Nokia 1 is a cheap smartphone that is easily available and you can buy it from offline stores and retailers. The price is very similar to that of RedMi 5A. The major difference between the Nokia 1 and the Redmi 5A and many other phones is that it runs the Lite Android interface and apps.
It comes with Android Oreo Go which is a lighter version of the Android Oreo. The major specs of the phone are written on the right side of its box. Nokia 1 has a 4.5 inch FWGA display, a 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage which is expandable by a micro SD card. A 5 megapixel camera is on the rear and a 2 megapixel camera at the front.
Opening the box you got the Nokia 1 itself wrapped on a polythene paper. The phone is made purely out of plastic. From the box you also find the product information and quick guide to set up the phone. There is a pair of earphones with microphone which does not have the volume control or call end key. The micro USB cable within is of good quality and there is the charging adapter with 1 ampere of output rating.
The battery of Nokia 1 is also stored separately which means you can open the back cover and access the battery compartment. Above the battery compartment are three slots. Two of them take the SIM cards making the device a dual micro SIM card phone. The other slot which is above the SIM 1 slot is meant for the micro SD card. You are supposed to remove the battery to put in the SIM cards.
Towards the design of the smartphone, it has a micro USB port at the bottom while the headphone jack is placed at the top. There is only one microphone on the device and that is placed at the front bottom edge. At the right hand side there is the volume rocker and the lock key which are quite tactile and have a very good feedback. The speakers are placed at the bottom right corner and the rear camera is accompanied by a single LED flash.
Overall the build quality of the phone is not that amazing but the ergonomics of the device is very good. This is so because it has a very small display 4.5 inch screen which is quite small compared to the phones we are seeing in the market today. The phone has curved edges and a smooth rounded back which gives a very good hold on the hand and grip.
Setting up the device, the first thing you’ll notice is that the display quality of the device is not that amazing with a much lower resolution. Nokia 1 compensates this with lighter version of the Android Oreo. Android Oreo Lite has its limitations since it is not the same as Android Oreo itself.
Many of the apps in Nokia 1 have the lite versions. For example the Google Chrome where if you need to change the tabs you cannot just wipe downwards. You have to manually touch the tab button and add a new tab. Not only for the Google Chrome has the Lite version, other apps like the YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail are on the Go variant. There are some corners cut on the Go edition but then it is done to save the bandwidth on the phone. It will require less memory so that it can run smoothly on lower end hardware.
App launches are not that slow as you would expect on an entry-level device like Nokia 1. They usually do open quite smoothly and they’re opening quite fast. If you try to access recent apps menu with a lot of apps running in the background, still the phone is able to open any app you want with ease.
The settings menu is laid out in a very similar fashion as the main Android version which is very seamless and things are very easy to find on it. Nokia 1 has the January 2018 security patch installed it easy to get latest software on a device.
Display quality on the device is also not bad, having a brightness which is very good and it will work well in outdoor conditions as well. The Nokia 1 has a 480 p display which may feel a little inferior when it comes to color reproduction. Since it is a glossy panel, it does have good color production and the viewing angles are also very nice.
There are a lot of bezels on the device and it does not use the capacitive keys at the bottom. The inner bezels are also quite thick so the phone doesn’t offer a lot of screen for its size.
Rear camera on the Nokia 1 is also not very impressive. It’s a 5 megapixel sensor and the auto-focus struggles a lot to catch accurate focus. Most of the times you’ll need to touch to refocus. Photos taken by the Nokia 1 are not very impressive though we are not looking at a great camera at this price range. The photos have a lot of noise and greenness in them.
The front camera on the device has auto-focus and it is able to detect your face. With the phone against light it is still able to capture photos with clear focus. Light in the frame adjusted according to the environment.
Nokia 1 is the cheapest phone from Nokia and it is even much cheaper than the RedMi 5A.
Key Specifications for Nokia 1
4.5 inch Display
Android 8.0 Oreo Operating system
Quad-core 1.1 GHz Processor
up to 128 GB memory card slot
8 GB Internal Memory
1 GB RAM
5 MP Rear Camera
2 MP Front Camera
Removable Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery