Deals And Review: Nokia 3 Andriod Based 2GB/16GB

In 2014, Nokia left the smartphone arena. After years of producing great phones, the once-dominant mobile firm had let it all slip through its fingers, selling up to Microsoft after a disastrous few years as the only big firm making Window Phone handsets. Now, however, after a three-year sabbatical, the Nokia is back with a new range of phones, a fresh approach and Android at the helm. The Nokia 3 is its cheapest offering.

The Nokia 3 is the firm’s first proper smartphone in three years, with Nokia ditching Windows in favour of Android. And it’s a stock Android OS experience at that

Aimed at those less able to justify spending top dollar on a smartphone, its specifications are hardly industry-leading. There’s a 5in, 720p IPS display, 16GB of internal storage, a quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel front and rear cameras and support for expandable storage up to an additional 128GB via microSD.

Nokia 3 Review: Availability And price

The Nokia 3 is out, and will cost £129.99 in the UK from Carphone Warehouse, and around ₦47,000 in Nigeria markets. Deals for the phone on a contract start at £12.99, making this a very affordable device, although most people will likely buy it outright and use it with a SIM bought separately.

It’s the cheapest of Nokia’s new range of devices, apart from the Nokia 3310 reboot that sits separately to the three main phones.

It's currently uncertain if the phone will be launching in the US or Australia, but if it does we expect prices to be around $150/AU$200. We'll be sure to update this review when we hear news about release dates around the rest of the world.

Nokia 3 Review: Design

When you’re in the market for a cheaper device you can usually expect to have to settle for a less-premium build quality, and forgo some of the design quirks of the best-looking devices.

The Nokia 3 doesn’t have the most attractive design, but considering its price point it has a premium feel, great build quality and looks brilliant compared to some of the competition.

It’s a squared design that instantly reminds you of the design of the Windows Phone generation of Nokia devices, but instead of having a bold primary-colored plastic back it has metal edges that look superb.

Those edges may not be what you want from a phone, though, if you’re a fan of the rounded lines of many other handsets.

The back panel is polycarbonate, but despite that it still has a premium air. The Nokia 3 comes in four color options: black, dark blue (pictured throughout this review) and two options for white; both white variants have a white back panel, with one having white edges and the other a peach-colored rim around the phone.

During our testing we did find the power button on the right-hand side of the phone to be a little small if you have larger fingers and thumbs. That may mean you’ll spend a little bit longer trying to hit that button and not the volume rocker, which is just above it.

On the top edge of the handset sits the 3.5mm headphone jack, which allows you to use wired headsets with the phone, while the bottom edge has a micro USB port in the centre for charging and data transfer.

The phone sits easily in the hand, but the lack of fingerprint scanner on the Nokia 3 means it takes a little longer to unlock than other phones, as you’ll need to press the power button and then use an on-screen unlock.

For comparison, the Moto E4, which is a similar price to this phone, has a fingerprint scanner that makes it a breeze to unlock the phone – but if that’s not a deal-breaker for you then you won’t have a problem here.

Nokia 3 Review: Camera

Budget smartphones typically fall flat when it comes to the camera, and the Nokia 3 is no exception.

We’re treated – for want of a better term – to an 8-megapixel, f/2.0 camera on the back, with very little going for it. There’s no laser or phase-detection autofocus for instance, no image stabilisation, and video can only be shot at 720p. Yep, that’s 720p.

Performance is as you might expect. Low-light shots lack vibrance, look bland and lack detail, with some very washed-out images. Shots in good light didn’t fare much better either, with overexposed highlights a theme, and a general lack of detail.

It's typical budget smartphone fare, but as Motorola has proved over the past few years, you shouldn't have to put up with that.

Nokia 3 Review: Display

The Nokia 3’s 5in display is a little uninspiring at first pass. It’s only 720p, a far cry from the Full HD offerings on the Moto G5 and G4 before it. You'll only see the difference if you look close, though, and in the areas that matter it's a fine display. A contrast ratio of 1,119:1 ensures the onscreen image is punchy, and it's readable in bright sunlight, too, thanks to a maximum brightness of 473cd/m2, a polarising layer to cut glare and the fact that the glass is fully laminated to the LCD beneath.

