Microsoft Lumia 532 Overview
Microsoft are slowly, but surely, carving out a significant section of the budget smartphone market for themselves. Whilst more expensive devices become powerhouses of productivity, there is a greatly increasing number of people that simply want a modern device to access apps and the web, without spending money on unnecessary features or power.
If this is your requirement then Windows Phone could be the perfect system to use. It looks and runs the same on all handsets from budget models to expensive business phones, whilst ensuring you still get access to a huge set of Microsoft exclusive features.
As big-name affordable phones go, the Microsoft Lumia 532 could be one of the best yet. Both compact and lightweight, it can fit in bags or pockets whilst still being capable enough to handle all your messaging needs from emails to social chats. Fully integrated Skype also means you can instantly turn phone calls into Skype calls !
The 532 keeps up the Lumia tradition of vibrant, fun colours. Also, whichever one you pick can also be swapped out - quickly change your phone to suit your outfit, mood or surroundings ! Each available block colour is a bold statement.
It's also excellently pocket-sized - in a world where huge phones are becoming increasingly normal, it can often be difficult to know how you're going to carry it around with you ! The 532 should easily fit into most pockets or small bags without taking up much room, or adding weight.
The 5.0 MP main camera does well for such a budget handset and is capable of taking some decent images of you and your surroundings.
Like all new Windows Phone handsets, Skype is built in to the system, so you can always be ready to make or receive Skype calls, wherever you are in the world.
In fact, if you have both the mobile number and Skype details for someone in your contacts list then you can instantly upgrade a standard phone call to a Skype call.
Microsoft use a 4 inch 480 x 800 LCD panel on the Lumia 532. This is a basic screen, however more than capable of letting you navigate comfortably through the system, view messages, browse articles, play games and look through pictures.
Keeping with the budget motif of the 532 in mind, a lower resolution screen makes perfect sense. Not only does it draw less power and keep the battery going for longer, it also allows for a cheaper final price to you without compromising on screen quality at this size.
For an entry level handset, the Lumia 532 has a relatively impressive specification. The1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM result in the kind of performance not seen before in handsets under £100.
The end result is an affordable phone that can still run apps and games enjoyed on more powerful devices, whilst still keeping you up to date with daily tasks. 8GB of internal storage is room enough for media and installs plus you can always expand with support for up to 128GB microSD cards or take advantage of 30GB free Microsoft Onedrive cloud storage.
Windows Phone has seen many enhancements which greatly improve how it functions and how you are able to interact with it. The Lumia 532 is one of a new range of Windows Phone handsets that can take advantage of the Lumia Denim update. With this update comes an improved home screen with addition of live folders so you can intelligently group app shortcuts.
Another feature you will likely use a lot is the new personal assistant “Cortana”. With state of the art voice recognition to respond to your queries, this helps you with the organisation of your life, so missing appointments is a thing of the past. You can search for articles and other news with ease, and the more you use Cortana, the better this can provide information relevant to you.
There are now more apps available than ever before in the Windows Phone Store, including all the apps which you use on a daily basis. This means that you will still be able to use Spotify, Groupon, Shazam, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and many more.
Reasons to buy Microsoft Lumia 532
- Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update
- Cortana personal assistant
- 5 MP camera / VGA front facing camera
- 1.2GHz quad-core processor
- 8GB internal storage
- Available in a range of bright colours
What's in the Box Microsoft Lumia 532
- Microsoft Lumia 532
- User Guide
|SIM Free & Unlocked||Yes|
|Operating System||Windows Phone|
|Version||8.1 with Lumia Denim|
|Speed||1.2GHz Quad Core|
|Other||Adreno 302 GPU|
|Capacity (Up to)||128 GB|
|Resolution||800 x 480 / 233ppi|
|Other||Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor|
|Frequencies||850 /900 / 1800 /1900 MHz|
|Frequencies||900 / 2100 MHz|
|Functions||A2DP, AVRCP, GATT, HFP, OPP, PAN & PBAP|
|Audio||3.5mm audio jack|
|Hardware Buttons||Volume keys, power/lock key|
|Antenna Type||GPS / GLONASS|
|Built-in Software||HERE Drive , HERE Maps, Bing Maps.|
|Flash||Fixed focus with LED flash|
|Camera Lens||1/4 inch sensor and f/2.4 aperture|
|Other||Auto and manual white balance, Automatic photo upload to OneDrive|
|Front Facing Camera||Yes|
|Formats||3G2, 3GP, AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA.|
|Formats||H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, Windows video.|
|Near Field Communication|
|GSM||max 20.9 hours|
|3G||max 11.7 hours|
|Dimensions||118.1 x 64.7 x 11.7 mm|
|Software||Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WeChat, Skype, LINE, Sina Weibo, WhatsApp, Flickr, Foursquare, OneDrive, Picasa, YouTube.|
The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:http://www.clove.co.uk/international-customers.aspx
Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?
Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.
Is this phone brand new?
Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.
Is there any network/operator branding?
No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.
Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?
Yes. It supports up to 128GB microSD memory cards.
What SIM card does this phone use?
This phone takes a micro SIM card.
Is this handset LTE compatible?
No, this phone is not compatible with 4G.
Is the phone IP rated?
No, there is no water resistance on the phone.