Classic 3310 to Slick 5G-capable 8.3
If you’re older than 25, chances are your first phone was a Nokia. The classic 3310 was in the pockets of as many school children as businessmen at a time the Finnish brand completely dominated the global phone market.
Fast-forward to 2020 and things are very different. Nokia exists, but as a brand name for fellow Finnish company HMD Global. For all intents and purposes though, we have a host of Nokia phones to recommend to you – both feature phones and smartphones.
Ranging from the cutesy restyling of old classics, right up to high-end specs of slick smartphones to rival Samsung and Google, Nokia has a decent range. Its version of Android is close to stock and uncluttered, and it’s been pretty good at ensuring a vast number of its devices stay current by receiving a jump to the next version of Android and beyond (not to mention long-term security updates, too).
Some phones listed here reach a little further back in time but Nokia is consistently releasing handsets across the budget and mid-range markets. Here are the best Nokia phones you can buy today.
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1. Nokia 8.3 5G
The Nokia 8.3 5G’s large 6.81in FHD+ display, clean build of Android 10 and Zeiss camera setup are standout inclusions, alongside its signature wide 5G band support.
The main 64Mp Zeiss-engineered snapper is a big improvement on other recent implementations within the Nokia range and a dedicated Cinema video mode allows you to shoot video in up to [email protected] in 21:9, with optional H-Log capabilities.
Couple that with two years of Android OS updates and all-day battery life and you’ve got a great 5G-enabled mid-range smartphone.
Read our full Nokia 8.3 5G review
2. Nokia 7.2
The Nokia 7.2 is a budget phone focused on design, offering a rather unique build when compared to the smooth, rounded smartphones on the market. With much more prominent angles, the Nokia 7.2 stands out, and the light refracting glass on the rear does a good job at providing the premium look the brand is going after.
The internals are fairly standard for the price, boasting a Snapdragon 660 alongside either 4- or 6GB of RAM, and the performance reflects this. Nokia wanted the Zeiss-manufactured lenses to be the star of the show but we’ve found the camera setup to be hit-and-miss, with great performance from the 48Mp sensor but disappointing performance from the wide-angle camera.
Still, a great design, impressive display and two years of guaranteed OS upgrades should be enough to tempt some consumers – especially at this affordable price.
Read our full Nokia 7.2 review
3. Nokia 5.3
The Nokia 5.3 does offer a lot for a phone of its price point. The main camera lens produces clear and sharp images with very vivid colours, and the 4,000mAh battery doesn’t disappoint with around a day and half’s worth of usage.
But at this price, compromises have to be made. The downsides of 5.3 include the poor quality speakers, the lower resolution screen and the secondary camera lenses which downgrade the quality of images significantly.
If you use your phone for watching lots of videos, the Nokia 5.3 probably isn’t for you. If however you’re looking for a cheaper phone that does the basics well, then you should still consider this handset.
Read our full Nokia 5.3 review
4. Nokia 2.4
When it comes to budget smartphones, particularly ones as affordable as the Nokia 2.4, it becomes a case of questioning how liveable using such a phone every day would be and considering whether or not it’d be better to simply save up that little bit more and pick up a far more capable device around for a little more.
In the case of the Nokia 2.4, while it’s expectedly sluggish and the camera isn’t going to win any awards, it does pack a few surprises. There’s a decent night mode, a nice large 6.5in display and a wonderfully clean Android experience on offer.
If you’re willing to be patient, it will get the job done, and you could do a lot worse for the price.
Read our full Nokia 2.4 review
5. Nokia 3310
At the end of the day, the Nokia 3310 is a play for nostalgia, and how much you care will depend on how much affection you have for the old Nokia bricks. It’s not going to replace your smartphone – and it doesn’t want to – but it could be a cheap supplement (although the SIM size is annoying). And yeah, you could already buy another feature phone for cheaper, but between the epic battery life and the sheer Nokia factor (and Snake!) we know where our loyalties lie.
Read our full Nokia 3310 review
6. Nokia 1.3
Like the pricier 2.4, the super-affordable Nokia 1.3 features a screen that surpasses expectations and good battery life as well as a compact design.
The flip-side is that performance, even when using Android Lite and Go-optimised apps, lacks fluidity to make this a worthwhile recommendation as anything other than a backup phone.
Read our full Nokia 1.3 review
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