Both phones are targeting the mid-range segment, being great solutions for those who are short of money and need a phone desperately. The Moto G came last fall and the Lumia 530 was released this summer, but let’s see if it can defeat the Nokia handset in terms of specs.
None of the companies bothered to bring extremely good looking smartphones if their internal parts can rise up to a certain level of performance, so both the Moto G and the Lumia 530 feature plastic backs which can be changed. Both back panels are curved and have rounded corners, but the Lumia 530 has a simpler design, while the Moto G has a dip at the top and speakers on the right side of the camera. The Moto G is taller and thinner, measuring 129.9×65.9×11.6mm, but it’s also heavier at 143grams, and features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front panel. The Lumia 530 weights 129grams and has physical sizes of 119.7×62.3×11.7mm.
The Moto G has a bigger display of 4.5inches, using IPS LCD technology, and manages to deliver a resolution of 720×1280 pixels (326ppi), outperforming the 4inches TFT display from the Lumia 530, which does its best to keep up wit the competition, but it can’t offer a resolution higher than 480×854 pixels (245ppi).
Hardware and OS
Although it was released earlier than the Lumia 530, the Moto is still better in performance, although it features the same quad core 1.2 GHz processor. The advantage of the Moto G is the newer Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset, which came with better graphics – Adreno 305 and bigger RAM capacity – 1GB. The Lumia 530 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with Adreno 302 graphics and 512MB of RAM. As for the internal storage, you’ll have to choose between 8 and 16GB, but you are not allowed to add a microSD card slot to the Moto G, while the Lumia 530 comes with a lower internal memory of 4GB but which accepts expansion up to 128GB. The Moto G is an Android-based smartphone coming initially with v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and soon it will operate on the much-coveted v5.0 (Lollipop). The Lumia 530 runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS, which added features such as Action Center, where you’ll find your notifications and quick settings. The Start Screen has been improved, and the WordFlow keyboard supports now swipe gesture typing.
The Moto G is privileged, once again, to own a camera with better specs, although it has the same resolution as the one from the Lumia 530 – 5MP. Therefore, it offers autofocus, LED flash, HDR, panorama, and for the selfie lovers there’s another 1.3MP camera on the front panel, which the opponent is missing.
The battery on the Moto G is non-removable and has a capacity of 2070 mAh (7.9Wh), beating the 1430 mAh (5.4Wh) battery from the Lumia 530, but the only advantage of the Nokia handset is that it allows you to replace the battery in the future.
On Amazon, the 8GB variant of the Moto G is priced at 157 dollars and the 16GB variant costs 180 dollars. The Lumia 530 dual-SIM is slightly cheaper at 150 dollars.