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Buying guide: Which Nokia smartphone is right for you?

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Are you a Nokia fan, but unsure which phone to buy? Find the right Nokia smartphone for you in our Nokia buyers guide, updated with all the top picks for 2020.


Best overall package: Nokia 8.1

The Nokia 8.1 is currently the best complete package among the Nokia smartphones available. The Android smartphone not only looks chic with its glass surfaces and has superb build quality, it also shines with fast performance, a good selfie camera on the front, and the bare Android 9 Pie as its operating system (well supplied with software updates by manufacturer HMD Global). The absence of wireless charging and IP certification is easy, given the low price of around 400 euros (about $450) you'll have to pay if you want to buy the Nokia 8.1.

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The Nokia 8.1 also looks good / © NextPit

Best battery life: Nokia 7 Plus

The best aspect of the Nokia 7 Plus is clearly the battery. The smartphone can last two days with one battery charge, without any issues. An old Nokia phone would of course handle that, but for modern smartphones it's a really good value. The Nokia 7 Plus, which also has a very attractive display, a Zeiss camera and a chic design, costs less than 300 euros (about $340) and is therefore also quite inexpensive.

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The Nokia 7 Plus has a really powerful battery / © NextPit

Best camera: Nokia 9 PureView

One thing right away: No, the Nokia 9 PureView is not perfect, not even the camera - not yet. The technical basis for the five cameras on the back, whose data are combined to form a single image, is very good. HMD Global is doing this together with Light, who bundle even more cameras in their compact snapshots. The beginnings are promising, with appropriate maintenance through updates, it is to be expected that the camera and the smartphone as a whole will improve step by step over time. The hardware fits, while the software gets better and better. Among the Nokia smartphones whose cameras aren't the best, the Nokia 9 PureView has by far the greatest potential in this respect.

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Best entry-level smartphone: Nokia 1 Plus

The Nokia 1 with Android Go was Nokia's entry-level smartphone for a long time, but was recently reissued and replaced by the Nokia 1 Plus. Of course you can't expect miracles from such a smartphone, but with Android Go you are well supplied with software updates, and the complete package of the Nokia 1 Plus fits as a second smartphone or just for beginners and people who don't use their phones so much.

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The predecessor, the Nokia 1, was recently replaced. / © NextPit

Best retro smartphone: Nokia 2720 Flip

Who doesn't miss the old days of flip phones? The Nokia 2720 Flip keeps all the good things from those classic, simpler days but adds 4G connectivity and some of the essentials we have evolved to not be able to live without. That means you get Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and WhatsApp pre-installed on this device. There is also the possibility to download more apps from the KaiOS App Store, the operating system that this Nokia runs on. A lot of people are switching to these not-so-dumb feature phones these days, and the Nokia 2720 Flip has the same build quality and level of manufacturing that made its ancestors so famous for their durability.

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The old Nokia 2720 Flip is a retro flip phone for the modern user. / © NextPit

Already using a Nokia smartphone? If so, which one? And are you satisfied with it?

The best smartphones under $1,000 

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  • 7
    RowanRosh Dec 22, 2020 Link to comment

    Nice one, and you covered most details

  • 5
    Zeeshan_sid Mar 17, 2020 Link to comment

    Very useful article, thanks

  • 2
    chrishwilliamsy Jan 28, 2020 Link to comment

    I am planning to Sell Samsung A30 but not finding the best buyer who can give me a decent price. Now I am hopeful that I will get the best prices for my old phone on this website

  • marco sarli 39
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    Jan 23, 2020 Link to comment

    The flipphone looks interesting

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    storm Jan 22, 2020 Link to comment

    Nokia doesn't support unlocking the bootloader. So there is no secondary development or ROMs to speak of. So Nokia is of no interest to me. Otherwise I would probably have tried out the 7.2

    marco sarli

  • CJ Brown 29
    CJ Brown Jul 16, 2019 Link to comment

    These are all nice devices - no arguments here on what is impressive builds from Nokia .... but:

    If I can't see it / touch it in a North American shop, I'm not interested

    If it's an International model on Amazon reviewed with carrier network problems, then no thank you I can find better

    If Nokia can't do what Motorola does - get your product into North America either by a carrier or sold unlocked - then I'm sorry to say you have lost North American customers (there are a few exceptions on Amazon).

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