HTC Desire 530

HTC Desire 530
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HTC Desire 530

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In a nutshell

The Desire 530 sits at the budget end of HTC’s range. But that’s definitely not a bad thing. For a bargain price, you’ll get plenty of storage, decent front and rear-facing cameras, as well as the latest version of Android.

Best for you if: You’re upgrading from a very basic smartphone, or you’re a fan of HTC’s user interface.

Not for you if: You’re into high-level photography, gaming or anything else that requires a lot of power.

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HTC has a great reputation for making fantastic high-end phones. The Desire 530 is their attempt to produce a budget phone that still packs a lot of features, at a much lower price point.

When it comes to what’s on the outside, the Desire 530 has a quirky, individual design. Its plastic exterior should prove pretty resilient, while the paint-spatter effect means that no two phones are the same. It’s not for everyone, but it’s a nice touch for creative types.

Turn the Desire 530 on and you’ll find the latest version of Android, coupled with HTC’s Sense user interface. The two combine to offer a smooth, straightforward experience, whether you’re browsing the web or switching between apps. It might be tricky to get to grips with for Apple and Windows users, though.

The Desire 530’s 5-inch screen is relatively impressive for a budget phone. While you shouldn’t expect mind-blowing visuals and colours, it’ll display all your photos, documents and apps nicely.

Speaking of photos, documents and apps, the Desire 530 comes packing 16GB of internal storage – and space for up to 200GB extra on a MicroSD card. All of which means you’ll have plenty of room for everything, from your weekend photos to files from work. If you’re using a lot of apps, though, it might be worth spending a little more on a phone with 32GB of on board memory, since you can’t store apps on a MicroSD card.

The Desire 530 is powered by a quad-core processor, but you might find that it struggles with more high-intensity tasks. It’ll easily handle everyday stuff, like web browsing and emailing, but gamers and heavy multi-taskers should probably look elsewhere.

If you’re looking for a budget Android phone that still has lots to offer, the Desire 530 might well be exactly what you’re after. But if you’re not used to the interface, or you’re a high-end smartphone user, it won’t be for you. For its price point, though, the Desire 530 offers oodles of storage, an eye-catching design and a good-sized screen.

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