Nokia 5 Review

Mon 21 Aug 2017

Filed Under: Android, Nokia, Operating System 

Welcome to the 2017 Nokia 5 specifications and review.  We’ve already reviewed the Nokia 3 and found out that it was a little disappointing. We can’t really understand why they released the Nokia 3 at all, maybe for those who really want a Nokia branded phone? So when we tested the Nokia 5 we had no expectations it setting any sort of performance benchmark. The Nokia 5 sells at a retail price of around $330 AUD outright/unlocked at the time of release which is reasonable for the quality of materials.

In terms of construction the Nokia 5 is excellent for the price. Sure it resembles the latest generation iPhone 7 but the Nokia 5 has a better design as it hides the phone antennas. The recessed finger print scanner even feels better than the iPhone. Compared to it’s competitors it’s a stand out looking and feeling very upmarket. Put it simply, if your needs are basic once you hold this in your hand you will buy it above it’s competitors.

In terms of hardware specifications the Nokia 5 packs a screen image quality equal to the iPhone of any model. The all the physical buttons feel good and the fingerprint scanner feels better to touch than the very cheap feeling buzz on the iPhone 7. Unfortunately the price means that there are shortfalls in the specification list and that includes the base model CPU, graphics and standard RAM and storage memory. The FM radio is bonus in the streaming world. Nothing to write home about in this area.

In terms of use the Nokia 5 is acceptable. The Nokia 5’s interface was smooth enough thanks to the faster CPU and more memory than the cheaper 3. It will withstand more graphic and memory intensive apps like mass txt messages. It’s certainly not perfect as we noticed some sluggishness with a few apps running in the background at as to top rangers 3 or 4 years old smartphones. The small RAM means that there are lots of refreshes when using the browser though. For social media, picture apps, and simple games like Clash of Clans will work great. That said it runs the latest version of Android OS and with no modifications we could easily see.

The conclusion is that the Nokia 5 is a decent entry level smartphone the runs Android OS. The Nokia 5 is arguably the best entry level smartphone you can buy in mid 2017 purely due to it’s screen and build quality. There is literally no other phone in the price category that can match it on the outside. However the Nokia 5’s  hardware specs are on the low side even when judged based on price it is only adequate in terms of performance.

  • Nokia 5
  • Network
    GSM, 3G, 4G, LTE
  • Design
    Touch screen
    L149.7 x W72.5 x D8 mm
    Weight 160 grams
  • Display
    5.2 inch LCD 720 x 1280 IPS LCD
  • Camera
    13 MP auto-focus LED Flash
    2nd forward facing video call/selfie camera 8MP
  • Video Camera
    1080p 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi Bluetooth V4 USB
  • CPU
    Octa-core 1.4 Ghz
    Andreno 505 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    2 Gig RAM
    Up to Approx 16 Gig for user
    MicroSD expansion
  • Features
    Android OS 7
    FM Radio with RDS
  • Power
    3000 Li-Po mAh battery
    Up to 31 Days Standby
    Up to 24 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $330 AUD July 2017 (Outright)

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