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Nokia Lumia 530 vs Nokia Lumia 525 vs Moto E: entry-level specs showdown

0. phoneArena 23 Jul 2014, 05:14 posted on

Microsoft just expanded its entry-level portfolio of Windows Phone devices with the Nokia Lumia 530, a successor to the Nokia Lumia 525 and the Nokia Lumia 520, Redmond's best-selling device. Thus, don't expect the Lumia 530 to woo you with anything in the hardware department – after all, it's a low-end device that is targeted at emerging markets...

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posted on 23 Jul 2014, 05:29 2

1. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

In terms of just pure bang for the buck, the Lumia 530 wins easily. But the Moto E is a great alternative as well. Personally, all the phones are great. And the stuff they offer for their respective prices is just awesome!

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 05:52 9

3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Hardly. The Moto E has double the RAM, a bigger higher resolution display, and a bigger battery for only $15 more. 512 MB of RAM, even on a device in this price range, is unacceptable. I guess it has a better CPU, but we're still not sure if it uses the Snapdragon 200 with Cortex A5 cores + Adreno 203 or Cortex A7 + Adreno 302.

This doesn't win anything easily in this range.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 06:42 4

5. nokia12 (Posts: 577; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

it is not cortex A5 as they have been discontinued long time back... they were manufactured on 45nm technology ...

the only reason nokia was able to launch it in this year was because Nokia X was made around june 2013 and its launch was delayed ..due to acquistion and internal fights
qualcomm had stopped manufacturing that chip when they shifted to 28nm

so it is 10000000 % cortex A7 .. a 512 mb ram means this phone is instantly dead in front of moto E .and lumia 520/525 are anyday much superior to Lumia 530..

NokiaFTW is just a blindfanboy and will support anything related to MS

when he himself can't see why would anyone buy lumia 530 when a much better phone like Lumia 520 is already available at cheaper price

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 06:53

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

The thing is that, this does not offer anything that make existing lumia 520 users to upgrade to this. The design (my personal opinion) is kind of downgrade from 520. Those sharp edged square lumia 520/525 is much better looking than this. And 4GB internal storage is also a downgrade form 8GB but that's not a big problem since wp8.1 support apps to be moved to sd card. And 512MB ram is also a downgrade, i was expecting an increase in ram but disappointed. True 512MB ram is will run WP okay but is not enough for gaming and multitasking. Most game requires 1gb ram minimum also it takes forever developers to optimize their apps for 512mb ram devices (just look at subway surfer). I hope successor to 720 is worthy.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:12

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

They obviously weren't discontinued, they make up part of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200 series, which they announced last year, and they started using 28nm in 2012. I know Samsung and HTC made some devices using it last year. It could definitely be Cortex A5.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:57

9. nokia12 (Posts: 577; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

yes they surely did started making 28nm in 2012 but that was in high and mid end

and i am also saying that cortex A5 was discontinued in early last year only .. there hasn't been any phone launch with that chip after October/november except nokia X which i mentioned in previous post..

Snapdragon 200 was announced last year sure and cortex A5 was a part of it as well but it has been discontinued just like you can't get snapdragon 600 anymore in new devices same way you can't get those old chips as newer and better chips are available at same price..

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 09:24 1

11. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

The 525 is a better deal, honestly. More RAM (1GB Vs 512MB), more built in storage (8GB Vs 4 GB), and better graphics (305 Vs 302 Adrino). Plus, it'll be cheaper now that the 530 is out.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 10:04

12. sgodsell (Posts: 4518; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Has no one taken into consideration the ecosystem. Androids is vast compared to WP. That alone would sway me over Android. The other thing is for even a few more bucks people could get a moto g, which is superior to these. In fact some places you can pick up a moto g for $99 off contract.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 11:10

14. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I seriously hope that L720's successor is a true upgrade.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 12:54

16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

"In terms of just pure bang for the buck, the Lumia 530 wins easily. But the Moto E is a great alternative as well. Personally, all the phones are great. And the stuff they offer for their respective prices is just awesome!"

This statement is total garbage. All 512MB WP phone models, including the Lumia 530, are already obsolete. They can't even run Microsoft's latest lockscreen app.

Which leaves the Lumia 525 and the Moto E is clearly a better value for the money vs the overpriced Lumia 525.

People new to Microsoft don't yet understand that the master of screwing the customer is now in charge of the former Nokia mobile device division. Things don't get better from here on. Rather the road ahead is the road to hell.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 03:23

22. clodderes (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

I agreed

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 05:30 1

2. Trolloftheyear (banned) (Posts: 66; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

Why the hell they downgraded RAM and storage?

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 22:16

19. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Because unlike android with their half backed install to sd card status, this is not a 4gb+maybe 32gb device. This is a 4gb+128gb device.

RAM, Ram only really matters when the OS cannot handle it, which droid 512 has shown to lag, not so with windows phone. And when you have a quad vs dual core, the ram is not the issue. In fact ram is rarely the issue.

What I don't like is the fixed focus, but if they price this phone at 50-70, there is nothing that competes, unless things are on sale, like the L90 or Light which are normally 200 phones being sold on a sale. And even at that, the 521 holds its own.

I don't like that the low ends don't have front facing, but these are entry devices, so it is what it is.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 06:06 1

4. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Microsoft has skipped giving CDMA prepaid customers any love again. Why? If the Nokia 1320 was on Verizon Prepaid, I would buy one.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 07:45

8. diehardnokian (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)

no flash:(

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 09:19

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 6453; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

All of them suck! Why throw a hundred dollar away?

For this price I would get me a RedMi 1S.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 10:57

13. Daytonadave17 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)

Either way nobody can hang with Nokias low end phone prices for the specs in my opinion!

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 12:28

15. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Of these 3, gotta go with the Moto E.

But if you're on T-Mobile, you should hit eBay at get a Galaxy Light. Quad core 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 8gb ROM, microSD slot.

AND LTE!!!!!

$135 brand new.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 17:41

17. Cyberchum (Posts: 707; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

WP8.1 is slick agreed but provided that the meagre RAM storage on the 530 and 630 will limit app compatibility, there's no way I'm getting it over the 525. Nokia and now Microsoft should stop shooting themselves on the leg. Add extra 512 MB of RAM and charge extra 15 USD.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 22:22

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

less than 1% of apps in the store are affected by the ram.

In fact it is less than .5% percent of apps in the store.


"Of the 331 incompatible apps reported above, 199 of them come from just two developers: Maan and AppDesigner.com. Both are utilising app templates to create similar apps, the former being city guides and the latter video-based tutorial apps. If both developers were to be excluded from the data, we'd be looking at just 0.088 percent of apps being incompatible with hardware sporting 512MB of RAM. Good job, developers."

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 03:21

21. clodderes (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

unfortunately, it's indeed the case with games. a lot of games, especially the new one and 3D games require 1 GB of RAM to work.

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