The Nokia 3 is the most affordable phone in Nokia’s new Android line that hasn’t launched globally yet. This line originally started with the Nokia 6 which has been in Chinese markets for the past year now.
The two other phones, the Nokia 5, and the Nokia 3 are slated to show up to western shores this year.
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Since the Nokia 3 hasn’t hit shelves yet, not all of its problems have surfaced yet. Since the Nokia 3 is the cheapest of the three new Nokia phones, most of the problems that the Nokia 6 has will be worsened for the Nokia 3.
Using the Nokia 6, and the Nokia 5 as an example, let’s look at what might be wrong with the Nokia 3.
A Non-Removable Battery and Battery Life
Let’s talk about one of the most important aspects of an Android, and what Nokia is hoping is one of their biggest selling points first, battery life. Inside of the Nokia 3 is a non-removable 2650 mAh battery that does an admirable job for the machine it’s in, but isn’t exactly top of the line.
Since you can’t remove it, being able to swap batteries isn’t a solution. All you can really do is conserve your battery use, and keep battery banks on hand for when your charge starts to get low.
If you aren’t familiar with battery saving strategies, we’ve put together more than a few that will make sure your phone lasts you the entire day. To make sure your battery lasts even longer, if you’re running any of these apps, try an alternative or keep them closed while you aren’t using them.
When the Nokia 3 launches in June there will hopefully be more ways to combat its smaller battery size, even though this isn’t out of the ordinary for a budget Android phone.
A Camera That Can’t Capture the World’s Colors
This isn’t a software problem, but more of a hardware shortcoming of the phones in this Nokia line. The Nokia 6’s camera is at 16MP 1080p, which isn’t bad by any means, and it has an eye for fine details, but it has a poor time accurately capturing colors.
Now take the 16MP camera on the Nokia 6, and cut it in half to 8MP for the Nokia 3, and now you’ve lost more fine details, and colors in the final product. This isn’t going to make it the worst camera on the market, far from it, but if you’re taking shots that you want to show off, expect to make some touch ups.
If you’ve never dabbled in photo editing before, it’s easy enough to get into, with plenty of apps that suit different needs.
One tip that always remains true, especially with Android cameras, is to make sure there’s plenty of light in your shot. It’s hard to take a picture in the dark, and with the camera on the Nokia 3, you’ll have more than a few problems making out anything in your pictures.
Weaker Performance Over Other Phones in the Line
It probably isn’t surprising to hear that the Nokia 3 is the weakest of the three new Nokia phones when it’s the cheapest, but this is actually a problem with the new line of phones in general. Even the Nokia 6 is using an underpowered chipset for this late in the year, so the Nokia 3 has the short end of an already small stick.
The Nokia 3 still holds up for small tasks, but if you’re looking to play any demanding games, or run a lot of processes at once, the low amount of power and 2GB of RAM isn’t going to help with that.
So what can you do about this? One of the only ways to combat performance problems is to look at your RAM allocation. I’ve talked more about the topic here, but every action and process on your phone eats up a certain amount of RAM. You only have so much to go around, and with only 2GB to pull from, you can’t do much.
Task killers are usually seen as a way to quickly free up RAM, and while they do clear up any short term problems, their long term effects aren’t worth it in my opinion.
A Lack of Internal Storage
The Nokia 3 ships with 16GB of internal storage, but after necessities take up their required chunks of storage, you aren’t left with much. If you’re hoping to get by on an internal storage along that just isn’t going to happen if you horde files like I always have.
Thankfully, the Nokia 3 has a microSD card slot, so you can turn that 16GB into 200GB+ in no time with the right card. The Nokia 3 is a dual SIM phone, but unlike some dual SIM phones, the second SIM slot doesn’t make you choose between a second SIM and more storage.
Very Few Problems to Mention
While the Nokia 3 hasn’t launched everywhere yet, previews and first impressions have overall been positive. The Nokia 3 is the weakest of the new Nokia trio on the way this year, but is a compact little phone that gets the job done without much fuss.
It retails for around $150USD, so for the price, there isn’t much I can complain about. The only other issue I can even think of is the UI, but it’s easy to fix that by adding a new launcher in just a few minutes.
The Nokia 3 looks like it’s going to hit western shores without too many problems to speak of, and any problems with it at first glance have easy and quick solutions. Time will tell once it gets into more hands if more problems arise, but until then, it looks like a solid budget phone.
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