The handset runs a very minimal version of Android. It isn’t built the most premium, which also makes it affordable. But is it a budget device worth the cash? Let’s take a look at it below.
The Nokia 1 Plus is made completely from plastic. Its plastic isn’t very shiny – there’s more of a matte look to it. You can especially tell that the device is cheap due to its weight. It’s only 138.4 grams. Its frame is made from the material too.
There is “toothing” on its back. This makes it easier to grip. Considering that phones these days are like bars of soap, we appreciate it.
The device is not that big. It’s 5.45 inches, and by today’s standards, such a height isn’t worthy of a ‘plus’ title. Not only is it small, but it’s thick too. Its dimensions are 145 x 70.4 x 8.6 mm.
We like the handset in the black variant – it looks the chicest. You can grab it in other colours like blue and red. If you must know, we’re not too fond of the blue one - we think it looks tacky.
On its sides, you won’t find a fingerprint sensor. There isn’t one its front either. But there is a MicroSD slot and 3.55 mm headphone jack.
You’ll notice that its edges aren’t very curved. They’re kind of pointed, which makes the 1 Plus uncomfortable to hold for long periods.
As it’s only 5.45 inches, it’s no surprise that its display isn’t the most immersive.
You aren’t getting a vibrant screen. The one on the 1 Plus is an IPS LCD. Considering its price, such a display was expected. There’s some bezel-action going on, but it’s not too bad. The handset has a 75.1% screen-to-body ratio.
Its display is not detailed. It’s as far away from pin-sharp as possible. Its resolution is 480 x 960 pixels.
There’s no way it will be able to handle the harsh Sri Lankan sun. It’s not very bright, even indoors.
Don’t get too rough with it. The glass on its front is regular strengthened glass.
We’re disappointed with its battery. It is a meager 2500 mAh. Even though the phone isn’t very expensive, devices like the Y5 Lite have better units.
The Nokia 1 Plus lasts about a day. Charging it will be an issue – you get regular 10 W charging. It takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.
Many of its competitors don’t let you remove their batteries. Luckily for you, the Nokia phone lets you do so.
It runs Android 9. It’s the Go edition, which is Android stripped down for lower-end devices. If you’re wondering about Android 10, we’re surprised to say that the handset can be upgraded to it. Yes, you’ll be using Android 10 Go.
The processor inside of it is the Mediatek MT6739WW. Is it the best? Not really. You’ll experience lag -and the phone has a hard time running games. Android was stripped down to allow the 1 Plus’ weak processor to handle it.
You might like to know that it runs Stock Android. Its UI is very customizable and doesn’t come with any bloatware. Nokia uses it in many of its devices.
Its memory variants aren’t the best. You’re getting 8 GB and 16 GB of space along with 1 GB of RAM. You’ll have a problem with running apps in the background due to the amount of RAM it has. 8 and 16 GB won’t be enough for you – we’re glad that you can expand its storage.
Its camera works exactly like you think it would – it’s not very good. There’s an 8 MP primary sensor on its rear. The camera takes shots that aren’t colour accurate. They’re blurry and are very far away from vibrant. We noticed that they’re grainy as well.
The shooter on its front isn’t anything to write home about either. It’s a 5 MP sensor that won’t leave you Instagram ready.
For a full look at the Nokia 1 Plus, we’ve compared it with a couple of alternatives.
The Galaxy A2 Core isn’t that big. It’s only 5 inches. Although smaller than its Nokia counterpart, it is a bit heavier. The device comes in a full plastic body. It has a metallic look to it.
At its display is only 5 inches, you’re not getting a very immersive viewing experience. Its display is PLS TFT. It’s Samsung’s take on IPS LCDs – they produce sharper colours.
Its screen-to-body ratio is not as good as the 1 Plus’. It is 68.6%. But its display is more sharp than it – it is 540 x 960 pixels.
The handset runs Android 8. Just like its alternative, it utilizes the Go edition. No, you won’t be met with Stock Android. The One UI Samsung places are customizable, but it has a bloatware problem.
Inside of it is an Exynos chip. The Exynos 7870 is much faster than the Mediatek processor in its counterpart.
What about its storage variants? Well, you get the phone in 8 and 16 GB storage variants. With them, 1 GB of RAM is available. Thankfully, you can expand its storage.
Its battery isn’t big, but it’s 100 mAh larger than the 1 Plus. It lasts about the same time, though. The device doesn’t have fast charging – you’ll be using its regular 10 W charger. It takes it over 2 hours to fully charge.
You’re not getting impressive cameras. There is a 5 MP single shooter on its rear. On its front, there is a 5 MP shooter as well.
