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Nokia 3 Review

Nokia 3

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Nokia 3 Review
Call Quality


Call quality on the Nokia 3 is mostly fine unless you are looking for perfect clarity. You can understand your callers, although they do sound slightly muffled, and your callers can understand and hear you properly.

Battery life

It will get you through the day, but not more.

Nokia 3 Review

The Nokia 3 features a 2650 mAh battery.

We put it through our custom battery test that all phones in our office go through and we got a very good score of 7 hours and 47 minutes. This is a bit more than the iPhone 7 and a bit less than the Galaxy S8, which is not a bad place to be.

In real-life experience, we average around a day and a half off the charger, with more intense use killing the battery in a day.

What’s not so great is recharge time: this phone is slow to charge. Using the 5-watt charger in the box, it took us an excruciatingly long 3 hours to fully refill the battery.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Nokia 3 7h 47 min (Good)
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 10h 26 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 11h 4 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 8h 41 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Nokia 3 181
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 106
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 112
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 153
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Price, Alternatives and Conclusion


Nokia 3 Review

At launch, the Nokia 3 sells for a price of less than €140 in Europe (the equivalent of $160), and at the time of this writing is not yet officially sold in the United States. This is one of the cheapest phones around, but that does not mean that there aren’t any alternatives. Quite the opposite.

For just slightly more, you can get the more refined Galaxy A3 (2017): it shines with its brilliant design, water-protected body, better quality camera and Samsung's unique software interface.

Next up, you have last year’s Moto G4 that is still selling well: it is a similarly clean experience, but it’s got the better camera of these two.

And then, if you can get it where you live, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime is tremendous value for the money. The phone has extraordinary battery life, much better performance thanks to the Snapdragon 625 chip inside and a superior camera.

At the end of the day, the Nokia 3 is a well-designed phone that catches the eye, but this impression turns out to be only superficial. Using the phone reveals many shortcomings: the stuttery, underpowered performance, the camera that is completely inept in video and one terribly imbalanced display. If you are on the hunt for that perfect cheap phone… well, who knows if it even exists, but we know that it most likely is not the Nokia 3.

Pros

  • Low price
  • Very good build quality and likable design
  • Clean Android interface
  • Supports microSD memory expansion
  • Decent photo quality

Cons

  • Video quality is trash
  • Display looks bad: has a terrible blue tint
  • Underpowered, stuttery performance
  • Scant storage
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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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