Its colour performance is what drags it down. Spend five minutes with it and you’ll spot some off-looking colours, with reds in particular looking awfully muddy. An average Delta E measurement of 4.04 (I'd prefer a score of between one and two) affirms this, and the end result is a screen with strange-looking colours across the board.

Nokia 3 Review: Performance

The Nokia 3 is running the latest Android 7 software right out of the box, and it’s the stock version, so it looks and behaves exactly as Google intends it to. That means there’s no Nokia branding on top, and the phone doesn’t come packed to the brim with Nokia or third-party apps that HMD has decided to put in.

You’ll get all of the new features of Android 7 here, including split-screen mode and the newly designed quick settings pull-down menu, plus it looks great.

Stock Android also allows you to swipe up from the bottom of the homescreen to open up the app drawer and it’s a much smoother experience than on other Android phones where it takes a while to load the app drawer after a tap.

However, performance on the Nokia 3 isn’t fantastic, and you may find yourself getting frustrated with this phone at some points, especially if you’ve used a more expensive phone in the past.

The Nokia 3 boasts a MediaTek MT6737 system-on-a-chip, which is a chip we haven’t seen running on many devices released in the West, with 2GB of RAM to back it up.

On multiple occasions during our time with the Nokia 3 we found apps would take a frustrating amount of time to load, and we experienced some crashes as well.

This was especially noticeable when we were using Android Pay with the NFC sensor on the back of the phone. We regularly found ourselves waiting much longer than we’d expect to with other phones, and in a time-pressured environment, with fellow shoppers shuffling their feet and muttering behind us, it became quite frustrating.

Even undemanding apps such as Twitter or Spotify were regular culprits when it came to crashing – and there’s nothing more annoying than when you want to complete simple tasks but your phone won’t allow you to.

Benchmarking-wise, we ran the Geekbench 4 software on the Nokia 3 and it turned in a disappointing score of 1,464.

In conclusion, the Nokia 3 will struggle to load many big-name apps, although all of them will work eventually – you may just have to wait a little while longer than you’d like to.

Nokia 3 Review: Battery life

Battery life isn’t a highlight of the Nokia 3, and you won’t be particularly impressed by how long the phone will last on a full charge.

Alarm bells started to ring when we saw the spec list detailing a 2630mAh battery, which isn’t a particularly big cell. It doesn’t have to power too much, as there’s only a 5-inch 720p display and this isn’t an especially power-hungry phone,, but the battery generally doesn’t last that long.

With typical usage of popular apps like Spotify, messaging and social networking throughout the day we found ourselves getting to around 7pm or 8pm and being greeted by a black screen as the phone died – and the Nokia 3 often didn’t alert us when it was close to dying, which was irritating.

Battery saver mode is an option when you get low on juice, but that won’t add too much extra time to your charge.

If you're not a heavy user though, you should find the battery life to be adequate.

The Nokia 3 made it through our battery test, where we run a 90-minute video clip at full brightness and with Wi-Fi enabled, with 84% of its battery life remaining, a loss of 16%. That’s a little better than the Moto E4, which lost 18%, while the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus lost a whole 24%.

When playing video we found the Nokia 3 to do particularly well compared to its competition, but that strong battery life isn’t reflected in real-world usage where it struggled to make it through a whole day.

There’s no fast-charging tech here, so the Nokia 3 will likely take some time to charge up. If you leave it overnight you’ll have a full battery though.

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      • The Nokia 3 has the looks of one of the best cheap phones on the market but under scrutiny it struggles with long load times and poor battery life. If you value style over substance as well as saving a quick buck, it may be right for you.
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      • Solid build quality, Low price, Stock Android software
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Techgetto: Deals And Review: Nokia 3 Andriod Based 2GB/16GB
Deals And Review: Nokia 3 Andriod Based 2GB/16GB
The new Nokia 3 is the cheapest smartphone in the comeback range from the brand, but is there enough here to make it a smart budget buy?
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