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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.


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


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