Nokia 3.2 review: The best budget smartphone to buy right now?

Nokia 3.2 review: Is this the best budget smartphone to buy right now in Nigeria?

Nokia 3.2 review


The Good about the smartphone:

  • The Nokia 3.2 brings the best of Nokia’s battery life – charging does not take that long, a charge can last about a day and a half because of its 4000mAh battery
  • Good design and display – the smartphone comes with a large screen perfect for multimedia users, weighs light and is easy for single hand usage.
  • The handset runs Stock Android 9 Pie, Android One – Google’s OS with the promise of timely software updates as soon as they’re available for 2 years alongside monthly security updates for 3 years
  • You can easily summon Google Assistant with a dedicated button.

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The Bad:

  • The Nokia 3.2 won’t blow you away with speed – it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 system-on-chip (SoC), mated with up to 3GB of RAM
  • The camera can’t compete with more expensive handsets when it comes to taking great photos as it has no dual rear camera setup. It boasts instead of a single rear camera, 13MP sensor which offers Google Lens integration

In conclusion:

Despite not being the best phone in terms of performance and camera, the Nokia 3.2 has a solid build, big display, a long-lasting battery and good value for money in the budget smartphone segment.

At just N40,000, the Nokia 3.2 is a good budget smartphone money can buy. And for the purpose of truly confirming that, we got a brand new Nokia 3.2 so we would have some stats to share with you.🙂

Nokia 3.2 review

Nokia 3.2 Quick Specs

  • Screen size: 6.26in
  • Type: TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Weight: 181g
  • Body: Polycarbonate shell
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 429
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Storage space: 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB or 3GB
  • SD card Slot: Yes
  • Camera Count: Dual
  • Cameras: 5MP front camera, 13MP rear camer
  • Battery: 4,000mAh, with10W charging; not removable
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
  • Colors: Black; Steel.

Nokia 3.2 review: Why should I buy a Nokia 3.2?

The Nokia 3.2 is among the latest devices launched in 2019 by Finnish smartphone manufacturer HMD, who have been trying to create a mark for itself ever since it was rebranded in December 2016.

Design and Display:

The Nokia 3.2 smartphone boasts of a 6.26 inch display screen with a water-drop notch display.

It sports a TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. The phone weighs 181 grams with battery inclusive.

The Nokia 3.2 offers a notification LED embedded in the power button and a dedicated button for Google Assistant which makes it easier than ever to summon Assistant on the go as the Google AI becomes ever so popular. HMD feels this is something that will be appreciated by her consumers.

The Nokia 3.2 phone supports 4G network and comes with dual SIM slots. The smartphone runs on Google’s latest OS, Android 9.0 Pie operating system.

Nokia 3.2’s glass on the front and polycarbonate body give the phone a glossy profile, which looks good but the downside is – it attracts fingerprints too.

While using the phone, I couldn’t help but notice that the phone’s body becomes messy after every usage with smudges and fingerprint marks. If you are like me, you like to have a clean display on your phone all the time, you may find it challenging having to rub off the fingerprint marks and smudges every time you use the phone.

Battery Life:

Battery, this handset is powered by a non-removable lithium polymer 4,000mAh battery. The phone can last for around a day and a half on moderate usage. The battery takes about an hour and thirty minutes to get fully charged.

Again, the battery usage is optimzed to get you more juice out of the 4000mAh cell due to the Android 9 Pie’s adaptive battery feature.

Performance:

The Nokia 3.2 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 chipset and has a 1.8 GHz quad core processor working to deliver realtime processing. Graphics are rendered by Qualcomm Adreno 504 GPU.

These are fairly entry-level octa-core processors that should work well enough for basic day-to-day activities, usage of the smartphone. However, this is not enough to run heavy apps and graphics intensive games.

The Nokia 3.2 manages to run light games smoothly, but for graphic-intensive games, when pushed to the limits, it often disappoints.

For a budget phone at the same price as Nokia 3.2, it is easy to find phones with Snapdragon 660 or even Snapdragon 710 processor.

However, with Nokia 3.2, you get to experience the Android Pie operating system, and you are promised guaranteed, timely software updates as soon as they’re available for 2 years alongside monthly security updates for 3 years.

Camera:

This handset sports no dual rear camera setup. It has, instead, single back facing cameras, a single selfie snapper at the centre top of the front glass. The single rear camera entails a 13 megapixels camera sensor with LED flash on board which offers Google Lens integration.

The selfie snapper for the Nokia 3.2 offers a 5 megapixels sensor.

Nokia 3.2 review: VERDICT

I love my Nokia 3.2 phone!

I may have the fingerprint smudges to deal with, slow-performance when I try to run very heavy apps, games and not-so-perfect camera quality like seen with more expensive handsets but I love my big screen smartphone.

I find the design of my phone appealing, I love the dedicated Google Assistant button on the left, the Android 9 Pie operating system reinforced with Android One complete with assured updates for two years.

I can take my time while doing the things I love because my Nokia 3.2 is constantly learning how to maximize my battery life – so my phone battery lasts longer and longer.

I love the value I get from this budget smartphone for the price of less. You will be glad you got yours too.

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