Microsoft offers exchange discounts to trade Nokia Asha for Lumia 435

Since the acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft is being very smooth and careful in replacing the Nokia Brand with its own. Microsoft did not make any sudden turns, instead it strategically started taking over the Brand name and replacing it with its own. In yet another smooth move to claim the remnant Nokia customers, Microsoft now offers to trade your old Nokia Asha mobiles for a brand new Lumia 435.

The Asha series was Nokia’s entry level smartphones with a OS of its own. It had its own bit of success but before it could mature, the Microsoft takeover happened. Now it is obsolete. If you still own a Asha device you would naturally want to move on to a better smartphone OS. At the similar price point of the Asha devices, there is no other alternative except the Lumia entry level mobiles.

So Microsoft offers a chance to upgrade to its brand new entry level Lumia mobile, the Lumia 435. Here is the offer details.

Price of Lumia 435 Exchange offer Price after Exchange
Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503 5999 1500 4499
Asha 305, Asha 306, Asha 308, Asha 309, Asha 310 and Asha 311 5999 1000 4999

Apart from the exchange offer, Paytm offers Rs 1250 cashback on recharges through the Paytm app on the mobile during the offer period. The offer is valid till 15th April 2015.

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Incase you were wondering, here are the specifications of the Lumia 435

Lumia 535 Specifications
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
Display 4” WVGA 800×480 screen
Processor Dual Core Snapdragon 200 processor
Main camera 2 MP
Front facing camera VGA
Memory 8GB
Micro SD card Yes – Upto 128 GB
RAM 1 GB
Battery 1560 mAh

 

Nokia Lumia 930 is now available in India, priced at Rs 38649

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The long awaited Nokia Lumia 930 is here. If you love the Lumia 1020 for its camera and hated it for its hunch back design, then Lumia 930 is the salvation. It is everything right, that was ever wrong with Lumia devices so far. It was launched in the US as the Lumia Icon exclusively on the Verizon network. Its international version is named as the Lumia 930.

Here are the specifications of the Nokia Lumia 930

Dimensions 137 x 71 x 9.8mm
Weight 167g
Screen size 5.0 inches
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi)
Screen type OLED ClearBlack
Battery 2,420mAh Li-Ion (non-removable)
Internal storage 32GB
Rear camera 20MP Zeiss, OIS, f/2.4, wide-angle lens, AF
Front-facing cam 2MP sensor (1.2MP stills)
NFC Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 LE
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
CPU 2.2GHz quad-core
GPU Adreno 330
RAM 2GB
Wireless Charging Yes, Qi standard
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1

I had a chance to play around with the Nokia Lumia icon, when I was in US for the Social media week earlier this year and basically as the Icon is same as the 930, check out my hands on video below.

Nokia Lumia is price in India at Rs 38649 and is available in stores. When it is listed as available in online stores, I shall update this post with links to buy it.

 

Nokia Lumia 530 – A little too late – Review

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The Nokia Lumia 530 is a successor to the hugely popular model Nokia Lumia 520. Though we saw the Lumia 525 take the charge from 520, it was pretty difficult to take the reigns from an alpha like the 520. Now that is not exactly what the 530 is trying to do here. It is a stripped down version of the 52x and it is available at a lower price. The only major upgrade Lumia 530 has over its predecessors is its quad core processor. Nokia is not trying anything new here, but to follow Motorola strategy and introduce a cheaper version of the successful line up like the case of the Moto E.

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In the Box

  • Nokia Lumia 530
  • Battery – Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery (BL-5J)
  • Headset – Earphone – WH108
  • Wall Charger – AC 18NZ – Output 550 ma
  • Data cable – No

Design

The Lumia 530 inherits a lot of its design language from it predecessors including the colorful swap-able back panel, small and sturdy built. The device is thick at 11.7 mm and it weighs 129 grams. It has a 4 inch display and no front facing camera. The 3.5 mm audio jack is at the top. The 5 MP fixed focus camera along with the mono speaker is at the back. The left side houses the volume buttons and the power button. The replaceable back panel reveals a 1430 mAh Li-Ion battery and underneath the battery we have slots for 2 SIM cards and a micro SD card.

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Display

The display is quite small at 4 inch when compared to some Android devices. But this is the best size for pocket-ability and convenience. It has a resolution of 480 x 854 which gives it a pixel density of 245ppi. The display quality is not brilliant and the colors looks a bit washed out, but there is nothing to complain here given that the device is priced at Rs 5500.

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Specifications

Before we move ahead with the review, have a look at the specifications of the Lumia 530 compared against its predecessors.

Specifications Nokia Lumia 530 Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 525
Dimensions 119.7 x 62.3 x 11.7 mm 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
Weight 129 g 124 g 124 g
Display TFT capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Screen Size 480 x 854 pixels, 4.0 inches (~245 ppi pixel density) 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density) 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Card slot Yes Yes Yes
Memory 4 GB, 512 MB RAM 8 GB, 512 MB RAM 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP v4.0, A2DP, LE v4.0, A2DP, LE
Primary Camera 5 MP 5 MP, 5 MP,
Video 480p@30fps 720p@30fps 720p@30fps
Secondary Camera No No No
OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1 Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Qualcomm MSM8227 Qualcomm MSM8228
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Dual-core 1 GHz Dual-core 1 GHz
GPU Adreno 302 Adreno 305 Adreno 305
FM Radio Yes Yes Yes
Battery Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery (BL-5J) Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery (BL-5J) Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery (BL-5J)
Price Rs 5500 Rs 7000 Rs 8500

Performance

The processor has received a major upgrade in the Lumia 530. Now it has the 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 512MB of RAM. It also has a dedicated graphic processor unit Adreno 302. Though it is not the best in class, Windows Phone OS is known for its optimal performance on low-end specifications. The bench mark results are satisfactory and it handles some resource intensive games with ease. If I have anything to complain, that would be the low internal memory. 4 GB is not enough. If you decide to install and run applications from the SD card, then you better get a class 10 high performance SD card, because the regular cheap class 4 memory card performs really bad in the Lumia 530.

