HMD Global won’t have had a standout Nokia smartphone shortly, in my view, however there is no denying that almost all of its Android cellphones up to now have regarded actually good. Today, we’ll be reviewing the corporate’s most up-to-date entry-level Android providing, the Nokia C3. This price range cellphone incorporates a easy design and primary specs, however hopefully, that needs to be adequate to supply an honest Android expertise.
This cellphone appears fairly reasonably priced, with a beginning worth of Rs. 7,499. It’s time to see if the Nokia C3 is value purchasing.
Nokia C3 design: A bit too easy
If the Nokia name wasn’t adequate nostalgia, the detachable battery within the Nokia C3 ought to undoubtedly deliver back some reminiscences. The complete back shell is a single piece of plastic which comes off so you possibly can set up the battery, SIM cards, and a microSD card. There are two slots for Nano-SIM cards, so you will not want any adapters. I’ve the Sand color, which I believe appears very good. This cellphone can be accessible in Nordic Blue. It’s not too thick at 8.69mm and weighs a cushty 184.5g.
The Nokia C3 appears elegant, due to the minimalistic back which just has a tiny vertical camera module and a fingerprint sensor. The back panel does not entice fingerprints, and affords good grip. The vol and energy buttons are to the correct, whereas the devoted Google Assistant button is positioned on the left. There’s a headphone jack on the highest and a Micro-USB port on the backside. There’s no cutout for a speaker, and that is as a result of the Nokia C3 makes use of its earpiece because the loudspeaker.
Coming to the entrance of the cellphone, there’s a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS display with toughened glass. The design of the entrance additionally feels nostalgic, however actually, that is one thing that is finest forgotten. Instead of a notch, the Nokia C3 has thick, old school borders on the highest and backside, and comparatively narrower ones to the edges. This is not a giant grievance for an entry-level cellphone, however contemplating that its friends have additionally moved on to additional trendy designs, I believe HDM Global might have performed higher.
The pack contents are fairly primary. You get a 5W charger, a USB cable, and a quick-start information. There’s no case or headset.
Nokia C3 efficiency: Functional at finest
The Nokia C3 is powered by a Unisoc (previously referred to as Spreadtrum) SC9863A octa-core SoC. It consists of eight ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores working at as much as 1.6GHz. It’s constructed on a relatively previous 28nm fabrication course of, which could not be as power-efficient as what a number of the newer SoCs from MediaTek and Qualcomm use.
I’m testing the variant of the Nokia C3 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is priced at Rs. 8,999. The base variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is priced at Rs. 7,499.
Other functions embody Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.2 and FM radio. The latter requires a headset to be related as a way to work. The Nokia C3 helps 4G VoLTE and GPS. It has some primary sensors similar to a proximity sensor, ambient mild sensor and an accelerometer. There’s no gyroscope and compass sadly, which suggests you possibly can’t see the route you are dealing with in apps like Google Maps.
The Nokia C3 runs inventory Android 10 with simply the fundamental apps from Google preinstalled. The just third-party app is named My Phone from HMD Global, and it is for after-sales help and gadget upkeep. You get some primary gestures within the Settings app, however that is the extent of the customisation. The Google Assistant button needs to be useful if you’re an avid person of Google’s digital assistant. It cannot be remapped to launch every other app or operate although. The C3 is just not a part of Google’s Android One program, so you aren’t getting that assure of two years of software program updates. However, a minimum of it is not working Android 10 (Go Edition) just like the Nokia 1 (Review).
Using Android on the Nokia C3 was an honest expertise, however even with 3GB of RAM and bone-stock Android, it wasn’t the smoothest. Animations and multitasking induced some intermittent stutter and lag. The fingerprint sensor performed nicely, however the display took slightly longer than common to get up. Face recognition was additionally sluggish to kick in and carry out authentication. Gaming efficiency wasn’t nice both. Simple titles similar to Sky Force Reloaded ran okay, however something heavier actually struggled to run nicely or ship good graphics.
This lack of efficiency is seen in benchmarks too. I received an honest AnTuTu rating of 1,06,338 factors, which was on par with what the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC can ship, as seen in our opinions of the Redmi 9 (Review) and Realme C12 (Review). However, the graphics scores had been fairly a bit decrease. The Nokia C3 managed simply 26fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex check. The display will get adequately shiny and movies do not look too not good on it. The earpiece speaker will get notably loud because it faces you instantly and there is little to no probability of it being blocked by your palm.
Nokia C3 battery life: Quite disappointing
The Nokia C3 does not have a really giant battery, coming in at 3,040mAh in capability. It carried out very poorly in our HD video loop check, lasting for simply 7 hours and 34 minutes, which is likely one of the lowest instances we have recorded shortly. With medium to mild use, I used to be in a position to get nearly a full day of battery life, however watching movies or gaming drains the battery rapidly. Charging the battery is not very speedy. You just get a 5W energy adapter within the pack, and even when related to a quicker charger, I used to be just in a position to charge the battery as much as about 43 % in an hour.
Nokia C3 cameras: Barely usable
The Nokia C3 has a single 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Autofocus is mostly on the slower aspect and will get worse in low mild. The app affords primary shooting modes however some frequent ones similar to Portrait mode, are lacking. There is an auto-HDR operate, which is sweet to see.
Unfortunately picture high quality is sort of underwhelming, even in daylight. I discovered the dynamic vary to be very weak, with most panorama shots exhibiting poor particulars and exposures. Close-ups had been a bit higher, however once more, textures usually regarded flat and smoothened-out. Low-light pictures turned out grainy with poor element.
Selfies usually had weak element too, and publicity was all over when shooting throughout the day. In low mild, most selfies had been grainy and virtually unusable. The Nokia C3 can shoot as much as 1080p video, however I discovered the standard to be below common, even throughout the day. Autofocus was additionally fairly sluggish.
Overall, the cameras on the Nokia C3 are very disappointing, and easily not adequate, even for informal images.
Verdict: Should you purchase the Nokia C3?
I believe it is fairly obvious by now that the Nokia C3 does not supply the most effective worth for cash, particularly the 3GB variant that is priced at Rs. 8,999. I believe the Realme Narzo 10A (Review) and even the Narzo 20A, which
we’re presently testing, could be significantly better alternate options. Apart from respectable construct high quality and a clear Android expertise, the Nokia C3 does not have adequate getting into its favour to justify this worth. The efficiency is middling, battery life is weak, cameras aren’t good, and it appears a bit old school.
If you are on a good price range, the Realme C11 (Review) needs to be a greater choose at Rs. 7,499. You lose the fingerprint sensor and efficiency is kind of much like that of the C3, however a minimum of you may be getting significantly better battery life.
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