- Analysis by KJ David
Nokia may call it the Nokia 1, but this humble 4.5-incher is one of the farthest from the top spot in Nokia's Android smartphone lineup. In fact, its cons, which include a 2-megapixel-only selfie camera and a sub-standard 854 x 480 FWVGA display resolution , sound like they don't belong on something that was unveiled during the 2018 Mobile World Congress. Moreover, the Nokia 1's primary camera comes in the form of a banal 5-megapixel-only rear camera that is at least aided by an LED flash -- believe it or not, some basic and senior phones awkwardly lack camera flashes (not that they need them badly).
Unsurprisingly, given its mellow feature set, the Nokia 1's pros and cons are powered by an old-fashioned quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor coupled with a basic-level 1GB LPDDR3 RAM , a RAM count that was nearing obsolescence as of this technical specs review.
As for stamina, it feeds off a shabby (by 2018 standards) 2150mAh battery that promises no more than 9 hours (540 minutes) of talk time . Having said that, its 15-day maximum standby time and 53-hour music playback time seem tolerable, at least when compared to the corresponding scores of some of its low-end Android rivals. At the very least, it comes with IP52 drip-protection , which may not make it wholly water-tight, but does give it a slim edge against most other entry-level smartphones -- if you have a soft spot for phones that are totally impervious water, look no further than our list of the best waterproof phones here.
As for the Nokia 1's positive features, it runs on the Go edition of the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system , which is designed to conserve phone storage and data allocation -- it comes with watered-down versions of core Google applications. An example of this is YouTube Go, a version of the mobile YouTube app that claims to run faster and use less data than the original app. Its Go-edition OS is accompanied by a 4G LTE Cat 4 network adapter , which is highly welcome on a low-key smartphone like this one.
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The Nokia 1's other pros also include its support for up to 128GB's worth of external memory that makes its 8GB-only native storage a bit excusable. It also lets users personalize the phone by replacing its stock battery lid with a separately-sold Xpress-on cover of their choosing.
At the end of the day, even though its pros and cons make it a starter-class smartphone in almost every sense of the term, the Nokia 1 fits the bill as a mobile companion for practical users who are meticulous when it comes to storage space and data usage.
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