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Nokia 3 Review

Nokia 3

Posted: , by Victor H.



Interface and Functionality

Android 7.0 Nougat. Clean, clutter-free. Also, stuttery.

Nokia 3 Review

The Nokia 3 is as clean of an Android experience as they get: there is no bloatware, but not much to get excited about either.

We like the fact that there are no duplicate apps: Google apps are taking over on this phone. As a gallery, you have the excellent Google Photos; for calendar you have Google’s great Calendar app; the default browser is Chrome and the email client is Gmail.

There is also an FM Radio receiver that you can use when you plug in headphones or an external speaker to the phone.

In real-life use, using Facebook on this phone is frustrating. We have seen Facebook bugs and performance issues on multiple Android phones recently, but here the app simply freezes upon opening photo galleries and scrolling the news feed is particularly stuttery.

The keyboard is the stock Android one, but it has a long vibration with every click that does more to frustrate than to help you with typing.

Processor, Performance and Memory

Not powerful enough.

One of the areas, where it really shows that the Nokia 3 is an affordable phone is performance. The phone runs on a MediaTek MT6737 entry-level 28nm quad-core chip, and it’s got 2GB of RAM. And this combination is just not good enough in the daily grind.

Navigating around the home screen and first-party apps actually happens fairly smoothly, but once you get to use third-party apps, you notice the phone slowing down significantly.

The other shortcut that Nokia takes with the 3 is storage. You only have 16GB of storage on board, which is definitely on the low side. Of those 16 gigs, more than 9 gigs are used by the system, so you only have around 7GB for your apps, photos, videos and music. Luckily, you do have a microSD card option and we recommend you use it to get some extra storage.

Performance benchmarks

Higher is better
Nokia 3 27838
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 63191
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 45938
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 28513
Higher is better
Nokia 3 13.626
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 29.879
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 23.803
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 17.261
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Nokia 3 10
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 23
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 19
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 9.33
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
Nokia 3 3.2
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 6.9
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 7.3
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 3.9
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Nokia 3 548
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 375
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 993
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 555.66
Geekbench 4 single-core
Higher is better
Nokia 3 533
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 783
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 674.33
Geekbench 4 multi-core
Higher is better
Nokia 3 1417
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 3586
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 3224
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Internet and Connectivity

A dual SIM phone with 4G LTE connectivity.

The Nokia 3 ships with Google’s mobile Chrome on board as its default and only browser.

Google Chrome is on board - Nokia 3 Review
Google Chrome is on board - Nokia 3 Review

Google Chrome is on board

Chrome, however, seems to be a bit too resource-heavy for this phone as it stutters, especially when you have more than one page open.

The phone also supports 4G LTE connectivity with the following bands on board: FDD-LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28 and TDD-LTE bands 38 and 40. Unlike its more powerful sibling, the Nokia 6, this here Nokia 3 is not officially sold in the United States, and if it ever gets sold in the US it will need a new set of LTE bands with proper coverage.

Then, the Nokia 3 is also a Dual SIM phone, something important for many people. In terms of other connectivity options, you also have Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC.

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posted on 24 Jul 2017, 05:04

1. Rafishant (Posts: 369; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)

Well. This is the very low end phone from Nokia. What do you expect??
The phone price in the Middle East is close to $80. What should you ask for that price?

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 05:47 2

2. xeroxchap (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Oct 2016)

And else shd be expect from iphonearena and Victor. H?

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 07:40

7. Victor.H (Posts: 785; Member since: 27 May 2011)

We took a look at European unit that costs around €140 (and in many markets €160). Where have you seen an $80 price for this phone? Give us a specific link, but without a link, it's hard to believe what you say.

And yes, for €140, we expect more: phones like the Moto G4 / G4 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime prove it's possible to have more in an affordable phone.

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 07:43 1

8. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


posted on 24 Jul 2017, 10:13 2

10. xeroxchap (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Oct 2016)

iPhoneArena ... indeed!

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 10:15

11. xeroxchap (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Oct 2016)

Also i think the term iPhoenarena will also be banned by iphonearena (lol)...just like they dnt allow to post Krapple with a "C" anymore !

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 23:07

15. FlySheikh (Posts: 421; Member since: 02 Oct 2015)


posted on 24 Jul 2017, 22:08

14. vishalvenky (Posts: 72; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Price of moto g4 is 190 fyi. and Nokia 3 is 149. what more can you expect from a 150EUR phone? .

clean android interface but sluggish performance. dude get real! Even the s7 lags when you use maps and watch youtube.!

speaking of xiaomi there has been constant reports of phone catching fire all the damn time (Dont ask me for the link. go watch youtube).

How do you guys fail to see the yellow tint on the Iphone7 but see a blue tint on the nokia? isheep!

If 16gb isn't enough you have a expansion slot. its expandable till 128gb. How can you mention this as a con if its expandable?

You wont find a better 149EUR phone with price as cheap as that,better build quality, with 8mp cams on front and back, and Android 7 out of the box. period!

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 06:12

3. Spyro (Posts: 267; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)

That's to be expected from a low-end flagship. I dont get why people get upset when a clearly poor product gets a lower score than an iPhone.

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 06:30

4. BILLAEE (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jul 2017)

Nokia the rugged phone before. Also another rugged phone I have found:#NOMU S30 mini

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 06:32

5. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

almost same resolution as iphone 7
polarised screen (clearblack)
not a bad screen for the price

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 06:37 1

6. maple_mak (Posts: 904; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Looks like your rating was: Value=/=Spec
Well done, iPhoneArena.

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 08:17

9. libra89 (Posts: 949; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)

Interesting review. It makes me glad to own a A3, even though I found the Nokia 3 to be curious about.

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 11:49

12. khalid22 (Posts: 81; Member since: 12 May 2016)

Nokia name is enough for me

posted on 24 Jul 2017, 14:36

13. domfonusr (Posts: 558; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

I have to admit its a little disappointing, but being in the US probably means this will never even be an option for me. I would much rather have the Moto E4, which is becoming available in the US through multiple offerings, and is tending to cost a lot less. I think I will remove the Nokia 3 from my "wanted phones" list.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 00:59

16. Mr.mobile (Posts: 82; Member since: 09 Mar 2017)

It would be lot better if nokia would choosen with
NOKIA 3 with SD 425 16GB 2GB Price 5999
Nokia 5 with SD435 32GB 3GB price 8999
Nokia 6 with SD626 64GB 4GB price 12999
These would be super hit

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Nokia 3

Nokia 3

OS: Android 7.0
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Display5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.65 x 2.81 x 0.33 inches
(143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48 mm)

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