Nokia recently launched the Lumia 530 which is the successor to the Lumia 525. This is a budget device and runs windows phone 8. It has got a decent quad core processor but rest of the hardware is pretty basic. This device competes with various other budget devices that lie in the same price bracket. Moto E is one such device that goes against the Lumia 530. It was launched a couple of months back and is a really good value for money device. It is nicely built and offers decent hardware for the price it is available at. We put these two devices against each other to find out which one of these is a better device.
The Nokia Lumia 530 comes with a very simple design and has got the familiar Nokia Lumia face. It is rounded at the edges and has got a small size making it easy to handle. The weight is well in control and it won’t be hard to use the device using one hand. It has got a small display which has helped them keep the size down. They have removed the capacitive keys and instead they have gone for on screen keys. The bezels around the display are thick which make it looks less attractive.
That said, the Moto E isn’t very attractive either. It looks like a Moto G but slightly smaller and with fatter bezels. There isn’t a character to the design so it doesn’t really stand out. The bezels are fat like the Lumia 530 and built quality is almost the same. It is bigger than the Lumia 530 but still friendly for one handed operation. The rear panel can be removed to put on a different panel in its place. It comes with Nano coating to save the device from accidental splashes.
The Lumia 530 comes with a 4 inch TFT display. The display resolution is 480 x 854 pixels. This gives a pixel density of 245 ppi which is acceptable for a device of this range. The display is decent and the viewing angles are acceptable. The display of Moto E measures 4.3 inches and has a resolution of 540 x 960. This gives a slightly higher pixel density of 256 ppi. It gets gorilla glass 3 protection. The display quality is acceptable but the colours aren’t very true. It is reasonably sharp and the contrast levels are decent. It is a bit reflective so you might find it hard to read under direct sunlight.
Both these devices run the same chipset but with different processors. The Nokia Lumia 530 has got a quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. Along with this it get the Adreno 302 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. It gets just 4 GB on internal storage. While Nokia might talk big about putting a quad core processor on this device, the small amount of RAM and low internal storage ruins it of the benefit of quad core. In fact it feels more like a downgrade over the Lumia 525 which comes with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. While even 8 GB isn’t plenty for large number of users, the people with basic usage can easily live without a micro SD card with 8 GB of internal storage. With 4 GB, you get just a bit over 1 GB storage for use and that isn’t plenty for even the most basic user. Also the small amount of RAM would limit the number of apps you can run on this device.
The Moto E comes with the same chipset as we said. It gets a dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and has got 1 GB of RAM. While the dual core processor might be a bit slow, you can easily multitask due to the decent amount of RAM. The internal storage sits at 4 GB just like the Nokia Lumia 530. This means that you would surely have to use the micro SD card slot. The devices offer similar connectivity options. You get dual SIM support, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro USB 2.0 on both the devices. The Lumia 530 comes with a 1430 mAh battery which is a bit small considering it is a quad core device. The Moto E comes with a 1980 mAh battery but the battery life isn’t very impressive.
Both the devices are almost even here. They come with 5 megapixel fixed focus cameras on the rear. There is no front camera in either of the devices. With a fixed focus camera, there are very few conditions when you can get a nice shot. All the other times you end up getting a blurry shot. The camera interface on both the devices is good but the Nokia has a slight edge here. On the other hand, the camera on Moto E offers some features like HDR that you won’t find on the Nokia. Both the devices can record 480p videos. The quality of video is pathetic on both the devices. Putting this camera on Moto E was justified but for the Nokia, it is disappointing. It is priced higher than the E and even its predecessor came with an auto focus camera. This camera on the Lumia 530 definitely feels like a downgrade.
The devices come with their share of pros and cons. You need to weight them according to your priorities to choose your device. If you are looking for an android device on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the Moto E. There are some more powerful android devices available for similar price but they don’t come from any mainstream manufacturer. The Nokia Lumia 530 comes with the latest version of windows phone operating system which is quite good and comes with Microsoft’s new voice assistant. But the list of pros ends here. The device is disappointing and doesn’t feel like the successor of Lumia 525. Among these two, we would recommend the Moto E for sure.
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