If you are over 25 years old, chances are your first phone was a Nokia. The classic 3310 was in the pockets of both schoolchildren and businessmen, while the Finnish brand completely dominated the global phone market.
Fast forward to 2021 and things will be different. Nokia exists, but as a trademark of the Finnish company HMD Global. However, we can recommend a variety of Nokia phones for you, both regular and smartphones.
From fashionable restyling of old classics to high-end specs for sleek smartphones that rival Samsung and Google, Nokia has a decent range. Its Android version is close to stock and not overwhelmed, and it does a pretty good job of keeping a huge number of its devices up to date, getting the next version of Android and higher (not to mention long-term security updates).
Some of the phones listed here go a little further back in time, but Nokia has consistently released phones for the budget and mid-range markets. Here are the best Nokia phones you can buy today.
Nokia 8.3 5G – Best Overall
- Pros: Long battery life | Nice display | Professional video recording capabilities
- Minuses: Plastic design elements | Poor palm rejection technology
The Nokia 8.3 5G’s large 6.81-inch FHD + display, pure Android build and Zeiss camera customization are standout features alongside its proprietary wide 5G range support.
The 64-megapixel main shot, designed by Zeiss, is a big improvement over other recent implementations in the Nokia family, and the dedicated Cinema video mode allows you to shoot video up to [email protected] in 21: 9 format, with additional H-Log capabilities.
Add to that two years of Android OS updates and a full day of battery life and you have a great Nokia experience.
Read our full Nokia 8.3 5G review
Nokia XR20 – Best Battery Life
- Pros: Elastic Design | Extended Warranty | Pure Android user interface | 5G
- Minuses: Average performance | 60Hz display only | There is no power adapter in the box
The Nokia XR20 hopes to live up to the brand’s legendary reputation for build quality with a beefed-up look backed by a one-year free screen replacement and an extended three-year warranty for added peace of mind.
Behind a well-protected exterior, it offers interior hardware similar to the Nokia X10; with Snapdragon 480 chipset and 48MP main camera. Battery life is one of the best, however, which may be reason enough for some to buy a phone on its own.
Other standout features include 5G, a headphone jack and Nokia’s characteristically easy-to-use Android device.
Read our full Nokia XR20 review.
Nokia X20 is the best budget 5G
- Pros: Premium Design | Long battery life | Three years of OS updates
- Minuses: Dim display | Weak processor | More expensive than similar competitors
The Nokia X20, like the XR20, has a sleeker aesthetic and superior cameras.
As you’d expect, the phone comes with stock Android, a three-year OS update, and excellent battery life; with a three-year warranty.
The biggest disadvantage of the X20, however, is its performance.
Read our full Nokia X20 review
Nokia 3310 (2019) – Best Backup Phone
- Pros: Feeling nostalgic | Excellent battery life | Easy to use
- Minuses: Inconvenient SIM standard | Relatively expensive | 3G / 4G is paid additionally
One cannot ignore the fact that the Nokia 3310 is a nostalgia game, and how much you care will depend on how attached you are to older Nokia models.
It won’t replace your smartphone (and doesn’t try to), but it can serve as a cheap add-on (although the size of the SIM is annoying). And yes, you can already buy other feature phones for a lower price, but between the incredible battery life and the sheer Nokia factor (including Snake!), We know where our commitment lies.
Read our full Nokia 3310 review
Nokia 7.2 – Nice design
- Pros: Premium finishes | Good main camera | Excellent software
- Minuses: Average performance | Inappropriate secondary cameras
The Nokia 7.2 is an affordable design-focused phone that offers a rather unique build compared to most of the sleek, rounded smartphones on the market.
The Nokia 7.2 has much more prominent corners, and the refractive glass on the back does an excellent job of providing a premium look.
The internals are pretty standard for their price; is equipped with a Snapdragon 660 along with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and the performance reflects that.
Nokia wanted Zeiss lenses to be the star of the show, but we found the camera setup to be unfortunate, with excellent performance from the 48MP sensor, but disappointing ultra-wide camera results for comparison.
Read our full Nokia 7.2 review
Nokia G20 – Good budget option
- Pros: Good build quality | Good update support | Excellent battery life
- Minuses: Terrible performance | Weak display | Bad cameras
As with all available Nokia offerings, buy the G20 for its easy-to-use software and long-term update support, as well as decent build quality.
Beyond that, the G20 is nothing fancy, with unimpressive processing and camera performance that we didn’t expect at this price point.
Read our full Nokia G20 review.
Nokia 5.3 – excellent battery life
- Pros: Good main camera | Excellent battery life | Price
- Minuses: Poor performance | Bad speakers | Dim display
Nokia 5.3 offers a lot of features for a phone at this price point. The main camera produces crisp and sharp images with very vibrant colors, plus the 4,000mAh battery does not disappoint with about a day and a half of use on a single charge.
But at this price, you have to make compromises. The disadvantages of version 5.3 include low-quality speakers, a screen with a relatively low resolution and additional cameras, which significantly degrade the image quality.
If you use your phone to watch a lot of videos, Nokia 5.3 is probably not for you. However, if you are looking for a cheaper phone that does basic tasks well, then there is nothing wrong with keeping 5.3 in mind.
Read our full Nokia 5.3 review.
Nokia 3.4 – Possible Camera
- Pros: Good camera | Excellent battery life | Good display
- Minuses: Poor performance | Little storage space
The Nokia 3.4’s affordability is best demonstrated by its amazingly powerful camera setup, decent 6.39-inch screen, and the fact that Android One delivers a pleasant user experience.
Like Nokia 1.3 and 2.4, performance is defeat 3.4; with too many inconsistencies to make this an easy budget recommendation.
Read our full Nokia 3.4 review
Nokia 1.3 – Most Affordable
- Pros: Compact design | Good battery life | Price
- Minuses: Terrible performance | Medium cameras
Like the more expensive version 2.4, the ultra-affordable Nokia 1.3 has a screen that surpasses expectations and good battery life, as well as a compact design.
The downside is that performance, even when using apps optimized for Android Lite and Go, lacks the fluidity to make this recommendation a worthy recommendation other than a backup phone.
Read our full Nokia 1.3 review
Nokia 5.4 – Good User Interface
- Pros: Good update support | Easy to use software | Battery life
- Minuses: Poor performance | The predecessor of the best value | Medium display
Nokia 5.4 seems to be an earlier version of version 5.3 in almost all areas, not to mention that it is more expensive.
The grace of economy – as always with Nokia phones – a user interface that is clean, almost standard Android 10 at launch, and promises at least two OS updates in its lifetime.
Read our full Nokia 5.4 review.
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