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Hands On With Nokia's New Android Phones, Retro 3310

February 26, 2017 10:08 PM
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Nokia's recipe for MWC this year: Three parts pure Android with the Nokia 3, 5, and 6, and a healthy dose of nostalgia with the 3310.

BARCELONA—Guess who's back? Nokia at Mobile World Congress on Sunday announced plans to take on the mobile phone industry again, unveiling a quartet of new phones: the Nokia 3, 5, and 6, and a reboot of the classic Nokia 3310. We got a chance to check them out at the show. What's New? We say new, but that somewhat stretches the accepted definition of the term. The Nokia 6 is not strictly new—it was launched in China last month—but it'll be hitting shelves worldwide later this year. Then there's the Nokia 3310, which is really a faithful retread of an old favorite with some new and improved features. In terms of nostalgia factor, it's essentially the mobile phone equivalent of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's lots of fun, but basically the old version tarted up a bit for the modern age. The only two genuinely new phones Nokia unveiled to the world today are the Nokia 3 and the Nokia 5. New or not, the four phones are Nokia's way of announcing that it's back in the game—this time, it hopes, for good. "We are aiming to be one of the top smartphone players in the industry, globally," said Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer of HMD Global, the Finnish company that now owns the Nokia brand. Sarvikas took care to emphasize that the custom UI of Nokia's new Android phones would embody "simplicity, ease of use, quality, and a human touch," pointing to the streamlined design and total absence of bloatware. Nokia calls its stripped down Android UI "Pure." On the surface, it appears to offer an experience similar to what you get with a Google Pixel. The home screen is refreshingly uncluttered, coming with just a folder containing the basic Google apps, a Chrome shortcut, clock widget, and an app drawer. That feeling will only be solidified now that every device running Android 6.0 and above will also be able to play with Google Assistant, a previously Pixel-exclusive feature. This can be accessed by a long press on the home key of any of the three new Nokia Android phones. At the launch event, Google's Jamie Rosenberg took to the stage to confirm that Nokia is "working close with Android" on Pure, which means the Nokia range promises smooth upgrades to future versions of Android as they become available. How far into the OS roadmap this will extend is, of course, another thing, but it's more than most manufacturers can claim. Another bonus is the promise of monthly security updates from Google. During the brief hands on time we had with the entire range at the show, we couldn't see if any other Pixelish features, like a Wi-Fi Assistant clone, were present. Here's what we can say, however. Nokia 3, 5, and 6: Premium Design, Affordable Price As you might be able to tell from the names, the Nokia 6 (pictured below) is the biggest of the Android gang. It's milled from a single piece of aluminium and feels hefty. Fittingly, it will come in a range of metallic colours, including copper, silver, and "tempered blue," as well as the de rigeur matt black.

Guess who's back? Nokia at Mobile World Congress on Sunday announced plans to take on the mobile phone industry again, unveiling a quartet of new phones: the Nokia 3, 5, and 6, and a reboot of the classic Nokia 3310. We got a chance to check them out at the show.

. It's lots of fun, but basically the old version tarted up a bit for the modern age.

"We are aiming to be one of the top smartphone players in the industry, globally," said Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer of HMD Global, the Finnish company that now owns the Nokia brand. Sarvikas took care to emphasize that the custom UI of Nokia's new Android phones would embody "simplicity, ease of use, quality, and a human touch," pointing to the streamlined design and total absence of bloatware.

Nokia calls its stripped down Android UI "Pure." On the surface, it appears to offer an experience similar to what you get with a Google Pixel. The home screen is refreshingly uncluttered, coming with just a folder containing the basic Google apps, a Chrome shortcut, clock widget, and an app drawer. That feeling will only be solidified now that every device running Android 6.0 and above will also be able to play with Google Assistant, a previously Pixel-exclusive feature. This can be accessed by a long press on the home key of any of the three new Nokia Android phones.

At the launch event, Google's Jamie Rosenberg took to the stage to confirm that Nokia is "working close with Android" on Pure, which means the Nokia range promises smooth upgrades to future versions of Android as they become available. How far into the OS roadmap this will extend is, of course, another thing, but it's more than most manufacturers can claim. Another bonus is the promise of monthly security updates from Google.

During the brief hands on time we had with the entire range at the show, we couldn't see if any other Pixelish features, like a Wi-Fi Assistant clone, were present. Here's what we can say, however.

As you might be able to tell from the names, the Nokia 6 (pictured below) is the biggest of the Android gang. It's milled from a single piece of aluminium and feels hefty. Fittingly, it will come in a range of metallic colours, including copper, silver, and "tempered blue," as well as the de rigeur matt black.

Equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD, what it lacks in terms of pure pixels per inch (400ppi vs. 534 for the Google Pixel), it makes up for by featuring a technique that sees the panel laminated directly to the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass cover. The absence of an air gap creates a pleasing effect and only at seriously extreme angles does any telltale discoloration kick in–if you squint, you might mistake the panel for an AMOLED. Maybe. As well as a large screen, the Nokia 6 features two Dolby Atmos-certified amplified speakers. Other specs include 64GB of internal storage expandable via microSD and 4GB of RAM.

, and while folks are now probably used to having to choose between a second number or more storage, it would be nice to see this current design trend come to an end.

You may want some more space, too; the Nokia 6's main camera features a 16-megapixel sensor, so that 64GB of storage will fill up fairly quickly. The front-facing camera's an 8-megapixel shooter; as are all the cameras in the range.

Source: pcmag.com

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