The Nokia 3 is a low-end device sold at a very competitive price. It was designed for all those people who do not have great needs but at the same time do not want to give up the features of the latest version of Android (has Android 7.0 Nougat series and will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo).
Designed and built by the Finnish company HMD Global, the device is characterized by a simple, sober and very similar design to that adopted by Nokia \ Microsoft on some Lumia devices a few years ago. The shell is in fact in polycarbonate while the profile, rounded, is in aluminum. All this, according to the manufacturer, should guarantee an "exceptional structural integrity" and we who have used it for several days confirm: this is the feeling that returns when you hold it in your hand or just look at it closely.
The Nokia 3 is a "soap bar" compact, manageable and not slippery. It has a display with 5-inch IPS technology with a good definition, a 1280 × 720 pixel resolution and a polarized 2.5D Gorilla Glass glass that guarantees a fair view of writing and images even in direct sunlight. The three function keys of Android are physical and do not have the backlight: a choice that we do not approve of because it sometimes makes it difficult to use. The volume adjustment and release / ignition keys, both chrome-plated, are practical, comfortable to use and pleasing to the touch and sight.
The hardware equipment of the Nokia 3 is in line with that of devices in its same low-level market. Nevertheless the experience of use is discreet in every situation and field of use. Some small lag and stumbling can be found in browsing with Chrome, especially in the scrolling of heavy web pages, and in applications and games processed. But nothing transcendental, especially if you think we are talking about a device with a 1.3Ghz quad-core processor from MediaTek (model MT6737) and "only" 2 GB of RAM memory.
The standard operating system, as mentioned at the beginning, is Android 7.0. It is in "pure" version, ie without any customization at the interface by the manufacturer.The only non-Google applications preinstalled are: "Support", which allows access to the user manual of the device, the FAQs, the forum community and support chat, and Camera, for capturing photos and videos.
The photographic section of the Nokia 3 is discreet. Both photo sensors (rear and front) have a resolution of 8 megapixels and the photos and videos that are obtained are satisfactory, always considering that we are talking about a low-end smartphone. The best results are under direct sunlight or in bright environments while in the dark, using the LED flash, the quality drops a little.
As for the rest, this Nokia 3 we promote battery life, which despite being only 2650 mAh allows you to arrive in the evening without too much thought (with moderate use), the speaker placed on the bottom side of the device, which although it is mono it returns a discrete audio, and the telephone part (reception, signal and data connection) that, as usual, Nokia does not disappoint.