Android OS Nokia 6 is here and we say this with an open heart, “welcome back Nokia!” Yes, we have always loved that brand for its creativity, longevity, and style. Before the age of Android and iOS, Symbian ruled the world of smartphones as an undefeated champion, but all of the charms were lost when touchscreen mobiles phones arrived and technology needed a new operating system.

We welcome the 2017 Nokia 6 smartphone which is based on Android OS. If a smartphone maker steps into mobile OS arena there are really just two options: Windows 10 and Android 7.0 Nougat. The later is, of course, more famous due to its amazing features and forever evolving nature while Microsoft experimented away a precious time trying to integrate its desktop operating system into the smartphones.

Before Nokia 6, the company was owned by Microsoft (which explains Windows Mobile OS in previous Nokia phones like PureView etc) is now getting a boost from a Finnish company called HMD Global who shall be the sole distributor of the brand. So let’s get down to the specifications and find what’s new before hitting the summary.

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Nokia 6: Bold Features

  • 5” Full FHD IPS Display
  • 5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
  • 16-MP Rare Camera, 14-MP Front Camera
  • After Nokia X, Nokia 6 is the second android phone ever.
  • Android Nougat is something to boast because other hi-fi mobiles are also in the processes of getting there.
  • Quick updates for the smartphones.
  • 64GB Internal Storage (expandable)
  • 3,000 mAh Battery
  • Snapdragon 430 CPU
  • Dolby Atmos Technology

Nokia 6: Design

 

It is refreshing but not out of the world as we always expect from this brand. All metal unibody made of series 6000 aluminum, the same stuff that makes up iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So it is a quality material, but let’s hope it will not end up doing the bend-gate phenomenon. The actual design, meaning the feel of the touchscreen, locations of the buttons, and slimness also meet the market standards.

The body has a centralized linear panel for the camera and flash on the back top. The fingerprint sensor lies right above the home button, making it easier to access. In the unboxing video below, you can check out the list of items that comes with a new purchase including the handset, SIM ejector tool, charger, and earphones.

Watching an Android smartphone power up with a Nokia logo and login tone is a worthwhile experience by the way.

Initial Review

 

 

The all-new 2017 Nokia 6 is all around a pretty handset but there’s a lot of room for improvement. These minor setbacks are expected to improve in time because, hey, the brand is just trying to lift itself up from massive market blow. This year is going to be an ordeal for Nokia and Samsung to compensate their losses, the later being a victim to Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions.

Dolby Atmos Technology means Nokia 6 is never compromising the quality of sound just like its fountainhead N-series smartphones.

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Nokia 6 Setbacks

Most of the specs do meet the market standard but Snapdragon 430 CPU is not one of them. That’s because that’s just an entry level chip that even does not support 4k video recording due to limitations of speed. You will have to suffice with Full HD (1080Pi). This could create hurdles because most of the modern smartphones have all SD 820 CPUs.

Nokia has been a brand to be reckoned with respect when it comes to creativity but Nokia 6 Android OS smartphone lacks that sort of innovation. There should have been at least one quality to distinguish it from the rest; PureView had a DSLR standard 40-megapixel camera that even smartphones today think twice before delivering, and they haven’t yet.

Going under the Umbrella of HMD Global has both its pros and cons. The disadvantages include lack of innovation as seen in the first flagship phone of 2017 but that is understandable because they have to be careful to keep up. The advantages? The phone maker will now rethink its design and quality deficits and embracing Android OS is a major step towards that improvement.

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A History of Nokia Phones

It is not just PureView, Nokia phones were always something out of the fiction. May it be the weird design of Nokia N-Gage or Indestructibility of Nokia 3310 which became one of the most sold phones of the time. The latest android OS edition isn’t all that pretty. So let’s have a look at the history of brand phones and how they have changed the smartphone industry over the years.

First phones: Under a contract with the military, the company made its first radiotelephones to be used in emergency situations.

Mobira Senator: The weird looking heavy-weight 1982 star was the champion that helped coin the term mobile phone due to its matchless (believe it!) portability.

