Nokia launched its new budget-friendly smartphone Nokia 1 in April 2018 in the United States. Nokia offers solid Android experience in this Affordable smartphone. This is the Nokia first Android smartphone fall below the $100 US Dollars mark. The Nokia 1 allows those peoples who use feature phones make a jump to the current smartphones line with less cost.
This is the Nokia comeback success, Nokia wants to gain market share with an ultra-affordable Android smartphone. Nokia offers different plans for customers with every price range from higher to lower. The higher models such as Nokia 8, Nokia 7 pack with powerful hardware while the budget devices like Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 packs with a slightly low profile.
Nokia 1 comes with Android Oreo (8.0) operating system out of the box. It packs 4.5 inches (854 x 480) 720p HD display with IPS technology. Nokia 1 comes with 1 GB of RAM, which is lower than average smartphone last year with a MediaTek chipset. The onboard storage is 8 GB only, and the device is covering with a Gorilla Glass.
Nokia 1 Specs and Features,
Nokia 1 build with plastic like an old Samsung Galaxy phone with a pebble-like shape fits perfectly in hand. The shape of the phone is not really bad with 60% body to screen ratio. Nokia 1 is quite durable as previous gen Nokia phones, this time it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass on the top.
Nokia 1 is also known as Go phone, the mid-range smartphone by Nokia. As the physical structure of the phone is nice and clean, the power buttons along with two volume rockers located on the right side of the device. A micro-USB port on the bottom of the device and a 3.5 mm headphone jack located on the top. On the back a single 5 MP camera with an LED Flash, and a front facing 2 MP camera. A single tiny Speaker found on the left bottom on the back of the device.
Nokia 1 comes with the option of dual SIM and a micro SD-card at the same time. The device pack with all the features found in a regular smartphone such as Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth etc along with sensors like Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor.
All these features of this smartphone cost as a feature phone. The phone uses IPS LCD display, with reasonable color reproduction and a good viewing angle. Simply Nokia 1 is an obvious choice for those who seek for regular use with smart touch having better specs as compared to a feature phone.
The Nokia 1 packs with 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek Cortex-A53 processor powered by MediaTek MT6737M chipset. The GPU of the device is Mali-T720 which is ok for running some mid to low graphics intensive games easily. It is coupled with a 1GB of RAM and 8 GB storage with an expandable option via micro SD-card. The phone supports different connectivity frequencies 2G up to 4G LTE depending on your location and region.
The device supports two sim cards, both are 4G supported, you can use 4G on either slot. 4G at the same time on both sim card is not supported on this device.Even both are 4G compatible, the other sim slot is switched to 2G GSM mode when you select first sim slot for data use.
The Nokia 1 came with 8GB of storage option, which is mostly used for pre-installed apps and Android Operating System. The remaining free space is around 4GB which can use for some apps, photos and music. There is an option for adding external storage through a microSD card. Thankfully with the additional storage option, you can store your favourite albums up to 128 Gigs of storage with a micro SD-card.
The Nokia 1 has a removable 2,150mAh Li-ion battery, which should least through you the whole day. This is not the big battery pack for a smartphone but the comprising low resolution 720 display saves a lot of battery juice. With active use like web surfing, playing 3D games, watching videos, making calls you will get approximately seven hours of screen-on-time.
The Nokia 1 built-in speaker is getting struggle with sound. There is lack of depth in speaker and sound getting screechy with loudness increase. There is a “BesLoudness” option for the speaker, with this option the microphone grill also act as speaker meant to achieve the loud sound. But couldn’t get much from the external speaker, both way.
The headphones sound is reasonable better than speakers reproduction, but it also lacks in clarity and weaker in lower tones, although headphones are good.
Specification Table of Nokia 1,
|Display size||4.50 inches|
|Processor||1.1GHz quad-core Cortex A53 MediaTek MT6737M|
|Expandable storage||Up to 128 GB’s via microSD|
|Colours and Dark Blue|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Connectivity||3G /4G/ LTE|
|Headphones jack 3.5 mm|
|Number of SIMs||Two|
|Battery Capacity||2150 mAh|
The Nokia 1 phone comes with a 1Amp charger which doesn’t support any kind of fast charging technology. The phone can fully charge from 0 to 100 in three hours and 45 minutes. Nokia 1 box accessories include a micro-USB cable and a pair of headphone with some extra earbuds.
Nokia 1 usability is quite simple will cost 79 Euros, which is around $95 US Dollars. At this price, you get very much what you pay for. If you have enough extra cash, I would suggest you buy Nokia 3 which have much better specs. Of course, there are other options to get another brand smartphone if your budget allows you. But if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, the Nokia 1 is still a good choice.
The device is simply used as a daily driver like, checking emails, social media, listen to music and even play 3D games. In terms of the Nokia 1 price, the specs are acceptable. With Nokia 1 if you keep your expectations simple with simple work, rather than hardcore use, it is really usable for you.