Best Nokia phones 2019: finding the best Nokia smartphone for you

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Nokia is one of the most established and long-running names in phones, even if it has changed hands a few times, and it's gathered a dedicated fan base over the years.

With low prices but great specs and features, Nokia phones are a reliable go-to if you're looking for a new phone – but with so many on the market, it can be hard choosing which one to get.

That's why we've made this buying guide, so we can suggest the best Nokia phones out now and compare the various phone models.

If you're set on buying a new Nokia phone these are all great options. The company has three new smartphones hitting the market – the Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2 and five-camera photography powerhouse Nokia 9 PureView – but until we've tested out these latest models, these are best Nokia phones you should consider today.

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1. Nokia 8.1

The Nokia 8.1 is the best Nokia phone you can buy right now

Release date: December 2018 | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 155 x 76 x 8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 710 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP, 13MP | Front camera: 20MP

Well built design
Large, clear display
Suitably powerful
Not waterproof
Lacks wireless charging
Easy to cover speaker

The Nokia 8.1 is our favorite Nokia phone – it's a competent mid-range device offering up a tried-and-tested Snapdragon 710 chipset, functional camera, and adequate battery, all for a relatively low price.

For such a low-priced phone you'll certainly be impressed by its screen , with 2280 x 1080 Full HD+ and an 81% screen-to-body ratio, and an elegant design to match.

It's by no means a powerful smartphone, and it won't rival high-end models in terms of specs of functions, but at its price band it's a tempting device.

Read our in-depth review: Nokia 8.1

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2. Nokia 6.1

A low-tech but hardy phone

Release date: April 2018 | Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 149 x 76 x 8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 630 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP

Stock Android with guaranteed updates
Durable yet attractive
Generous HD screen
Solo rear camera
Battery just about lasts a day
Audio is a bit disappointing

While the Nokia 6.1 doesn't quite have all the bells and whistles of the Nokia 8.1, it's still a great device – especially given many of the downsides we could attribute to it wouldn’t realistically be expected on a phone of its price in 2018.

It's a tough device with a robust design and strong frame – fans of solid and secure phones will love the Nokia 6.1's durability.

It also packs some pretty impressive specs for its low price, with a competent chipset and splendid screen – yet its camera loadout isn't as impressive as it could be.

Read our in-depth review: Nokia 6.1

Nokia 7.1

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3. Nokia 7.1

Nokia's old champion mid-ranger

Release date: October 2018 | Weight: 160g | Dimensions: 150 x 71 x 8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 636 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3,060mAh | Rear camera: 12MP, 5MP | Front camera: 8MP

Large, bright LCD display
Camera stands up well
Very competitively priced
Battery life isn't fantastic
Occasional lag in apps
Not for serious mobile gamers

The Nokia 7.1 isn't exactly a miracle of a phone, but with such a low price tag you'll find the device great for everyday use if you don't need the high processing power.

That tall, bright, sharp screen really stands out for us though, and it makes video watching a pleasure – you can easily forget you're not using a modern flagship with it.

And at such a low price point, you definitely won't come away from the Nokia 7.1 feeling like you've got a bad deal – it's a reliable and snappy Nokia smartphone.

Read our in-depth review: Nokia 7.1

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4. Nokia 5.1

An upper mid-range phone that feels premium

Release date: August 2018 | Dimensions: 151 x 71 x 8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: MediaTek Helio P18 | RAM: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 2,970mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP

Best-in-class design
Great screen for the price
Fingerprint scanner
Occasionally laggy UI
Mediocre camera performance
Bottom-firing mono speaker

You wouldn't guess to look at it that the Nokia 5.1 is another mid-range smartphone – its metal body, classical styling and sleek design make it look like a premium device.

Of course it's what inside that counts too, and the Nokia 5.1 doesn't have the best specs which it's why it's a little lower on our list – but that doesn't mean it's a bad phone, and it'll serve your needs easily.

The Nokia 5.1 also has a great screen, with a Full HD+ display, which is rare in its price category  – but it should be this low cost that draws you in in the first place, as few phones that look this good cost so little.

Read our in-depth review: Nokia 5.1

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5. Nokia 3.1 Plus

One of the most affordable of the bunch

Release date: October 2018 | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 157 x 76 x 8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1440 | CPU: Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 | RAM: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 13MP, 5MP | Front camera: 8MP

Great screen for the price
Android One UI is smooth
Excellent battery life
Micro USB port feels dated
Only 16GB / 32GB storage
Mono speaker

While the Nokia 3.1 Plus is one of the cheapest in Nokia's line of already-affordable handsets, it's still a great device, and with Android One it's future proof so you won't need to be shelling out extra for an upgrade soon.

For its low price, it's got some great features, including an impressive battery life, a dual-lens rear camera setup and good-looking screen.

While it does cut some corners to keep the price low like a low storage limit and mono speakers, it's still a great device if you're looking to spend as little as possible on your new Nokia phone.

Read our in-depth review: Nokia 3.1 Plus