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May 2, 2018

Nokia 1(2018) Review: Nokia’s most affordable and Compact Android Phone

The Nokia 1 is one of the best budget Android phones of the year 2018. The smart and compact phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6737M based Quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comprises of 8GB of internal storage which is upgradable up to 128GB through a microSD card. Most importantly, Nokia 1 is a dual SIM phone that supports 4G LTE, and also runs Android Oreo: Go Edition. With having this mobile device in the hand, it feels like an important step up from any feature mobile phone. You may not like its display much, but it is a good way of consuming video content as compared to a regular feature phone.

It is a beautiful and stylish compact mobile phone with cover shells that are replaceable. And best of all, Nokia 1 price is super-cheap. Without any doubt, it is a great value for your money.

Nokia 1 Release Date and Availability:

The Nokia 1 was announced on 26 February 2018 and is already available to pre-order on Amazon.

As far as Nokia 1 release in Australia is concerned, HMD Global has announced that the new Nokia 1 will be launched into the Australian market in May. However, US release is still in doubt.

The new Nokia 1 and Nokia 6 mobile phones will be available in selected Australian retailers from the 4th of May.

Nokia 1 Prices:

Nokia 1 price starting from 107USD (€100) and goes up to 119USD internationally, according to some authorised resources. On the other hand, you can buy a Nokia 1 in the U.K at £79 outright, and if you are checking the Nokia 1 price in Australia then you may need to spend around AU$120 to AU$150. However, Australian prices are not 100% confirmed yet. If you are shopping from India, the new Nokia 1 Android phone device will cost you just Rs 5,499. Due to this amazing price tag, it has already got attention from various mobile phone users in India.

Nokia 1 Specs and Features:

Nokia 1 specifications and features are listed below.

  • 4.5-Inch FWVGA 16:9 IPS display, 5-fingers touch screen
  • 480x854p Resolution & 218ppi Density
  • MediaTek MT6737M Chipset
  • 1.1GHz Quad Core Processor, Cortex A53
  • Mali-T720 MP2 GPU
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) Operating System
  • 1GB LPPDDR3 RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage (upgradable up to 128 GB)
  • 5MP Primary Camera w/ LED flash
  • 2MP Front-facing Camera
  • 2150mAh Li-Ion battery (Removable)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity
  • 4G LTE Support
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Weight: 131 grams
  • Colors Available: Warm Red, Dark Blue

Design and Construction:

You may never find this kind of stylish build in this price tag. Nokia 1 phone offers removable polycarbonate back. Not only this, but the battery is also replaceable. Choose the cover of your choice and enhance your personal statement.

This Nokia device makes a neat, simple yet powerful impression. Nokia 1 is handy and compact, where you can easily access its buttons. The 4.5’’ little display may not appeal most of the smartphone users, but who love small, they will definitely go for it anyway. Similarly, it is not even fat or heavy, thanks to its 133.6 x 67.78 x 9.5mm dimensions and the plastic build that only add 131 grams in total.

The new Nokia 1 is really making a unique statement here while overshadowing 3310 and 8110 devices. The mobile phone is coming in two elegant colors: Warm Red and Dark Blue, but if you ask me, I will go with Red. Although color options are limited, still you can expand it due to its Xpress-on covers availability that will let you enjoy all kinds of shades.

Display:

The Nokia 1 phone comes with a 4.5’’ large display with 480x854 pixels resolution and 418ppi of pixel density. Nokia didn’t use any difficult manufacturing process to reduce the bezel sizes. It has a 60% screen-to-body ratio. The display is bright enough to work best indoors, relatively good in outdoors, but not very good under sunlight.

The phone uses an FWVGA 16:9 IPS LCD display, hence it has nice viewing angles and reasonable color reproduction. The mobile phone offer 5-finger touch feature but unfortunately, it doesn’t give any kind of toughened glass. All in all, the device has an average quality display.

Hardware:

The Nokia 1 includes a MediaTek MT6737M quad-core processor, well supported by a Mali-T720 GPU and 1GB of RAM. While the Cortex-A53 is a 64-bit processor, the handset seems to run a 32-bit Android version.

The compact mobile phone comes with 8GB of internal memory storage, where half is used by the operating system and the pre-installed apps. So, you will get almost 4GB of free space to install anything extra on it. But the good thing, you can add up to 128GB of storage through the microSD card slot.

The Nokia 1 mobile phone has a 2150mAh battery, which is removable. It is expected that the device will remain intact 6 to 7 hours during activities such as watching videos, making calls, web surfing, and playing games. For lighter activities like web browsing or just watching the video, Nokia 1 can reach up to 8 hours with a single charge.

Software:

The Nokia 1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo: Go edition operating system. This is a vanilla Android experience with access to Google’s apps and services such as the Gmail, YouTube, and Play Store. This is a special Android’s version that runs well on low-end mobile devices.

The pre-installed Gmail version is ‘Gmail Go’, but you can still get and download the standard Gmail version as per your requirements. Similarly, Google Play will notify if a Go version is available while searching for apps.

When you put a new memory card, Android Go gives you the choice of using it as “portable storage,” and hence you can take it out of your mobile phone and use it with another mobile phone or PC to transfer files. You can also use it as ‘internal storage,’ where it will be reformatted and only work on your mobile device.

Android Go is not provided directly by Google. It is made by Nokia from Google’s sources.

Camera:

When it comes to the camera, Nokia 1 has a 5MP primary shooter as well as a 2MP small Selfie camera. This is really not surprising, as you can’t expect more in this price tag.

The built-in camera app is simple but completely functional. You can take snaps and record video capped at 720p HD. The built-in app doesn’t include several special modes, but it provides a panorama and beautify features and few necessary manual controls. Basically, this is just a basic point-and-click camera app.

Considering its camera specs, you can sense that it is not a camera phone by any means. So be careful if you are buying the phone just for photo shooting.

Our Verdict:

Nokia 1 is possibly the best-budget low-end device of the year 2018. However, this is not fair to compare this mobile phone with phones that cost double as much and it is truly not good to compare it with devices costing almost 10x as much. With small display and low resolution, average performance, good battery, and Android Go version, it can fulfill your needs to some extent. If you can spend more, the Nokia 3 is a much better purchase. But if you are really limited in budget, it is not a bad choice at all. You can read emails, browse, watch videos, and even play games.

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