Mid-cen­tury touches A look in the rear-view mir­ror can make the fu­ture more ap­peal­ing Nokia 5.1 smart­phone

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What is it?

A bud­get smart­phone with pre­mium look­ing de­sign. The Nokia 5.1 An­droid smart­phone isn’t billed as an iPhone killer or even aimed at those likely to adopt an Ap­ple or Sam­sung. In­stead it will ap­peal to the more prac­ti­cal con­sumers who seek value for money over a prod­uct that will be likely su­per­seded within months.

That’s not to say that users of higher-end de­vices wouldn’t be tempted to “down­grade”, not least given the ex­pense of re­pairs af­ter ac­ci­den­tal da­m­age to a pre­mium hand­set for the umpteenth time.

Good points?

Ma­chined from a sin­gle block of alu­minium with rounded cor­ners, the Nokia 5.1 looks stun­ning and feels great to hold and op­er­ate. A full HD+ IPS dis­play of 5.5 inches is more than ad­e­quate for every­day needs. The 16-megapixel rear cam­era has phase de­tec­tion auto-fo­cus sys­tem which works well for group shots even when some sub­jects are mov­ing and oth­ers sta­tion­ary.

A 2.0 GHz Octa-Core pro­ces­sor en­ables all An­droid OS apps to func­tion quickly and pro­vides a plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence. Mi­croSD card sup­port 16GB and 32GB stor­age mod­els are avail­able with ei­ther 2GB or 3GB RAM, which are on a par with Ap­ple’s flag­ship de­vices.

Bad points?

There are no ac­ces­sories such as head­phones out of the box and the speaker po­si­tion, on the base, is odd.

Best for …

Those look­ing for a cheap and cheer­ful al­ter­na­tive to pre­mium priced de­vices.

Avoid if ...

You want to fu­ture-proof your pur­chase be­cause the lack of USB-C sup­port is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

Nokia 5.1 Smart­phone, £189 (nokia.com)

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