2018 Nokia 1 Review India: Should You Buy It?

nokia 1 review


  • Nokia 1 is the cheapest Nokia Android smartphone
  • This is the first handset of HMD Global, running on Android Orio Go Edition.
  • Nokia 1 is sold for Rs 5,499


We are going to discuss on the Nokia 1 review. Let’s start, Nokia 1 is the cheapest Nokia Android smartphone, along with Android Oreo Go Edition, which is also the first handset of HMD Global. Let it be said that this is an incarnation of Android that has been designed keeping in mind the budget smartphone. Especially for those users who want to upgrade from the feature phone to the smartphone.


The Rs 5,499 priced Nokia 1 directly challenges Xiaomi Redmi 5A and 10.or D. Both of these handsets come with the common version of Android. Do Nokia 1 firmly challenge these handsets on Android GO? Let’s know through the Nokia 1 review. Have a look on the Nokia 1 review in India 2018.

Nokia 1 Review: Design

nokia 1 design

The compact and nifty design of Nokia 1 works to make it different. Especially when the large screen handset is dominated in the market. There are wide borders above and below the display. At the same time, the white rim on the edge of the front panel works to give it a cool look. In the design of Nokia 1, you will see a glimpse of the old Lumia smartphone.


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Power and volume buttons are on the right side and their position is comfortable. The button response is also great. Headphone socket at the top and micro-USB port at the bottom. The rear camera and the single LED flash are inside a capsule-like texture on the rear. Its white border works to improve design.

nokia 1

Due to Simple and Colorful Design, Express-On Rear Shell, Nokia 1 feels a bit unique. Also, during the review, despite the precautionary measures, the removable shell was easily scratched on the spot.


According to the expected, Nokia 1 is made of plastic and does not realize it’s premium. The phone with a thickness of 9.5 millimeters can not be called slim, but it fits easily in hands. Below the back cover is the battery which can be pulled out. Two SIM cards and different slots of MicroSD card are also provided.


With handset like Nokia 6, Nokia 8 and Nokia 3, HMD Global has created an image to present a strong and durable handset. Nokia 1 also carries forward this strategy of the company. During the review the phone dropped one or two times with our hands, but nothing happened to it.

Nokia 1 Review: Specification

nokia 1 specs

Nokia 1 is a smartphone that is specifically designed for the Android Oreo Go platform. Android Go is a low-quality avatar of Google’s popular Android OS. This is for those smartphones, which come with a weak processor and 1 GB or less RAM.


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Nokia 1 is not obviously a powerhouse. It is equipped with Quad Core MediaTek MT 6737 processor and the clock speed is 1.1 GHz. The phone has 1 GB RAM. The battery is of 2150 mAh. The 4.5 inch IPS screen is 480×854 pixel resolution.


There is only one variant of Nokia 1 which is 8 GB inbuilt storage. It is possible to use the MicroSD card up to 128 GB if needed. Talking about the camera, you will get a 5-megapixel fixed-focus rear camera and also the LED flash. It has a fixed 2-megapixel front focus camera. The connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / A-GPS, FM radio, Micro-USB and 3.5mm audio jacks.


The basic user interface is extremely smoother. But in the background, the phone becomes slow when the 5-6 app is open. We found that phones slowed down in simple tasks like scrolling through Twitter feed, viewing mobile optimized websites and chatting on WhatsApp.


It also took more time than expected to open the first party app like messaging app. The default maps go app so many times our location could not be found. Some apps are open in the background, and you are also playing games, the phone gets more hot. Frankly, the user experience reminded us of the budget smartphone of those days, when everything was slow and boring. There are no such complaints in this price range in today’s date.


The experience of playing on Nokia 1 was very bad. Subway Surfers game, which usually runs smoothly on every smartphone, was stuck in this handset.


In Android Go, Google has designed all the default Android apps to consume less data. Apart from this, changes were also made in the System UI and Kernal so that 512MB of RAM would also work.


Things look quite breathy on paper. But our first experience with Android Go is not very great. The default apps also work sometimes, so never! Subscription and Personal Recommendation feature are missing from YouTube Go. This app crashed several times during testing. The good thing is that you can decide which video to download in the resolution. This way it is easy to control the data and storage.


The Google Go app is attractive. You get shortcuts for features such as translations, gif search and voice search. Files will be able to manage user storage with the help of Go App.


There’s also Nokia’s Glance Screen feature. You will see notifications of missed calls, alarms, mails, messages etc. in the lock screen.


Overall, our experience was not satisfactory either. What is the reason for this? It is difficult to decide. If Nokia 1 was on the common Android version, then the weak specification of the phone could be held responsible. However, the Android Go platform is designed only for this type of hardware. Whatever the reason, but the image of this platform is discounted due to the performance.


We were not expecting much from the 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display. It is very dull and washed out. It is not easy to read anything on the sunlight. Touch response is satisfactory and viewing angles are quite good.


The quality of the call in our experience was good. However, there were some complaints of call drop in areas with good signals. The loud voice comes from the only speaker given in the phone, which took our attention. The voice does not break even in the max volume volume. The quality of earphones coming with the phone is extremely average. Given the price, there is nothing shocking about it.

Nokia 1 Camera Review

nokia 1 camera

Like other low-priced phones, Nokia 1’s camera disappoints. In low light the photos taken from the rear camera are very large, and the colors are vashed. Good pictures come in better light. However, there is lack of detail in the shot. Fixed focus fights struggling while taking macros and close-up shots. You will be able to record videos of up to 720 pixels. We found that the recorded clips came with Noyez.


The front camera is also average. It gives poor results in low light. Selfie taken a little while in the day is a little better, they can be used on social media. The camera app is easy to use. There is also a manual mode. You will be able to control white balance and exposure.

Nokia 1 Battery Review

nokia 1 battery

In our HD Video Loop Battery Test Nokia 1 broke in 8 hours and 45 minutes which is disappointing. In normal use the battery is able to run hard all day. We found that it was necessary to charge the phone by 7-8pm every day. It takes 2 hours even in full charge, which is a matter of disappointment.

Nokia 1 Review: Our Decision

nokia 1 rear view

The biggest complaint from Nokia 1 is the price of Rs 5,499. If the price of Nokia 1 was kept lower, then it would be a great option for the user who is thinking of upgrading the smartphone to a feature phone. If the Geo user keep in mind the Cashback offer, its effective price is Rs. 3,299. But other users should investigate some other options before purchasing this phone. Because there are many great options in less than Rs 10,000 in today’s date.


The price of Redmi 5A and 10.0r D has been kept around Nokia 1, which has a much better user experience. Android Go is in the early stages, but existing pitfalls can not be ignored.

Being an engineer in Information Technology, Krishna, is a word that is inspired by the Lord Shri Krishna, believes in the inspection of the latest technology in the real world. Krishna Shekhawat has done his engineering from LIET, Alwar. He started his career with SAGInfotech Pvt Ltd ( Jaipur). He is an enthusiastic about the bikes and cars that are roaming around him. Krishna likes to write reviews about all things. His mostly time spend in gaining the knowledge about new things. He wants to demonstrate his powerful word’s empire in front of the world. Apart from this, he is a simple person and has a helping nature.

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  1. I am facing sound problem in Nokia 1 set. When call come in ringing sound is not come out. I had contacted to Nokia care Patna on 12 September. There this problem solved. But again came same problem on 29 September. Please replacement my defected hand set.


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