GSMArena reviews the Nokia 3

I highly respect GSMArena because of their expertise and generally because it is the best way to quickly learn about the specs of a desired phone. I enjoyed reading their reviews of all kind of phones, since they gave relevant opinion backed up with various tests. But, lately something has changed there, probably the journalists and bloggers writing for them. They were among first one to publish a short review of Nokia 6 and it was kind of ambiguous (video review at least). They were generally dissatisfied with the phone in the review, but they also spoke highly about many parts, and said that the phone overcomes its price point. Then they reviewed the Nokia 3310 and called that particular phone a bad nostalgia. Ok, Nokia 3310 is the best marketing job ever done, and it really is a piece of nostalgia for the nostalgic, but it is also rather cool, tough and capable peace of feature phone hardware. It is a feature phone, and just that… That is its purpose, it is not a s40 or smart phone.

Now, they reviewed the Nokia 3, an entry level smartphone which they called an unfinished (or un-Finnished, as not Nokia, even though HMD is Finnish company) business. Second Death Star was unfinished, but Nokia 3 seems to be a pretty much finished, cheap and capable smartphone. I agree that HMD could have done the hardware differently in some aspects, like placing Snapdragon instead of Mediatek, or putting a bigger battery, but then the price would have been higher, and HMD is also betting  on after-sale experience (updates, support) and including it in the price… I also agree that HMD should have released this phone few weeks after it was unveiled, but that doesn’t change the fact that Nokia 3 is a good entry level smartphone. The shortcomings listed in the review are not so bad for that price point. Of course, it’s un-comparable specs-wise to Chinese phones like Xiaomi or Meizu, because Nokia 3 will be released globally and has a big support network (and update promise) behind it, and that affects the price. For users that want the absolute best for their money, neither introduced Nokia phones, or any non-high end phone from a global brand is the choice, because you will always find something more powerful for the same price.

Just wanted to point that if you are reviewing an entry level smartphone like Nokia 3, you should modify the way of critical thinking on a appropriate level. One cannot review a low budget phone and expect to have all the perks or power as a midrange or flagship phone. The best thing would be that Samsung Galaxy 8 is an entry level phone at a price of €139. Maybe then everything would be perfect for grandpa, grandma, kindergarten teacher and engineers at NASA.

There are many phones out there priced around €139, and my opinion is that on overall experience Nokia 3 is or could be in top of its class. HMD will make it run Android 7.1.1, what many others won’t see and I wouldn’t like for retailers to raise the price much above targeted one, because it will make people think it can deliver more if it has Nokia logo on it. Also, HMD promised Android O, and that’s a huge deal for a low end device.Also, we cannot dismiss all the positive comments most buyers areleaving. Maybe they are die hard Nokia fans, but maybe the phone isn’t that bad for an average user.

Definitely check the full review at GSMArena.com because you can find many interesting data about the device.

What do you think about the 3? Tell us your experience about it in the comments down below. 🙂

  • Rocky

    They really love devices like Xiaomi. And also why they need to mention “Chinese made”, all phones came from there now

    • Personally don’t mind Xiaomi, Meizu or other known Chinese phones. I recomended numerous Xiaomis and Meizus to my friends and thise were best buy for their budget. I also recomended numerous times a Nokia Lumia phone and most of the times people were satisfied…. myself went for LG G3 instead of Nokia Lumi a930 because I found it to be not so great for the money i was asked by the operator.

      I am waiting now for the 6 and later on for Nokia flagship so I can finally come back to Nokia.

      • Rocky

        Yeah, actually I’m using Xiaomi now (it’s the best option, waiting for next Nokia for sure 😉 ). I mean they (gsmarena) really just thinking about spec wise value (Xiaomi is the best example), but after sales and software updates is awful. Hope this phone doesn’t need to deal with those after sales service until my next Nokia (maybe will long because Indonesia’s regulation about 4G devices) 🙂

      • 🙂 LG G3 is a very good looking device 🙂 I don’t like LG UI. They should improve their UI IMO 🙂

        • Rocky

          Bootloop is the best feature of LG’s flagship 😀

  • Hmm… Folks who bought it seem to be satisfied with it. Maybe it’s not that awful 😀

    • Hemedans

      its new phone, Android is different form WP, the more you use it, the more it become laggy and some problems will start to appear.

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        This is extremely true! It’s an awful reality that needs to be addressed.
        Hopefully Nokia will institute some of its optimizations to Android to make it work in a more fluid fashion.

