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Sleek Nokia 6 stands out among An­droid phones

Business Daily (Kenya) - - DIGITAL BUSINESS -

MY MA­JOR AN­NOY­ANCE ABOUT THE DE­SIGN IS THAT THE EDGES ARE QUITE SHARP

Of the three phones Nokia launched ear­lier this year — the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 — the Nokia 6 is the star. But at only £220 (or $180 in the US, with Ama­zon’s ads ap­pear­ing on the lockscreen), it’s still af­ford­able.

It uses premium met­als to look slick and premium but keeps the price down with a low-end pro­ces­sor and a dis­play with a ho-hum res­o­lu­tion. As such, per­for­mance can be laggy, but it’s not a huge prob­lem for ev­ery­day use.

Don’t buy this phone if you’re look­ing for the best ex­am­ple of what a smart­phone can be. In­stead, con­sider it if you want a great-look­ing An­droid phone that’ll han­dle your life’s essen­tials and won’t drain your wal­let.

The all-metal de­sign is where this phone re­ally stands out. It has an aes­thetic that you wouldn’t feel em­bar­rassed to whip out in a posh cock­tail bar. It’s an in­cred­i­bly smart-look­ing hand­set with ma­chine-milled edges that give it a pol­ished metal ac­cent which looks great on the deep blue hue of my re­view model. It feels ex­tremely premium to hold too, thanks to that solid body that has none of the flimsy feel­ing flex you find in many lower-end phones.

My ma­jor an­noy­ance about the de­sign is that the edges are quite sharp, which can make the phone un­com­fort­able to hold. It’s some­thing that my col­league Rick Broida also found when he used the Nokia 6 for a week in place of his much more ex­pen­sive iphone 6S Plus.

I’m also dis­ap­pointed it lacks USB-C charg­ing, with the 6 opt­ing for the older mi­croUSB stan­dard. It’s not a deal-breaker, par­tic­u­larly given the low price, but with most phones launch­ing now sport­ing USB-C, it would have been good to see that here. There’s no wa­ter­proof­ing, ei­ther -- though again, I can’t re­ally hold that against it at this cheap price. Just be care­ful around the pool or when your clumsy friend is reach­ing for their drink.

The 5.5-inch dis­play is large enough to do jus­tice to vi­brant mo­bile games and Youtube clips. Its full HD res­o­lu­tion (1,920x1,080- pix­els) is lower than you’ll find on premium phones like the Gal­axy S8 ($619.88 at Ama­zon Mar­ket­place), but it’s more than ad­e­quate for your ev­ery­day Twit­ter and In­sta­gram needs and to­tally ac­cept­able given the phone’s much lower price. Sure, if you hold both phones side-by­side you might no­tice a touch less clar­ity on high-res photos on the Nokia, but this isn’t a very likely sce­nario.

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