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Nokia Lumia 630 vs. Nokia Lumia 530 – Comparison of Screen Display, Camera and Hardware and Software

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Although Nokia is a fairly late entrant into the world of smartphones, the company has made available a wide range of these devices in varying price rates.

The Nokia Lumia 630 and the Nokia Lumia 530 are among the company’s recent releases in the Lumia series. Launched within a gap of a couple of months in 2014, the Nokia Lumia 630 made its entry in April while the Nokia Lumia 530 arrived shortly afterwards in July. Both the smartphones are priced at very affordable rates and have some interesting features that are worth comparing. Although the Lumia 630 is visibly wider, slimmer and longer than the Lumia 530 in appearance, it is the heavier of the two phones. A striking similarity between the two smartphones is their rounded corners and black bezels surrounding the display.

Screen Display 

Both smartphones incorporate different display technologies. While the Nokia Lumia 530 features an LCD display, the Nokia Lumia 630 utilizes an IPS LCD display. Both the smartphones comprise capacitive multi-touch screens that render 16 million colors and encompass proximity sensors. In addition, the Lumia 630 screen is also equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant glass. There is a very marginal difference in the screen size that is hardly noticeable. The Nokia Lumia 630 screen size is 4.5 inches with that of the Nokia Lumia 530 being smaller by only half an inch. However, they share the same pixel resolution of 480×854 that is actually very less compared to various other popular smartphones in the market. The Lumia 530 has a pixel density of 245ppi in contrast to the 218ppi pixel density of the Lumia 630.

Verdict: Although the Lumia 530 has a better pixel density, there is no difference in the quality of images and text in either of the smartphones. Brightness and contrast are also more or less at par. But the presence of a scratch-resistant glass for the screen gives the Lumia 630 an extra scoring point.

Camera

The Lumia smartphones have a 5-megapixels rear camera each with an aperture size of f2.4, sensor size of 0.25 inch and focal length of 28 mm. Apart from some common features such as panorama, scenes, night mode, white balance presets, ISO control and geo tagging, the cameras also have some distinct features. The Lumia 530 camera is equipped with features like face detection and voice activation, while the Lumia 630 offers capabilities such as autofocus, digital zoom and touch to focus. The camcorders have different video resolutions. While the Nokia Lumia 530 can record videos of 864×480 resolution (480p) at 30fps, the Nokia Lumia 630 can record 1280×720 (720p HD) resolution videos at 30fps.

Verdict: Since both the smartphones lack a front camera, they are not ideal choices for ‘selfie’ lovers. Also, there is no major difference in picture quality as far as the camera in either smartphone is concerned. Video lovers are likely to prefer choosing the Nokia Lumia 630 because of the slightly enhanced video recording capabilities of its camcorder.

Hardware and Software

The Nokia Lumia 530 smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 system chip while the Nokia Lumia 630 is loaded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 system chip. While the Lumia smartphones share the same quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with a clock frequency of 1.2GHz and system memory of 512MB, they have two different graphics processors. The Lumia 530 comprises an Adreno 302 graphics processor which is slightly less powerful than the Adreno 305 graphics processor of the Lumia 630. The Lumia 630 also encompasses 8GB of built-in storage that is double that of the built-in storage of the Lumia 530. You can use memory cards in both the smartphones to increase the storage memory up to 128GB.

As far as the operating system is concerned, the smartphones function on Windows 8.1.

Verdict: The more powerful graphics processor and the excess storage capacity of the Nokia Lumia 630 assist in helping this smartphone render a bit smoother performance than the Nokia Lumia 530.

Battery Life  

The Nokia Lumia 630 features a higher capacity battery of 1,830 mAh than the 1,430 mAh battery of the Nokia Lumia 530. The Lumia 630 also renders considerably better hours of talk time, music playback and video playback than the Lumia 530.

Verdict: The Lumia 630 wins over the Lumia 530 due to its ability to render more hours of uninterrupted use once the battery is fully charged.