King of the Pawns : Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM review

In recent times, Microsoft has fully focused on making budget, low end (mostly Dual SIM) mobiles. The Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM is the cheapest of one such offerings and a perfect representation of the company’s plans. Is this device worth it’s ‘cheap’ price tag? Does it live up to expectation? Why must you buy this device in the first place?

Looking at its key features:

  • 4.0 – inch Capacitive Touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels (235 PPI).
  • Windows Phone 8.1 (with assurance of Windows 10 upgrade).
  • Dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM.
  • 2MP camera, pixel count 1600 x 1200 pixels, Front facing VGA camera.
  • 8 GB internal storage.
  • Dual SIM support, Both Micro-SIM, 3G switchable.
  • 1500 mAh battery.

Main Disadvantages

  • Front and Back camera would’ve had a higher megapixel rating.
  • Less than 3GB available user storage.

Read the full detailed Lumia 430 Dual specifications , and our Lumia 430 Hands on experience.

Hardware and Design:
The Microsoft Lumia 430 – like her other Microsoft siblings – is well built, doesn’t look or feel cheap. The back cover is a polycarbonate plastic material covering the back and reaching out to the sides. The 4 inch screen fits well into your hands and you don’t get that squeaky cheap plastic feel when handling this device.

430 Dual (4)

Software and Display:
We have Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed with a promised upgrade to Windows 10, though we’re yet to install the Windows 10 preview here. The phone comes with the usual Microsoft tools to make life easier for you. Things like Call/SMS Blocker, Kids Corner, Work Place, Driving mode etc, are good examples.

Microsoft tools

The phone has a 400 x 800 display which isn’t bad considering the price. The display is clean without washing or overlapping of colors.

Camera:
This department is where this Lumia isn’t so impressive, we don’t blame it though, considering the price. The 2MP back camera produces decent pictures under good lighting, remember there’s no flash. The front facing camera of VGA resolution does the best it can. Here’s a comparison with the 8MP of Gionee M2, see sample below.

Lumia Sample (2)                                                                              Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual

Gionee M2 sample (4)                                                                                              Gionee M2

Multimedia:
The Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual is a performer media wise. The mono speakers at the back has a loud sound output. Though it wasn’t so refined when we pit it against the Blackberry Classic, Blackberry Passport, and TECNO Boom J7 we had in-house. Call that cheating!! :lol:. The inbuilt video player handled most of the video formats we threw at it.

Performance/Battery Life:
We all know Windows Mobile 8.1 OS glides smoothly on virtually any kind of hardware. All Apps and games installed on this phone ran smoothly. With steady 3G, browsing and hotspot, we hit 8 good hours before the battery touched down on 3%. Not bad if you ask me.

Miscellaneous:

The In call volume on the Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual can be described in one word ‘amazing’. Its so loud and clear most times it feels like people around are listening to my conversations.

This phone surprisingly packs features you can still find in more expensive Lumia devices. We were shocked to see premium features like Project My Screen and Equalizer (supposedly hardware dependent features), though the former will only work with a Windows device.

equaliz Project

Final Words:

Over the past year or two, Microsoft has fully focused on making budget, low end (mostly Dual SIM) mobiles. The focus has been to capture emerging markets like ours, after all that’s the segment with the highest numbers. More users will only translate to greater market share.

The Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM is worthy of it’s price tag, asides the camera, there’s nothing you can hold against this device. This phone is ideal for a first time smartphone user, a perfect replacement for your Nokia X or Asha, and a perfect secondary smartphone. All hail the king among pawns!!

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8 comments

  1. Are you saying performance wise this phone delivered? How many apps did you install? Did you really stretch the little guy?

  2. I’m still getting the 535 :p since the L820 I pass on anything with 8GB memory.

    But seriously, you made the same mistake other reviewers do when comparing aspect of a phone with other mid to high end ones; you can’t/shouldn’t make a Lumia 435 speaker sound comparison with the likes of the J7 Boom, BB Classic or BB Passport. They’re not on par, or even close.

    1. LOL.. Sorry ma.. That’s what we had in house, but to be honest, the speaker is pretty loud

  3. I am thinking of getting this phone but finding it difficult to choose between Lumia 430 and 435. both are perfect gateway for me to test windows phone

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