The HTC Desire 530 is a decent budget smartphone that comes packed with all the features you've come to expect from a traditional smartphone. An entry level Android handset without much pizzazz or impressive specs, the HTC Desire 530 is suited better for someone's first mobile phone, or for people who don't plan on using their smartphone for much else other than talk, text, and light web usage.
Set an extremely affordable price, it's one of the best basic budget smartphones on the market today. If you're looking for a speedy powerhouse, stunning camera, or slick experience, you may want to look elsewhere.
The 5-inch, 720p HD screen, 8MP camera and 2,200mAh battery are perfectly respectable specs for an entry-level device, but anyone seeking decent performance is not going to get it here because the Desire 530 is hamstrung by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and just 1.5GB of RAM.
Running the Android Marshmallow OS, and with underwhelming specs, it just feels like the Desire 530 trudges along at a crawl. There's lag when you type, loading apps feel slow and there's even some basic interface lag at times. The frames can dip into single digits at times while playing intensive games, but casual games run just fine.
A redeeming factor of the HTC Desire 530 is that its Sense Skin over the Android Marshmallow OS isn't terrible. Marshmallow comes loaded with nifty features and is arguably one of the best mobile operating systems to date. These include a robust set of application-specific privacy controls, user-friendly Material Design and a decent portfolio of battery-saving services.
There is some bloatware preloaded onto the phone, which hampers the paltry 16GB internal storage. You'll want to slide in a microSD card. HTC's BlinkFeed is the most notable example, which pulls interesting news stories and articles you might find interesting and displays them neatly in a tile format.
The 8 MP rear camera takes surprisingly good photos in bright light and outdoors. The handset supports autofocus and high dynamic range, which you'll definitely want to turn on to maximize the quality of your pics. Quality drops quickly in mixed weather or low light conditions. Photos are blurry, noisy, and lack detail. Compounding on top of this is that everything the camera does is slow. Launching the app is slow, the shutter speed is slow, and image processing is slow.
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