Call quality and connectivity


The Nokia 5 is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of call quality. Voices coming out of the earpiece speaker can be a bit distorted, which means that you could potentially have trouble understanding your callers when you’re in a noisy environment. However, the microphone is actually pretty decent, so your callers will be able to hear you clearly.

All European LTE bands are supported on this mid-ranger but don't count on getting 4G if you live in the USA. Still, a North American version of the phone could very well emerge soon, as HMD has stated that it plans to release all of its devices globally.

As for connectivity options, you get a standard package: Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi, and so on.

Battery



There's a 3,000mAh battery powering the Nokia 5. It managed to last 8 hours and 18 minutes when put through our custom test, and it will probably get you a day and a half between charges in real life. This is a pretty decent score, but we must mention that there are a good number of handsets at this price range offering a superior battery life.

Also, there's room for improvement with charging speeds, as it takes 141 minutes for the Nokia 5 to go from 0 to 100%.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Nokia 5 8h 18 min (Average)
Motorola Moto G5 7h 33 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 11h 4 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 8h 41 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Nokia 5 141
Motorola Moto G5 133
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 112
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 153

Conclusion


All things considered, the Nokia 5 is a pretty smartphone that comes with a clean and up-to-date software, but ultimately disappoints in terms of performance. Some people will undoubtedly find it – as well as its €190 ($222) price tag – appealing, but it certainly isn't the best budget phone on the market.

Your alternatives: the Moto G5 can be currently purchased for €175 and provides a similar package while also boasting a Full HD display, although its battery life is a bit inferior. Another handset that comes to mind is the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017). It's a bit more expensive than the Nokia 5, but it has water and dust protection and superior cameras, while also lasting longer between charges.



Pros

  • Great design and build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Android software is clean and up-to-date
  • Reliable fingerprint scanner
  • Decent video recording

Cons

  • Performance is underwhelming, slow to load
  • Hit and miss photo quality
  • Limited internal storage

PhoneArena Rating:

6.5

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