Nokia 6 overview: A funds telephone with some efficiency issues

Of the three telephones Nokia launched earlier this 12 months (The Nokia three, 5 and 6), the Nokia 6 is the star. However at solely £220 (or $180 within the US, with Amazon’s adverts showing on the lockscreen), it is nonetheless reasonably priced.

It makes use of premium metals to look slick and premium however retains the worth down with a low-end processor and a show with a ho-hum decision. As such, efficiency could be laggy, however it’s not an enormous downside for on a regular basis use.

Do not buy this telephone for those who’re on the lookout for the very best instance of what a smartphone could be. As a substitute, take into account it in order for you a great-looking Android telephone that’ll deal with your life’s necessities and will not drain your pockets.

The all-metal design is the place this telephone actually stands out. It has an aesthetic that you just would not really feel embarrassed to whip out in a complicated cocktail bar. It is an extremely smart-looking handset with machine-milled edges that give it a elegant steel accent which appears nice on the deep blue hue of my overview mannequin. It feels extraordinarily premium to carry too, because of that strong physique that has not one of the flimsy feeling flex you discover in lots of lower-end telephones.

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My main annoyance concerning the design is that the perimeters are fairly sharp, which might make the telephone uncomfortable to carry. It is one thing that my colleague Rick Broida additionally discovered when he used the Nokia 6 for every week instead of his rather more costly iPhone 6S Plus.

I am additionally disillusioned it lacks USB-C charging, with the 6 choosing the older micro-USB normal. It isn’t a deal-breaker, notably given the low worth, however with most telephones launching now sporting USB-C, it could have been good to see that right here. There is not any waterproofing, both — although once more, I am unable to actually maintain that in opposition to it at this low-cost worth. Simply  watch out across the pool or when your clumsy buddy is reaching for his or her drink.

The 5.5-inch show is giant sufficient to do justice to vibrant cellular video games and YouTube clips. Its full HD decision (1,920×1,080-pixels) is decrease than you will discover on premium telephones just like the Galaxy S8 ($648.88 at Amazon Market), however it’s greater than sufficient to your on a regular basis Twitter and Instagram wants and completely acceptable given the telephone’s a lot cheaper price. Positive, for those who maintain each telephones side-by-side you would possibly discover a contact much less readability on high-res pictures on the Nokia, however this is not a really probably state of affairs.

The octa-core processor is the place the telephone begins to fall down. Merely swiping across the Android interface is fairly nippy, however opening the digital camera takes longer than I might like and HDR pictures take a number of seconds to avoid wasting. Apps is usually a bit sluggish to open, too, though I did not discover any efficiency issues when utilizing the apps. I may shortly tweak pictures in Snapseed, for instance, and video games like Sonic and NOVA: Legacy performed completely effectively sufficient to maintain you entertained in your commute.

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