Nokia 3 In-Depth Review, Full Phone Specifications, Cheap Price, and Conclusion

Hello, Guys! Today, I’m going to take a look at Nokia 3 review. Nokia 3 is the budget offering phone from Nokia after HMD global has brought back the brand to India so three devices were announced the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and the Nokia. So, Nokia 3 is the cheapest of a lot with the pricing of around 9,000 rupees and this phone comes with quite decent specifications. Let’s get started-

Design: –

This is probably the best-looking phone you can find in this budget. The rounded metal sides, the polycarbonate back and the presence of a 5-inch display. It’s a safe design without anything striking about it. Aluminium frame helps you a grip and gives this phone more premium feel. This one is not slippery and extremely easy to use single-handed.

On the front, you have the Nokia logo discreetly located in the upper right corner while in bottom part there are the free Android navigation keys. The backlight is missing for those keys + there is no LED notification light. The most notable missing feature though is a fingerprint scanner, it feels weird having a phone without a proper fingerprint reader in 2017.

On the bottom, you have a mimicry is B port for charging the Nokia 3 no USB-C here but most of the phones in this price range don’t have it either. Finally, the Nokia 3 has dual SIM slot and also supports microSD cards. You have a 2 slots tray for the SIM card and a separate one for the micro SD cards on the left side of the phone. The phone is not water protected in any special way so keep that in mind.

Display: –

Nokia 3 display resolution is 720p and dark when spread across 5-inches results in a pixel density of 294 PPI. There is a slight pixelization especially noticeable when you look at the text but what worse is that there is a blue tint to everything colours are just not balanced well. That’s not the sharpest, for day-to-day usage, it’s seemed more than usable.

The colours are okay, brightness is sufficient more often than not. This display is also covered by Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. It has 2.5D glass. So, it does curve slightly towards the edges. Now, that curve coupled with the curved sides and polycarbonate back. It all kind of flows into one and the phone feels very easy to wield. At all on the plus side, you do get proper audio probably coating a feature that is not all that common on cheap phones.

Camera: –

The phone comes equipped with 8-megapixel camera with the f/2.0 aperture lens. In the front, you have another 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. The camera app itself looks like a thing of the past with a weird confusing and slow interface.

This camera slows to focusing, you will miss a lot of memories of it. If you get focused images are actually good for this class of the phone. The colours look to find and you have some decent details especially in macros. We also have the option to tap focus or change the exposure but we do not recommend trying this as it completely messes up exposure.

Selfies turn out okay on the Nokia 3, it’s a bit hard to get focused right so you need to be patient. But when you are, you get fairly good results but then you get video and the Nokia 3 only record up to 720p HD resolution. Even cheap phones these days we call 1080p so this is frustrating. The video quality is claimed poor, you lack detail terribly. It looks like the videos were taken on a phone from a decade ago, the focus is very slow and colours do not look great.

Performance: –

The Nokia 3 runs on an entry-level MediaTek MT6737 Quad-Core chip and it’s got 2 gigs of RAM, 16 gigs of storage and it is coupled with Mali T720 MP1 GPU. This combination is just not good enough for the daily client. Navigation around the home screen and first-party apps actually happen fairly smoothly but once you get to use third-party apps, you notice the phone slowing-down significantly.

The other shortcut the Nokia takes is storage, you only have 16 gigs of storage on the board of which you only have about 7 gigs for your apps, photos, videos, and music. Luckily, you do have a microSD card option and we recommend using it.

Software: –

On the software side, the Nokia 3 is as clean of an Android experience as they get. There is no bloatware but not much to get excited about either. We’ll like the fact that the run not duplicates Apps. It’s all just google apps taking over. As a gallery, you have the excellent google photos for the calendar. You have Google’s great calendar app. The default browser is chrome and the email client is Gmail. There is also an FM Radio receiver that you can use when you plug in headphones and external speaker to the phone.

In real life using Facebook on this phone is frustrating. We have seen Facebook bugs and other applications performance issues. And multiple Android phones recently but here the app freezes upon opening the photo galleries. And scrolling the news feed is particularly stuttering.

Sound & Connectivity: –

There is a single loudspeaker located at the bottom of the phone. It’s in that exact spot where you hold the phone and when you cover it just slightly with your hand, it gets muffled easily. The sound quality with the loudspeaker is disappointing. It’s not sufficiently loud and the quality is sub-par. This bigger sounds very tiny. On a positive note, call quality on the Nokia 3 is reasonably clear and you can understand your callers with ease.

Battery: –

The Nokia 3 features 2650 mAh battery, in real life experience, we average around a day and half of the charging with more intense use killing the battery in a day. This is not great but not bad either. This phone is slow to charge, it takes three hours to fully refill the battery.

Conclusion: –

Overall, the Nokia 3 is one of the cheapest phones around but that does not mean that there are any alternatives. For just slightly more, you can get the more refined Galaxy A3 2017, it shines with its brilliant design, Water protected the body, better quality camera, and excellent User-interface.

Next up, you have last year’s Moto G4 that is still selling well, it is a similarly clean experience but it got the better camera of these two. And then if you can get it where you Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime is tremendous value for the money. The phone has extraordinary battery life, much better performance, and a superior camera.

At the end of the discussion, the Nokia 3 is a well-designed phone that eye-catching but this impression turns out to be the only superficial using the phone reviews many shortcomings. The disappointing aspects about this device are poor performance, the hardware is not that great for pricing, the cameras are kind of average, the battery performance is again average and also the software does not feel that great smooth with a Quad-Core MT6737. So, I think you have many options in this price range and go for it.

Indian Buyers Buy Now Price NOKIA 3

Rs. 9,499 International Buyers NOKIA 3

$ 168.00

SPECs: –




Technology GSM/LTE/HSPA SIM Single SIM (Nano) or Dual (Nano, Dual Standby ) Released 2017, June BODY Dimensions 143.3 x 71.4 x 8.5mm Weight 140g DISPLAY Type IPS LCD, 720 x 1280p (294 PPI) Size 5-inch Protection Corning Gorilla Glass CAMERA Rear 8-MP, F/2.0, autofocus, LED flash Front 8-MP, F/2.0, autofocus, 720p Video 720p@30fps Features 1.12 μm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus PROCESSOR OS Android 7.0 Nougat Chip MediaTek MT6737 CPU Quad-Core Cortex-A53 GPU Mali-T720MP1 MEMORY Internal 16GB, 2GB RAM External Up to 256GB (microSD) FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity, Gyro CONNECTIVITY WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot USB microUSB 2.0 Others Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, GPS & Radio available SOUND Speaker Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack __ BATTERY Li-Ion 2630 mAh

Originally published at on July 26, 2017.