The phone is the same size as the Nokia 1 Plus. It weighs a bit more than it, though. Like its counterpart, it has a full plastic body.
As its display is only 5.45 inches, you’re not getting the best viewing experience, especially since its screen isn’t very bright – it hosts an LCD panel. We have to say, it’s much sharper than the 1 Plus.
Its screen resolution is 720 x 1440 pixels. As you’re wondering about its screen-to-body ratio, know that it’s a tad smaller than the Nokia’s.
The processor inside is the Mediatek MT6739. When compared to the 1 Plus, you’ll realize that it’s the same chipset.
Inside of it is a very customizable UI. That being said, it doesn’t hold a torch to Stock Android. EMUI 8 is inside of it, which sadly has a bloatware problem. The Android version it hosts out of the box is 8.1. Yes, it will be getting the Android 10 update.
The phone has a 16 GB memory variant with 1 GB of RAM. You can expand its storage if you want. As you can imagine, 16 GB is not a lot of storage.
Its battery is 520 mAh larger than the Nokia devices’. It can last well over a day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with fast charging. You’ll have to use a regular 10 W charger on it.
In terms of its camera, it’s nothing to write home about. There is an 8 MP sensor on its rear. On its front, there is a 5 MP one.
The C1 is heavier than its 1 Plus counterpart. It comes in at 155 grams. It is super affordable. This is why it’s made entirely from plastic. The plastic on it doesn’t feel that great, though – you’ll immediately be able to tell the device’s price.
It is the same size as its brother. But its edges are excellently curved. This makes the C1 a delight to have in your palms.
As it’s only 5.45 inches, you know that you don’t get the most immersive viewing experience. Its screen is IPS LCD too – you don’t get the most vibrant colours.
The handset has a screen resolution that is identical to the 1 Plus’. Unfortunately, its screen-to-body ratio is slightly worse.
Enough about its screen, let’s talk about its insides. It runs Android 9 out of the box. No, it won’t get the Android 10 update. The Android 9 it runs is the GO version, as you can imagine. It has the Mediatek MT6735 chipset inside of it. It’s pretty sluggish and performs worse than the Mediatek chip on its alternative.
When it comes to its memory variants, you’re getting very familiar options. The budget device offers 16 GB of space along with 1 GB of RAM which might not be enough for you. We’re glad that you can expand its storage.
Being such an affordable phone, expecting a large battery is not realistic. The handset comes with a 2500 mAh one. It can last about a day. To charge it, you’ll be utilizing regular 10 W charging. It easily takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.
You’re probably wondering about its camera capabilities. Well, there is a very small 5 MP sensor on its back. In terms of its front camera, another 5 MP shooter is present. They perform just as well as you can imagine.
The C2 is the newer version of the C1. It comes in a better build. Although it’s also plastic, the plastic on it feels good in your hands.
The device is 161 grams. This makes it heftier than the 1 Plus. It’s also bigger than it – it comes in at 5.7 inches. Phones these days are big, so we’re very glad about this.
As it’s on the larger side, you get a more immersive viewing experience. However, it’s still not the best. The phone’s display is IPS LCD. As you know, it doesn’t produce the most vibrant colours.
The device doesn’t have the best screen-to-body ratio either. It’s smaller than the Nokia 1 Plus’. That being said, its screen resolution is good. It’s not pin-sharp, but it beats its counterpart. It is 720 x 1440 pixels.
The glass on its front isn’t that durable. It’s regular strengthened glass, just like on its brother.
When it comes to its insides, you’ll be running Android 9. Yes, it’s the Go version. If you’re waiting for the Android 10 update, don’t hold your breath. The processor inside of it is the UniSoc SC9832E chipset. It performs exactly the way you’d expect from a budget processor.
We can’t tell if it’s faster than the Mediatek unit on the 1 Plus, and there are no benchmark tests online.
The memory variants inside of it are ones we’ve seen before – the phone comes with 16 GB of space and 1 GB of RAM. If you want to expand its storage, you can.
What about its battery? It is 2800 mAh. You won’t last more than a day with it. However, it’s larger than the Nokia 1 Plus’. Just like its counterpart, you’ll be using regular 10 W charging on it. The handset takes over 2 hours to fully charge.
In terms of its cameras, there is a 5 MP shooter on its rear. The sensor on its front is 5 MP too. As you know, the Nokia 1 Plus has an 8 MP primary and a 5 MP front camera.
It’s not the most expensive phone around and you can see this from its specs. It’s called the Plus, but it’s quite small. In 2020, budget devices are easily around 6 inches. When compared to alternatives, it holds its own.
But the Samsung Galaxy A2 Core hit it out of the park. If you’re looking to get a phone on a budget, we think the device is worth it – just know what you’re getting into.
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