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Nokia 6 Review

Nokia 6

Posted: , by Corey G.



Call Quality

Nokia 6 Review
Nothing major to report here, thankfully. Calls came through clearly and callers could hear us well on the other end. While the Dolby Atmos certified dual speakers are nice to have, we actually found them to be a little quieter than we’d hoped on the speakerphone.

Battery Life

Nokia doesn’t blow us away here, in fact we’d love to see some improvements. This 3,000-mAh battery will get you through a day’s use in most scenarios, but we worry a bit about higher-end use cases. The battery also takes just under 3 hours to recharge, making the Moto G5 Plus’s efficiency and turbo power charging sound pretty good about now.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Nokia 6 8h 52 min (Excellent)
Nokia 5 8h 18 min (Excellent)
Nokia 3 7h 47 min (Good)
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 10h 26 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Nokia 6 171
Nokia 5 141
Nokia 3 181
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 106
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Nokia 6 Review

Nokia’s highest end Android phone this far is a solid phone, but we shan’t forget it’s still a mid-range offering. Its premium feel, up-to-the-task screen, and capable 16-megapixel camera make it easy to forget that. But we never lose sight of this is in regard to its processing power; in more intensive usage scenarios, this will be most evident.

So, for all that it does well and all that it lacks, what are the notable alternatives? Well, we’d be remiss in not mentioning the beautiful iPhone SE, which easily tops the Nokia in processing power, but in some other categories, the race is close. There’s also the Moto G5 Plus, which comes close to the 6 in many aspects, but Nokia may just have the edge with a more capable camera – this decision may come down to taste more than anything else. If you’re feeling adventurous though, the Honor 6X is still a worthy option, with its dual-camera set up, and faster processor.

Ultimately, you can’t really go wrong between these four phones; they all have their strengths and weaknesses. If you’re an iPhone SE user, there’s no compelling reason to jump ship to a mid-range Android phone, but if you’re an Android fan then rejoice! Nokia’s back! Let’s just hope that their impending flagship irons out the few software wrinkles we’ve seen here. Since the 6’s main flaw will be replaced with the top of the line Snapdragon, we’re not anticipating any hardware missteps based on what we’ve seen from the otherwise well-equipped Nokia 6.


  • Good-looking screen, with solid color and detail reproduction
  • Camera sensor pulls in good lighting in low-light and HDR
  • Solid feel
  • Dual speakers with Dolby sound aid video and audio experience
  • App switching is snappy
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint scanner


  • Camera has a tendency to let in movement in regular shooting mode
  • Regular shooting mode has some trouble with dynamic range, specifically bright areas
  • Loading times can take a second or two in OS, borderline painful in loading games
  • Fingerprint authentication requires two taps, one to wake up and one to authenticate
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posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:35 2

1. mahima (Posts: 470; 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: 3816; 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: 4876; 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: 470; 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: 470; 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: 917; 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: 902; 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: 2036; 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: 16660; 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: 6617; 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: 42; 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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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera16 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
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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