Remember Nokia? The company that used to hold a staggering 80pc market share in Ireland just 10 years ago is back with a bang. It is targeting the ‘value’ end of the market and it’s very hard to see anyone doing it better right now.
While its ‘7 Plus’ handset is probably the best overall large-screen phone you can get for under €400 at the moment, the justlaunched 3.1 model is a pretty incredible deal for the money.
The 5.2-inch handset looks and feels like a smartphone two or three times the price, with many of the features that would have been considered premium a few years ago.
The design is a high point, with a smooth metallic frame around the sides and a glass display that curves gently at the sides.
It cuts costs by omitting things like a fingerprint sensor but keeps the beloved headphone jack.
It has a reasonable 13-megapixel rear camera and a decent 3,000mAH battery.
Like many of Nokia’s Android phones, it uses Android One, which eschews most of the ‘skins’ that manufacturers usually try to overlay on Android phones and that mostly just get in the way.
The processor and Ram memory (2GB) in this device are basic, so if you’re depending on the phone to cut through tasks in rapid succession, you might notice that it’s a bit slow from time to time. Casual users won’t see this, though. Instead, what they’ll notice is a handset with excellent build quality that performs well overall.
This is probably one of the last new phones we’ll see released with the old micro USB power connection (instead of the newer USB-C one). The upside to that is that micro USB cables are plentiful and cheap.