Nokia 6 Review

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Sitting atop the initial batch of Nokia phones made by HMD – the company now responsible for producing smartphones using the famous Finnish brand name – the Nokia 6 should be the most enticing of the bunch. It’s an affordable device; with a big Full HD screen, stock Android software and a classic Nokia design.

Yet, and this seems to be on ongoing problem with these new Nokia branded phones, it feels that corners have been cut in all the wrong places.

Pros

  • Good screen
  • Clean version of Android
  • Decent battery life

 

Cons

  • Can get very slow
  • Poor camera
  • Odd design

 

Key Features

  • Review Price: £199.99
  • 1080p LCD display
  • Metal body
  • 16-megapixel camera
  • Android 7 w/ Google Assistant
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage w/ microSD

 

What is the Nokia 6?

Sitting atop the initial batch of Nokia phones made by HMD – the company now responsible for producing smartphones using the famous Finnish brand name – the Nokia 6 should be the most enticing of the bunch. It’s an affordable device; with a big Full HD screen, stock Android software and a classic Nokia design.

Yet, and this seems to be on ongoing problem with these new Nokia branded phones, it feels that corners have been cut in all the wrong places.

Nokia 6 – Design

When Nokia was designing phones running Windows Phone, I longed for one that ditched that awful operating system for Android. Nokia was at the top of its game when it came to industrial design, but it was always let down by software.

Yet now that there are Nokia branded phones running Android, I just feel a bit disappointed. The Nokia 6 isn’t a bad looking phone, it just feels like it’s been plucked straight from 2014.

It’s a bulky device, with sharp flat corners and a slightly domed plastic back. The large bezel around the 5.5-inch display makes for a big phone, and the lack of any curvature on the sides make it quite hard to comfortably hold without it digging into your palms. There is plentiful use of metal, especially for a phone of this price, but the back is plastic and as a result it feels quite hollow.

It’s a shame about the ergonomics of the phone, because it does actually look quite nice. My black review unit is simple and free of ugly branding, with a fast fingerprint scanner flanked by two capacitive buttons below the display. Thankfully they’re backlit, something that was missing on the cheaper Nokia 3. It looks like a Nokia phone, though maybe one that could do with a bit of modern flair..

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Nokia 6 – Screen

The 5.5-inch LCD display Nokia uses has a Full HD (1080 x 1920) resolution, which is a prerequisite for a panel of that size but one that’s not necessarily guaranteed when you’re paying less than £200. It’s a nice, bright, big screen that makes the Nokia 6 a decent choice for watching movies on the go.

Unlike the Nokia 3, which struggled with colour reproduction, the panel on the Nokia 6 is heaps better.

Colours are nice and bright, while text is crisp and sharp. It lacks the deep blacks you’d get with an AMOLED, frequently found on high-end Samsung phones, but it certainly is one of the better screens you’ll find at this price.

Nokia 6 – Performance

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