6.1/10
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The Nokia 3 currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Solid, attractive design
  • All-day battery life
  • microSD support

What's bad

  • Inaccurate display
  • Weak cameras
  • Sluggish performance
  • Video recording limited to 720p

Once a contender for the top of the mobile phone charts, the age of smartphones hasn’t been too kind to Nokia. With their latest release, they’re targeting the entry-level market. But even that market is ultra-competitive today…

Does the Nokia 3 offer a compelling experience?

Reviewers are weighing in... let's see what they have to say!

Reviewers loved the design of the Nokia 3 despite the plastic design. Reviewers found the squared design comfortable in the hand and the textured back provided plenty of grip. NDTV summed up opinions well, saying, “While [it] doesn't have an all-metal body, the quality of polycarbonate used for the back and its metal frame still make the design good overall.”

Things slide downhill from there…

While reviewers felt the 5-inch 720p IPS display offered ample detail and brightness, nearly every review mentioned a blue hue shifting colors on the display. Many also complained about reflections making the phone hard to use in bright lighting. Phone Arena described the screen as “... one of the worst displays in terms of color reproduction that we have seen in a long while.”

Performance reviews aren’t much better. The quad-core 1.3Ghz MediaTek processor and 2GB of RAM offer enough power for basic use. But reviewers found that gaming and graphics-intensive websites were slow to load and stuttered.

The stock interface on Android 7.0 Nougat impressed reviewers. This is rare in the budget market. The lack of customizations and bloatware means most of the 16GB of internal storage is free to use. Should you need more space, the microSD slot supports cards up to 128GB in capacity.

While the 2,630mAh battery might seem small when other phones are sporting batteries 3,000mAh or more, the slower processor and 720p screen help stretch battery life to respectable levels. Phone Arena noted, “... we average around a day and a half off the charger, with more intense use killing the battery in a day.”

If you run out of juice, there’s no fast charging. So you’ll need nearly two hours to go from empty to full.

Budget phones aren’t known for their picture taking prowess. The 8MP front and rear cameras on this phone are no exception. Reviewers had issues in low light and found the camera slow to focus in good lighting. If you’re hoping to take video, the phone limits you to 720p.

Overall, reviewers found it hard to recommend the Nokia 3. Alphr summed up opinions well, saying, “It’s an attractive, practical handset and one that's cheaper than most of its rivals, too. In every other respect, however, the Nokia 3 lags behind.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gearburn

The Nokia 3 isn’t going to wow you in any particular area, but it does have pure Android and the promise of regular security updates.

- Hadlee Simons, Gearburn
Tech Advisor

We had high hopes for the Nokia 3, but the final phone is a bit of a disappointment. We can't deny that it looks absolutely fantastic for the price, and we're fans of Nokia's decision to stick to stock Android, but it's just cut too many corners on the internal specs to make the 3 stand out amid a f...

- Dominic Preston, Tech Advisor
IT Pro

Nokia’s first stab at a budget Android smartphone is decent enough, but it doesn’t bring anything noteworthy to the table. It’s a looker, sure, and its display is pretty good, but elsewhere it's disappointing. Performance is below par, battery life isn't great and the camera isn't...

- Nathan Spendelow, IT Pro
Softpedia

After using the Nokia 3 for the test, it becomes pretty clear to me that this device is not by any means aimed at users who need a smartphone as their everyday companion. If you’re the kind of user who unlocks the phone tens of times every day to do things like gaming or watching videos,...

- Bogdan Popa, Softpedia
Notebookcheck

The stylish casing and overall decent test outcomes in many areas bestow the Nokia 3 with a good market start in the entry-level sector.

- Florian Wimmer, Notebookcheck


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Nokia released the 3 on May 31, 2017.


The 3 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Nokia 3 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia 3 user manual here.


Nokia backs up the 3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5"

The Nokia 3's screen size is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a MediaTek MTK6737 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2630mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2630 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 1207 minutes, 467 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Nokia 3 Specs

Overview
Release date May 31, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat)

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Processor MediaTek MTK6737 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.76 W/kg
Body: 1.15 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2630 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 606 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 467 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 1 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1207 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 37 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Tempered Blue, Silver, Matte Black, Copper
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.3 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 140
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

Also available in dual-SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


Gearburn

It doesn’t do anything particularly well

from Gearburn

The Nokia 3 isn’t going to wow you in any particular area, but it does have pure Android and the promise of regular security updates.

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The Nokia 3 isn’t going to wow you in any particular area, but it does have pure Android and the promise of regular security updates.

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Tech Advisor

A bit of a disappointment

from Tech Advisor

We had high hopes for the Nokia 3, but the final phone is a bit of a disappointment. We can't deny that it looks absolutely fantastic for the price, and we're fans of Nokia's decision to stick to stock Android, but it's just cut too many corners on the internal specs to make the 3 stand out amid...More

We had high hopes for the Nokia 3, but the final phone is a bit of a disappointment. We can't deny that it looks absolutely fantastic for the price, and we're fans of Nokia's decision to stick to stock Android, but it's just cut too many corners on the internal specs to make the 3 stand out amid a fiercely competitive budget smartphone market.

