Octa-Core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53.
3 GB RAM
|5.5 inches (13.97), Full HD, 403 PPI IPS LCD|
Auto-focus, Dual LED Flash
8 MP Front Camera
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Nokia 6 was the most hyped phone of this year and now that it’s out in the market and cost more than it should we thought to give it a shot. So after reviewing Nokia 3 and skipping Nokia 5 as it doesn’t offer anything worth buying other than its branding we are here today back with Nokia 6 review. We have used Nokia 6 for a week now and we give this phone a score of 3 just because of its built quality. Now, let’s see why we gave it an average score and is Nokia 6 worth Buying?
Display and Build Quality:
The biggest plus side of this phone is its built quality, the edges are sharp and chamfered. This chamfered edges might not soothe everyone’s hands but the aluminum unibody is gorgeous and solid. There are some things you wish this premium aluminum body had done right, like the camera bump on the back and the placement of fingerprint sensor, which is very awkward, Nokia could have placed this sensor a little above along with capacitive buttons. We already did the physical overview of this phone so if you wanna see go check that out unboxing video, links are in the description. The phone is quite slim but feels slightly heavy and there’s a slight curve to the phone’s back, meeting flattened sides with the edges getting a neatly chamfered finish. The edges are a little sharp to the touch, this is a big phone but it’s easy to grip because of its matte finish. The metal buttons have a positive click but the button is loosely fit inside the frame.
The screen is protected by gorilla glass 3 which blends in with the encased metal frame making it slightly uncomfortable to hold but the choice differs from person to person. In the age of bezel-less screens, Nokia disappointed us a bit because of its huge bezels at the top and bottom. I don’t know why they added so much unnecessary space and since they did it better be for more durability of the screen. The screen provided in this phone is full HD. The viewing angle is great and sunlight legibility is fairly good. The max brightness level is not very bright and minimum brightness is not very low. The screen looks very great. Nokia really tried to make this phone look premium and they have succeeded in doing it. Nokia has also launched special variant of Nokia 6 which has even better look, Nokia 6 – Arte Black
Nokia 6 battery life is quite sufficient for its processing power, it packs a 3000 mAh battery and takes about 100 mins to full charge with some battery power left. The screen time on an average I got on Nokia 6 was slightly more than 4 hours and nothing more than that which in my case was sufficient to last for a day.
It ships with all the basic sensors that most mid-range forget to add. it has compass sensor and ambient light sensor. And it also comes with NFC sensor which can be used for android pay and android beam for instant file transfer.
The performance of this phone is the main issue here, the Snapdragon 430 which shouldn’t be used in the phone that cost as much as a midrange device, powers the Full HD 1080p Display and also handles the 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage at the same time. So sometimes the phone starts to lag because of the many apps running in the background. The fingerprint sensor on the home button works 90% of the time and it takes complete 1 second to unlock the phone which you get the idea how slow it is.
Nokia 6 comes with a stereo speakers which put many other smartphones in this range to shame, the sound is well balanced and very clear. The lows of the speakers are great but it is not very loud. Sounds like the game is immersive. The sound experience is great while streaming music and movies.
Nokia 6 Camera is equipped with a 16MP primary camera with phase detect autofocus. The lens has an aperture of f2.0. A dual tone dual LED flash helps when there are no other lighting options. We get a customized camera app specifically for Nokia phones. The user interface is very simple.
There is a slow-mo mode which can slow down the video up to 3 times and can also take time-lapse at 3 times faster. But when we select the slow-mo mode it asks us to change the resolution manually instead of doing it automatically. There is no clear identification for recorded slo-mo or time-lapse video so I can only hope if they could fix this in future updates. We did not get any manual mode to fine tune the 16MP Rear Camera but what we get is under capture settings we get a manual mode which can let us choose the metering mode, focus selector for infinity and macro shots, and an exposure compensation. The UI of the app is not user-friendly most of the basic settings are hidden under the hamburger menu. What we get on the camera screen is to enable beauty mode or panorama mode and switching between front and rear camera. And when the battery is low, every time we open the camera app, we get an annoying pop message that we can’t use a flashlight. So this was the camera app and the features we get and now let’s talk about the picture quality.
The Image quality isn’t very good, we can its average but it is definitely better than what we found in devices with dual camera in this price bracket we’ll do a separate video comparing images taken on these devices. The details are good, but there’s a noticeable softness at the edge of the objects. Colors are dull and the contrast is not good compared too. Here are some shots which were taken on Nokia 6 in daylight, and I’ve to say that the macro shots are great but the colors captured are not accurate. The pictures in HDR mode doesn’t have noticeable different but it does help with sharpness. The night time and low light pictures have much noise and the autofocus doesn’t work in low light conditions.
Here are some Pictures clicked by Nokia 6 Camera:
The Nokia 6 shoots video in 1080p at 30fps. There are higher frame rates as I said earlier but at the expense of resolution which is 720p at 60fps and 480p at 90fps. The videos don’t have any kind of stabilization. The secondary mic is very good and sensitive at recording audio but it struggles in canceling noise. The overall video quality is good and sharper, details are decent and colors are just the one we get in still images.
The phone comes with stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 and since my one week of usage, I’ve got 2 android updates. So in terms of future updates, I’m totally positive that Nokia 6 will receive Android Oreo Upgrade.
Nokia seems to be building a great partnership with Amazon, as even in the stock android they integrated Amazon services right into the settings menu. It comes with Amazon shopping, kindle and prime video app pre-installed and if you don’t use Amazon services then it may come to you as a bad news because they cannot be uninstalled. The phone comes with some sort of Nokia-ish blue color skin. But apart from this change they device is running completely stock Android.
The earpiece works fine but the mic’s sound reception is very poor. The next person you are calling will only be able to hear if you hold the phone close to your face otherwise the sound will be completely missing. There were some connectivity issues with this phone, not sure if it was operators problem or phone. But I faced few call drops in the middle of a call.
The competitions for this phone are Moto G5s Plus, Lenovo K8 Note, Redmi Note 4. Nokia 6 Price in India is ₹ 14,649 but it won’t impress you in terms of processing speed and since you’re paying midrange money for it you’re getting great build quality well worthy of a flagship and the Nokia 6 is also very sturdy and simple in design. The full HD screen does not have any issues in color reproduction other than its brightness. The main strength of Nokia 6 is its camera, speaker, impressive build quality. Well, the Nokia 6 is costly in terms of specs but if you’re not interested in high-end specs and you want a reliable phone that can do its job and stand out in a crowd, then I assure you that this device does its job perfectly fine.
|Launch Date||Aug 23, 2017 (official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM|
SIM 1 : Nano (Hybrid)
SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.5 inches (13.97 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||403 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Screen to Body Ratio||70.7 %|
|Screen Protection||Gorilla Glass 3|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430|
|Processor||Octa-Core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53|
Front : Aluminium
Back : Aluminium
|Colors||Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 128 GB|
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||16 MP Primary Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Flash||Dual LED Flash|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Touch to focus, Face detection|
|Video Recoding||[email protected]|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|SIM Size||SIM 1 : Nano (Hybrid), SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Same as SIM 1|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Location||Yes, with A-GPS|
|Cable Type||microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Facilities||Smart amplifier (TFA9891) with Dolby Atmos®|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|