Summary: While the Ascend Y530 is pretty cheap, its all-round unimpressive performance means it's still not worth your cash. For the same money you can buy the Motorola Moto G, which beats the Y530 in every respect.
Pros: The Huawei Ascend Y530 is very affordable, its battery is replaceable and it has expandable storage.
Cons: Its screen is poor, its processor doesn't offer much power, Huawei's software is clunky to use, its battery life is weak and it doesn't have 4G.
Summary: Gigantic little Y. Huawei's Y product line is aimed at price-conscious smartphone newbies. The Ascend Y530 is no exception. The Chinese manufacturer bundles a rounded package for 149 Euros (~$206) and keeps a simplified usage in mind - and the 4.5-inch Y is available for less online.
Pros: Good build, Slim silhouette, Feasible performance, Viewing angle stable screen, Decent speaker, Low price, Huawei has bundled a rounded overall package for a very affordable price. This even makes a low-budget smartphone fun.
Cons: Abysmal front-facing camera, Small working memory, Low and slow internal storage, Occasional stutters in use, The front-facing camera could be a bit higher quality. More working memory would also be nice, but likely too much of a good thing for this price range.
Conclusion: The Huawei Y530 is a solid budget performer that has at least gained a few style points on its low-end predecessors and offers reasonable value for money within its limited specifications. However, it doesn't cost much more for increased power and considerably better screens these days, so its appeal could be limited.
Pros: Neat and sturdy design, good-sized screen
Cons: Sub-HD display, processor not as powerful as it could be, doesn't do enough to distinguish itself from rivals
Summary: Is simplicity the key to winning the budget market?
Pros: Simple UI mode, Solid design, Respectable battery life, The Emotion UI is quite a pleasant addition, as is the simple home style. Being able to switch between the two means this device becomes perfectly suited for the young and the old. The 5MP camera may not be the best camera seen on a handset, but the deep customisation of settings, effects and modes is a real bonus. The battery life on the Ascend Y530 is better than the average in a device of this price.
Cons: Emotion UI is poor, Small internal storage, No 4G or NFC, In terms of design, Huawei have obviously used cheap materials, and this is really noticeable when interacting with and using the device. If storage space is a priority then you may find the 4GB of internal storage on the Huawei Ascend Y530 slightly disappointing, and even though there is a microSD slot this really isn't enough for the modern day smartphone. When using the Huawei Ascend Y530 in everyday situati...
Excerpt: Many budget smartphones look and feel like cheap chunks of plastic, but the Huawei Ascend Y530 manages to buck this trend with its smart, textured rear panel. It has a matt finish which gives plenty of grip and its relatively heavy 145g weight has the advantage of making the phone feel solid and well-made. The back still pops off so you can get to the battery, SIM card slot and microSD card slot, but we only noticed a very small amount of flex in the chassis.
Conclusion: The biggest problem the Huawei Ascend Y530 faces is that the competition at this price point has changed fairly dramatically in recent times. While there are a number of devices in the sub-£150 category, it’s the Motorola Moto G that has shifted expectations up a gear. That makes it difficult to see why you'd pick the Huawei or similar rivals over the Motorola, which has the edge on performance, a better display, lovely design and is only £10 more expensive than this...
Pros: Design is reasonable, IPS display, has microSD storage expansion, simple user interface option is good for newcomers
Cons: Slow performance, seems overpriced, cameras are average, software tweaks don't add much, battery performance not good
Excerpt: De to kinesiske selskapene Huawei og ZTE har lenge konkurrert om å lage de beste lavprismobilene. På det norske markedet slo Huawei gjennom tidlig i 2011 med Titan U8800 , og ZTE kom med sin originale Blade kort tid senere. Begge selskapene har fått fotfeste, og har lansert mange mobiltelefoner siden. Veldig ofte når vi tester mobiler fra Huawei og ZTE, er sluttlinjen «mye for pengene», «topp ytelse for en billig penge» eller noe i den duren.
Pros: God design, Innovative menyer, God lydkvalitet fra musikkspiller, Godt kamera til prisen
Excerpt: Das Huawei Ascend Y530 ist ein gutes Einsteigersmartphone, mit einem recht ordentlichen Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis. Man bekommt hier für unter 110 Euro ein Smartphone mit einem 4.5 Zoll großen TFT LCD Display mit einer Auflösung von 480 x 800 Pixel sowie einem Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Dual-Core-Prozessor mit 1.2 GHz sowie 512 MB RAM Arbeitsspeicher.