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Operating System

The device ships with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. WP 8.1 has seen some significant improvements in the user interface including the expandable notification bar and extra column for live tiles in the home screen. But the significant UI feature which you will notice in the Lumia 530 is the on-screen navigation buttons. Though this is yet another feature borrowed from the Android, it is a welcome change. Personally, I don’t like it as is occupies one row of screen real estate. But it offers better user experience compared to capacitive screens. Also the bezel below the display is smaller, giving a smaller height to the device in general. The OS shows no signs of lag anywhere during my usage. It is very smooth and the interactions are highly responsive.

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Camera

The Lumia 530 has a 5 MP primary camera on the rear and it does not have a front facing camera. It does not have a flash as well. This has been a point of disappointment in the range of mobile and though users have complained about it constantly, Nokia refuses to heed to the request. In the name of reducing cost, they choose to cut hardware that would make user shell a little more for this device. The Lumia 530 comes with the Nokia Camera app and we have talked in length about the power of this software already. So ill skip it for the time and coming back to the quality of pictures, the Lumia 530 does a decent job under well-lit conditions. The contrast levels and saturation is not spiked up unnaturally and the overall quality of the image is decent. Though it seriously falls behind when the light conditions are challenging, it is definitely a better camera compared to the ones in 52x mobiles. Check out the image samples. I am completely disappointed with the 480p videos from this device.

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Battery

The Lumia 530 is powered by the same Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery (BL-5J) as the 52x mobiles. Under normal usage it lasts for day. When I saw normal usage, that would involve 2 hours of music, 30 min of call and a few minutes spent on games, camera and browsing.

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To buy or not to buy?

It is the year of the budget devices. We have seen the market dominated by the sales figures from entry-level devices which have disruptive marketing or predatory pricing strategies. At this point in time, it makes sense to introduce a competitive product that has decent specifications and is priced low. But Nokia Lumia 530 is a device that has low specifications and low price. At this price buyers have a lot of choice that has higher specifications. The Moto E, Xiaomi Redmi 1s, Asus Zenfone 4 are a few to mention. Though I must not be comparing a Windows phone with Android which would be like comparing oranges and apples, yet the budget buyers are concerned about the price more than anything. If they get a better value for their money, they will move over to the better choice. In terms of Windows phones, the biggest competitor for the Lumia 530 is the Lumia 525 which continues to dominate this segment of smart mobile. But if you are hell-bent on buying a Windows phone and on a tight budget go for the Lumia 530.

 

 

The Nokia X lineup will no longer be an Android variant

Initially when there were rumors of Nokia working on Android mobiles, nobody believed. Then came a surprise launch of 3 Nokia X devices all based on a forked version of Android. I knew that Nokia “X” stands for experiment and I never had any hope for the lineup to sustain. But with the launch of the second wave, Nokia X2, there was a glimmer of hope. I even started dreaming about a Nokia X mobile with pureview camera and Lumia design. Now that the final judgement has been worded out by Microsoft. The Nokia X series will no longer run on Android in the future. If at all the series survive, it will run on the Windows Phone platform. This news came along with the news that Microsoft is axing 18k jobs next year and of which 12.5 will be due to the Nokia acquisition. While this move is no surprise among the people in business and technology circuit, it sure is a sad news.

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Nokia and the X factor

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Being a huge fan of Nokia mobiles, I have always felt that Nokia must make Android Mobiles and nothing else. Nokia is the first company to introduce operating system based Mobile devices. It all started with the Symbian and then there was MeeGo for a while and both faded into the thin air. The world of iOS and Android was looming dark cloud over Nokia and they had a choice to go with Android as an OS in their device. But they choose to experiment with Windows. Windows isn’t bad either, but the rate of adoption and market share isn’t doing any good for the numbers. But Nokia continued to excel at what they do the best: Design. Their design and consideration of human interaction factors in the physical product design has truly raised the bars for others in the market. Still that wasn’t enough for people to jump back to Nokia and Microsoft took over Nokia and the acquisition may be complete sometime this year.

Now Nokia has dared another experiment and have come out with their Android powered devices. You really cannot call it a complete Android device, because it is a highly customized version or the forked version of Android in these Nokia devices. Nokia is calling these devices as the X series. Currently there are 3 Low to Mid end devices in this series. The Nokia X, X+ and the XL.

All these dual SIM devices run on Android JellyBean completely twisted and forked. Google services are not available on these devices. The UI resembles the famed Metro UI from Microsoft. It also has some of the Asha series DNA, like the Fast Lane. Though the Google play store is not available on the device, you can still side-load .apk files to the device and run almost every Android application on it. The device comes pre-loaded with a lot of applications, predominantly the ones which use Microsoft service like the One Note, Skype, Office, etc… Also the physical appearances and the color choices resemble the Asha line-up, esp the 500 series. To me these devices don’t pose a threat to any Android device, but it is a possible threat to the low end Lumia devices like the 520 or the 525.

Again, I would consider them as one of  many Nokia’s experiments. In my personal opinion, Nokia must have gone the Android way, long ago. It is too late for them for such an experiment. But still there is hope in this experiment. Nokia must find a way to keep the X series alive and must introduce high end devices and also make Google Play store co-exist with their own app store. However the bigger question here is, Will Microsoft allow Nokia to continue the X series after the completion of the acquisition?

Check out the specifications and compare the X-series here.