Nokia 5

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Although the Nokia 5 was launched by HMD Global at MWC 2017 back in Fe­bru­ary, it’s only re­cently hit the shelves. If you’re won­der­ing who HMD Global is, the com­pany has made a huge splash this year by launch­ing four phones with the Nokia brand: the won­der­fully nos­tal­gic Nokia 3310 as well as three bud­get and mid-range An­droid phones with ex­cel­lent price tags – the Nokia, 3, 5, and 6. Here, we re­view the Nokia 5, which sits in the mid­dle of the range when it comes to size, specs and price.

De­sign

We love the de­sign of the Nokia 5. We were so pleas­antly sur­prised when we first picked it up, al­ready know­ing how low the price tag is. It has a 5.2in dis­play within a neat, com­pact body. It feels in­cred­i­bly pre­mium, with smooth, rounded edges that make it sleek and com­fort­able to hold.

It’s made from a sin­gle block of 6000 se­ries alu­minium, and uses Go­rilla Glass to add dura­bil­ity to the dis­play. It weighs 160g and mea­sures just 8mm in thick­ness. The bezels on ei­ther side of the screen are tiny, and seem to blend right into the chas­sis. The 5.2in dis­play means the over­all size of the phone is good for one-handed use and porta­bil­ity while still of­fer­ing enough room for a good ex­pe­ri­ence when watch­ing videos or play­ing games.

The Nokia 5 is avail­able in Matte Black, Sil­ver, Tem­pered Blue or Cop­per. We par­tic­u­larly like the blue op­tion, but all four colours look gor­geous. Show this phone to a friend and they’ll never guess the price tag. Con­sider us im­pressed.

Hard­ware

While we love the size of the screen, a down­fall is that its dis­play res­o­lu­tion isn’t as high as we’d have liked.

It’s 1280x720 HD at 282ppi, which still man­ages to be vivid and bright, but when com­pared with the likes of the Moto G5’s Full HD of­fer­ing on a phone with the slightly lower price tag it’s a bit of a shame that the Nokia 5 misses out.

In­side is a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 430 pro­ces­sor, which is the same pro­ces­sor you’ll find in­side the

Nokia 6 and the Moto G5. That’s paired with Adreno 505 graph­ics and 2GB RAM.

It man­aged to achieve a sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter score than the Moto G5 in our Geek­bench 4 pro­ces­sor tests, although it couldn’t quite live up to the Wi­ley­fox Swift 2 Plus in ev­ery test.

In prac­tice, we found the Nokia 5 plenty fast enough for day-to-day tasks such as send­ing mes­sages, check­ing emails and brows­ing the web. Apps open with­out much lag, in­clud­ing the camera app, and the only time we found it a lit­tle too slow is when we needed to use the flash.

It also achieved much higher scores than the Moto G5 in all of our GFXBench tests, which are de­signed to test the graph­ics ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

There’s 16GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory with sup­port for up to 128GB of ad­di­tional stor­age via mi­croSD.

There’s a non-re­mov­able 3,000mAh bat­tery that charges via Mi­cro-USB, which we found could last for a full day on one charge with rea­son­ably heavy use, and two days or more with light use, which we were suit­ably sat­is­fied by. Again, this beats the Moto G5’s 2,800mAh bat­tery, although the Nokia 5 misses out on the rapid charg­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties which typ­i­cally gives a few hours of bat­tery life af­ter just 15 min­utes of charg­ing.

Con­nec­tiv­ity in­cludes Blue­tooth 4.1, NFC and LTE 4G, and there’s a 3.5mm head­phone jack on the top for your wired head­phones.

A fin­ger­print sen­sor is built into the home but­ton, and we found it to be easy to setup and al­most al­ways quick and re­spon­sive.

Cam­eras

When it comes to cam­eras, the Nokia 5 has a 13Mp camera on the rear with a dual tone flash. Pho­tos are cap­tured in 4:3 as­pect ra­tio, and if you want to cap­ture 16:9 you’ll re­duce the qual­ity to 8Mp.

This is in line with ri­vals like the Moto G5, and we found that it could cap­ture sat­is­fac­tory pho­tos in most light­ing, per­fect for on-the go shots to look back on or to share on so­cial me­dia.

The front-fac­ing camera of­fers 8Mp for self­ies, which is bet­ter than the Moto G5’s 5Mp of­fer­ing.

Low light pho­tos aren’t great, but the flash makes up for this as you’ll see from the photo of St. Pan­cras Re­nais­sance Ho­tel over­leaf.

Soft­ware

The Nokia 5 is among the first Nokia phones to run the An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem. It comes with An­droid 7.1.1, and fans of stock An­droid will be pleased to hear that Nokia has left it well alone.

This is one of the cheap­est ways to get stock An­droid out­side of the Pixel se­ries made by Google it­self so a big thumbs up from us. That means an in­tu­itive in­ter­face and no ad­di­tional bloat­ware.

The Nokia 5 also of­fers Google As­sis­tant, which is the An­droid AI as­sis­tant in the same way that Siri is Ap­ple’s iOS voice as­sis­tant.

Ver­dict

We’ve long been lovers of the Moto G se­ries for the top pick in the bud­get An­droid cat­e­gory, but the Nokia 5 knocks it off the top spot. With a bet­ter camera, bet­ter per­for­mance and a stun­ning de­sign, we are blown away by the low price tag of­fered here.

A down­side is the screen res­o­lu­tion, but if you can look past this and you’re look­ing for an An­droid smart­phone that costs less than £200, you can’t get much bet­ter than this. Ashleigh Macro

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

• 5.2in (1280x720, 282ppi) IPS dis­play • An­droid 7.1.1 Nougat • Qual­comm MSM8937 Snap­dragon 430 pro­ces­sor • Octa-core 1.4GHz Cor­tex-A53 CPU • Adreno 505 GPU • 2GB RAM • 16GB stor­age (mi­croSD up to 256GB) • 13Mp, f/2.0, phase de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus, dual-LED

(dual tone) flash • 8Mp, f/2.0, 1.12μm pixel size • A-GPS/GLONASS • Blue­tooth 4.1 • NFC • Mi­cro-USB 2.0 • 3,000mAh non-re­mov­able lithium-ion bat­tery • 3.5mm head­phone socket • 149.7x72.5x8mm • 160g

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