The eye of the tiger shines in the new Nokia family

Written by: Stephen Sanchez

Tech | Oct 5, 2017

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Nokia, now under HMD Global, is finally doing what they should have done 10 years ago: be awesome again.

The Nokia E7, Lumia, and Asha families are examples of the company's rich hardware, yet all of them suffer from undeveloped operating systems. They could have ditched the Symbian OS, which suffered from the severe lack of developed apps, yet they didn't.

Nevertheless, Nokia has recently released multiple Android smartphones.

The Elegance of Flagship Phones

Starting at the top is the shiny Nokia 8, which features an aluminium unibody design, 3090mAh battery life, 13MP front and rear cameras with their favorite Carl Zeiss lenses, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and uses 100% Android OS.

The Nokia 8 boasts an impressive specs sheet. It has a Dual Sight mode which uses both front and rear cameras to make a "bothie" (Nokia's words, not mine). Though this feature has been around in other phones like LG's for some time, the Nokia 8's Dual Sight seems to be a more refined version due to its good camera.

The deal breaker here could be that the Nokia 8 is priced at P29,990. That's a little more than LG and Huawei's flagship devices, but a lot less than Apple and Samsung's. If you ask me, no sane person would go for a P30,000 Nokia phone.

The Real Meat of the Action

Flagship devices always have high specs and anyone willing to shell out the dough can get one with no problem. The real action takes place in the midrange segment.

The Nokia 6 is powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. It's the same processor used in the Xiaomi Redmi 3S, Moto G5, and ASUS Zenfone 3 MAX, which are all really nice phones.

The 3GB RAM promises to give a nice speed boost and the 16MP rear camera sure isn't a waste of anyone's photography skills.

In terms of design, I personally prefer the Nokia 6 over the Nokia 8 due to its nostalgic smartphone design. It also helps that it is priced at P11,990.

If you're looking for something a little less pricy, the Nokia 5 might be the right fit. It uses the same processor with a lowered 13MP rear camera and 2GB RAM. It also has a lower internal storage, kicking off with 16GB. It still looks great design-wise, plus the toned down specs make sure the 3000mAh battery goes a really long way. The Nokia 5 costs P9,990.

The Ugly Duckling

For P6,990, you get the Nokia 3. It looks like a bad rip-off of a Sony Xperia phone. The specs sheet isn't even worth mentioning in Nokia's own website. It uses a Mediatek processor with 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM, and the 8GB rear camera is serviceable.

I would not say the Nokia 3 is terrible as you do get what you pay for. And what you paid for is a no nonsense, straightforward, stiff's phone. It's a smartphone for those who only need a phone to call, text, and occasionally browse the internet.

For Nostalgia

The Nokia 3310 is probably the greatest phone there ever was and will be. The new 3310 sucks compared to the classic one that was first released in 2000, but it's still a phone which will take you to downtown memory lane.

This new Nokia 3310 comes equipped with 3G. It also comes with the world's greatest game, Snake. Only, you know, the new 3310's Snake plays like and it stinks. But still... 3G, baby!

A Question for You

Nokia has always been a dominating force and they always want the fan base to stay on top. The question is if that fan base is still there after so long an absence. Would you take one of the new Nokia phones in your pocket?

About the author: Stephen Sanchez

Stephen is the source code of awesome. He loves to tinker with stuff that buzz.

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