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Nokia 3 test: Smartphone with juice but without power

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 | Gadgets

HMD Globals Nokia 3 is the cheapest of the first three Nokia smartphones from the Finnish manufacturer. The device has been available recently for 150 euros and has some features that we would not have expected from a beginner smartphone. In other places, however, the Nokia 3 is less convincing. Whether the price for the entry-level smartphone is appropriate, we have looked at the test.

Well-finished housing made of polycarbonate and aluminum
Outwardly, the Nokia 3 makes a good impression: Although the 143 millimeter long and 71 millimeter wide device is somewhat bulky in the hand because the corners of the aluminum frame are not particularly rounded. This is a habit, however, the smartphone feels uncomfortable. With our test device both frame and all plastic parts are completely black, which makes the case of the Nokia 3 with all-round smooth surfaces as one-cast.

    Like the other new Nokia smartphones, HMD Global also delivers the Nokia 3 with pure Android. (Picture: Areamobile)

The design is simple: even the narrow, slightly wobble-seated, but a prominent pressure point side buttons, as well as the front and rear branded brand logos are hardly noticeable. The main camera fits almost seamlessly into the flat rear – according to the manufacturer, the height difference is 0.2 millimeters – and also on the transition from frame to display unit is only a very light paragraph to feel. The cover glass of the screen is rounded not only at the corners, but also slightly curved at the edges – a rare feature on smartphones of this price class.

Uneven gaps are not to be found on the test device, the pressure is not released by the fixed back shell. The jack socket for wired headphones sits at the top of the Nokia 3, the micro-USB 2.0 connector at the bottom edge. The loudspeaker also radiates downwards so that the output is not obscured by the device lying on the back. For the navigation buttons manufacturer HMD Global uses capacitive buttons below the display. Unfortunately, the sensors are not illuminated, which hinders navigation in poor lighting.
Separate slots for SIM and SD cards
On the left side of the case, the Nokia 3 has two slots for nano SIM cards and the SD card. Users can use two mobile phone connections on the device in parallel. The fact that HMD Global provides slots for three cards is not absolutely normal – with many inexpensive devices, the second SIM slot is often combined with the SD slot.


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