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Nokia 3 Review

Nokia 3

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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 The camera app itself looks decidedly outdated, slow and with some weird buttons.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
3.7
713
613
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 1.8
2.6
1118
669
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 2
2.7
365
210
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 3.1
No data
482
266
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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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Nokia 3

Nokia 3

OS: Android 7.0
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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.65 x 2.81 x 0.33 inches
(143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48 mm)
 

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