Nokia 3 review: The Nokia 3 is cheap and you'll know it

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Nokia 3 outdoor camera test

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Nokia 3 low-light camera test

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Nokia 3 front-facing camera test

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The battery lasted about 10 hours on our rundown test, which is distinctly average. That said, if you're only using the basics of Whatsapp and email throughout the day, then you shouldn't struggle to get a day of use out of it. Keep the screen brightness down and Wi-Fi turned off if you want to eke out the hours.

Don't buy the Nokia 3 if you're a regular smartphone user wanting to play games and take Instagram-worthy photos throughout the day. You'd be better off splashing a bit more cash and going for the excellent Moto G5.

Do buy the Nokia 3 if you want the basics of email, phone calls and a spot of Whatsapp and don't want to drain much of your bank account to get it.

Nokia 3 specs comparison chart


Nokia 3 Motorola Moto G5 Nokia 5 Motorola Moto E4
Display size, resolution 5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.2-inch; 1,280x720 pixels 5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels
Pixel density 293ppi 440ppi 282ppi 294ppi
Dimensions (Inches)
5.7x2.9x0.37 in 5.89x2.85x0.34 in 5.7x2.8x0.37 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 143.4x71.4x8.48 144.3x73x9.5 mm 149.7x72.5x8.55 mm 144.5x72x9.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) TBA 5.1 oz, 145g TBA 5.3 oz; 150g
Mobile software Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android Nougat 7.1
Camera 8-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 8-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel with flash
Video capture 720p 1080p TBA 1080p
Processor MTK 6737, Quad-core 1.3Ghz 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon in North America; MediaTek globally)
Storage 16GB 16GB, 32GB (varies by region) 16GB 16GB
RAM 2GB 2GB or 3GB, based on region 2GB 2GB
Expandable storage 128GB 128GB 128GB Up to 128GB
Battery 2,630mAh 2,800mAh (removable) 3,000mAh 2,800mAh (removable)
Fingerprint sensor No Below screen Below screen Beneath screen (varies by region)
Connector Micro-USB Micro-USB Micro-USB Micro-USB
Special features
Dual-SIM, splash-proof
Dual-SIM (varies by region), splash-resistant (varies by region)
Price off-contract (USD) Converts to $156 N/A Converts to $235 $130
Price (GBP) £120 £169 (16GB, 2GB RAM); £179 (16GB, 3GB RAM) £180 £129
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$200 Converts to AU$291 (16GB) Converts to AU$301 Converts to AU$172

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