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Nokia Lumia 530 or Redmi. Which one is better?


Date: 21 Nov 2014    Group: Computers & Smart Devices    Category: Smartphones   

I am planning to buy my first smartphone in coming days and my budget is around 6k. I am confused between Nokia Lumia 530 & Xiaomi Redmi. My main priorities are heavy internet browsing, using all products of Google like Gmail,Gtalk, Google Docs etc. Camera, gaming is not of much importance to me, though it will be good to have them. I would be glad if someone tells me the detailed comparison and suggests which is better among the two for me.

Not sure whether to buy the Nokia Lumia 530 smartphone or the Xiaomi Redmi? The responses below will help you make the right choice between Nokia Lumia 530 vs Xiaomi Redmi


Author: Amit    22 Nov 2014      Member Level: Gold     Points : 6  (Rs 6)    Voting Score: 0

If you need to make a choice between these two devices, my suggestion would be to go for the Redmi 1S. Looking at your usage, I think the Redmi would suit you better.

Please note Nokia 530 would not let you use some of the Google apps like Google Maps as Nokia uses their own maps for navigation. Also, since it is a Windows based phone, you would not have access to the Google Play store and would be limited to whatever little apps that are available with Nokia/Microsoft App store.

The Redmi 1S although not easily accessible, wins in these departments. Also, some of the nifty features that Xiaomi devices offer are not available in any of the other costlier smartphones as well. Have a look at the "Top 5 unknown features of Xiaomi devices" here or watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHgOaNllxB0


Author: Mobile Boy    22 Nov 2014      Member Level: Gold     Points : 10  (Rs 10)    Voting Score: 0

Internet browsing experience is good in both Redmi and Lumia 530. Both device has their own values which I will relate below.

Video streaming:
When it comes to watching online videos I prefer Lumia 530. Whenever you play a video in Lumia 530 it changes to full screen mode. In Android device it plays directly in the embedded layout. The worst part in Android is that it won't support flash player. So you cannot stream flash videos in Redmi whereas it is possible in Lumia. Keep in mind not much videos in online are based on flash. However in Android you can do some tricks to make the flash videos to play.

For playing offline video Redmi is the best. You can play .avi, .xvid extension videos in Redmi whereas you cannot play them Windows Phone. Even there is no third party apps in Lumia to play those extensions. Also Redmi has the advantage of big screen.

Social network:
I am sure you will be using WhatsApp if you get a smartphone. WhatsApp is app like GTalk used for chatting. WhatsApp for Android (Redmi) is error free when compared to WhatsApp for Windows (Lumia). I have encountered random crashes in Lumia 530 while using WhatsApp. WhatsApp notification is not much fast as Android.

Above situation applies to all social networking apps.

Office apps
Lumia 530 is obvious performer when comes to office apps. Office apps are nothing but Word, Excel, PPT which you get by default in Lumia. In Redmi you have option to download those apps for free. So you can do these tasks equally good in both phones.

Maps
Lumia 530 comes with offline maps. You should do a one time download and after that you can use it with internet connection. It will show your location even when you are offline. It is great advantage and it saved me many times during my travel to new city/state. The user interface is very clean and you can understand easily when compared to Google maps.

In Redmi you will have Google maps which you need internet connection to use it. When on internet it will even show which direction you are facing.

If you have internet you can even use Google maps in Lumia 530. I feel Lumia is winner when it comes to map service.

Games
You can get games in both Redmi and Lumia. If you see the count obviously Android have more games than Windows. But the fact is you will be installing maximum 5 to 10 games in your phone. So my point is you will get games for Lumia 530 too. You don't need to worry about games unless you are serious gamer.

Hardware
If you compare the spec sheet you will find Redmi has promising hardware. What I feel is Lumia has optimized software. Best example is I can install Asphalt 8 game in Lumia eventhough it has 512 MB RAM. This Ashphalt 8 game need 1 GB RAM if you are running in Android. But you have the advantage of front facing camera, flash and big screen in Redmi.

Verdict
Decision is up to you. Choose the phone which you feel that suits you. You have shortlisted best in the market, so neither of them will disappoint you.


Author: Alok Nath Pandey    23 Nov 2014      Member Level: Gold     Points : 7  (Rs 7)    Voting Score: 0

Xiaomi Redmi 1S is an excellent phone within your price range and currently no other device can can be compared with it. In my opinion you should go for a Redmi 1S as it is completely value for money.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs Nokia Lumia 530

Operating System:
Nokia Lumia 530 is a Windows phone that runs on Windows v8.1 whereas Redmi 1S is an Android phone which comes with Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean).

Windows OS is a product of Microsoft and Android is developed by Google. There are limited number of apps and programs that can currently be installed on a Windows Phone, on the other hand there are plenty of free/paid apps and programs for Android. The number of Android users all over the world are much more than Windows users.

Price
Nokia Lumia 530 Dual Sim:
Rs 5,490 on Flipkart
Rs 5,540 on eBay

Xiaomi Redmi 1S:
Price Rs 8,199 on eBay
Price Rs 5,999 on Flipkart

Processor: Both, Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Lumia 530 have quad core processors. The Redmi 1S processor is clocked at 1600 MHz whereas Nokia Lumia is clocked at 1200 MHz. Xiaomi Redmi 1S is equipped with 1 GB of RAM whereas Nokia has only 512 MB RAM.

Display Size: For those consumers who prefer buying a smartphone with a large screen, Redmi 1S is a good option. Redmi 1S has a large 4.7" HD Screen whereas Lumia has a 4.0" medium sized screen.

Camera: Xiaomi Redmi 1S has an 8 MP primary camera which is better than Lumia's 5 MP primary camera. A 1.6 MP front facing camera is available on the Redmi for selfie lovers, Lumia unfortunately disappoints here with no front facing camera.

Storage: Redmi 1S provides 8 GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 64Gb whereas Lumia provides only 4 GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 128 GB. Lack of a large internal memory gives Xiaomi an extra advantage.

Battery: Nokia Lumia 530 has a 1430 mAh power source whereas Xiaomi Redmi 1S has 2000 mAH power source.


Author: Amit    25 Nov 2014      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Going by rumours doing the rounds, today was the last day the Redmi 1S was on sale on Flipkart. You may not be able to buy it officially from Xiaomi India now.

With the launch of Redmi Note, Xiaomi was expected to stop supply of their previous handset, the Redmi 1S. They did the same with Xiaomi Mi3 when they launched Redmi 1S.


Author: Phagu Mahato    26 Nov 2014      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

A comparison between Nokia Lumia 530 and Xiaomi Redmi 1S is given below:

Exterior comparison
The display of Nokia Lumia 530 is 4 inches, screen resolution of 480 x 854 pixels with TFT whereas display of Xiaomi Redmi 1S is 4.7 inches, screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixel with IPS LCD.

Memory Comparison
Nokia Lumia 530 sports a Quad Core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 200) 1.2 GHz, 512 MB of RAM with Windows Phone 8.1 OS, whereas Xiaomi Redmi 1S has a powerful quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Cortex-A7) 1.6 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS with a layer of MIUI v5.
Lumia 530 has 4 GB of in built memory, expandable up to 32 GB whereas Xiaomi Redmi 1S has 8 GB internal storage, expandable upto 128 GB

Battery and Camera
The Nokia Lumia 530 has a Li-Ion battery of 1430 mAh while Redmi 1S has a Li-Ion battery capacity 2000 mAh. Nokia Lumia 530 has 5 MP primary camera while Xiaomi Redmi 1S has an 8 MP primary camera.

Common Features
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Micro USB port,
Dual SIM,
LED Light





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