        For instance, maybe it can implement something that automatically clears the cache once a month. Maybe they can incorporate a hybrid CPU or GPU (like hyper threading) so the phone uses a partitioned part of the CPU to run the OS, and the other part for other phone functions. How about they stimulate a phone usage that equals 12 hours of usage per day, 7 days a week, for 1 year, (find the bottleneck) and use an overboost feature (that forces the desired thing to go thru, without lag).

        I don’t know…

        • Not possible. The OS itself is horrible. If optimization was possible then why Samsung/LG/HTC/SONY and other didn’t do it? They might have tried as well, but its not possible for this OS LOL.

        • How about just using a completely different OS along with Android. 🙂

      • Windows Phone was very light. W10M is almost similar to Android or even worse.

      • I forgot about that. You’re 100% correct, but I hope they did some kind of UX testing that showed the phone’s behaviour over time and then decided from that data. Also, as it turns out now, the way they did the Lumia 520 (and other low to midrange Devices) was a mistake for the Company, because they had similar performance to flagships in Daily usage, and had a lot of features from the flagship; and a lot of people gave up of buying a more expensive Lumia (that gives more Money to Nokia) and decided to buy a less expensive, because it behaves the same and has 90% features as the higher-end one. For users that was great, but in long term for the Company not. Maybe they had this in mind, but I don’t know if it is smart to gamble with your first device.

        • No. I don’t think all top end features were available for low end. 😊
          No Glance
          No Flash(5xx series under Nokia)
          Less apps ran on 512MB RAM devices(520/620/625/720)
          It was the OS that ran smooth on low end hardware. 😊
          BTW Back in that time Lumia 920 was available at the price of today’s mid range phones.
          People bought Lumia flagships for their camera, build and designs.😊

          • jep, my premise might be wrong, but the fact a 100$ phone did 90% things the same as a 500$ didn’t help sell the higher ends. They had best in class camera, but Nokia equipped every device in its category with best in class camera.

          • And this is the reason I love Nokia. 😊 best in class everything in every price range. They should do the same with their android smartphones. Android won’t run smooth at every price range so flagship buyers won’t buy a mid range/budget offering from Nokia. But, the buyers will be more satisfied with their decision as they will get the best in class everything for that particular price range.😊

  • Viccky maurya

    In todays morning i read the Nokia 3 review by gsmarena and found that the reviewer had made his mood to criticise Nokia 3. I no more surf gsmarena as they are very biased, phonearena does better job in Nokia field. The another problem is that once you have used a flagship phone then you will always find low range and mid range phones laggy (this is what reviewer went through).
    Or it might be a paid review.

    • Rocky

      They really think that every Nokia phone standard should be like Lumia flagship, they forget the target audience of this phone

      • WP could run very smooth on 512MB RAM too. This is Android which has more features inbuilt and hence requires more resources.

    • Actually Nokia 3 isn’t powerful. I strongly believe that they should have gone foe a better processor even if they used a Mediatek they should have used a bit better processor. 🙂

    • Hemedans

      phonearena? really? wait for them and you will see.

      this was expected to be honest, the first day when i saw that mediatek soc i knew something like this will happen, please HMD this should be last mediatek Nokia phone, you will Ruin Nokia name.

      • Phonearena reviewed Nokia 3310. LOL Just read that review 😛 They are worse. You are correct. 🙂 Why did they use MT6737 if they knew that it doesn’t support above Android 7.0. 🙁 I don’t think Nokia 3 will be upgraded to Android O 🙁

        • Hemedans

          same here i have feeling Nokia 5 and 6 will get updates and Nokia 3 wont get.

        • Viccky maurya

          Yes, Android O update to a MTK 6737 phone will be a big deal….

      • Viccky maurya

        Yes, but hmd will be hmd until it becomes a part of Nokia.

  • I am 100% Sure that Nokia 3 can’t even beat Nokia Lumia 520/525/620/625/1320 in camera. Someone should do a camera comparison of Nokia 3 with these Lumia devices

    • Viccky maurya

      No, i think N3 camera will outperform L520/525…

    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:

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      I think I need to put in my Google account info, as I don’t have Twitter, etc. Also, I have (and use) multiple Android phones, so I don’t know how that’ll work

      • https://disqus.com/profile/signup/
        Go here and Sign Up for Disqus. Don’t use Google/Fb/twitter if you don’t want to use it. Jut type your name, email and password and sign up. You are done. 🙂

        • EricLovesSymbian

          EricLovesSymbian says:

          I honestly appreciate your help.
          I really do.
          I tried to do it several times but it keeps saying error.

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    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:

      It won’t let me do it from the phone.
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