Nokia 3.1 has finally been launched and has something for everyone. If you want to go in for a brand new smartphone but at the same time don’t want to shell out a lot of money, then you should definitely consider Nokia 3.1. It is a no-frills attached phone which is pretty impressive. This smartphone runs on Android One and comes with a 2-year guarantee of OS updates. It has everything that you would expect from an Android smartphone but the good news is that the price of Nokia 3.1 is lesser than you would have expected! It costs 159$. Let’s explore the smartphone a little more.
Hardware specs: Nokia 3.1 has not been designed to compete with the super-expensive smartphones. The display is not that huge and is not sharp enough for a smartphone being released in 2018. Moreover, it is only GSM. However, the phone can do everything you would expect it to do. The phone comes with a 2 GB RAM and an Octa-core processor. It has an internal storage of 16 GB which is expandable to 128 GB using a memory card. As expected, the phone does not have a fingerprint reader and an NFC. Therefore, you cannot consider using any major digital wallet with this phone.
How about its sound? Well, this phone lacks the much-needed subtleties in that area. The vibrator inside it doesn’t sound too delicate when it buzzes and the same goes for the external speaker of the smartphone. There goes the dream of every music-lover. While it is loud enough, you won’t be able to hear the sound of all the instruments being played if you are a fan of orchestral music.
The hardware of the phone has been beautifully crafted and that is why the phone is light, elegant and classy. You will be holding a non-bulky, sophisticated phone if you choose Nokia 3.1.
Operating system and software: Since the phone uses Android One, it is running on a very basic Android version. It almost lacks any software that does not belong to Google. There are just 3 different apps from Nokia which are not a part of Android One OS and they include FM radio, files, and the camera app. Moreover, you can download a Nokia support app through a shortcut provided. The icon of the Nokia Support App occupies very little space on the screen as it is not a full-fledged one. This app equips the user with the information that an end-user would need about the smartphone. There is a support chat, user guide, and FAQ. The app also possesses a GPS map link so that you can locate the nearest phone care center.
The Files app is made by Nokia but it works in a manner very similar to Files Go by Google. The app helps in organizing your files and allows you to go through what you have in your phone. It should be that way, shouldn’t it? FM Radio works in a similar manner and is quite easy to use. It is basic and lets you enjoy listening to the radio in a hassle-free manner.
As the smartphone runs on Android One, the look and feel are streamlined. However, there is usually a little longer wait for an app to open. However, if you are into the simple things in life, this phone works just fine.
Camera: The camera is one feature that most people want to know about every phone. This smartphone has a 13 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera to shoot selfies. Not bad at all!
The camera app of Nokia 3.1 comes with many features. It has a manual mode but you won’t believe that it can take some really good snaps. It may not be a miraculous camera app but it does justice to its target audience.
Battery life: The battery life of the phone is quite decent. Actually, there is not much space for the battery as the smartphone itself is a small one so it packs a 2990 mAh battery. However, that does not mean that it will not last for long. You can use the phone for 8 hours before the need to charge arises. Being a little old school, the phone uses micro-USB and does not support any fast charging technology.
Nokia 3.1 smartphone cannot be a replacement for the much expensive phones because as the cost increases, so does the technology and features. If you are searching for something that is not too fancy and just fits into your definition of a smartphone without burning a hole in your pocket, you can go in for this one.
Amongst the hi-fi phones, this smartphone proves that simplicity is in these days and it is possible to live without plus-sized phones! After all, you rule the phone and the other way around should not be true!