Nokia 6 (2018) review: An improvement

What is the Nokia 6?

The Nokia 6 is a higher quality budget phone, similar to the Moto G6.

It costs £ 229, which is cheap enough for many to be able to pay without a SIM card, and lower than expected given the cost of 279 euros elsewhere. You will even find it free in some medium price contracts.

This is the second Nokia 6, but you will not know unless you are a close follower of the phone market. Without a doubt, it is the version that is obtained, since it adds a fast charge, a newer CPU and an improved battery life although the capacity remains the same.

However, your 16: 9 screen will probably appear "outdated" pretty soon and does not have the best camera in this class.

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Nokia 6 (2018) – Design

The Nokia 6 is one of the best manufactured phones you will find at this price. Like the previous version of this device, the design is not particularly exciting, but it feels solid.

Its back is a piece of unibody aluminum; the front Gorilla Glass 3 with curved edges 2.5D. However, that curve is there for the look. The aluminum parts that your hands actually touch feel quite hard and sharp.

A little less than a millimeter of each edge is beveled, with bronze lights that shine to prevent the Nokia 6 from becoming a sea of ​​black aluminum with no distinctive features. It's more subtle than the way phones like the Huawei P20 Pro try to stand out.

This new Nokia 6 is not as long as the previous version, which reduces part of the top and bottom edge of the screen. However, the surround sound of the phone is not thin and its shape really makes the device look quite flat.

I have no doubt that I feel this way because I've been using many 18: 9 phones recently, but this is a problem with most of the new 16: 9 models; They are likely to look older with each passing month.

Elsewhere, the phone is updated. The Nokia 6 has a USB-C charging socket along its bottom edge, and there is a fingerprint scanner on its backside.

Interestingly, this scanner works worse than the old Nokia 6. It sits too low for comfort, which results in you having to lower your hand with your finger. It makes you wonder if the association of Nokia with Zeiss demands a certain degree of prominence of the logo. But even then, there is a lot of blank space in the camera housing between the Zeiss logo and the scanner.

The side buttons of the Nokia 6 are not great either, as they require too much force to initiate an action. Are these concerns important? Of course not, they are small inconveniences that you will soon get used to, but it is sensible to write them down if you prepare a list of pros and cons.

Nokia 6 (2018) – Screen

One of the most remarkable parts of the Nokia 6 is the screen, as a result of what it lacks. This is a 16: 9 screen, and it arrives just when all the other phones change to 18: 9.

The Moto G6, Huawei P Smart and Honor 9 Lite all have these, and we expect others to follow them. These phones simply add 240 additional rows of pixels to alter the shape, and you end up with a screen that fills the front more.

However, since Nokia has also trimmed the top and In this device, it is more a problem of the overall appearance of the device than of anything else.

The actual display quality is solid. The Nokia 6 has a 1080p screen that looks super sharp, even at 5.5 inches. I was also pleased with how well the backlight is maintained in bright, sunny conditions. The external visibility is solid.

Color reproduction is also solid, although you can not change the saturation levels as you can with some rivals. Similarly, there is no color temperature control; the tone seems a bit cold for my eyes.

However, the Nokia 6 has a night vision mode. Normally, these make the screen of a phone look quite warm, but in the Nokia 6 it is completely orange. The concept here is that it reduces blue light, the band that most affects your sleep patterns in case you use the phone before bedtime.