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IT Pro

A decent first effort

from IT Pro

Nokia’s first stab at a budget Android smartphone is decent enough, but it doesn’t bring anything noteworthy to the table. It’s a looker, sure, and its display is pretty good, but elsewhere it's disappointing. Performance is below par, battery life isn't great and the camera isn't up to scratch either.

Read full review

Nokia’s first stab at a budget Android smartphone is decent enough, but it doesn’t bring anything noteworthy to the table. It’s a looker, sure, and its display is pretty good, but elsewhere it's disappointing. Performance is below par, battery life isn't great and the camera isn't up to scratch either.

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Softpedia

Back from the dead

from Softpedia

After using the Nokia 3 for the test, it becomes pretty clear to me that this device is not by any means aimed at users who need a smartphone as their everyday companion. If you’re the kind of user who unlocks the phone tens of times every day to do things like gaming or watching video...More

After using the Nokia 3 for the test, it becomes pretty clear to me that this device is not by any means aimed at users who need a smartphone as their everyday companion. If you’re the kind of user who unlocks the phone tens of times every day to do things like gaming or watching videos, you better look somewhere else because the Nokia 3 fails where you’d expect it the least.

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Notebookcheck

An almost throughout solid entry-level smartphone

from Notebookcheck

Bright and high-contrast screen, low power consumption, stylish casing - the Nokia 3 has a good position in the entry-level category. However, not much value should be placed on a good camera since the smartphone can only offer this conditionally.

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Bright and high-contrast screen, low power consumption, stylish casing - the Nokia 3 has a good position in the entry-level category. However, not much value should be placed on a good camera since the smartphone can only offer this conditionally.

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NDTV

Feels solid but average overall performance

from NDTV

It is a good-looking smartphone, and also supports 4G with VoLTE. One big positive point is that the company has promised future Android updates. Overall performance and camera results aren't its biggest highlights. We also missed a fingerprint scanner, which really should be a standard feature now.

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It is a good-looking smartphone, and also supports 4G with VoLTE. One big positive point is that the company has promised future Android updates. Overall performance and camera results aren't its biggest highlights. We also missed a fingerprint scanner, which really should be a standard feature now.

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Pocket-lint

Three isn't the magic number

from Pocket-lint

The Nokia 3 feels like the wrong first step for a new Nokia. We accept that there's a great demand for phones that are affordable, but with the likes of Motorola offering some great devices around this price or a fraction higher, it's hard to see how the Nokia 3 competitively fits into the equati...More

The Nokia 3 feels like the wrong first step for a new Nokia. We accept that there's a great demand for phones that are affordable, but with the likes of Motorola offering some great devices around this price or a fraction higher, it's hard to see how the Nokia 3 competitively fits into the equation. That's a shame, because we think that smartphone fans wanted something worthy of the Nokia name. As it is, the Nokia 3 is a forgettable device and can only really be recommended for someone who is an infrequent smartphone user, with low expectations when it comes to performance.

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PhoneArena

Very good build quality and likable design

from PhoneArena

The Nokia 3 is a well-designed phone that catches the eye, but this impression turns out to be only superficial. Using the phone reveals many shortcomings: the stuttery, underpowered performance, the camera that is completely inept in video and one terribly imbalanced display. If you are on the h...More

The Nokia 3 is a well-designed phone that catches the eye, but this impression turns out to be only superficial. Using the phone reveals many shortcomings: the stuttery, underpowered performance, the camera that is completely inept in video and one terribly imbalanced display. If you are on the hunt for that perfect cheap phone… well, who knows if it even exists, but we know that it most likely is not the Nokia 3.

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Alphr

A beauty that's only skin-deep

from Alphr

I really, really, really wanted to like the Nokia 3. I’ve always loved the way the company designs its smartphones, and the look and feel of this model is classic Nokia. I like the fact that it runs pure Android and that it has 16GB of storage. It’s also good that you can expand that...More

I really, really, really wanted to like the Nokia 3. I’ve always loved the way the company designs its smartphones, and the look and feel of this model is classic Nokia. I like the fact that it runs pure Android and that it has 16GB of storage. It’s also good that you can expand that via micro-USB. It’s an attractive, practical handset and one that's cheaper than most of its rivals, too. In every other respect, however, the Nokia 3 lags behind. Performance is below par. Battery life is below average and the camera is disappointing. Hopefully, when the Nokia 5 and 6 arrive they’ll be a significant step up.

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Expert Reviews

A decent first effort from Nokia

from Expert Reviews

Nokia’s first stab at a budget Android smartphone is decent enough, but it doesn’t bring anything noteworthy to the table. It’s a looker, sure, and its display is pretty good, but elsewhere it's disappointing. Performance is below par, battery life isn't great and the camera isn...More

Nokia’s first stab at a budget Android smartphone is decent enough, but it doesn’t bring anything noteworthy to the table. It’s a looker, sure, and its display is pretty good, but elsewhere it's disappointing. Performance is below par, battery life isn't great and the camera isn't up to scratch either. The trouble is at £130, there isn't much direct competition, aside from the 2016 Motorola Moto G4, which you can still buy for £140. But, as long as you don't mind buying a generation-old phone, the Moto is the better choice. It has a bigger, higher-resolution screen, faster performance, a better camera and superior battery life.

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