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Nokia 3.4 Review

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Affordable smartphones are indeed getting better and more people are starting to think if buying a more expensive smartphone is practical. Take the Nokia 3.4 for example. HMD Global is listening to their customers now. You get big battery, big display, pure Android experience. So let’s check this phone out and read on with our review.

Nokia 3.4 specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor
  • Adreno 610 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory expandable via mocroSD
  • 6.39-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1560 pixels)
  • Rear Camera
    • 13MP PDAF
    • 5MP ultrawide
    • 2MP depth
  • 8MP front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted)
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 10 upgradable to Android 11
  • Price: Php 7,990

UNBOXING

What’s inside the box?

  • Nokia 3.4 unit
  • Wall charger
  • USB Type C cable
  • SIM card ejector tool

HARDWARE

We showed the Nokia 3.4 to couple of friends and family and they think, the design is pretty boring. We think “boring” is not the right word to describe it. The phone does not have a bang on design like we see with other brands like Xiaomi, Huawei or OPPO, but the we think the design is decent for the price. It is a plastic build but a durable one. We also like the circular camera design at the rear which makes it different from the bunch. Other things you will be delighted to know – there is a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB Type C port. One thing we like about Nokia smartphone is they are build to last and that has never changed for the past 25 years.

SOFTWARE

One great thing about the Nokia 3.4 or Android-running Nokia smartphones in general is their software support. This very important when buying a phone. You see, we buy phones and intend to keep it for at least two years. Nokia stand out in giving software support because of its clean Android experience. With that, you get guaranteed two years of major Android software updates and security updates. Software updates makes your phone more secure from malware and hacking plus making phone like new every time Google releases a new version of Android OS. Right now the Nokia 3.4 is running on Android 10 and is poised to get Android 11 soon and Android 12 next year.

As for the performance, the Nokia 3.4 is powered by a Snapdragon 460. To be honest, it is not a powerful chipset but very capable doing everyday tasks like social media, camera, web surfing, video streaming. It may fall short on gaming especially if you like playing Call of Duty or Mobile Legends. You must adjust the graphics settings lower and there won’t be a problem playing these games. We hope Nokia would consider putting a Snapdragon 662 here since the competition is doing the same.

CAMERA

The Nokia 3.4 has a capable 13MP main camera. It does shoot OK photos. What we exactly mean is photos are decent but not super stellar. They can easily be edited like adjusting color saturation, exposure, etc by just downloading editing apps like Snapseed. The photos we took are unedited and raw 13MP shots. Check them out and judge it for yourself.

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

The Nokia 3.4 has a 4,000 mAh battery. And with a less powerful chipset and only a 720p display, expect this phone to sip less power. We managed to get around 8 hours of screen on time and maximum of three days on standby with less interactions with the phone. It is safe to say that the phone has a two-day battery life indeed.

4G/LTE is standard on the phone. We managed to get pretty good internet speeds both WiFi and cellular networks. Calls are clear with no issues. We also never encountered any sudden loss of signal during the duration of our review.

VERDICT

The Nokia 3.4 is a pretty good offering from Nokia. It best selling feature is long term use. Getting two years of software support is very rare at this price range. It has an ok camera and display and great build quality. It does out weigh the so called “boring” design and the weaker processor. It does make up with the clean software experience which we think will result to smooth operation.

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