One of the most well-known phone brands in India is now reduced to falling back on the Android OS for its revival. Nokia failed to make magic when it came to offering a stellar OS experience and was soon overtaken by the likes of iOS and Android-based smartphones. However, all is not lost, the brand is now owned by HMD Global and is slowly making its way back into the minds of its original fans and potential new customers.
Nokia 6, the brand’s latest smartphone, is a budget offering, with decent specs on the hardware front and a stock Android experience when it comes to software.
Design and OS
Straight off, as you unbox the smartphone and hold it in your hand, the finish will come across as a job well done. It feels nice to hold (aluminium body) and I do love the way it looks, front to back. The build quality shines through and through, and at 169g, the weight feels just about right. Inside you will find 3GB of RAM, coupled with the Qualcomm SnapDragon 430 processor. It has a decent bit of configuration to get most of your day-to-day tasks done. The phone runs effortlessly until you open multiple apps or try to switch between them. This is when you will find a noticeable lag. Individual app experience is fine, but when you multitask, the processing grunt just cannot seem to keep up. On the other hand, what really helps things along, is the stock Android experience. It still isn’t Oreo and you’ll have to stay happy with Nougat (Android 7) but the overall stock experience is fluid if you don’t keep a dozen apps open. The good news is that the official Oreo updates have started rolling out for users in China, and India should get it soon enough. The phone packs in 32GB of storage, which should suffice for minimalistic usage. You can upgrade the storage via the microSD card slot to up to 256GB.
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Visually the 5.5" Full HD screen fairly impresses with its grasp of colours and brightness. The screen packs in an overall density of 401 pixels per inch which is good enough for both gaming and watching HD content. Text readability is crisp too, though out in the mid-day sun, you would have been happier with a brighter screen.
For trigger-happy users, there’s a 16-MP camera on the rear and an 8-MP front camera. Camera is something smartphone users take quite seriously, as it is that one window that lets them share their experiences on social networks. The cameras on this one are just about decent. Picture is not vivid even in daylight shots, and the cameras are unable to handle exposure in many shots. The overall colour capture appears dull as compared to phones from the competitors. As the light dips down, there is quite a bit of noise in the shots and that might not impress potential buyers. Overall detail levels deteriorate further as you take shots in low light.
The 3000mAh battery on the Nokia 6 does a decent job of pulling the device through from a full charge in the morning to evening, without a fuss. This includes web surfing, playing the occasional game, phone calls, texting and more. If you do happen to indulge in a few hours of gaming though, that figure will dip and you will end up having to charge your phone much earlier.
Overall, the Nokia 6 is quite a decent offering. If you have always loved Nokia devices and they still entice you, this one won’t disappoint.
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