Nokia is known for its affordable phones but with several compelling options available it can be hard to choose between them. Two of the best and most recent are the Nokia Lumia 530 and the Nokia Lumia 630. They’re both great and they’re both highly affordable, but just how do they compare?
When it comes to the design and build there really isn’t much to choose at all. Both phones have removable plastic back covers available in a variety of colours, both have slightly rounded corners and both have large black bezels around the display.
There are of course some differences in the two phones dimensions though. The Nokia Lumia 530 is 119.7 x 62.3 x 11.7mm and 129g, while the Nokia Lumia 630 is 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm and 134g. So in other words the Lumia 630 is longer, wider and slightly heavier but slimmer than the Lumia 530, all of which is noticeable but in practice doesn’t make much difference to how good the phone looks or feels to hold. They’re both well-built and they both look cheap.
While the design of these two phones might be similar the screens are quite different. The Nokia Lumia 530 has a 4.0-inch 480 x 854 LCD display with a pixel density of 245 pixels per inch, while the Nokia Lumia 630 has a 4.5-inch 480 x 854 IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 218 pixels per inch.
So the obvious difference is their respective sizes. The Nokia Lumia 630 has a substantially larger screen than the Lumia 530, but as they’re the same resolution the Nokia Lumia 530 actually has a higher pixel density, though the difference is small enough to be barely noticeable. Neither phone is super sharp but nor does either of them have an uncomfortably low resolution screen.
The other difference is the display technology. While the Lumia 530 uses a standard LCD screen, the Lumia 630 has an IPS LCD display, which gives it slightly more vibrant colours and better viewing angles, but again the difference is minor. The main differentiating factor is the size.
There’s not a vast difference in power between these two handsets, but there is still some difference. The Nokia Lumia 530 has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor and 512MB of RAM, while the Nokia Lumia 630 has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 512MB of RAM.
So they’re both quad-core, clocked at the same speed and have the same amount of RAM, but the Lumia 630 has a slightly better processor. It also has a slightly better GPU (an Adreno 305 compared to the 530’s Adreno 302).
That extra power could certainly come in handy since neither phone exactly has power to spare, but they’re both surprisingly slick performers, so while the Lumia 630 should be slightly more capable of running demanding games for example, in day to day use there’s little noticeable difference and both perform well, especially considering their low prices.
While Nokia has certainly made some great camera phones neither of these are among them. Both the Lumia 530 and the Lumia 630 have 5 megapixel main cameras and no front-facing cameras, so they’re about as bare-bones in that respect as a modern smartphone gets.
There’s really very little to choose between them, right down to the same 1/4" sensor size on each, with the only real difference being their video recording capabilities, as while the Lumia 530 is limited to just 480p at 30fps, the Nokia Lumia 630 can record in 720p at 30fps. Both phones will cope in a pinch if you don’t have a more capable camera to hand, but neither deliver brilliant results.
The Nokia Lumia 530 has a 1430 mAh battery quoted for up to 528 hours of standby time or 13 hours and 20 minutes of talk time, while the Nokia Lumia 630 has an 1830 mAh battery which should be able to last for up to 600 hours of standby time or 16 hours and 20 minutes of talk time. So the Lumia 630 has the edge, but either phone should be able to see you through at least a day between charges.
The Nokia Lumia 530 has just 4GB of memory built in, while the Lumia 630 doubles it with 8GB, however both phones also have microSD card slots which support cards of up to 128GB.
The two handsets have the same connectivity options, specifically Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0, with neither of them offering 4G or NFC.
There are a number of differences between the Nokia Lumia 530 and the Nokia Lumia 630, but most of them are quite minor. The Lumia 630 has slightly better battery life, more built in storage, better video recording capabilities, a little more power, better display technology and a slimmer build, while the biggest difference is that the screen is 0.5 inches bigger than the Lumia 530’s.
All the 530 really has the 630 beat on is pixel density, so it has a slightly sharper screen and everything else is much the same, right down to the operating system. However the Lumia 530 is by far the more affordable of the two, coming in at just £60, while the Lumia 630 is a still cheap £100 roughly.
These are both budget phones then but the Lumia 530 is only just over half the price of the Lumia 630 and despite being a worse phone overall it’s the better value of the two. You can’t go wrong with either but if money is tight then the Lumia 530 is the best option.
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