Nokia’s a master at producing quality phones on a budget. Did they do well with the Nokia 3.2? We’ve answered this below.
Being so affordable, you can’t expect the 3.2 to feel premium. It comes with a full plastic body. We like that its rear is glossy – it makes it look a tad bit more expensive.
When purchasing the handset, you’ll realize that it’s got a bit of heft to it. It is 181 grams. We personally think a bit of heft feels good.
Unfortunately, you aren’t getting Gorilla Glass on its front. It’s regular strengthened glass, so don’t get too rough with it.
The 3.2 is kind of big. It stretches 6.26 inches from top to bottom. It’s not the slimmest either. Its dimensions are 159.4 x 76.2 x 8.6 mm.
There is a fingerprint sensor on its back. It’s right underneath the camera set-up, so it’s easy to reach. There is also a MicroSD slot and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Overall, the device feels great in your hand.
Something neat is its Google Assistant button. Although useful, the button isn’t the most responsive.
You’re not getting the most vibrant display. The Nokia 3.2 has a regular IPS LCD screen. Not only do the colours not pack a punch, but we found them being quite dim – even at the brightest setting.
Its screen resolution is 720 x 1520 pixels. It’s not pin-sharp. What is great is the phone’s screen-to-body ratio. It’s 80.5%, meaning there’s no considerable bezel action going on.
We’re not too fond of its viewing angles. As the colours aren’t that bright, it’s no surprise that its screen won’t last well outdoors.
Its display is big. 6.26 inches lets you have an immersive viewing experience. Just don’t get too rough with it – remember that there’s only regular strengthened glass on its front.
The handset has a 4000 mAh battery. It can last well over a day. As the device is on the lower end of the price spectrum and is made out of plastic, you might think that its battery is removable. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
You’ll be using regular 10 W charging for it. It’s quite slow. It takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.
A Snapdragon chip is inside. It’s the Snapdragon 429. For a device of its price, the chipset isn’t that bad. It’s snappy enough to handle everyday tasks. It can even handle gaming. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t slow down – it does, but it works well for the most part.
Out of the box, you’re getting Android 9. Surprisingly, the 3.2 can be upgraded to Android 10.
Its memory variants aren’t the best. There are options in 16 and 32 GB of space, along with 2 and 3 GB of RAM. If you’re not a fan of its storage options, you can expand them with a microSD card.
Something we love about Nokia phones is that they run Stock Android. The 3.2 is no different. This results in a device that’s uber customizable and free of bloatware.
There is a single set-up on its rear. Its primary sensor is 13 MP. Its aperture is f/2.2. By no means is it a bad camera. It took some decent shots outdoors. Even when it wasn’t too bright, the 13 MP shooter delivered. But were they detailed and colourful? No, they were not.
You get a 5 MP camera on its front. Its aperture is f/2.2 as well. The shots weren’t too bad.
To see how great the handset is, we compared it with a couple of alternatives.
The A20 was also released in 2019. The device is much lighter than its Nokia counterpart – it weighs 169 grams. Although lighter, it’s larger. It comes in at 6.4 inches.
Its body is made completely from plastic. There is a durable glass display. It isn’t regular strengthened glass but Gorilla Glass 3.
We’re fond of its screen. It’s Super AMOLED, so it packs a punch. There is also a great screen-to-body ratio, it’s 85%.
In terms of its screen resolution, you’re looking at a phone that’s slightly sharper than the Nokia 3.2.
The A20 comes with an Exynos 7884 chip. It’s snappier than the Snapdragon 429. Out of the box, you’re getting Android 9. As you’re wondering, the Android 10 update is on its way.
The handset runs Samsung’s One UI. It’s customizable but doesn’t hold a torch to Stock Android. Although not a lot, it comes with bloatware.
Many memory variants are not at your disposal. You’re only getting 32 gigs of space and 3 gigs of RAM. If you’re not satisfied with its memory variants, you’ll be happy to know that a MicroSD slot is available.
Its battery is as big as the 3.2’s. It comes with better charging capabilities, though. A 15 W fast charger is by your side. It takes a little over an hour and a half to fully charge.
Camera-wise, there are 2 sensors on its rear. Its primary sensor is a 13 MP wide lens while its secondary sensor is a 5 MP ultrawide lens. The camera on its front is 8 MP.
The Y7 Pro is just as big as the Nokia 3.2. However, it weighs much less. You’re looking at a 168-gram device. Its body is made of plastic. The glass on its front is regular strengthened glass.
Its display is nothing to write home about – you’re getting an IPS LCD panel. As you know, it’s not that bright. Its screen-to-body ratio is a bit smaller than its Nokia counterpart. Its screen resolution is smaller too.
The device has the Snapdragon 450 chip inside of it. It’s superior to the Snapdragon 429. Out of the box, the Y7 Pro runs Android 8.1. Unfortunately it won’t get the Android 10 update. The UI it runs is EMUI 8.2. It’s customizable.
Its memory variants are impressive. You can choose from 32, 64, and 128 GB of space. Along with this, 3 and 4 GB of RAM is available. Just like the 3.2, you can expand its storage if you want.
There is a 4000 mAh battery inside of it. Huawei says that the phone can last around 2 days, and we have no reason to doubt them. We’re fans of its battery, but not of the regular 10 W charger it comes with.
There’s a dual-camera set-up on its rear. The primary sensor is a 13 MP lens, while the secondary sensor is a 2 MP depth sensor. The camera on the front is a 16 MP unit.
The Y11 is a bit larger than the Nokia phone. It’s heavier as well. The device comes in a plastic body. Unfortunately, the glass on its front is regular strengthened glass. When you look at its rear, you’ll notice how glossy it looks – it’s very glass-like.
The handset has an IPS LCD screen. You already know how we feel about it. There is an 81.4% screen-to-body ratio, which is superior to the 3.2. The device has a screen resolution that’s not as sharp as its counterpart’s.
You’re getting a Snapdragon chip inside. It’s the Snapdragon 439 and is better than the 429. The phone comes with Android 9 out of the box. If you’re wondering about Android 10, know that there’s no news about an update. Funtouch 9.1 is its UI – it’s quite customizable, but there is a bloatware problem.
In terms of its memory variants, they’re not the most extensive. 32 gigs of space with 3 gigs of RAM is the only option you get. Thankfully, you can expand its storage.
We’re huge fans of the Y11’s battery. It is 5000 mAh and lasts around 2 days. Unfortunately, you don’t get fast charging. It comes with 10 W regular charging and takes around 2 hours to go from 0-100%.
About its cameras – there’s a 13 MP primary sensor on its rear. Alongside it is a 2 MP depth sensor. The selfie camera on it is 8 MP.
So, what do you think about our Nokia 3.2 review? Nokia is known for its affordable devices that perform well, and we think they didn’t disappoint with the handset. It’s not only a great budget device, but it looks good too.
Our favourite thing about it is the battery – it lasts long. When compared with alternatives, it holds its own. However, the Samsung A20 outdid it.
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