Nokia 6 (2017) review

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Of the launch trio of new Nokia phones, the Nokia 6 is comfortably the most accomplished offering.

If you can stretch to the quite reasonable price tag it’s the Nokia phone we’d recommend you go for, thanks to its large Full HD display, tidy performance and solid camera.

The only real negatives are that the phone isn’t as comfortable to hold as the rounded Nokia 5 and Moto G5 Plus, and we’d have liked the battery life to last a full day on a single charge more comfortably.

Overall then, the Nokia 6 is like a really good, affordable smartphone. It’s got a decent spec sheet and a great design, while the stock Android interface should mean it gets software updates promptly.

Who's it for?

The Nokia 6 will appeal to those who are on a budget, but who don’t want to skimp on style. The premium metal unibody makes the phone look and feel more expensive than it is, plus the 5.5-inch full HD screen is a decent bonus.

For those wanting to spend even less Nokia offers the 3 and 5, but if your budget can stretch to the 6 we’d highly recommend you go for the bigger phone as it’s a much better all-round performer.

Should I buy it?

The Nokia 6 is a solid buy when you consider its price, and while power users may want to steer clear due to the battery life, most will find the Nokia 6 fits the bill nicely.

However, if you're less concerned about design, the Moto G5 and G5 Plus offer better all-round performance for a similar price.

There's a whole host of top-notch affordable smartphones out there right now, so make sure you check out the Nokia 6's competition below.

Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus is slightly more expensive that the Nokia 6, but offers more comprehensive performance and better battery life.

Its metal body isn't quite as impressive as the Nokia, but with a Snapdragon 625 chipset and 4GB of RAM it's more accomplished under the hood.

Like Nokia Motorola also opts for a relatively stock Android experience, keeping things simple on screen and just adding a few of its own handy features, such as standby screen notifications.

Nokia 5

If you're thinking the Nokia 6 may be too expensive, too big or too uncomfortable in your hand, but you want a taste of the new Nokia phones, then the Nokia 5 could well be right up your street.

Its curved unibody metal design looks and feel great, and it's easier to use one-handed thanks to the smaller 5.2-inch, 720p display.

The two main things you need to consider here though are performance and storage. The Nokia 5 is noticeably slower on-screen than the 6, and its 16GB storage fills up in next to no time, making a microSD card an essential purchase.

Wileyfox Swift 2 X

One for our UK readers here. British brand Wileyfox deals in some impressive low-cost smartphones, and the Swift 2 X is its flagship (of sorts), and while it may not boast a metal design it is slick and feature-filled.

There's a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 16MP rear camera, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a fingerprint scanner, ensuring it more than matches the Nokia 6 on paper.

John McCann
Global Managing Editor

John joined TechRadar over a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs from some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.