The Nokia 6 Is A Beautiful Phone At Rs 14,999, But It Suffers From Unimpressive Performance
After my happy indulgence with the Nokia 5, I decided to give its big brother, the Nokia 6, its day in the sun. And to be honest, the Nokia 5 had raised my hopes about Nokia-branded phones quite a bit. So when the box for the Nokia 6 arrived in my hands, I couldn’t resist opening it the very next second.
Beauty on the outside
Unboxing the Nokia 6 was an absolute pleasure, and the moment I held the phone in my hands, the device looked too darn good to be priced at just Rs 14,999. Even before turning it on, I could feel the premium build of the Nokia 6. It’s all metal body and edges were pristine. I got my hands on the silver unit, and boy was it a looker.
Nokia 6 is slightly larger than the Nokia 5, thanks to the 5.5-inch full-HD LCD display. But looking at the metal clad unibody curving to the sides, it looked way more upmarket. The black glass held within the silver aluminium shell looked like a heavenly combination in my hand.
Antenna lines curve at the back, and add a good sense of character to the overall look and feel of the device. The device felt solid and sturdy. Its edges were sharp as opposed to the curves on the Nokia 5, which made the phone look a lot more mature. Moreover, the boxy edges helped me get a firm grip on the phone’s aluminium shell.
The moment I powered the device on, I noticed the next big change in the smartphone, its display. It looked sharper, with more vibrancy in contrasts. And although it wasn’t the brightest LCD I’ve ever come across, it was just fine. The device felt fairly responsive while setting everything up, and I am loving it at the moment. Let’s see if this feeling lasts.
Puny monster on the inside
It’s been three days since I shifted to the Nokia 6 as my primary device, and although the device looks great and all, its novelty is wearing off pretty quickly when it comes to performance. Under the hood, the device is rocking the same Snapdragon 430 eight-core processor as the Nokia 5, and even with a larger 3GB of RAM, the device doesn’t fail to stutter a few times every hour.
The Nokia 6 is definitely sagging under the weight of all the apps (more than 20) I have running simultaneously. Although I must say, a stock Android experience is definitely a boon for this hardware. Multitasking is better than the Nokia 5, but not far ahead. The device heats up considerably, making it quite annoying to hold at times.
Although one could say that the performance is normal according to the price, but we have brands like Motorola and Xiaomi releasing the A1 and the Moto G5s Plus in the same price range respectively, with a Snapdragon 625, which is far better in performance than what this phone sports. This makes the Nokia 6 feel slightly outdated. Frankly, I’m really missing my OnePlus 5 right now.
The bokeh-less smiles
It’s the weekend, and on Saturday I decided to step out of my house with the Nokia 6. This also gave me an opportunity to test out its camera. Nokia 6 gets a 16-megapixel rear shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter on the front. The rear camera, unlike the competition, gets only a single lens unit, and not any dual-lens goodness.
Even with the single camera lens at the back, the camera did a pretty neat job of capturing bright colours and detail in broad daylight. The camera interface was fairly similar to the Nokia 5 too. The front camera was just fine, and it lacked detail and bright colours, especially indoors.
As the sun went down, and the sky turned darker, I turned on the rear camera to see how it performs. Sadly, it wasn’t what I was expecting. Low lit conditions made the images more grainy and dull.
The camera found it difficult to focus and overall the result wasn’t very impressive. Sure, for the price you could say it performed appropriately, but there was nothing ‘wow’ about it.
The good riddance
Today was my last day with the Nokia 6, and although it wasn’t really a bad smartphone, I am not sad for letting it go. The device looks amazing, performed decently for the price and delivered an impressive battery life, but these positives don’t change the fact that the competition is loaded with better weapons; be it a faster hardware, or even a more advanced camera setup. This makes devices like the Xiaomi A1 and the Moto G5s Plus better alternatives to the Nokia 6 in a similar price category. Only a true Nokia fanboy could pick the Nokia 6 over the better competition, and sadly, it wouldn’t be the wisest choice.