Nokia 3 review
Quality at an affordable price
As far as mobile phone reviews go, the Nokia 3 review is fairly short, as Nokia has opted to keep the experience as close to a stock Android experience as possible. This has obviously kept the price in check and the Nokia 3 UK release in June, should see a handset only price of around £115.
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The Nokia 3 has a precision machined aluminium frame, formed out of a single piece of aluminium. Nicely rounded edges give this Nokia phone that modern look and while there may be a polycarbonate back, you do at least get to enjoy a touch of premium materials.
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The Nokia 3 is 8.48mm thick, which is pretty average for phones in the same pricing bracket. The colour options includes Tempered Blue where the sides and back are coloured and the front is black.
The Copper colour option has just its sides coloured, which highlights the metal frame, while the front and back are white. The Matte Black and Silver White colour choices are all black or all silver.
The Nokia 3 has a 5” polarised IPS LCD HD display. The polarised element reduces annoying reflections, while the 450 nits screen brightness ensures that you can watch videos, use apps and read, even when under direct sunlight.
The HD resolution gives us 1280 x 720 pixels and on a 5” display, this really is all the resolution you need. The front of the Nokia 3 is made from one piece of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass, which as its name suggests offers rounded edges and durability.
Phone Set Up
There is nothing flashy like fingerprint security but you should set up a PIN code or Pattern during your initial use of the Nokia 3. There is an internal memory of 16GB and this can be used or transferring content from your old smartphone or iPhone.
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There are no larger memory versions of the Nokia 3 but there is a microSD card slot. This will allow you to add extra memory, with 128GB being the maximum.
There is no unnecessary bloatware on the Nokia 3 with Nokia opting for a stock Android 7.0 Nougat experience, This means that the interface is focused and clutter free and ensures that regular updates, including security updates, occur on a regular basis.
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The 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 2GB RAM provides an exceptable experience for a phone in this pricing bracket. However, if you have graphics intensive gaming as a requirement, you would be better off with the Nokia 5 or the Nokia 6.
The Nokia 3 has the new Google Assistant pre-loaded. Unlike Google Now, the Google Assistant can interact with you in two-way conversation.
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You can ask the Google Assistant anything, making it easy to check the weather, check your flight status or get answers to questions. You can also ask the Google Assistant to play music, set up a reminder, get directions or to send a message.
Camera & Video
An equal footing
The Nokia 3 puts photography and selfie photography on an equal footing. There is a main 8MP camera with an LED flash and secondary 8MP selfie camera with a wide 84 degrees lens.
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Photos can be saved and shared with Google Photos and when you want to find that one specific photo, the Google Assistant can jump in and find it for you.
The Nokia 3 has a well-sized 2,630mAh battery.
So far, Nokia hasn’t released how long this battery will last but when we factor in the screen size and processor, it would appear to be more than adequately sized for the average user.
Written by: Michael Brown