The cell phone king is back, and how! Nokia made its reentry into the world of smartphones with the Nokia 6, which was unleashed into the world on January 2017. The last smartphone we saw from Nokia was the Lumia series, which was built in conjunction with Microsoft, and was supported by the Windows OS. The series, despite its novelty factor, was not as much appreciated by users as Nokia would have hoped, or was used to. Following the Lumia, Nokia took a break for some time, and made it back into the smartphone market with the Nokia 6. Needless to say, anticipation was high, and people flocked to purchase the newest entry. In this article, let us find out how the phone has lived up to the buzz it had created.
Nokia 6 pros 👍
First of all, let us look at the great things Nokia has done.
Nokia 6 is supported by the Android OS, which is a welcome change from the Lumia’s Microsoft OS. Despite its many advantages, it had certainly piqued users to not be able to download Google’s apps like YouTube. For most of us, who own android phones, it is second nature to launch the app to start YouTube. Not being able to do that, and having to type the url in the address bar every time you wanted to watch a video, was certainly disconcerting. Even more vexing was the fact that you could not even have Gmail instead in the Windows phone, which has in effect become part and parcel of our daily lives. Thankfully, with the Google-powered Android Nougat OS, all that is a thing of the past.
The display of a smartphone is what a lot of buyer’s decisions depends on. Nokia has done a pretty smart job with the Nokia 6 display. The phone sports a big screen, which makes it ideal for watching videos and video calling. The 5.50-inch touchscreen display boasts a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, with a PPI of 403 pixels. This certainly makes watching videos a great experience, with dazzling color clarity. What’s more, photos will also look more beautiful and realistic in this resolution. The curved sharp IPS display also comes with Gorilla Glass protection, which makes it even more resilient and less susceptible to water damage.
Cyber crimes are happening at random, which makes it imperative for smartphone makers to introduce as many user-friendly protective features in the phone as possible. Nokia has also jumped on the bandwagon with its fingerprint scanner, which makes it almost impossible for anyone else to unlock the phone. What’s more, for ease of access for the user, Nokia has installed the fingerprint scanner on the front in the screen. Apart from this, the usual security tropes are also there, like the facial recognition feature, voice recognition, and pattern and number unlock systems.
The Nokia 6 comes with a dual camera, front and back. The rear camera is the 16 megapixel primary camera while the 8 megapixel front camera is for selfies. While the rear camera takes great photos, the selfie camera is not too bad either. Besides, the cameras come with multiple features which make shooting a lot of fun.
Nokia 6 cons 👎
There are a few areas where the Nokia 6 has fallen short.
The processor is where the Nokia 6 falls far behind its competitors. It is using a pretty much entry level processor, the 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, whereas the other up and coming smartphones in the market are using the Snapdragon 821, and even the Snapdragon 845. This processor makes the Nokia 6 comparatively much slower than the other smartphones from its competitors, which much more chances of hanging on the occasion of multiple screens being open at the same time.
The battery is another area where the Nokia 6 might make users somewhat unhappy. While the phone promises fast charging with it USB charging points, the 3000mAh battery is non-removable. This means that the user will not have the advantage of being able to remove the battery and put in a different one in case the existing one is damaged.
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All said and done, the Nokia 6 marks Nokia’s foray into the smartphone market after a long time, and that alone counts for something. The buzz that was generated on the release of the phone has not died down yet, which stands testimony to the phone maker’s popularity even so many years and so many competitors later. For most seasoned smartphone users, Nokia holds a nostalgic place that cannot be denied, which makes almost every Nokia phone an almost instant hit.