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Nokia Lumia 530 wages low-cost warThis Windows 8.1 phone takes on pricier contenders with the goal of being the most affordable phone possible without sacrificing usability. Let's see what you get.
If you're on the lookout for a super cheap phone, and you're not that concerned about the hardware specs, then keep watching this video. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. This is the Nokia Lumia 530. Now, this phone is on sale globally. It's on the very small side of the spectrum, and it's inexpensive. Now price is the main reason that you'll gonna want this phone and to keep the prices low the specs are low, too. You have a four inch display with a pretty low resolution. The phone it itself is small. It's little bit on the thicker side. But that all right it's rounded on the back. So, that's nice to hold. But the backing is very slick, and I fumbled it several times. It fell to the ground, it didn't break, but it still fell. So backing does come in a variety of colors, including cyan, orange, green, and white. On the back you've got a 5-megapixel camera. There's no flash on here and there's no front-facing camera, either. All of that is in service to the low cost. You've got a 1.2 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon, 200 processor. It isn't going to be as fast as mid range phones, but it isn't going to be as slow as a dual core processor either. This is a 4G HSPA Plus phone, so again, speeds faster than 3Gs, slower than LTE. Storage space is very low. It's four gigabytes, but you can expand up to 128 gigabytes more. One other thing I'll say about the camera is that there's no autofocus. It's all fixed focus, so you can't take pictures up close. Now for some good news. You've got the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system on here, and that means that you also get Cortana as well, and that is the voice assistant. Nokia has also included some apps. The Nokia Lumia 530 definitely isn't my favorite budget phone. If it were up to me, you would all save your money and get something a little bit better. But sometimes you just need a phone that is very very cheap. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. You can read more of the pros and cons of the Lumia 530 at cnet.com. [MUSIC]