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Nokia brand might have lost its appeal in the current times but we should not forget that the company once held the leading position in the mobile industry. Also if we observe closely the company (HMD Global) is quietly but surely investing careful and measured efforts in reaffirming Nokia legacy by bringing some unique models. Nokia 3.2 is one such model that comes with competitive features, reliable performance, better user experience, and an affordable price tag. Here is a detailed review of the phone:
The phone’s glossy finish looks awesome that offers it a high-profile appeal. As for the colors you have 2 options–Black and Steel. A fairly slim series of bezels flank either side. However, the bezels at the bottom are more pronounced. However, the plastic body denies it the sophisticated looks.
Its HD+ display of 6.26” width comes with a 1520X720 PX clarity. While the display quality doesn’t give any reason to complain about the size of the screen isn’t ideal for single-hand usage that limits the user experience while working with the phone on the go. Nokia 3.2 offers a good viewing angle but the brightness disappoints when you try to view media or read content in the sunlight. You cannot stream Netflix or Amazon content in HD. Night light mode works fine and facilitates viewing during the night.
It offers a powerful LED Flash followed by the camera on the rear side. The fingerprint sensor works quite well but is not available with only 1 variant – with 3GB RAM. Needless to say, the performance is further degraded in low light conditions. The phone comes with a single 13MP rear camera and a front camera of 5MP which also doubles as a face unlocking feature. The phone doesn’t have advanced modes either and you would miss features like portrait effects. Bokeh, and AR stickers. It keeps the phone a few paces behind its competitors that offer a number of user-friendly modes. You would only have 3 modes to choose from- square, photo, and video.
The camera has support for HDR mode. However, subject focusing or image capturing is quite demanding and slow. When shot in the sufficient daylight the rear camera produces amazing photo quality with an improved color definition. However, the photo quality does shimmer when you attempt to shoot in the outdoor conditions or during low light.
The front camera also disappoints with its performance when the photos are clicked outdoors, under sunlight or in low light conditions. To the best, it can only deliver the average results and in many cases, the photos lack details and appropriate color texture. On a positive note you can record at HD as well as Full HD resolution on either camera (front or rear) which is a welcome feature.
In short, the photos were taken during natural light delivers a good performance with maximum details and retaining natural color tone. In fact, you can instantly share the photos on social media without any quality concerns. But it is clearly not the right device to take photos during the night or in dim light conditions.
The phone doesn’t offer the portrait mode either and it could disappoint the users. So as you see the camera is a mixed bag of pros and cons but the overall experience is fine.
Along with slots for two Nano SIMs the phone also houses a dedicated slot for microSD card thus delivering you the true micro SD experience without compelling you to dispense with dual SIM feature. The power button and volume controls are suitably positioned and allow for swift pressing. You would find them on the right side. Led based notification for the power button is a welcome addition. Google assistant feature is highly responsive and allows you for quick accessibility. Single speaker grille and USB port are positions on the bottom. The top houses headphone jack.
As it is launched under Android one program you can expect regular updates.
Moreover the phone also comes packed with some other thoughtful features to promote accessibility like checking notifications by swiping fingerprints, quick camera launching with a camera shortcut on the phone’s screen and rejecting a call by simply turning over the phone.
Under the hood it has a quad-core Snapdragon 429 chipset combined with Adreno 504 GPU. Its 2GB RAM variants come with 16GB of storage while the 3GBvaraant offers 32GB storage that is further extended up to 400GB which is quite impressive.
Weak and choppy performance spoils the experience when you attempt to use the phone for heavy apps. The phone also proves its incompetence in supporting even the modest games. Multitasking is simply out of question. So apart from the basic function, it can’t ideally be used for anything beyond social media apps and a light browsing. The company could have invested in an octa-core processor at some top-up price instead of stifling the experience.
While the phone can comfortably handle lightweight or general games the performance shimmers when you attempt o play high-intensity games. Low transition speed, choppy performance, and other glitches prevent you from noisy me
As for the software it uses stock Android pie 9.0 which enhances the user interface, facilitates quick accessibility with gesture navigation and allows for adaptive battery and brightness. One of the great thing that you would love is that it doesn’t annoy you with preloaded apps.
Its 4,000mAh battery delivers a good experience and has a sufficiently good life. Even when using the phone for email communication, gaming, and media the battery lasts for around 30-36 hours which is quite impressive.
There is a battery saver mode for economic its usage which is very handy especially while on the go. However, it lacks the fast charging capability which means you should need to be patient to charge it fully.
Nokia 3.2 phone offers a comfortable display and stock Android allows for enriched user experience. Moreover, unlike many of its competitors, the phone does not annoy you with unwelcome notifications or bloatware. However, it has limited stamina and the activities other than regular usage may affect its performance consistency. Also, it is not the right phone for the game lovers as you can play only the lightweight games that limit your choices and prevents you from enjoying the immersive gaming experience offered by pUBG and similar games. The camera doesn’t delight either as it produces average output even during ideal lighting or in the low light or outdoors the performance is downright disappointing. The battery life is good. Also, the phone impresses with its build quality that assures high durability and better prevention against rough and tough conditions. Stock Android experience is another plus point of the phone.