Review: Nokia 3


August 10, 2017 | 12:34 am
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After many years of near absence from the Nigerian market, Nokia, the mobile company whose brands of phones were once the closest companions of many Nigerians, have made a comeback. But it is not Nokia as we once knew it. It is smarter now.

Recently the company rolled out three of its first ever Android powered smartphones, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 in Nigeria and other countries around the world. There are wild rumours of Nokia 8 to be released very soon and which may even launch with the very latest Android O.

The Nokia 3 is said to be the company’s first effort to create a budget smartphone. In Nigeria the phone goes for N48, 000 which may not be so low for a budget. So we can call it a middle class phone.

Its most redeeming qualities however are in the design. The careful attention to detail and proper use of space that comes with the Nokia 3 is reminiscent of the old Nokia brands. Compared to other middle class range phones in the market, the Nokia 3 design can easily pass for premium.

From the packaging, you begin to get the sense that nothing was left to chance or space was properly managed. Nokia had a mission which was to preserve as much space as possible for the user.

Nokia 3 is heavily hinged on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat technology. It comes in a block rectangular shape that has a premium feel. Compared to other budget phones, Nokia 3 does look like the top of the range considering its build quality.

The back panel is made of polycarbonate. Although the slightly rounded corners and sides make for an easy to grip device, one however feels it might slip if one is not careful. But there is that sense – call it confidence, that even if it slips to the floor, it will come out clean in typical old Nokia fashion – mine actually did.

A 5-inch HD polarised panel covers the display with a 720p resolution (a bit below what you will expect on a modern smartphone) and Gorilla Glass coating. Designed to be thin, light and damage-resistant, the Gorila Glass coating has surface strength, ability to contain flaws, and crack-resistance. Importantly, the screen produces sharp pictures and text.

But the 8MP Auto Focus front and rear cameras are not as bright as you may be used to if you are a high end phone user. The screen is a little too dull on the pictures.

The fact that it is Android 7.0 Nougat powered means that it looks and behaves just like Google intends it. People that own Google’s Chrome Notebook will be familiar with this and again this is why we stated earlier that it is nothing like the old Nokia. When you put on the old Nokia brands, the company branding is the first to greet you. The new Nokia smartphones takes you directly to Google platform. It is from logging into your Gmail account that you are allowed access into the entire features.

There are four colour options for customers to choose from. The colours include black, dark blue 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.


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