Nokia was one of the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturers but it fell behind with the advent of iPhone and Android smartphones. In 2014, Microsoft came knocking in the form of a saviour to Nokia’s troubles. This led to their devices and services division being sold to Microsoft.
In 2016, Finnish company HMD Global bought a part of Microsoft’s feature phone business and has a licensing agreement that allows it to make smartphones under the Nokia brand.
And now, Nokia 6 continues in the footsteps of its predecessors’ design heritage: it has a dashingly sophisticated look, has a smooth to the touch metal exterior and precise details.
Build and aesthetics
The Nokia 6 is once again made out of aluminium (6000 series this time around) and available in two different colors – black with gold accents and white with copper accents. The bezels appear to be trimmed down compared to last year’s Nokia 6, and because of this, the capacitive navigation buttons have been moved on-screen and the fingerprint sensor is now on the back below the camera.
The display is 5.5-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and although it’s not directly mentioned, it is suggested that Nokia will once again use an LED panel rather than AMOLED. One of the most important aspects of this phone, the camera, is 16 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture (rear) and 8 megapixel (front) which is not too shabby at all. In fact, the camera on the N6 gives competitors like the Moto G5 a run for their money. Furthermore, 3,000 mAh battery and 32 (or 64GB) of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB is good value for money.
Hands down, the Nokia 6 is clearly the most accomplished out of the trio of the new line of Nokia phones – that is Nokia 2, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8.
It encompasses a premium design at a reasonable price (Kshs 25,000 in Kenya), while still being able to hold a high level of security with the stylish fingerprint sensor.
The Nokia 6 is available in three colours – Matte Black, Silver and Tempered Blue.
One of the most scrutinised aspects of smartphones today, is the charging speed. But here, the Nokia N6 is disappointingly slow to charge. And even though it continues in the footsteps of its predecessors in terms of design heritage, it is not comfortable to hold. There is nothing particularly clever or different in terms of design, although the other noticeable elements of Nokia smartphones are present, especially the shape of the phone.
There’s a comforting weight to the handset, and while its 154 x 75.8 x 7.85mm body makes it a sizeable presence in the hand it’s still not very easy to use, as the multi-touch prompts are on the far corners of the screen.
The flat sides and sharp corners of the Nokia 6 aren’t as comfortable on the palms as phones with rounded edges, and this is noticeable if you hold it in one hand for an extended period of time.
How it compares to rivals
Compared to the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, two of its closest rivals, the Nokia 6 is much better looking, so if style is important to you then this is a phone you’ll want to consider.
The power/lock and volume keys are easy to hit on the right of the phone, and Nokia has also included a 3.5mm headphone jack up top, while a micro USB port resides next to a single internal speaker on the base of the handset.
Considering the price of the phone, it’s nice to see a fingerprint scanner (which doubles as the home key) on the front of the Nokia 6, flanked by touch-sensitive back and multi-tasking keys. The scanner is responsive and works well, although there is a momentary pause between you presenting your finger and the phone unlocking and waking.
Meanwhile, the large 5.5-inch full HD display is bright and clear with decent viewing angles, and it’s more than good enough for a handset in the bracket the Nokia 6 falls into. It means video playback and gaming are comfortable, with plenty of space for on-screen controls.
The Nokia 6 is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia 6 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
All in all, the N6 is a brilliant phone that showcases an array of audio visual qualities that would enhance any user’s experience. Though, the phone is far from refined and Nokia still have a long way to go.