Nokia Lumia 530, we've tested it

Nokia Lumia 530 test

It is Nokia's new bet for the basic segment , a phone that is comparable to the most advanced models in applications, but with a much tighter technical profile. We are talking, of course, about the new Nokia Lumia 530 , a compact , very simple mobile that integrates all the services and advantages offered by Windows Phone 8.1. The main attraction of the  Nokia Lumia 530 is its excellent value for money, and is that the equipment costs less than 100 euros in free format. We have been testing this smartphone, we tell you our impressions.

Nokia Lumia 530 test


The Nokia Lumia 530 has a compact screen, with a diagonal of four inches. This size is very manageable with one hand, but at the same time allows us to see the content clearly. The screen resolution is FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) and concentrates 246 dots per inch . The configuration is balanced and the panel is quite sharp, but the absence of Nokia's ClearBlack system is quite noticeable , especially when viewing the screen outdoors , where reflections make it difficult for us to see the content well. If we put the brightness to the maximum it looks much better, butthe battery life decreases and the bad thing is that it does not have automatic brightness, so we have to regulate it by hand. The good thing at this point is that the new Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center (the drop-down that is extracted from the top of the screen) has an option to regulate the brightness so we can do it faster. The sensitivity is good and it recognizes smooth gestures with one or more fingers, although it does not have the sensitivity improvement that allows us to handle it with gloves on.

Nokia Lumia 530 test


Nokia continues to bet on a casual design with rounded lines , as has become common in the most basic models of the Lumia range. The back cover is made of polycarbonate , a very resistant type of plastic, and has a matte finish that is very pleasant to hold in your hand, and our fingerprints do not remain. The  Nokia Lumia 530 is compact and lightweight , allowing us to carry it in any pocket without disturbing us. What it is perhaps a bit thick compared to other models, but its rounded edges make it fit very well in the hand.

The back cover is removable and it is removed from the lower right corner quite easily. Inside we find the battery , which is removable , together with a card slot MicroSD and one for MicroSIM . On the side it has the volume buttons and the power button. We have missed a button dedicated to the camera as it came in the previous generation.

Nokia Lumia 530 test


Speaking of the camera, Nokia has integrated a rather discreet hardware, but spice it up with all the exclusive functions, which are what make your camera a more versatile piece. The sensor has five megapixels and the resulting images are quite wide, but the autofocus is missing. The Nokia Lumia 530 has fixed focus, so we can only take photos of objects or people that are 60 centimeters away from the lens, otherwise they will be out of focus as we see in the example below these lines.

Nokia Lumia 530 test

Nokia Lumia 530 test

Nokia Lumia 530 test

It also does not have an LED flash and its use indoors in low light or at night is practically ruled out. However, as we said, it comes with exclusive Nokia applications , such as Nokia Camera , which allows us to adjust the image parameters to achieve specific results. As it does not have a front camera, Nokia has included a function called Lumia Selfie, with which we simply have to point the camera in our direction and a beep indicates when the image will be shot. It also comes with Lumia Panorama and Photosynth, but more apps can be installed from the official store.

Nokia Lumia 530 test

Applications and operating system

The Nokia Lumia 530 comes standard with Windows Phone 8.1, the most current version of Microsoft's mobile operating system. The device enjoys the novelties of this installment, such as the possibility of placing wallpapers on the Live Tiles, achieving a very interesting effect. We can also make there three columns of icons instead of just two . If we choose this option it is a bit tight because the screen is small, but it can still be handled comfortably. It also has the Action Center, where the notifications received are grouped and we also have quick access tools, for example to activate or deactivate the WiFi, connect the Bluetooth, access the camera or adjust the brightness.

Nokia and Microsoft add own features like Xbox Live, the Maps , the browser Internet Explorer, Nokia Mix Radio, Microsoft Office, One Drive (where we also have 15 Gb free), Skype or Podcast .

Nokia Lumia 530 test

Performance and autonomy

The  Nokia Lumia 530 has a fairly simple quad-core processor and only 512 Mb of RAM, a configuration that may seem insufficient for smooth performance. However, Windows Phone is a very light platform with an interface that works very well, even in more basic terminals such as the  Nokia Lumia 530. The device allows us to open several applications at the same time and exchange between them without blocking. or slowdowns.

The  Nokia Lumia 530 has a 1,430 milliamp battery , more than enough capacity to offer us a full day of use, although if we use it very intensively (mobile Internet, location, watch videos, surf ...) we can exhaust it before returning home at night. However, in our case, a more moderate use, we just had to visit the plug once every other day or so.

Nokia Lumia 530 test


The  Nokia Lumia 530 is one of the most interesting options in the price range of 100 euros. Windows Phone offers a good user experience, especially due to the exclusive applications from Nokia and Microsoft . The interface is simple, well organized and also comes with all the news of the new delivery. At the hardware level, you can see that Nokia has cut everything possible to get the price to be tighter. Its screen does not look as good as the previous edition because it does not have the ClearBlack system and its camera does not have fixed focus.These are the details that we have missed the most, otherwise we are dealing with a very compact and handy smartphone , with a casual design and that has everything that is required of an advanced phone.

Data sheet


ModelLumia 530


Size4 inch
ResolutionFWVGA 854 x 480 pixels
Density246 dpi

TrueColor 24 bit / 16 million



Dimensions119.7 x 62.3 x 11.7 mm
Weight129 grams
ColorsWhite / Black / Orange / Green


Resolution5 megapixels
VideoFWVGA 864 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps
Features1/4-inch sensor

Lens f / 2.4 and 28 millimeters

Fixed focus (minimum at 60 cm)

Bing Vision

Nokia Camera

Nokia Glam Me

Auto / sports / night mode

White balance

Adjustable ISO sensitivity

Nokia Storyteller

Front cameraNot


FormatsJPEG, Exif, AAC LC, AMR-NB, WMA 9, GSM FR, HE-AAC, HE-AACv2, WMA 10 Pro, MP4, AAC, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3G2, AMR, 3GP, ASF, H.263 , H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, Windows Video, 3G2, 3GP, MP4, WMV, AVI, M4V, MOV
RadioFM Radio

Internet radio

SoundMono sound recording
FeaturesVoice dictation

Media player

Viewing album art

Nokia MixRadio

Xbox Music

Voice recording in OneNote


Operating systemWindows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan
Extra applicationsChildren's corner

Microsoft Office



CPU processor1.2Ghz Quad Core Snapdragon 200
Graphics processor (GPU)-
RAM512 Mb


Internal memory4GB
ExtensionYes with MicroSD card up to 128 GB

15 Gb in the OneDrive cloud


Mobile Network3G (HSDPA at 21 Mbps / HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps)
GPS locationa-GPS / Glonass
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0
ConnectorMicroUSB 2.0
Audio3.5 mm minijack
BandsWCDMA 900/2100 Mhz

GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz

OthersCreate WiFi zone


Capacity1,430 mAh
Standby duration22 days
Duration in use13.4 hours in 2G mode

10 hours in 3G mode

51 hours of music

5.5 hours of video

7.8 hours of 3G browsing

8.5 hours of WiFi browsing

+ info

Release date2014 august
Manufacturer's websiteNokia

Price less than 100 euros on Amazon

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