Nokia 5 review
Balanced for work and play
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Nokia has tagged the Nokia 5 as ‘balanced for work and play’, but I think it would be more accurate to describe this smartphone as affordable with just a hint of premium.
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The Nokia 5 is priced at €189 for handset only, which for the UK will equate to approximately £160. You can find out more about this phone in our Nokia 5 review.
We get straight underway by highlighting one of those hints of premium, finding that the Nokia 5 has a seamless precision-milled aluminium body. The overall look is clearly smooth-minimalist and the colour choices are Silver, Tempered Blue, Copper or Matte Black.
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The Nokia 5 is 8.05mm thick, apart from at the camera bump, where the body swells to 8.55mm.
The Nokia 5 has a well-sized 5.2” IPS LCD HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display, sculpted from durable Corning Gorilla Glass. A polariser has been used for making it easier to read content under bright sunlight, while the screen brightness can be notched up to 500 nits, with one nit equal to the light given off by one candle.
Phone Set Up
Security and memory
Security can be set up by using the fingerprint sensor but if you prefer, you can opt to use a PIN, pattern or password instead.
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 2GB RAM has been paired with an internal memory of 16GB. This basic amount of internal memory will allow you to transfer content over from an old phone or download some new apps. After this, the memory can be boosted when need by inserting a microSD card, with any value of up to 128GB.
The Nokia 5 offers a stock experience with the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system and no additional bloatware. For many, this is preferable as it means that more of the internal memory is free for downloading chosen apps from the Play Store.
Nokia expresses that the Nokia 5 will stay secure with regular software updates. A single speaker has been paired up with a smart amplifier, for a reasonably good audio experience.
Camera & Video
It is difficult to critique smartphone cameras because the basic level has become so high. It is much of that case with the Nokia 5 as we find a high-resolution 13MP main camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus for speed.
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Automatic scene detection removes the need to mess around with manual settings. The dual tone flash and wide aperture capture more light, in low light conditions.
On the opposite side we find a 8MP selfie camera with a wide-angle lens.