Welcome to the Nokia 3 review.  Nokia relaunched the 3310 in early 2017 and now the 3, 5 and 6 series Android OS based smartphones. The Nokia 3 is the entry level model and has specifications to match. However there are a few surprises which we’ll explain later. The Nokia 3 has an Australian retail and outright pricing of around $250.

In terms of construction the Nokia 3 is very good for the price. The Nokia 3 has a metal frame, glass screen and a plastic back but differs to other similar priced smartphone by have equal or slightly better quality feeling and looking materials. It does’t look or built cheaply which is the main factor and especially in the silver and white trim – very nice. However it does not feel like a top range phone.

In terms of hardware the Nokia 3 packs a screen equal in quality to more expensive phones, it’s pretty good for the price. It’s probably just as good as the current iPhone SE. Unfortunately there’s not much more in it’s specification list to boast about. The Nokia 3 is missing features we consider essential like back lighting on the navigation buttons nitrification light. We do not consider a finger print sensor an essential feature due to the lack of security in any situation bar actually losing the phone. This is a entry level smartphone after all with just 1.5 Gig RAM is barely acceptable in 2017. It is also important to note that the Nokia 3 comes with a Mediatek CPU which means it should be priced cheaper.

In terms of use the Nokia 3 is also acceptable. The main feature is that it comes with Android 7 and there are very few custom Nokia changes from stock Android we could see. The interface is smooth but it won’t take much to see it get a little sluggish to jerky in some instances, with basic stuff like messages and apps like email slowing down the phone. We could already tell it’s performance will be disappointing when loaded with Apps.

The conclusion is that the Nokia 3 is a very ordinary entry level smartphone. We could already tell that this phone will struggle with any vaguely demanding Apps, causing noticeable sluggish performance. That said used as an email and social network platform it will be a good looking but just acceptable smartphone. If only it had another unique selling point apart from looking nice.

In terms of pricing the Nokia 3’s launch price is around $250 AUD outright in Australia which is a little high for the spec sheet and user experience.  That said the equivalent Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) doesn’t look as good but honestly appears to perform better despite even lower specifications the biggest flaw s the tiny 8 Gig memory on some models, which should be outlawed in 2017. Should you buy a Nokia 3 ahead of the competition, in particular the Galaxy J3? We don’t think so as the Nokia 3 is too expensive for the performance. Specifications

  • Nokia 3
  • Network
    GSM Tri-band 3G Tri-band 4G
  • Design
    Touch screen
    L143.4 x W71.4 x D8.5 mm
    Weight 140 grams
  • Display
    5 inch LCD 720 x 1080 IPS LCD
  • Camera
    16 MP auto-focus LED Flash
    2nd forward facing video call camera 5MP
  • Video Camera
    1080p 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi Bluetooth V4 USB
  • CPU
    Quad-core 1.4 Ghz Mediatek Mali-T720MP1 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    2 Gig RAM
    Up to Approx 16 Gig for user
    MicroSD expansion
  • Features
    Android OS 7
    FM Radio with RDS
  • Power
    4000 Li-Po mAh battery
    Up to 31 Days Standby
    Up to 24 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $250 AUD June 2017 (Outright)

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