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.