Nokia Mobile Phone Brand: Came to being 1989 as a true mobile phone maker because Mobira Senator was previously made in partnership with Salora OY flagship.

Mobira Cityman—first true handset: Introduced in 1987, the 1.7-lb Cityman made mobile phones completely “handheld” which later earned its name Gorba because of an infamous picture showing soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev using it. From now one, mobiles would become convenient to be used with just one hand.

Digital Screens: In 1992, Nokia 1011 was the brand’s first-ever digital handset for GSM. It weighed 475g, stored 99 contacts, and a two line-tall texting screen. 1011 had an extendible antenna and it set the standards in European mobile market, so much so that the company started quitting other businesses like rubber, cable, consumer electronics and began focusing on mobile phone technology.

Signature Ringtone: In 1994, Nokia 2110 rolled out and introduced the famous Nokia ringtone, a monotone that created the slogan “connecting people.”

Slider Phone: In 1996, Nokia 8110 came out as one of the pioneering slider phones. And it took place, not before Adele’s Hello music video, the slides picked up a trend, which helped an 8110 owner fetch 2,500 pounds on eBay.

Snake game: In 1999, the model 3210 was released featuring the famous snake game that was enrolled later to almost every mobile phone. The SMS features had also improved and eighteen years later, some folks still use the handset to show their appreciation of the retro-style technology.

The Invincible Brick:  Nokia 3310 was a gift at the beginning of a new millennium and the most unbreakable phone rolled out. The year 2000 also brought us Snake 2 game, which made 3310 incredibly popular.

Model 3410: It was 3310 successor, but not in a true sense because people were still using the hard brick model. But it was superior in terms of resolution and dedicated buttons.

Torch in a mobile: In 2003, company’s upbringing of the torch on the top of mobile handsets was a revolutionary concept that made Nokia 1100 not only the most sold mobile phone of all times but also the most sold consumer electronic product with a record 250 million shipments. 1100 was a big hit because it was affordable.

The Billionth Milestone: In 2005, the brand had sold a billion mobile phone, something that would take iPhone  9 years to achieve after its arrival completely destroying Symbian phones. This proves that Nokia 6 has traveled a long distance to reach here.

Smartphone Revolution: In 2005, N90 arrive as the most conveniently transformable smartphone to be turned into a video camera. Here I would like to mention: Edge of Innovation. It was the most astonishing wireless and 3G network multimedia smartphone that was rolled out with equally stunning siblings: N91 and N70.

Xpress Music: That’s from where most of you remember how smartphone used to look like since post-millennials gains their senses. The 5310 Xpress Music was a precursor to models like 5800 and became increasingly popular for its dedicated music buttons. It also had an internet uplink for seamless music streaming and sold over 10 million units. The 5800 later sold 13 million units.

2007—Symbian’s Demise: Unfortunately, the year that brought Nokia’s powerful N-series handsets like N95 was also the one that would put its powerful Symbian OS to sleep for good. N95 provided amazing features but none of them could beat the iPhone buzz that year because it was declared innovation of the year. Touchscreen came in as a paradigm shift and Nokia phones were never the same even though it tried radical design improvements with likes of N-Gage for enhanced gaming experience.

So Long Nokia: X6, Ovimaps, and whatnot? Nothing could save the company from hitting the ground. Microsoft’s acquired Nokia and added Windows to drive it in failed attempts and when nothing worked the tech giant sold it off. The brand was caught in years of hiatus until Nokia 6 began to revolve in the rumors.

Android OS Nokia 6: Summary

It’s fast, it’s fantastic, it is Nokia 6. The brand isn’t the same but it will inherit some of the awesomeness. Hopefully, if the latest smartphone generated enough ravenous, the brand start anew in the smartphone technology and get back to all the creative pieces of art it has been delivering. For now, it is a clear choice for average users and it is out as a JD.com exclusive and Chinese markets, prices starting at 1,699 Yuan.

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