We can not keep up with all the phones that Nokia launched this year. It seems that HMD Mobile, a company that now owns the Nokia trademark, is somewhat exaggerated by the chalk annual meeting.
As a result, Nokia 5.1 is the newest device. It is a lower middle class competitor, which is almost entirely focused on stable design, multimedia consumption and production. But is the rest of the phone good?
We look at some of its outstanding aspects, low expressions and insignificant figures.
Thin, rigid design
Like Nokias above, 5.1 is well-formed. It is an aluminum trunk with a durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and a metal plate on the back. It is also relatively thin – 8.2 mm, so it will easily turn into a jeans pocket without excitement.
It's incredible to suppose that 5.5-inch smartphones are now considered "small", but the Nokia 5.1 really seems small in hand.
(It comes from someone who also reviews Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro in mind.)
It's still incredible to think that the headphone jack is now classified as a function. But yes, the Nokia 5.1 is one of those placed at the top of the phone.
In the past, I've bathed budget smartphone manufacturers to push the headphone jack, but it's nice to see that Nokia has not completely forgotted what demographic information is on this device.
None of the outstanding 5.5 inch screens
Some user reviews say the screen is not a rigorous suit, but I'd like to disagree. Dare I say this is the best Nokia 5.1 thing.
The 2160 × 1080 screen density of 440 pixels per inch is great for watching 1080p 60 frames per second. And, when processing power, this is to a large extent possible, even with the relatively dated technology Mediatek Helio P18.
This is also vivid, and unlike the Nokia 7 Plus, I could use this phone in a bright daylight.
In general, it is a great media consumption device.
Slow but soon seen fingerprint reader
Finally, Nokia highlights Nokia to include fingerprint readers on the lower mid range device.
It's probably the slowest I've been using this year, but other users have more difficult access to their data if your device is stolen. After all, everyone can spy your PIN over the shoulder.
A small feature, but often ignored, NFC will become an extremely important addition to your budget smartphone when Google Pay once lands on South Africa. (We live in hope and silence from Google.)
Medium 16MP camera
While I said that Nokia is targeting this device to media consumers and creators, the last nation will feel a little short of time.
The 16MP frequency has an autofocus of f / 2.0 aperture and phase detection, but it will be difficult to force the image you're actually proud of.
Of course, I have to understand that I'm a bit damaged by the performance of my other review devices, but the lens, the Nokia 5.1 camera does not determine the world.
This is a shadow problem, and it tends to exaggerate the sky if we see lighter scenes. But if it wakes up on the right side of the bed, the phone gains depth and describes in detail the other snappers in this price range.
With that said, it will run at festivals, birthday parties, the same day on the beach or Lion's Head hike. Just have modest expectations, but be prepared for an odd surprise.
Small 2970mAh battery
I understand that HMD Global wanted to make this phone as simple as possible, but in 2018, the 2970mAh battery for anything other than iPhone has too little juice.
Of course, you can get daily use of the Nokia 5.1, but you'll be dreaming of other, cheaper Nokias, such as Nokia 2, with a 4000 mAh battery.
A larger battery may have really set this phone regardless of its competitors in this uber competitive price range.
Android One, but Android 8.0
Android One delivers timely updates from Google, but for Nokia 5.1, for some reason, it still runs 8.0. Operating system, not 8.1.
This is not a transaction breaker, but rather something to take into account.
In addition, while the Android campaign is great, keep in mind that Google pushes all of your applications while running the OS. And until all these apps have been updated, you can stay with less than 10 GB of internal memory.
After all, updates are great, but when buying a phone, you should not consider it an important Android One feature.
2 GB / 16 GB
Now for bad news.
Dear HMD, what do we do when we offer a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory in the 2018 R3599?
Initially, this may sound like a problem, but after you've installed your apps, created a cache from browsing Instagram, Reddit and Chrome, and saved your music and serials offline, 16GB will feel like just too little.
There is a microSD card expansion slot, but you will need to purchase it. Given that it is a budget phone, it is an extra cost to the consumer.
2GB of RAM but manageable is also a sticking point. RAM-killers like Instagram and Imgur can get into some proud problems scrolling or loading.
This phone has a 3 GB / 32 GB version, but this does not happen in South Africa.
SA does not have two SIM cards
South Africa also does not have a dual SIM version. Although I would blame the smartphone manufacturers for that, the phone should safely get your favorite mobile cellular network and say it.
Again there is no transaction breaker, but you think that at this point, USB-C will be even more standard.
MicroUSB is the most ubiquitous, but Nokia's competitors on their phone have grown to the new portal. Why is not HMD?
Price of R3599
Lastly, I have the biggest problem with the Nokia 5.1 price tag. And this is not the first time I've been talking about a smartphone in 2018.
Along with excellence, high-definition screens and multiple cameras, weird pricing decisions have made our niche the most annoying smartphone's list of gadgets this year.
At Nokia R3599, Nokia 5.1 tries to compete with Huawei P Smart, which is rapidly becoming one of the best budget smartphones you can buy this year.
Looking at somewhat lower pricing, Huawei Y7 2018, Xiaomi Redmi 6A and somewhat dated, but the dual SIM card of the Sony Xperia XA1 delivers sports-like specifications at a cheaper price.
JudgmentNokia 5.1 comes with this legendary Finnish brand, written on the back, but it's hard to be proud of when it comes down to its competitors. Although the screen is great and comes with some other new features, it's hard to recommend Nokia 5.1 when there are so many other and possibly better options.
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