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Nokia 6 Review

Nokia 6

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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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Conclusion


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.



Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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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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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