The new Nokia 5 reviewed

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The Nokia 5 is one of Nokia’s next generation of sexy Android phones with a fingerprint sensor, a fully laminated 5.2″ HD display for great-looking photos, natural colours and excellent brightness. Throw in the polarized screen and your content is easy to read even in bright sunlight.

Quick facts

  • 13 MP autofocus camera on the back with dual-tone flash, 8 MP camera on the front
  • Latest generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 processor designed for excellent battery life and improved graphics
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) for easy sharing of your content
  • Dimensions 149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05 mm
  • Internal memory 16Gb, SD card up to 128Gb
  • Available as both single SIM and dual SIM variants
  • Current price R 2799


What do we think of the Nokia 5?

The Nokia 5 is a budget-friendly phone that looks and feels premium with it’s understated and chic design. It is made entirely from precision-milled aluminium with rounded corners for an ergonomic feel. Weighing in at only a 160g it gives the additional impression of premium quality.

While we love the 1280 x 720 HD at 282ppi the screen the downfall is that its display resolution isn’t as high as we’d have liked. If you’ve ever found yourself heading for shade on a sunny day or twisting and turning to see what your latest notification is all about, then the polarized screen is a joy to use.

The wide aperture 13Mp camera with autofocus and dual-tone flash ensures that you get great looking pictures even in low light conditions. The Nokia 5 is simple to use, even featuring a quick launch mechanism when you double-press the power button. The controls are straightforward and features like a spirit level help to prevent wonky shots.

In my experience, the 16Gb internal memory does not go very far. You would need to store many of your downloaded apps and pictures on the SD card to ensure you don’t run out of memory. The Nokia 5 will allow you to add a 128 Gb SD card though and that should be enough for even the most enthusiastic image and video hoarder.

In conclusion the Nokia 5 is a highly attractive phone which is great for most user’s day-to-day tasks such as taking photos, sending messages, checking emails and browsing the web. In addition, Nougat’s split screen dual app ability just makes life easier.


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