Phone, the Lumia 530 comes with Microsoft Office Mobile installed so is compatible with Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents, which is ideal for last minute adjustments before an important meeting. This phone also comes preloaded with the HERE Maps, HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit. HERE Drive+ is a voice guided sat-nav that can also download maps for offline use and HERE Transit gives you detailed bus, train and tube information in many of the UK's major cities. Other apps, such as YouTube, Instagram and Spotify are available to download from the Windows Phone Store and Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp come preinstalled.
The Nokia Lumia 530 is a good phone at a great price. It is in a competitive area of the market but offers more than enough in the way of quality features to make it a device worthy of serious consideration.