The Good The inexpensive Nokia Lumia 530 is equipped for HSPA+ speeds and can hold up to 128GB in external storage. It includes Microsoft's most current Windows Phone OS.
The Bad A surprisingly slippery body makes you a constant butterfingers, and typing is tough on the small screen. The fixed focus camera won't take close-up shots.
The Bottom Line Since specs are decidedly basic, its low price is the major reason to seek out the Nokia Lumia 530.
Basic specs line up with rock-bottom price
The Nokia Lumia 530 belongs to the ilk of smartphones that dives for the lowest cost it can, and celebrates it. Prospective buyers of this phone are driven by price and not performance; the Lumia 530's specs are just enough to fulfill basic functionality like social communications and entertainment.
In the US, the Lumia 530 costs $50 from Cricket, $80 from T-Mobile, and $70 on T-Mobile's service when you buy through Microsoft or Best Buy stores. In the UK, Microsoft sells the phone SIM-free for £90, and in Australia you're looking at about AU$150.
The Lumia 530 isn't my top choice for budget phone by far (I recommend theor Android-based Motorola Moto G instead), but those who require a dirt-cheap handset can -- along with all phones in this price range -- access the world through the OS and I-think-I-can hardware.
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