Nokia 3, 5 and 6 review

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This year Mobile World Congress took place at Barcelona in 27 February – 2 March, where between all the great known mobile devices manufacturers, Nokia presented their first Android phones. It was long awaited moment for all Nokia fans around the world and at the same time, very important step for Finnish company getting back into the game.

Nokia revealed 3 new Android phones that will compete in different smartphone categories, from low budget devices to flagman series. From the first sight they all look very alike and size is the only main difference between them, but looking closer you start to notice slight changes in the housing. Later we’ll get into more details on that.
Another great news is that Nokia phones will be running completely stock build of Android Nougat 7, with no bloat or needless UI customization. Company went for a pure version of Android in order to deliver clean and simple user experience also making it much more easier to keep up with Google’s future updates.
Now it’s time to take a closer look on each model.

Nokia 3

It’s one of the best looking budget class smartphone, filled with many great features for a really fair price.
Nokia 3 comes with aluminum housing that has rounded side edges, making whole device feel exclusively luxurious compared with any other smartphone in this range. Back side of the phone is made from polycarbonate alloy, which seems resistant only for a light scratches.
On the front, there’s 5 inch HD IPS (720p) display protected with Gorilla Glass. Right above the screen stands 8MP front facing camera, capturing surprisingly good quality images and videos.
Looking at the down side, 3 visible control buttons fits right below the screen. Bottom of the body has 1 speaker, Micro-USB charging port and a microphone.
You can get Nokia 3 for only 139€. But before you do, take a look at technical specifications below.

 

Technical specifications

• Network:
2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900;
3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100;
4G LTE 700/800/850/900/1800/2100/2300/2600;
Dimensions 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.5mm, weight 140g
5 inch 16M colors IPS LCD display
Processor Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex A53 with Mali T720MP1 GPU
Chipset Mediatek MT6737
2GB RAM
16GB internal memory
MicroSD card support up to 256GB
8MP rear camera with f/2.0 sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size, featuring autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, video recording 720@30fps
Front camera 8MP with f/2.0 sensor size, video recording 720@30fps
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE
FM radio with RDS
NFC (Near Field Communication)
Android Nougat 7.0 operating system
Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, proximity sensor
Non-removable Li-Ion 2630mAh battery
Available colors: silver, white, mate black, tempered blue, cooper white


Nokia 5

Another great looking device from Nokia series and definitely a good choice if you’re looking for the best price and device capability ratio.
The look of Nokia 5 seems more luxurious compared with Nokia 3. And that’s because the back side of Nokia 5 is made from light weight aluminum alloy, making device more resistant to unexpected drop or light damage.
Rounded back side also covers all the housing edges that connects with Gorilla Glass, protecting 5.2 HD IPS display from scratches. Having 0.2 inches larger screen, Nokia 5 still can be easily manageable with a single hand.
Physical home button is fitted at the bottom of the screen, but unlike on Nokia 3, this one has fingerprint lock feature making device accessible in much easier and faster way.
Main camera comes with 13MP quality, capable of capturing high quality images and recording videos in FHD resolution. However, you will not be able to fully enjoy FHD resolution videos while watching them on Nokia 5 HD screen.
Front camera was not improved and stays the same as is on Nokia 3. But users should be happy with 370mAh larger battery capacity expanding smartphone lifetime while in use.
Below you’ll find more technical specifications, which compared with its rivals, shows that Nokia 5 has really great price ratio. You can get one for 189€.

 

Technical specifications

• Network:
2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900;
3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100;
4G LTE 700/800/850/900/1800/2100/2300/2600;
Dimensions 149.7 x 72.5 x 8mm, weight 160g
5.2 inch 16M colors IPS LCD display
Processor Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex A53 with Adreno 505 GPU
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430
2GB RAM
16GB internal memory
MicroSD card support up to 256GB
13MP rear camera with f/2.0 sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size, featuring autofocus, touch focus, dual tone LED flash, video recording 1080p@30fps
Front camera 8MP with f/2.0 sensor size, video recording 720@30fps
Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, LE
FM radio with RDS
NFC (Near Field Communication)
Android Nougat 7.1.1 operating system
Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, proximity sensor
Non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh battery
Available colors: tempered blue, silver, matte black, copper


Nokia 6

The biggest smartphone from Nokia series, with even larger technical specification list. It’s obvious that company decided to make brilliant, splendid shining flagman that looks and feels exclusive from it’s competitors.
From the first look at its design, it’s easy to notice that 5.5 inch IPS LCD display has rounded bump edges and that’s because whole screen is a bit lifted from the housing. This delivers an unusual but at the same time very satisfying feeling that you’re touching LCD straight without a Gorilla Glass protection.
Unlike devices mentioned above, Nokia 6 stands out with FHD display capable of showing images and videos in 1920 x 1080 resolution. As usual, physical home button fitted right below the screen, but this one includes fingerprint scanner, making device more secure and easier to unlock.
Another improvement that we found is two Dolby Atmos speakers fitted below the frame that delivers surprisingly clear and loud sound no matter it’s music or ringtone.
Back of the phone is covered with light aluminium alloy protecting device from light scratches or damage. It also makes whole device feel strengthened while holding in a hand, especially when comparing it with Nokia 3 and 5 series.
This flagman is equipped with the best camera that company made so far. Main shooter can capture 16MP quality videos and images. Sadly, front facing camera has no changes and stays the same as on earlier mentioned models.
It’s also hard to understand why Nokia 6 didn’t come with larger battery capacity while having biggest body from its series. It just might be that free space was used for bigger 32 or 64GB internal storage.
Now lets get to final and the best part that may put a smile on your face. This flagman was set to surprisingly good price and despite of really great technical specification list it’s available for only 229€.


Technical specifications

• Network:
2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900;
3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100;
4G LTE 700/800/850/900/1800/2100/2300/2600;
Dimensions 154 x 75.8 x 8.4mm, weight 169g
5.5 inch 16M colors IPS FHD display
Processor Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex A53 with Adreno 505 GPU
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430
 3/4GB RAM
 32/64GB internal memory
MicroSD card support up to 256GB
16MP rear camera with f/2.0 sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size, featuring autofocus, panorama, touch focus, dual tone LED flash, HDR, video recording 1080p@30fps
Front camera 8MP with f/2.0 sensor size, video recording 1080p@30fps
Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, LE
FM radio with RDS
NFC (Near Field Communication)
Android Nougat 7.1.1 operating system
Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, proximity, fingerprint sensor
Non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh battery
Available colors: tempered blue, silver, matte black, arte black, copper

8.5 Great

A lot of time has passed since the last Nokia phone was released. So we're proud to see that Finland company heard their fans, which made them raise their flag one more time and come back into mobile phone world. This time Nokia decided to step right in between the largest manufacturers releasing brand new 3 smartphones from its series.
They do look great and especially the price even make them better among other competitors in the market.
Let's just hope that Nokia won't raise their prices and will keep manufacturing as solid smartphones as Nokia 6.

  • Design 10
  • Performance 7
  • Camera 8
  • Battery 8
  • Audio 8
  • Price 10
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