Nokia is back from the grave and they are back with a bang! After finally being acquired by HMD Global from the clutches of Microsoft, Nokia now can launch true Android smartphones without hesitation. Among the few launched by HMD, the Nokia 6 is one of them to be launched here. Paramount Electronics, the official distributor of Nokia smartphones in Nepal has priced the phone at Rs 25,600. But is the phone worth dropping that much money? Should you buy this phone? Well, let us find the answers to those questions in this full review.
The Nokia 6 is a good-looking smartphone which flaunts its unibody aluminum construction. The phone looks very premium, especially with the chamfered edges and matte back. That said, the sharp edges and rectangular design of the phone make it a bit difficult to properly wield this device. A bit of curve and compactness would have been highly appreciated on this phone.
The Nokia 6 packs a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 403PPI. The display is covered by Gorilla Glass 3 and is edged out by a 2.5D glass. The display on the phone is very good with true to life colors and adequate brightness. Overall, the display on the phone is very impressive and it probably is its key strength.Performance
The phone, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor backed by 3GB of RAM had no trouble keeping up with my day-to-day tasks. I, however, did notice some struggle while doing some heavy multitasking and gaming. That said, the Adreno 505 is no slouch and can tear away through any smaller titles. For this price, the combination of the processor and the RAM capacity is a sweet deal.
Software-wise, the Nokia 6 runs almost a stock version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The interface is clean, minimalistic and easy to navigate through. Anyone looking to switch to Android will find the Nokia 6 easy to use and very nostalgic. Adding to that, this bloatware free device will have stock Android fans gasping for more.Camera
The Nokia 6 packs a f/2.0 16MP rear camera accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash. The phone also has a f/2.0 8MP front camera for all your high-res selfies. The camera, simply put, is not this phone’s forte! The images produced from it are soft, grainy and dull looking. Dim the lights down and you have a recipe for disaster. And to make matters even worse, the phone has such a basic camera that I immediately replaced it with a third-party app from the Play Store. Of course, there are features like HDR and a Manual mode but that’s about it! The camera is one area that I feel Nokia should have given a little more thought into.
Biometrics and others
The phone has a front mounted fingerprint scanner embedded into its home key. It works very well as I was easily able to unlock the phone in a jiffy. It also has a bottom firing speaker which is pretty loud and has a good depth to it. This is all thanks to the Dolby Atmos sound enhancement that the phone comes with. There is also a 3.5mm headphone port which is slowly becoming a luxury these days.
Connectivity wise the phone offers a hybrid sim card slot meaning that you can either use two Nano sim cards or one Nano sim card and a Micro-SD card up to 256GB. Storage won’t be an issue on this phone as it comes with 32GB of internal storage by default. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, 4G, and USB 2.0.
The phone packs a 3000mAh non-user removable battery. The battery life of this phone is decent as it lasted me a good 4-5 hours. Casual users will not have any problem getting a full day worth of battery life out of this phone. And if the battery does run out, there is the inclusion of Fast Battery Charge for faster charging time.
The Nokia 6 is a good phone but it lacks the same level of fineness one would expect from a modern-day smartphone. The camera is another area that I think Nokia should have given a little more thought into. That said, if you are looking for a capable smartphone with a great display, almost a stock version of Android, a loudspeaker output, and a touch of nostalgia then you will most definitely love the Nokia 6.
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