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The Nokia Lumia 530 is an entry-level smartphone that puts the Windows Phone experience within reach of many.

Aimed at first-time smartphone users, the 530 sports Lumia's trademark bright green and orange covers (although it also comes in a less blinding white and grey), runs Windows Phone 8.1 and is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor. 

Why choose a Windows Phone?

Let’s take a quick detour from listing the 530’s specs, to talk a little about Windows Phone, and why you might consider it a worthy mobile operating system alongside iOS and Android. 

Microsoft is adding apps to the Windows Phone Store daily – and popular apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Vine are all available. The Windows Phone also integrates smoothly with Office 365, and the new Xbox One, which finally went on sale in South Africa today. It’s an eco-system worth plugging into.

What to expect from the Lumia 530

It has a 4-inch LCD display with 854 x 480 resolution, and a 5MP rear-facing camera that comes with the same photo-editing suite you’ll find in the high-end Lumias, such as the 930. But there's no front-facing camera for selfie fans. 

The Lumia 530 has 512MB of RAM as well as 4GB internal storage. The battery is reasonable at 1 430mAh. While the specs on the Lumia 530 are pretty basic, it's worth remembering that the device isn't aimed at the top end of the market. The Lumia 530 also comes with Microsoft Office and 15GB of free storage in cloud service OneDrive – plenty of space to save music, photos and more online.

Verdict: The Lumia is perfect for someone looking for that Windows Phone experience at a low, low price. 

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