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.
- Front and Back camera would’ve had a higher megapixel rating.
- Less than 3GB available user storage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual
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.
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.
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.
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!!