Review of Nokia 5: A Beautiful Smartphone Crafted From 6000 Series Aluminum

For the record, Nokia 5 is one of the best-looking smartphones in its price range.

Its body is designed in the much loved all metal build style that’s bound to draw lots of admiration from friends.

Nokia 5 sits impressively between the more expensive Nokia 6 and eye-catching cheaper Nokia 3. It may not be the best performer in its price category but certainly one of the most gorgeous.

Follow me in this review and find out if the device has more to offer other than premium looks and cheaper price.

Let’s find out what the Nokia 5 has to offer that makes it a perfect neutral choice between the rich Nokia 6 and cheaper Nokia 3.

Design

If you’d loved to have a head turner phone, this is probably your best option. The Nokia 5 is a great looker – the most beautiful smartphone in its price category, though not the best performing.

The premium design is probably why more people are going for the device. And really, it’s quite surprising that a smartphone crafted from 6000 series aluminum could look as stunning as the Nokia 5.

Nokia 5 specs & price in nigeria

The smartphone also features a fingerprints sensor buried in the home button, which is another added bonus that sets it apart from the competition.

Overall, I’d rate the Nokia 9/10 in the design department. It’s an excellent device to show off.

 

Display

The only problem I have with the phone is its display. It features a 5.2-inch display, which is large enough but comes with a compromising 720p resolution. For video lovers, this might be a little problem as pictures do appear a little dark and blurry.

Also, the speaker is located at the bottom of the phone – not great for gaming and often becomes awkward when cranked up.

 

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Software

I have always been a fan of Nokia phones if for nothing else but for the clean user interface.

Unlike most phones that come preloaded with annoying bloatware, Nokia 5 runs on stock Android version 7 Nougat.

As such, you won’t have to worry about rooting your smartphone just to clean it up.

 

Performance

The Nokia 5 is a little between the Nokia 3 and Nokia 6 in terms of performance. It’s an average performer and great for almost any user who’s not big on gaming.

Don’t get me wrong, it plays 3D games well but you’ll notice a little lag and apps won’t load as quickly as they do in Nokia 6 (and that’s why the Nokia 6 is a bit more expensive).

The device sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. This combined with its 2GB RAM provides enough power to run the Android software without any trouble.

It also features a 16GB internal storage which should have been pretty much enough for any user but disappointingly, you only get to use half of it. The other half holds the system apps.

Overall, it’s an average performer and I’ll gladly give it a score of 6.5/10.

 

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Camera

The beautifully designed smartphone comes with a dual camera; an 8MP selfie camera and a 13MP rear camera.

Nokia 5 features

Both cameras are okay but the problem is lighting. Most photos come out too dark even with good lighting. The flash does not help either as it only makes images look washed out.

The camera app is pretty basic. There are no new fun filters to explore but the ones everyone is already familiar with. I’d really love it if Nokia has added a little more to it.

 

Battery life

Good battery life. That’s my comment. Nokia 5 features a 3000mAh battery which lasts a whole day, even with heavy usage, when fully charged.

It impressively supports the Quick Charge 3.0 technology. This takes the battery from 0% to 50% within an hour.

 

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Should You Go for the Nokia 5?

That depends on what you want the phone for. If you’re a heavy gamer, you probably will want to save more and go for the Nokia 6.

But for any other user, especially those who are heavy internet and social app users, Nokia 5 is an excellent choice plus it comes with a premium design that’s bound to impress lots of people in your social groups.

Get it here: Nokia 5

 

Nokia 5 Specifications

Nokia 5

General Features
 Announced February 2017
 Operating  System Android 7.0 Nougat
 SIM Single (or Dual) SIM
Display
 Type IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen (16 million Colors)
 Size 5.2 inches
 Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
 Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
Body
 Dimension 149.7 x 72.5 x 8mm
 Colour Matte Black, Copper, Silver, Tempered Blue
 Weight 160g
Connectivity
 Network 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
 WLAN Yes
 GPS Yes, A-GPS
 USB MicroUSB 2.0, OTG
 Bluetooth v4.0, LE, A2DP
Storage
 ROM 16GB
 RAM 2GB
 Processor 1.4GHz Quad-core Cortex A-53, MSM8937 Snapdragon 430
 Card Slot MicroSD, Up to 256GB
 Camera
 Back 13MP, Dual LED Flash, Auto-Focus
 Front 8MP
 Battery
 Capacity 3000 mAh (Non-Removable)
Others
 Sensors Compass, Gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity, Fingerprint (front)
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