Introduction


Guess who’s back? Nokia’s back. Sorry if you were still guessing. It’s not that simple, anyway. As most of you likely know, HMD Global is the actual company behind Nokia’s hardware revival. After a fruitless absorption into Microsoft’s expanding hardware division, Nokia was bought back by former executives of the company in a complex deal which allows Android phones to be made under its namesake. You can read all about that in our coverage of Nokia’s licensing agreement, but suffice to say, we’re looking at one of the fruits of this agreement today – the Nokia 6.

And a fine-looking fruit it is. Being the highest-end Android phone that Nokia’s produced to date, this is still a mid-range device, looking to re-make its name in the crowded field of value-stuffed competitors. Aside from good looks, Nokia promises a reliable and pure Android experience, with regular updates and zero clutter. Retailing in the U.S. for either $180 (Amazon version with ads) or $230, the specs and the design of the 6 seem ripe with potential. Does Nokia finally have a modern division contender? Or, is this phone's beauty only skin-deep? Let’s dive in and find out.

Design



Well, you shouldn’t be too surprised here; the Nokia 6 is a good-looking phone. Being a mid-range device, you won’t find a bezel-less design here, but a much classier look than most in this category. The 6 sports a precision-milled aluminum body melded with sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass. It’s actually quite reminiscent of past Windows phones, in that it blends the trademark boxy form factor with modern elements, such as the metal body, shiny chamfered aluminum edges, and of course, a thinner profile. In all black, the phone carries quite a classy and professional air about it that will make corporate BlackBerry and iPhone loyalists look twice.

The face is clean; sensors are all hidden away, with the earpiece, selfie cam, fingerprint sensor, and haptic buttons being the only interruptions in the all black face. Oh, and of course, in the top right corner is the hardly visible, classic Nokia branding, in case you forgot. Turning the device over, you’ll see flashes of light sheening on the polished edges, and on the right side of the phone the power/lockscreen button with the volume rocker above it – both constructed of black metal with silver accents, like the phone itself. Placement is good, and the buttons are clicky on the metal frame, as well as being easy to get to when holding the phone with one hand. Finally, on the back you’re greeted with one more silver accent, which borders the oblong camera bump. The bump is slight, but of course, any bump at all will have the device resting on it when placed on a flat surface.

The 6 comes in a variety of colors – Arte Black (a shiny limited edition), Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, and Copper – and all of them are pretty good-looking.

Nokia promises the 6 to be “life-proof,” and although we know it doesn’t mean literally, or even close to the level of the so-named protective cases, you would expect at least some level of splash resistance. And you would be wrong. We know it’s been a while since Nokia’s produced its own phones, but these days you can’t even begin to make the claim of “life-proof” without even broaching a level of waterproof. We certainly hope a miss like this isn’t made in their upcoming flagship, or even the second generation of the Nokia 6, if there is one.


Nokia 6

Nokia 6

Dimensions

6.06 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

154 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Nokia 5

Nokia 5

Dimensions

5.89 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Nokia 3

Nokia 3

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.81 x 0.33 inches

143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48 mm

Weight

oz (0 g)

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Dimensions

5.91 x 2.91 x 0.38 inches

150.2 x 74 x 9.7 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Nokia 6

Nokia 6

Dimensions

6.06 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

154 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Nokia 5

Nokia 5

Dimensions

5.89 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Nokia 3

Nokia 3

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.81 x 0.33 inches

143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48 mm

Weight

oz (0 g)

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Dimensions

5.91 x 2.91 x 0.38 inches

150.2 x 74 x 9.7 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


The 6 packs a 5.5-inch IPS display with full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution. Delivering a respectable 403 pixels per square inch, finer details are represented well. Watching full HD video on this screen is a great experience – especially with the dual speakers producing Dolby Atmos certified sound. Colors are reasonably accurate, albeit a bit on the colder side.

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25 Comments

1. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Nokia 6 is getting 8? I'm a Nokia fan But 7.5 maybe the right score?

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

Reviews are opinions. There's no such thing as a "right" score. The score is whatever you deem it to be. Besides, if you haven't actually used the device, how can you give it a score?

3. LilJokr unregistered

And would you care to elaborate why?

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They gave the Moto G5 a score of 7, yet they give this one a score of 8. Why did PhoneArena give it a 7 when the the Nokia 6 wasn't even out, yet. The Moto G5 has more features, better software upgrades. Same processors, same resolution display only the G5 display is physically smaller and brighter. The G5 has a removable battery. Whereas the Nokia 6 doesn't. The finger print scanner is faster and does more on the G5 as well.

8. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

better software upgrades?? this is not the old moto, their upgrades cycle slow down significantly in the past few months nokia impressed so far regarding the upgrades

7. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

when they give a better phone redmi note 4 ( better battery, more ram and memory, better processor at the same price ) a lower score, it doesn't feel right. not only redmi note 4, but other phone that gets lower than 8 but seems to be a better deal at their own rice range but again, thia is my opinion, you can have different opinion from mine...

14. Acdc1a

Posts: 477; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

I'll chime in. The wireless radio on the Nokia 6 is utter garbage. Using it as a phone is an exercise in futility. Everything else about the phone is beautiful. I just can't get past that part. I'd probably give the thing a 6.5 for that reason alone.

22. MurraySnudge

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 03, 2017

I've had my 6 since last Fri and using it as a phone is really good - perhaps your one is faulty? I live in UK and use the O2 network.

25. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Right score? Are you high or something? Nobody cares about "your score".

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Hope other writers can learn this review (but I guess that score 8 was a bit high IMO), unlike some only know keep biased, or given an unfair score at least 9.2. Keep it up!

5. MurraySnudge

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 03, 2017

Well I bought one last Fri and give it 10 One of the CONS states: "Fingerprint authentication requires two taps, one to wake up and one to authenticate" The article states 'two taps' - you don't tap it you just hold your finger on until it opens the screen. Mine does not need two touches - just one and it's reliable. Was the phone on test a pre-production model perhaps?

9. rodrigo9411

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 07, 2017

The 2 tap unlock is actually because their unit is an Amazon exclusive with ads. I've seen the same behavior on the amazon ads Moto G5, what would be the point if with fingerprint unlock you could bypass the ads? So they force the user to see the lockscreen (The first tap actually unlocks the device, afert that you can tap again or swipe to unlock)

12. MurraySnudge

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 03, 2017

Ok thanks - I understand now.

10. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

lol how did this get an 8? even the oneplus 5 is less oppo/lenovo than this phone is and oppo actually owns them

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I kinda like the Nokia 6, but I can't really see how the score can match the G5 Plus and actually beat out the Honor 6x. Both of those seem like better bang for your buck options.

13. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

specs wise yes, but features, updates and build quality Nokia 6 is better than them. -Dolby atmos is amazing go to youtube and see test -every month Nokia 6 get security updates, even this august nokia 6 already received August security updates. -polarising screen layer same as clear black display, -Nokia 6 is tough, phone like huawei 6x receive poor review in this area, -stock android

26. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

If you like Asian crap you buy Asian crap. It's simple as that.

15. Vianna

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 07, 2017

This review is trash and you know it! :P

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

My Nokia 6 will be arriving tomorrow from Amazon. Looking forward to testing it out for myself.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I like Nokia have included NFC that support Android Pay super convenient feature. The problem with budget phone especially the ones from China Phone OEM is the lack of NFC support.

18. Ozsikhs

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

cant wait for Nokia 8

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  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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