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Confirmed: T-Mobile to offer customers the just announced Nokia Lumia 530

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Jul 2014, 12:25

With Nokia introducing the entry level Nokia Lumia 530 this morning, along with a dual SIM variation, T-Mobile has already piped up to announce that it will be offering the device to its customers. The Nokia Lumia 530 is the sequel to the wildly popular Nokia Lumia 521. The Nokia Lumia 530 will have Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed, which means that it will not only have personal assistant Cortana, it will also feature the Swype-like Word Flow, Action Center and personalized wallpaper for the start screen...

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posted on 23 Jul 2014, 12:48 2

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

The raft of 512MB WP phone models is a pure f**k-the-customer Microsoft strategy.

It is basically a planned obsolescence strategy, ensuring there is revenue from customers who will have to upgrade their phones to run the next version of WP (or some popular app, or even some basic app like a lockscreen app) because it will need more memory.

So even though the cost of 1GB vs. 512MB memory is miniscule, Microsoft is making many 512MB phone models, to make sure as many Microsoft customers as possible have to upgrade their phones soon.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 12:57 6

2. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

You don't get it, do you? This is the lowest of the low end. Samsung is still offering 512MB RAM devices in low end. But they are also offering devices like 525 which have 1GB RAM. So stop whining and buy that instead of asking them to not offer 512MB RAM at all.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:44 1

11. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

you don't get it do you ?

Lumia 520 is much better than this piece of crap for a cheaper price !!

Lumia 525 and Moto E are even better at slightly higher price

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:51

15. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

I agree with you on this. Somehow the 530 seems like a downgrade.
And it has a worse gpu...

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 15:21

22. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

That's because 530 isn't the successor to 520. 635 is.
Think of it this way: had Nokia named this phone 430 instead, would you still think this phone is not good? You wouldn't. So stop comparing it to 520 and think of it as a new phone, not a successor.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 17:48

25. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Don't you tell me how to live my life. LoL.
Anyway, that makes sense. And they really should name it 430 or something like that. How come a 530 is worse than both 520 and 525. It just makes no sense. XD

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 15:16

21. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

520 is cheaper because it is 15 months old. Give 530 some time, its price will come right down.

As for 525 (and othep 1GB RAM phones), I was trying to explain it to person above that if you want 1GB RAM, you can buy 525, but if you think the extra money is not worth the extra RAM, you can just buy 520. No need to cry over it. And trust me, I've seen people choose 520 over 525 because it was cheaper and they didn't want the extra RAM. So stop saying that 525 and moto E are better choices, because they are not for everyone.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 18:10 1

26. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

so why name 530 ? its because MS wants people to get tricked by making them think they are buying a 520/525 successor/upgrade

who cares if it is 15 months old or 15 days old.. the fact is which is better phone for the Money ?

by the time a user waits for lumia 530 price to come down , there will be lumia 540 already...

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 20:26

27. Canaan (Posts: 348; Member since: 25 May 2014)

How do you know that the 520 is better? The 520 has a dual core processor while the 530 has quad core and it's clocked a bit higher. The 530 also has slightly better screen resolution and their GPU are almost the same (305 vs 302). As others have said this is an entry level smartphone, basically for those who are new to smartphones like children or older adults who are not into taking selfie or intense gaming with their cell phones. I also assume they have kept the 512MB of RAM because the windows OS is not heavy and can function well with that RAM.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 21:13 1

28. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

520 is better because

- it is cheaper
- it has an autofocus Camera
-it can do 720p videos , while 530 can do only 480p
- it has a faster GPU
- it has a bigger screen ( onscreen buttons on lumia 530 )
-it has more internal memory
-it has an IPS lcd
- it has a scratch resistant glass

regarding your point of Processor ... you are forgetting that it is Dual core krait vs weak quad core cortex A7

single thread performance is obviously much better in lumia 520 .. even in mult threading sure quad A7 is better, but only by a slight margin..

so basically you get approx same CPU and a downgraded GPU .. plus all the above factors .

yes the point you make about taking pics this has a fixed focus .. unlike autofocus in 520 ,

for the same price one could buy a lumia 525/Moto E / Moto G boost mobile ( 8gb ) if only basic use is concerned

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 03:34

30. Canaan (Posts: 348; Member since: 25 May 2014)

I see, though I really wouldn't use internal memory as an issue considering they have micro sd card slots, they also both have 4 inch screens. Either way I'm not upset since I would never buy a low end smartphone and I doubt many of you here would either so I don't understand the complaints.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 12:59 5

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

This phone sucks. If you're in need of a phone on an extreme budget, get a Galaxy Light off eBay. $135 brand new, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD slot, quad core 1.4GHz CPU, and LTE, wi-fi calling, and VoLTE (if your location supports it).

