The Nokia 1 isn’t solely essentially the most inexpensive Android Nokia smartphone thus far, it is also the primary machine from Finnish firm HMD Global‘s stables to run Android Oreo Go version, a model of Android designed with price range smartphones in thoughts. The Nokia 1 goals to redefine the low-end section of the market and is focused particularly at first-time smartphone customers, particularly these upgrading from function telephones.
Priced at Rs. 5,499, the Nokia 1 competes with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A and 10.or D, each of which run full-featured builds of Android. Does Android Go give the Nokia 1 an edge? Let’s discover out in our full overview.
Nokia 1 design
The compact and nifty design of the Nokia 1 comes throughout as a breath of contemporary air in right now’s smartphone world which is dominated by outsized fashions with giant screens. There are thick borders above and beneath the show, and a white plastic rim across the entrance fascia that offers the cellphone a cool two-tone look. The Nokia 1’s design is harking back to previous Lumia smartphones and manages to evoke a sense of nostalgia.
The ability and quantity buttons situated on the proper are ergonomically positioned and have good suggestions. The highest has a three.5mm headphone jack and the underside is dwelling to a Micro-USB port. The rear digicam and single-LED flash are positioned in a pill-shaped housing on the again, which additionally has a white border that provides some design aptitude.
Due to the easy and vibrant design and the nostalgic detachable Xpress-on rear shells, the Nokia 1 comes throughout as enjoyable and cheerful. That mentioned, our unit’s detachable shell bought fairly scratched and scuffed up even with cautious use.
As anticipated from a cellphone on this worth vary, the Nokia 1 is made solely out of plastic and doesn’t really feel very premium. At 9.5mm thick, this is not the slimmest cellphone round, but it surely feels very snug within the hand because of its rounded physique. Beneath the again cowl reside the detachable battery, two SIM slots, and a microSD card slot. The detachable battery is a pleasant function, which is never seen in smartphones today.
With the Nokia 6, Nokia 8 and Nokia 3, HMD International established fairly a repute for constructing rugged and sturdy smartphones. Fortunately, the Nokia 1 carries that trait ahead. Throughout our overview, we dropped the cellphone a couple of instances and it did not get broken in any respect, aside from the scratches we talked about earlier. The all-plastic Nokia 1 doesn’t should be coddled and babied.
Nokia 1 specs, efficiency, and software program
The Nokia 1 is a smartphone designed particularly to run on the Android Oreo Go platform. Android Go is Google‘s second try at constructing a stripped-down model of Android particularly for price range smartphones with underpowered processors, minimal quantities of storage, and 1GB or much less RAM.
To that impact, the Nokia 1 isn’t a powerhouse by any means. It has a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor clocked at 1.1GHz coupled with 1GB of RAM. At 2150mAh, the battery is comparatively tiny and the four.5-inch IPS display has a decision of 480×854 pixels (FWVGA).
The Nokia 1 is out there in just one variant, with 8GB of inner storage, although that may be expanded utilizing a microSD card of as much as 128GB. On the imaging entrance, the smartphone has a 5-megapixel rear digicam with a fixed-focus lens and an LED flash, in addition to a 2-megapixel fixed-focus entrance digicam. Connectivity choices embody 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth four.2, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, Micro-USB, and a three.5mm audio jack.
Though navigating by means of the core person interface in all fairness zippy, the cellphone slows down dramatically with even 5-6 apps open within the background. We skilled stutters, body charge drops, and keyboard lags whereas going about easy day-to-day duties akin to scrolling by means of our Twitter feed, taking photos, searching mobile-optimised web sites, and chatting on WhatsApp.
Even first-party purposes such because the Messaging app lagged and took a second or two to render appropriately on display, which actually threw us off. There have been some evident misfires – the default Maps Go app might by no means discover our location, and Google Go saved on crashing until we carried out a system reset. In our expertise, the cellphone additionally bought fairly heat to the contact when enjoying video games with a small variety of apps working within the background. To place it bluntly, the person expertise took us again in time to an period the place price range telephones had been laggy and irritating to make use of, one thing we no longer see in this price segment.
The Nokia 1 doesn’t deal with video games very nicely. Even Subway Surfers, a reasonably gentle recreation which runs with no hiccup on most smartphones, noticed body drops and stutters on the Nokia 1.
We put the Nokia 1 by means of our checks the place it managed a rating of two,452 in PC Mark’s Work 2.zero benchmark, 81 in 3D Mark’s Slingshot, and 471 and 1,207 in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core checks respectively. We tried working AntuTu a number of instances however didn’t get a consequence, and the machine didn’t assist 3D Mark’s Slingshot Excessive check.
With Android Go, Google has reworked almost all of Android’s default purposes to make use of much less information and eat much less house, and in addition modified the system UI and kernel to assist units with as little as 512MB of RAM.
