At this point, the recently released nokia 3.4 is another. Such cheap, accessible, android one powered device, but how does it stack up well let’s find out thanks for watching 95 google here on youtube, remember to thumbs up, hit, subscribe and then tap the bell icon to be among the first to watch our upcoming videos? Okay, so i will instantly say that the polycarbonate build of the nokia 3.4 is one of the first things i really liked about the phone. The actual hand feel is much nicer than you would have expected for a cheap device. There is a certain poise for a smartphone with such a low entry cost. The usage of that grippy texture on the rear panel is one that i wholeheartedly support. Being able to grab and clasp at the device without needing a case or for extra grip is really nice, albeit not something everyone is averse to you. Can’T help but be impressed and the parallels between the nokia 3.4 and its sibling. The nokia 1.3 are immediately obvious. Hmd global has done well to maintain a design heritage, but maybe a little work needs to be done on the slightly confusing naming convention to truly separate device series with each iteration. One thing i instantly felt was the lack of flex wobble or creaking in the body of the noki 3.4. This is a solid, well built smartphone that, although made of cheaper materials, feels no less impressively finished as someone with relatively large hands, the size is pretty darn.
On point for me: yes, i do have to stretch to reach some portions of the display, but the placement of the side volume buttons and that sleep weight toggle are pretty much perfect. The buttons could do with little work, though, as they are a tad mushy and lack any real sort of satisfying click. Other notables here on the package include stereo speakers, a rear, capacitive fingerprint scanner and a 3.5 millimeter headphone port, all being more or less par. For the course on cheaper android devices at this early stage of 2021, having used a number of affordably focused devices in recent months, the nokia 3.4 is 6.’ inch. Lcd panel is among the nicest, especially at under 150. I can personally deal with the hd plus 720 by 1560 pixel resolution as it’s fairly sharp and crisp when displaying text and videos. However, the auto brightness is completely broken out of the box, often when using the phone with the option enabled it will get so dim that nothing becomes legible. Even in moderate lighting, it was an instant bugbear during the initial setup process and it’s, something that i strongly suggest disabling as soon as you’re humanly able to do so. That said, the panel itself does get fairly bright colours, seem pretty good across the board, and there is no real off axis colour shift and the usage of a hole punch over a judo display notch feels better in terms of everyday usability and aesthetic.
I find that it doesn’t feel quite as inhibiting or intrusive, while feeling somewhat premium. There are certainly better panels on affordable devices out there, but given the pricing of the nokia 3.4, it is decent enough. I have found most, if not all, of my frustrations with this device, though in the performance stakes. At no point does a nokia 3.4 feel fast in the traditional sense. There are hangs here and there, while you wait for apps to load double tapping the power button to quick launch into the camera. App is not one that i will miss, but once things are running, i wouldn’t call the experience outright terrible it’s, not often the apps themselves run poorly it’s, the intermittent periods of loading, reopening and general interaction. Obviously, a lot of this is limited due to the chipset and low ram committed to the nokia 3.4. This is compounded as well by the lack of available storage as the nokia 3.4 ships, with just 32 gigabytes of storage out of the box, you’re effectively forced to get a micro sd card and by doing so, you’re ensuring that you can at least offload files to External storage and feel less pressure when doing the basics on a smartphone such as this. This is also the very first smartphone i’ve used for an extended period that utilizes the qualcomm snapdragon 460 chipset, which is the entry level chipset in qualcomm’s lineup. I feel it’s compounded slightly by the inclusion of just three gigabytes of ram, but it is worth noting you can up that to four gigabytes.
Maybe some software tweaks can be made to improve this experience, but it feels like a bridge between an android go set of specifications and for an android one smartphone. This phone is right on the very edge i have to suggest you do not play any demand. In 3d games, as you just end up entering a world of slideshows and potential app crashes, i think the daily performance is something you can get used to, but gaming performance is flat out non existent, just avoid gaming on the nokia 3.4. I do, though, like the feel of android one as it mimics the pixel experience, the closest of any rom out there to do so. To me this is effectively what stock android is in 2021 and beyond. Nokia has added just a few of its own app and camera apps for a total of three that i counted. None of these i would consider outright blow in the traditional sense, but your opinion may differ it’s, also worth noting that nokia 3.4 actually lacks the ability to connect to 5 gigahertz wi fi networks, which instantly puts it at a disadvantage. In certain scenarios i had to connect to a 2.4 gigahertz network reserved only for my smart home tech upon first launch, which does mean that connectivity is not consistent here out of the box. If this is a big deal, then you might want to look elsewhere. The circular camera pump at the rear has three cameras for you to play around with.
On the nokia 3.4, there is a 13 megapixel main sensor: 5 megapixel ultra wide angle, lens and 2 megapixel depth sensor for faking bokeh in portrait mode. Don’T be fooled, though: this is a very, very mediocre digital camera setup. I have found images to be fairly soft compared to many other. Similarly, spec’d and priced smartphones out there aesthetically, i don’t mind this look in a dedicated camera with a larger sensor and lenses that can be removed, replaced and tuned in manually. Unfortunately, on a smartphone, this is a big small point that said: if a smartphone coming in at 180 lags behind in one area, then you can kind of forgive it being the camera, as it is a valid trade off the dynamic range in images, though, when you Take them is fairly good. The portrait mode can also do some impressive stuff. Low light proves to be a pain point, as i did have issues actually launching the night mode, but when it does work, it manages to bump up the quality marginally when needed. While some areas feel like they. Let you down or fall short that the lifespan on the nokia 3.4 is really hard to fall. If you are looking to carry the same device for multiple days without needing to dive for your charger, then a nokia 3.4 should be an obvious candidate. Part of that is due to the relatively large 4 000 milliamp battery, while the hd plus display and efficient chipset really do help.
You likely have no problem playing videos all day without any battery anxiety, creeping in 10 watt charge speeds mean that it will take nearly two hours to go from not to 100. Again, though, so in essence, while nokia is pretty much the poster child for affordable android one smartphones, the nokia 3.4 feels just perfectly adequate. There isn’t enough here really to make you wow or leave you feeling that spending extra is a waste that probably isn’t a major negative. But there are some quite glaring problems among an otherwise okay, smartphone i’m, hesitant to recommend the nokia 3.4 when the nokia 5.3 exists. In the same universe, i’d argue you’re, better off bumping your budget and grabbing that slightly older smartphone for an overall, better experience. The performance is a little too choppy on this device to be a decent alternative, even to some of nokia’s, older and now cheaper hardware. With all that said, though, let me know what you think of the nokia 3.