So not everyone is out there looking out for the hottest smartphone on the market. Some people just want a phone that will get them through the day smoothly. They can check their social media, their email and it won’t break the bank, and if this sounds familiar the Nokia’s budget smartphone might be for you. So as always start your imagination box while you read on this review.
The Nokia 3 has a metal frame but the back is made of plastic. The matte black finish looks good, the surface feels soft and comfortable it doesn’t really attract any fingerprints. There’s a rounded edge along the sides and square corners which is rare to see now a days.
The Nokia 3 is built around a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with 720p resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and 294ppi which is normal for a budget phone. It is covered by Gorilla glass but has bit of a plastic look and it’s a little more reflective than usual. The screen itself is pretty bright and the contrast is good for an LCD and sunlight legibility isn’t great but usable outdoors.
Beneath the display there are touch keys for navigation but not back-lit, unfortunately no fingerprint reader on this phone but the competing phone does. At the bottom is the single speaker it is loud enough for its size. The Nokia 3 has a dedicated slot for expandable storage which is really appreciated. There a built-in FM radio, so you can grab your headphones plug-in to the 3.5mm jack at the top and tune-in to your favorite radio stations, Indians rejoice!!!
The Nokia 3 uses a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core chipset with a modest 2GB of RAM and 16GB on-board storage. The performance perhaps the single biggest issue Nokia 3, it really didn’t fare well in the benchmark test. Even during regular use the UI seems sluggish with occasional hick-ups, not only the performance is disappointing the battery is bit small at 2630mAH. The battery was ‘OK’ during call, browsing and video playback but the standby performance wasn’t good at all. There’s no fast charging option but still it gets charged from 0% to 50% in about 45 minutes.
This smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, the UI is not very customizable, only 1 style is available. The Built-in app all have blue icons which can’t be changed. Most of the software functionality is left at Google’s default app package. Nokia 3 has an 8-MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and an LED flash. It’s a decent setup for the price range but we shouldn’t expect much.
The detail is a bit lacking, there’s noise and soft corners in the image too. The autofocus is slow and often misses the subject. Taping on the screen to adjust the exposure can easily get you overboard so it’s better to shoot in an auto mode. Videos are limited to 720p, the frame rate isn’t too consistent either, instead of 30fps it gets to 18fps sometimes. The selfie camera has the same sensor as the main camera at 8-MP. Images from the front cam are detailed looking in good light but there are again issues with the autofocus.
So the Nokia 3 which is under 8400 INR on few online retailers makes sense that we aren’t getting flagship level features here. The real problem is poor performance, because we’re talking everyday task not just gaming. The camera isn’t too good either. There are plenty of budget phones in the market in this price range that can offer you a better user experience. But if you’re a really a Nokia fan, consider the higher models.
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