“With Android Oreo (Go version), we’re not solely offering Web to each Indian, however are additionally ensuring that entry-level units are fully-functioning smartphones that may not solely browse the Internet but in addition can use apps”, Google’s Vice President of Product Administration for Android and Google Play, Sameer Samat, told Gadgets 360 on the sidelines of the Google for India occasion held in December final yr.
Whereas this sounds very promising on paper, our first expertise with Android Go has been lower than stellar. The default purposes are additionally a little bit of a combined bag. The YouTube Go software lacks essential options akin to subscriptions and private ideas, and is kind of buggy. The app crashed on us a number of instances throughout our testing as nicely. On the optimistic facet, it does provide the flexibility obtain movies at completely different resolutions, which ought to assist customers management their information utilization and in addition preserve cupboard space.
The Maps Go app is one other misfire. In our expertise, the appliance didn’t load instructions 4 out of 5 instances. When it did work, it requested us to obtain the total model of the Maps app from the Play Retailer for turn-by-turn navigation, defeating its very goal.
That mentioned, Google has performed an excellent job with the Google Go software which gives shortcuts to options like translation, GIF search, and voice search. Google has additionally added bookmarks to a large number of internet sites in classes akin to Social, Leisure, Information, Purchasing and so forth. Whereas helpful, we did face stability points with this app as nicely.
The Information Go purposes is a reasonably nifty new function, particularly for a smartphone just like the Nokia 1 which has a paltry 8GB of inner storage. Not solely is it a fully-featured file supervisor, it additionally helps you handle storage and offload unneeded recordsdata to the cloud. The stripped-down Play Store has a particular part for apps that work nicely with Android Go, however as of the publishing of this overview, the lineup is kind of sparse.
Nokia has given this machine a few of its personal customisations. Look Display shows notifications and alerts you to unread messages and calls on the lockscreen. It is a good worth addition and is never, if ever, seen on telephones on this worth vary.
Total, although, our expertise was removed from passable when it comes to efficiency. It’s fairly troublesome to establish the foundation of the issues. If the Nokia 1 was working the acquainted mainstream construct of Android, it will have been simple to carry the cellphone’s weak specs accountable. Nonetheless, Android Go is a brand new platform designed particularly for this degree of . Both method, these efficiency points do not make for a ringing endorsement for the platform.
We weren’t anticipating any miracles from the four.5-inch FWVGA IPS show, and as such we had been probably not stunned that it’s fairly uninteresting and onerous to view underneath vibrant lights. In our expertise, colors appeared washed-out, and the low decision (480×854) resulted in each pixel being seen to the bare eye. That mentioned, contact response was passable and viewing angles had been fairly good.
In our expertise, calls had been clear and crisp, although we did have dropouts in areas recognized to have sturdy connectivity. The one speaker on the again is surprisingly loud and doesn’t distort at excessive quantity. The bundled earphones are extraordinarily mediocre which isn’t a shock at this worth level. Brownie factors have to be given to HMD International although for a minimum of together with a pair of earphones within the field.
Nokia 1 cameras and battery life
The cameras on the Nokia 1 are a a little bit of a disappointment. Pictures taken with the rear digicam in low gentle had a whole lot of noise, and the colors had been washed out. In our expertise, pictures taken in ample gentle had been common with pretty correct colors. That mentioned, element was additionally missing – objects had jagged edges and textures weren’t easy. The fixed-focus lens made us wrestle with macros and close-up pictures. Video recording goes as much as 720p, and we discovered that the clips we recorded had been noisy and a bit jerky.
The entrance going through digicam is strictly common as nicely. It actually struggles in low gentle and produces noisy and muddy photographs. Pictures taken in daylight have an ample quantity of element and are ok for social media use. The digicam app itself is simple to make use of and has a guide mode that allows you to management the white stability and publicity. Nonetheless, it’s a bit sluggish and takes a couple of seconds to course of every picture.
In our HD video loop battery check, the Nokia 1 lasted eight hours and 45 minutes, which is disappointing. Actual-world efficiency was common as nicely. We discovered ourselves reaching for the charger by 7-8pm every day, after medium to intensive use. We discovered that the Nokia 1 took shut to 2 hours to cost absolutely, which is longer than what we’ve seen from smartphones with bigger batteries.
The largest situation with the Nokia 1 is the Rs. 5,499 sticker worth. If this smartphone had been priced someplace within the neighborhood of three,000 to four,000 rupees, it might have been a viable possibility for function cellphone customers seeking to improve. Jio customers can check out the cashback provide which successfully drops the value of the cellphone all the way down to Rs three,299, however others ought to undoubtedly take a protracted, onerous have a look at the competitors earlier than parting with their hard-earned money, as there are many different choices within the sub-Rs. 10,000 price segment.
Each the Xiaomi Redmi 5A and 10.or D provide way more well-rounded experiences and run absolutely featured Android, and each are priced only a smidgen greater than the Nokia 1, making it extraordinarily onerous to advocate this smartphone. Android Go appears to be a piece in progress in the mean time, and the efficiency points are simply too substantial to disregard.