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Nokia 3 Review

Nokia 3

Posted: , by Victor H.




Slow camera that captures very decent looking photos, but comes crashing down in video.

Nokia 3 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 3 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 3 Review

Camera interface

The phone comes equipped with an 8-megapixel main camera with f/2.0 aperture, and up front you have another 8-megapixel shooter.

You can double click on the power/lock key to get directly to the camera app, which is a useful shortcut. The camera app itself looks decidedly outdated, slow and with some weird buttons. At first, we even had trouble figuring out how to record a video in it! First, you have two camera shutter keys next to each other. The smaller one actually does not act as a shutter: it shows you the two other shooting modes: beautify and panorama. Tap on the video button below and you see a weird and large 1x, 2x, and 3x buttons. Those are to speed up the video, but this is a niche setting that should not be right there in the main window, as it does more to confuse than to help.

Image Quality

So how do images turn out?

First, this camera is slow to focus and you will miss a lot of moments with it. If you get focus, images are actually good for this class of a phone (but far from great): colors look fine, and while some fine detail is missing and you get some burned highlights, overall the quality is definitely good. You also have the option to tap to focus or change the exposure, but we don’t recommend trying this as it completely messes up exposure and color.

The front camera is decent, but nothing to write home about. It’s hard to nail focus with it. When you do, though, you get fairly good results.

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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Nokia 3 1.6
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 1.8
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 2
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 3.1
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But then, the Nokia 3 can only record video at up to 720p HD resolution. Even cheap phones these days record 1080p, so this is frustrating. The video quality is plain poor: it lacks detail terribly, and it looks like these videos were taken on a phone from a decade ago, focus is very slow, and colors do not look great. Sound recorded on the on-board mic also sounds noticeably tinny.

Sound quality and Media

There is a single loudspeaker located at the bottom of the phone. It’s in that exact spot where you hold the phone and when you cover it just slightly with your hand it gets muffled easily.

Sound quality via the loudspeaker is disappointing: it’s not sufficiently loud and the quality is sub-par. The speaker sounds very tinny, even compared to the already low expectations we have from a smartphone. We should also note that there is an audio jack up top, in case you were wondering.

You have the Google Photos app for your photos and videos, and it’s a great app to have: with a clutter-free interface and with some basic editing options. You can also easily back up your photos and videos to the cloud.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Nokia 3 0.35
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 1.015
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 0.52
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 0.49
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Nokia 3 76
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 77.6
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 77
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 77
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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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PhoneArena rating:
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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