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Is the Nokia 6.1 the right smartphone for you?

Is the Nokia 6.1 the right smartphone for you?
Let’s start with the price; I see this being listed for $399.99 at retailers such as Staples and Amazon. Taking into account that Amazon is not an official retail partner in Canada. As a consumer for a level entry/midrange device, this is a bit high of a price for a Jan 2018 device. Considering that you can get a Motorola G7 for $349.99 with higher specification released just recently.

Is the Nokia 6.1 the right smartphone for you?

Nokia 6.1 (2018) - 32 GB - Unlocked Smartphone - 5.5" Screen - Black
  • Made from a solid block of aluminum Series 6000, with distinctive two-tone anodized diamond cut edges
  • Android one ensures that you have pure, secure and up-to-date Android
  • Latest generation qualcomm snapdragon 630 mobile Platform with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage

If you scroll down to the end you’ll get a list of recommended accessories for the Nokia 6.1.

The system appears to be under-optimized for efficiently handling applications. Some jittery and delays are noted in some of the top apps like Facebook, Messenger, Snapchat taking away from the joy of using such app. Big PLUS is the fact that the Nokia 6.1 is on Android 9 (Pie).

Overall use the device is very good and responsive, including browsing the web, watching YouTube videos etc.

The camera is also nicely adapted to the device and I’ve shot some pretty stellar pictures. The front-facing camera does take decent photographs of subjects with a decent amount of light. The portrait photograph is also very acceptable (bokeh effect) when attempting to get a more styled selfie.

Something that might lure a few to the Nokia device will be the 3.5mm jack that is included! Those analogue fans will be quite pleased with this inclusion. On the other side of this coin, the loud, tin sounding speaker might be a buzz kill.

The display is sharp 1080P IPS display. It’s crisp, clean and pleasing to watch content from the likes of YouTube, Netflix, or local videos. The colours are mixed nicely and don’t appear to be out of place. Having Gorilla Glass 3 also provides some resistance to scratches, drops and overall usage.

If I jump to the battery life of the device, I have to say that I’m blown. Looking back I can easily take off at 6 am, come back home at 4 pm and still have juice that brings me down to 42% by the time I hit the bed at 11 pm. Nokia has managed to adjust the expectation of users with the Nokia 6.1.

The Nokia 6.1 aims to be a device that is easy to use for teenagers, moms, pops and overall anyone who wants a smartphone. It’s definitely an entry/mid-range device that you can enjoy. I wouldn’t go around attempting to play some heavy games, but for the general use, it will do nicely.

Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Size 5.5 inches, 82.6 cm2 (~73.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Platform OS Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One
Chipset Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 (14 nm)
CPU Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 508
Main Camera Single 16 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide), 1.0µm, PDAF
Features Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
Video [email protected], [email protected]
Selfie camera Single 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12µm
Video [email protected]
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 18W: 50% in 30 min

You can find the device on Amazon Canada & Staples.

Is the Nokia 6.1 the right smartphone for you

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