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Nokia 3 Review

Nokia 3

Posted: , by Victor H. 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 3.1 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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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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