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Nokia 6 Review

Nokia 6

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Unlike the bevy of image controls we used to see in the camera app on Windows Phones, Nokia’s Android adaptation is rather bare. No controls exist for adjusting white balance, ISO, etc.. Nokias were known for their full-featured and capable cameras like the legendary Lumia 1020, as well as all the other Windows phones that carried their intuitive and feature-rich camera app. Fortunately, the 6 is a solid point-and-shoot performer, so the loss isn’t too significant. The only options that exist though, are a timer and toggles for HDR and flash. Other than that, you can switch to the front facing camera or select the camcorder button to record video. That’s it. For its lack of features, it sure is straightforward.

Indoor shooting in well-lit scenes will produce some of the best images we’ve seen in its class, offering solid details and excellent color reproduction. The sensor does seem to be a bit sensitive to movement, though, often creating blur in images that the 16 MP sensor is more than capable of capturing properly. Otherwise, we’re quite pleased; printing pictures taken on the 6 will surely produce satisfactory results.

Nokia 6 Review

Outdoor shooting performs similarly well, but dynamic range is lacking. While colors still appear rich and accurate, brighter areas, like skies or shiny objects, tend to get overexposed to the point of complete washout. The sensor still does a good job with detail capture, but its troubles with dynamic range make it look like it’s losing details which it’s actually capable of capturing. Improvement in dynamic range is needed, as the software behind the camera lets down this capable sensor with its deficiencies in this area. We hope such fixes will come in the form of software updates, but we’re not particularly hopeful. We guess we’ll have to see if “regular updates” means just security updates and Android versions, or improvements on their own software as well.

While auto-HDR is an option, we found it to be too passive, often having to manually turn on HDR ourselves for scenes we knew would need it. Because of the sensor's tendency to overexpose in outdoor settings, we ended up just leaving HDR enabled, as we knew it would always afford us a better shot. The only problem here is the length of time it takes to capture an HDR photo, an extra 3 seconds to be exact. Thankfully, it doesn’t let in movement while processing like other sensors we’ve tested, so you can move away from the scene while HDR is still processing, but the fact that you can move away while it’s processing isn’t ideal. Processing times aside, HDR produced photos that were well balanced and detailed, though not perfect – some troubles with bright skies and shiny objects still exist – the images were quite pleasing to look at, as the 6 showed a particular strength in bringing colors out from the shadows.

Low-light pictures also pull in a surprisingly good amount of light, though the camera’s eager flash is more than happy to step in (when auto-flash is enabled) with scenes that we could actually do without it – especially since the addition of flash tends to light the subject and darken the background, as opposed to lighting the entire scene. Once you’ve seen what we mean, you’ll find yourself disabling flash more often than you might’ve thought you would be able to.


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 6 2.31
5.13
651
639
Nokia 5 2.3
4.6
594
575
Nokia 3 1.6
3.7
713
613
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 1.8
2.6
1118
669
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Video


Like the images, 1080p video has similarly high quality in color reproduction and detail, even when zoomed. HDR doesn’t exist here though, so you will notice the device struggling a bit to properly expose skies. Image stabilization is also absent, electric or otherwise, so shakiness is an issue, though the overall quality does help to prevent the viewing experience from being too jarring. Autofocus works decently well here, though it seems to second guess itself a bit, sometimes focusing on an object, then losing focus, then gaining it back. Another seemingly slight software fix we’d love to see addressed in an update, but alas, we may be anticipating too much from Nokia’s commitment to updates. The app also affords you the ability to shoot videos at varied speeds, including 3 times, 2 times, half, and one-third speeds. Slow-mo will require that you change the video resolution to 720p, though.



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posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:35 2

1. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


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

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:44 4

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


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?

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:45

3. LilJokr (unregistered)


And would you care to elaborate why?

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 10:54

6. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 11:44 2

8. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 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

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 11:40 1

7. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 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...

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 13:49

14. Acdc1a (Posts: 363; Member since: 21 Jan 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.

posted on 08 Aug 2017, 04:57

22. MurraySnudge (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Feb 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.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:55

4. maple_mak (Posts: 904; Member since: 18 Dec 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!

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 10:04 2

5. MurraySnudge (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Feb 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?

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 11:51 3

9. rodrigo9411 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 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)

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 13:09

12. MurraySnudge (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Feb 2017)


Ok thanks - I understand now.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 12:51

10. omnitech (Posts: 900; Member since: 28 Sep 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

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 12:55

11. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 13:09 1

13. hemedans (Posts: 642; Member since: 01 Jun 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

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 14:15

15. Vianna (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2017)


This review is trash and you know it! :P

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 18:05

16. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)


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

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 20:57

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 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.

posted on 08 Aug 2017, 00:22 1

18. Ozsikhs (Posts: 41; Member since: 03 Sep 2015)


cant wait for Nokia 8

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Nokia 6

Nokia 6

OS: Android 7.1
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera16 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
3 GB RAM
Size6.06 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches
(154 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm)
5.96 oz  (169 g)

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