Mid-century touches A look in the rear-view mirror can make the future more appealing Nokia 5.1 smartphone
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 Instead it will appeal to the more practical consumers who seek value for money over a product that will be likely superseded within months.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.
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.
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)