The Good The Nokia 5 is affordable, looks good, and has a battery that won’t last for you until the day.
The Bad It is powerful enough for the most important subjects, and the camera does not take bright pictures.
The Bottom Line With its sleek design, low cost, and high-end power, the Nokia 5 is budget-friendly Android.
There is a lot about how the average Nokia 5 midrange phone looks like. Its slim metal construction is very comfortable to hold and looks chic. There’s also not much frame around the display, which means the case didn’t have to bubble too much to accommodate its 5.2-inch display.
This display is bright and bold, and although the 720p resolution isn’t sharp enough to detail, it’s great for reading stories on the web and communicating with friends. The fingerprint scanner under the screen works well and is also a home button.
The phone runs Android Nougat, which Nokia has left completely intact. This results in a clean, clutter-free interface that is easy to use and attractive to navigate with the phone’s octar processor. The Nokia 5 drops just below the Moto G5 Plus in comparative terms, but applications such as Gmail load quickly and games like Asphalt: Xtreme handle quite well for casual mobile gamers.
The 13MP rear camera takes sharp shots with good exposure. The colors are not very bold, and the white balance can be switched on and off, but for quick snapshots for Facebook it will be great. Low-light shots have a lot of image noise, so wait outside in the daylight to get the best shots. The 8MP front camera also comes with HDR mode that gives crisp, well-balanced selfies.
Nokia 5 has no waterproofing, so keep it away from all drinks. It charges via Micro-USB rather than the more modern USB-C, but at this price I can’t criticize it too much.
The 3,000mAh battery sets up a good fight, lasting an excellent 15 hours on our passing tests. You won’t struggle too much to get a full day of phone use, but like with all smartphones, you’ll need to charge it every month.
It costs £ 180 in the UK, which translates into $ 301 in Australia. At present, Nokia does not plan to export the phone to the US, but it lists up to $ 235. Both phones have fingerprint scanners and metal designs, both have near-backup Android versions, both have NFC and both accept 128GB microSD cards.
The Moto G5 Plus is a bit more powerful: 32GB rather than 16GB is usually a screen that stores more pixels in the same space, and a camera that works slightly – though not sharply – better.
If you want a decent all-round phone to solve all your everyday things and you want to save some money, the Nokia 5 is well worth your time. Stay tuned for the Moto G5 Plus if you’re looking for some more tricks like a home button that lets you navigate your finger.
Nokia 5 specifications comparison chart
|Nokia 5||Motorola Moto G5 Plus||Nokia 6||OnePlus 5|
|Display size, resolution||5.2-inch; 1,280×720 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels||5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels||5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.89×2.85×0.34 in||5.9×2.9×0.3 in||6.06×2.98×0.33 in||6.1×2.92×0.29 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||149.7×72.5×8.55 mm||150.2x74x7.7 mm||154×75.8×8.4 mm||154.2×74.1×7.3 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||TBA||5.5 oz, 155g||TBA||5.4 oz; 153 g|
|Mobile software||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Camera||13-megapixel||12-megapixel||16-megapixel||16-megapixel standard, 20-megapixel telephoto|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430||2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430||2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||16GB||32GB (UK & US), 64GB (US only)||32GB, 64GB||64GB, 128GB|
|RAM||2GB||2GB on 32 GB (US model), 3GB on 32GB (UK model) or 4GB on 64GB (US model)||3GB||6GB, 8GB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Below screen||Below screen||Yes||Home button|
|Special features||Dual-SIM, splash-proof||Portrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||Converts to $235||$229 (32GB); $299 (64GB)||Converts to $240||$479 (64GB), $539 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£180||£249 (32GB)||Converts to £195||£449 (64GB), £499 (128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$301||Converts to AU$300 (32GB) and AU$390 (64GB)||Converts to AU$315||Converts to AU$636 (64GB), AU$715 (128GB)|