The Nokia Lumia 530 is, unsurprisingly, the successor to the extremely popular Lumia 520, which gave us a solid, functional smartphone at an eye catching price.

In fact the Lumia 520 (Lumia 521 in the US) was Nokia's best selling Windows Phone... ever. The Lumia 530 then, has its work seriously cut out.

Nokia is sticking with a winning formula, with the Lumia 530 inheriting many aspects of what made its predecessor great. The brightly coloured plastic shell feels sturdy in the hand, and the dinky size of this device means it's easily pocketable.

The screen remains at just 4 inches on the Lumia 530, which may be small in the world of Android, but that's the same size as the considerably more expensive iPhone 5S.

Resolution has been given a very slight boost, up from 480 x 800 on the 520 to 480 x 854 on the Lumia 530 - giving it a pixel density of 245ppi. Visually there's not much of an improvement to note, but the Lumia 530 is just a shade sharper in areas.

Nokia Lumia 530 review

I did find that colours appeared rather washed out on the Lumia 530's display, and coming from Samsung's Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S5 Mini the basic LCD technology was even more noticeable here.

It's important to remember that the Nokia Lumia 530 can be picked up for just £90 (around $150, AU$160) SIM-free, or for no upfront cost on two year contracts starting from as little as £7.50 per month.

At that price the Lumia 530 sits below the excellent Lumia 630, entertaining the likes of the Motorola Moto E, Samsung Galaxy Fame and Sony Xperia E1.

Nokia Lumia 530 review

With a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor and 512MB of RAM it isn't packing the most power in its class, but the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system historically hasn't been as resource-hungry as its Android rival - so you shouldn't worry too much about this spec.

I found that the tiled based interface still ran smoothly on the Lumia 530, allowing me to glide through the homescreen and app list with ease.

Some apps, such as the camera, did take two to three seconds to load, reinforcing the budget credentials of the 530, but I wouldn't say this was an unacceptable wait time considering the price.

Nokia Lumia 530 review

Windows Phone 8.1 brings with it a drop down notification bar complete with four customisable quick settings, making the Lumia 530 even easier to use and slightly more welcoming for anyone coming from Android or iOS.

Another feature included in the latest 8.1 update is the ability to add another column of live tiles to your homescreen, although enabling this option on the Lumia 530 can end up making things look a little cramped. I'd recommend sticking with the two default columns.

Another positive feature on the Lumia 530 is the fact that Microsoft (the new owner of Nokia) has done away with the navigation keys below the display, instead moving them on screen for a cleaner, more attractive look.

Nokia Lumia 530 review

The centralised power key and volume rocker just above it on the right side of the handset are very easy to hit one handed, although I found that the smooth plastic casing offered little in the way of grip.

A couple of times I came close to dropping the Lumia 530 trying to hit the power key as my grip loosened for a few seconds due to the size, so you'll need to be careful or stick it in a case.