Stylish and practical snail

The Nokia 3 is designed like a marble brick, with much the same speed and features

This year Nokia has ditched Windows for Android. They have released three phones with three levels of specifications, with the cheapest among the three being the Nokia 3.

Nokia doesn't play around with its design and this Nokia 3 is well designed with metal rims and matte back cover (meaning no more greasy fingerprints) and a frontal edge-curvy screen. It looks good. But, too bad they cut some corners by excluding backlit lights underneath its navigation keys at the bottom of the screen, which may cause some difficulty using the phone in dimly lit rooms.

This phone come with the latest "stock Android", which nerds may like but noobs may hate. This vanilla stock Android 7.1 OS is very light and clean, but it's lacking quite a few quality-of-life functions (easy mute, professional camera settings, properly calibrated auto screen brightness).

This latest OS comes with a multitask function allowing the use of two apps side-by-side, with a slide-up access to all apps gesture from its home screen, and latest security updates. The plus points seem to end there though, because the phone's performance is slow and cannot adequately run any popular games or multiple apps at the same time.

Apps work but at a slow pace. If you already are spoiled by the speed of fast phones, avoid this one. If you're looking for a cheap mode of communication, maybe.

You cannot expect to get a fingerprint reader on a phone in this price range and the Nokia 3 is no exception. Swiping and number inputs are the only ways to unlock this phone, it seems.

The phone takes about three hours to fully charge. If you're the kind of person who charges phones overnight, this will not be an issue.

Strangely, this phone has the same camera front and back, with both producing subpar photos with slow autofocus capability, light detection and photo recording speed. Patience is needed to take photos.

At 4,850 baht, it's difficult to recommend this Nokia 3, except if you want a very good-looking phone that runs at a slow pace.


CPU: MTK 6737, quad-core 1.3Ghz
Display: 5-inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720) 2.5D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass
Battery: 2,630mAh
Storage: 16GB and expandable up to 128GB via a micro SD card
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera: 8MP (front & back)
Connections: 4G, audio jack, bluetooth, micro USB, NFC
Price: 4,850 baht


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