Hello, Friends! Today, I’m going to take a look at Nokia 5 Review. Nokia has released three smartphones this summer ranging from the cheaper Nokia 3 to the more expensive Nokia 6. The Nokia 5 sits in the middle but with a lower price. Is it actually a better deal? So, here I’m going to tell you all about this phone in my review.
The Nokia 5 is made of solid aluminium unlike the plastic build of the Nokia 3. Nokia 5 came in a matte black finish with rounded edges and a curved back. It gives a smoother vibe than the sharp edge Nokia 6 that said the build is in to unique looking. It’s not just the look that’s impressive way. It’s also the way it feels in the hand. It has a nice premium heft to it weighty and the sides are nice and they’re curved and it all just fits the hand in a very ergonomic manner. That’s an important thing seeing is you’re going to be holding your phone a lot if it’s your daily driver.
It has a large bezel on the top and bottom. And it’s certainly not as outstanding or something like the S8. But if you like a device that makes you feel good when you put out your pocket then the Nokia 5 is very good for his price. It actually wasn’t developed by Nokia by the way but out sourced to a company called HMD global.
The antenna bands are pretty well hidden though and blended with the design of the phone. On the back, there is a little bit of a camera bump which might offend some people.
We appreciate that Nokia’s included a front mounted fingerprint sensor that acts as a Home button. It’s surrounded by two well-labelled touch keys for navigation which are backlit. It’s not the fastest fingerprint reader in the world but it’s always on so you can wake-up your phone. You might be doing this often to check-in as there’s no LED notification on this device. It has dust and water resistance up to IP52 which means you can dribble on it or expose it to dust and it won’t explode but you certainly shouldn’t go swimming with it and also all three of the Nokia phones use micro USB ports.
The Nokia 5 is a 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen which covered by Gorilla Glass. It’s pretty bright but the blacks aren’t too dark. So the contrast ratio isn’t the best. Sunlight legibility is above average, pretty good for an LCD. Now, the display runs on a 720p resolution which is not too bad for your day to day use. But we’ve seen a better in this price range.
If you like sharp white web pages and images that pop on the display before you upload them to the personal computer or laptop, you might be disappointed here. The gaming experience or watching YouTube videos and movies are not good but the watching media is nice.
Theoretically, you get a lot of display real estate at 5.2-inches but this is somewhat gelded by the lower resolution.
When you use Android’s multi-screen multitasking feature, you won’t be able to change the size of the two different windows instead you’ll be stuck with the 50/50 screen share. Also, they tend to feel a little bit cramped when you’re doing this. So, if you’re someone who likes to use their device for productivity then this is the consideration to keep in mind.
The Nokia 5 has a 13-megapixel main camera than f/2.0 aperture. Which is just fine but it’s the lighting issue with cameras coming out very dark even in good lighting condition. In the low-light settings, it’s nearly unusable. As a flash off, of course, but that doesn’t make up for it. You can only use that in certain situations and it tends to make things look very bright and shadowy.
The camera app is distinctly uninspiring. There are no fun features, no filters and you can’t tweak manual settings like ISO. There is HDR mode and Autofocus. So, you can create some decent photos with a bit of practice and patience. It’s just that I wouldn’t recommend this as a reliable camera to bring with you on holiday. If you want to have photos really pop and the vibrant.
The pictures are nicely sharp and detailed. There’s a little bit visible noise but the colours are really balanced, much better than the dull looking shots from the Nokia 6. We do wish the dynamic range was wider but the HDR mode actually really helps.
The 8-megapixel selfie cameras have autofocus a feature hard to find in this price range. It has a pretty wide angle lens useful for fitting your friends in the shot. Pictures were pretty sharp and detailed and beautification mode wasn’t too overdone. The Nokia 5 records video at 1080p at 30 frames per second, there’s no 60fps option. Videos have a lot of detail and textures look natural, the footage is a bit soft and colours aren’t too vibrant. But overall the video quality is quite good.
Performance & Memory: –
This Nokia 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 which clocked at 1.4GHz and backed up by 2 gigabytes of RAM. The average user might not find this to be a problem you can download and run pretty much any application from the Play Store and that’s true of most cheap devices, in fact, these days. The issue will come for example if you want to play a high-end game in which case you might notice, drop frames, a little bit of stuttering and longer load screens.
Likewise, navigating the UI could definitely be smoother when you launch Google. Now, there’s a definitely noticeable pause and when you’re scrolling through large web pages there’s also a slight stutter. While multitasking works fine despite the limitations in screen resolution that I mentioned earlier. You will find that the occasional background app gets closed and that’s due to the lower RAM. Again, it’s all perfectly serviceable a lot of people won’t have an issue with it. It’s just that if you’re looking for higher-end performance and if you’re so many loves gaming on their mobile device then this phone might not be the one for you.
What is likely to be an issue for the average user is the lower internal storage the Nokia 5 comes with just 16 gigabytes of onboard storage although it is expandable up to 256 gigabytes via a microSD card. But to me, that’s a poor substitute and I’d much rather have that space available right from the start at least 32 gigabytes of it. Especially as half of that specs are going to be taken up as soon as you beat up the device.
This phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with a Nokia Overlay. The packaging is the same as a Nokia 3 and Nokia 6 for the system app icons in blue. It’s not too customizable. There’s just one icon pack and style available. You can swipe up for an app drawer but there’s no option to have everything on the home screen. The software is pretty basic with no real proprietary features. Most of the functionality is left to Google of default app package.
The Nokia 5 has a single speaker at the bottom which scored a good rating and loudness tests. It also distortion-free at max volume that would still have stepped down to the Nokia success stereo speakers. With a 3.5mm headphone jack, you can easily plug in headphones instead and even listen to the built-in FM radio.
Battery life is just fine. It’s only 3000 milliamp hour battery but because it’s just a 720p display and relatively Stock Android that should see most people through a full day. Now, I’m quite a power user I open a lot of YouTube videos and I use it the navigation with the screen on, I make lots of calls and I have no problems with it either I could easily get through to an evening without having to carry a charger with me. There is a quick charge 3.0 but it’s not quite as quick as it could be. You’ll find that you charge about 25% per half an hour.
In this case, you’re getting a device that has a relatively poor performance although it is comparable to something like the Moto G5. You are getting something that has a not-so-great camera so it could be worse.
But what’s really good about it?
It is the design, so if appearance is important to you and if you like your device to be a fashion statement but you don’t have the money to splash on something really new and expensive than the Nokia 5 is a good choice. If you’re somebody really loves consuming media who want lots of space to take beautiful photos then you might want to spend that money elsewhere.
Overall it’s a good compromise for the right person.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Nokia 5||Rs 13,230|
|Nokia 5||$ 210.00|
|SIM||Dual (Nano, dual Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||149.7 x 72.5 x 8mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 720 x 1280p (282 PPI)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass|
|CAMERA||Rear||13-MP, F/2.0, Dual LED Flash, PDAF|
|Front||8-MP, F/2.0, 1.12 μm pixel size|
|Features||1/3″ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch-focus, face detection, HDR|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430|
|CPU||Octa-Core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||16GB, 2GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, NFC and Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3000 mAh|
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