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:22 2

5. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Sorry, no can do. The Galaxy Light doesn't run Windows Phone 8.1.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:26 5

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

That's a good thing.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 23:22

29. rromerof (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

It has no colors to choose

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:45 2

12. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

you can buy moto E .. or a lumia 525

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:25 1

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

I love ebay phones, i get to tell the customer daily, you bought a locked phone :).

Also i would rather buy a 635 (120.00 from the same seller) than the Light. I exchange a good amount of lights weekly, well samsungs in general. Dont forget your 8gb with sd does not compare to win8.1 sd support with full app support to sd card making it a 128+4gb phone. Not a 8gb

I would suspect the 530 is to compete with the prism II which is a lagdroid happy 2.2android sold as brand new $50 bucks.

With MS killing Asha and the 50-70 phone market, this is their perfect replacement. Sell them at 79.99, the 635 at the 150-180 mark, the 8xx at 300 and the 9xx at 500 with the 1xxx series at 600

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:35 1

8. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Yup. Galaxy Light is better for sure. I have that phone, and I get VoLTE, too.
Also, it has NFC and supports nfc payment.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:45

13. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Oh and I have a Lumia 635 now, which is also pretty nice. It doesn't perform as well as the Light (probably has something to do with low RAM), but it's not bad for a $120 price as a new model. Not bad at all. The Light price is low cuz it probably doesn't sell very well. I thought it (Light) was crappy before I got my hands on it. XD

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 15:10

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

I like the light for what it does, but not for how many i have to replace.

Ebay sells them cheap, though on tmo they still go for 200 refurbed and like 280 new. Which at that price point makes the 635 a 'better' buy.

I wish the Galaxy Light and the LG L90 were merged into the phone.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:36

9. rdaex (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Except the Light went down to 99.60 today on tmobile, so hopefully you dont pay 135 from ebay.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:43 3

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

Holy hell, that's a smoking deal. A few days ago it was listed "on sale" at $216. $100 brand new, I might just buy myself a second, just for the hell of it.

This phone is also rootable, and is finally getting the attention of developers. A de-bloated, optimized ROM was just released today, and the same guy is gonna start working on Cyanogenmod for this phone.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:47 1

14. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Oh helllll. That's awesome. Now it's a much much better deal than even the LG Optimus L90. (same price)

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 14:59

19. wilsong17 (unregistered)

Lol I have note 3 buy this phone is a fail look at the review...beside TouchWiz is no good for small end phone

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 17:45

24. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

I have used it for 4 months now. No review needed. XD
From the outside, it looks like it's gonna be crap, so yea, the $240 price point is not very worth it. But for $150 or less, it's an awesome phone.
The only part about touchwiz I would complain on is the gallery app, which is so slow. The rest works great. I'm 100% stock, and no root.

Most Android phones are"fail" when comparing to the Note 3, haha.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:52

16. graphikzking (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)

Extreme budget but pay 68.75% more money for a phone?

My dad hated Android. He loves the WP. I personally like the WP interface a lot but have to use android because all my home automation apps, nas drive etc are only available on IOS/Android. Also, Android has the best selection of phones right now. Although MS has the best Camera phone and some of the best budget phones, total package belongs to Android. They have Mini, Maxx, standard, stylus, etc etc etc options.

Some people just want a basic phone for email, text, surfing the web. For that why pay 68% more money? In your financial world, why buy a Kia or Honda if all you do is drive the speed limit to work, buy a BMW for 68% more money?!!

The bmw has more hp, faster, more features and 68% more money. Again, some people just want CHEAP. This is perfect for them. It's not for me or you obviously but it is for some, otherwise they wouldn't make it. (It probably going to be a REALLY REALLY cheap phone on those prepaid customers)

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 13:14 1

4. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Another cheap but quality device.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 14:02 2

17. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Hmm... I'm not impressed...

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 14:53 1

18. drazwy (Posts: 234; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

Awesome, yet another entry level device from Nokia! About all they are capable of these days.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 15:25 1

23. PressStart (Posts: 119; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)

More low end WPs!? Jeeez, T-Mo, you're starting to piss me off. I take back everything about getting a WP now. It's like a kick in the nuts. Looks like I'll be staying with android for now.

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