Nokia 7 Plus review
A big-screened phone design to fit into your hand
Taller but slimmer is the main attraction of this Nokia phone (more on that later on). Our Nokia 7 Plus review highlights a more practical screen shape and a wealth of camera features that will attract all manner of creators.
The Nokia 7 Plus will be released in early April and as a handset only, will cost around £360. Many consumers will choose to go down the contract/monthly line rental route and they will be well-rewarded with low cost line rentals.
A more practical screen shape
The Nokia 7 Plus brings with it a more practical screen shape. The 6” display is longer but thinner and this has two advantages. The first is that it is easier to hold because the phone has the same width as a typical phone with a 5.5” display. The second advantage is that there are more rows of pixels (Full HD+ / 2160 x 1080 pixels), so you can see more of an app or webpage, before you need to scroll down.
Comparison: Full HD resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.
This display shape makes it absolutely ideal for multitasking and a soft tap is all that is needed, in order to run two apps side-by-side.
Aluminium and glass
The Nokia 7 Plus is made using a single piece of 6000 series aluminium. This has been carefully crafted with diamond cut edges and it has a ceramic feel coating applied to it. For durability, the display sits behind a toughened piece of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
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The phone is pretty slim at 7.99mm and this swells a little to 9.55mm at the camera bump. There are two colour choices so you can choose from Black and Copper or White and Copper.
The Nokia 7 Plus has a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB RAM. This delivers a good level of speed with 30% higher graphics performance, compared to previous generations.
Phone Set Up
Security and transferring your content
On the rear of the Nokia 7 Plus you will find a fingerprint sensor and this is nicely positioned for your index finger. If biometrics aren’t your kind of thing, then you can instead use a PIN, password or pattern.
There is a healthy amount of internal memory (64GB) for transferring your old content over to. With this amount of memory you may never need more storage but if you do, then there is an up to 256GB microSD card slot.
The Android One approach sees the Nokia 7 Plus coming with a set of carefully selected apps. This approach ensures that the operating system doesn’t slow the experience down or consume excessive amounts of battery.
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Regular security updates ensure that the phone is protected against malicious attacks. You will also enjoy OS upgrades gauranteed for the nest two years. With Android Oreo pre-loaded straight out of the box, you will get:
- Android Instant Apps - These can be used without downloading the full app
- Google Assistant
- Keep - A note taking app
- Google Maps
- Google Duo - A video calling app
Camera & Video
Dual Sight camera
The Nokia 7 Plus houses a Dual Sight camera. This has a 13MP lens (for 2x optical zoom) and a 12MP wide angle lens that has been designed to perform well in both very bright and very dim conditions. The most striking results can be captured with the Live Bokeh Mode, which allows you to refocus and blur the background, in realtime.
Camera features of note include a dual tone flash, slow motion video recording and Nokia spatial audio recording (three microphones). Playback makes use of a single speaker that has a smart amp.
If lighting conditions are tricky, or if you want to capture a special effect, then you can switch to Pro Camera Mode and adjust the shutter speed, focus, exposure, white balance and ISO.
16MP selfie camera
For a smartphone, a 16MP selfie camera is very high resolution indeed. A neat feature on the Nokia 7 Plus is the ability to use both front and back cameras at the same time. With Dual Selfie you can capture the person behind and in front of the phone. With Dual Video, you can do the same and use either a split screen or picture-in-picture layout.
The Nokia 7 Plus cameras will also let you live stream your videos to social media (Facebook and YouTube). The Google Photos app gives unlimited storage for your photos and videos.
Two day battery life
The Nokia 7 Plus has a large 3,800mAh battery and with the efficient processor and OS, you can expect to get a two day battery life. There is a charger in the box with a USB Type-C connector. This is symmetrical, so you can plug it in with ease.
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Written by: Michael Brown