Bring up the brand Nokia and all anyone can think of is the iconic 3310 (pre-updated) that was both affordable and built like a brick to last for a long time. Nokia's foray into the world of smartphones may not have had the same legacy, but it's obvious they're bringing the Nokia legacy forward as much as possible.
On top of their other releases, Nokia has also been releasing entry-level smartphones; one of which is the Nokia 3.1 Plus. Using the Android One OS, we see how this smartphone fares among the many entry-level smartphones out there.
It's recommended that you check out the smartphone with your own eyes and hands as it's unlike any other smartphone out there today. The metal on the back has a soft touch with a matte finish with zero reflection of shine, and while it seems like it won't be smudged easily, it does get it at some points. While the smartphone does feel a bit bulkier than most smartphones out there, it still feels sturdy and comfortable when held. In fact, in a time where smartphones try very hard to be slim and sleek you may like the feel of this smartphone due to its sturdiness alone.
On top of that, the new Nokia 3.1 Plus has a new HD+ IPS LCD screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a definite update from the Nokia 3.1. It is a bit taller with a 6-inch panel where vertical resolution is still 720p and the horizontal is 1440p like the Nokia 3.1.
The black bezels around the screen is pretty big, and becomes obvious even further when watching videos, again something that goes against what smartphones are doing where developers are moving to make bezels extinct. It's fine if you're the type to hold your smartphone while watching videos, but even in full screen the videos still feel smaller in comparison.
In terms of display, it's a very average display for multimedia and gaming, but full HD resolution is a bare minimum at 720p, which is to be expected from an entry-level smartphone.
The Nokia camera comes off as pretty average, in which it does get grainy especially in low light. While it doesn't have a lot of today's Instagram or Tik Tok effects it does have a bokeh effect which may be attractive for beginner photographers on a budget.
Nokia has been known to last a long time and the 3.1 Plus is no exception to this. With a 3500mAh battery packed inside, the smartphone can last for more than 2 days with minimal use, and a full day use with a few hours of gaming and watching videos. With the Android One OS, the smartphone system is definitely a lot smoother and easier to navigate, even if it does take a bit of time to get used to it.
Overall, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is a formidable entry-level smartphone that deserves some recognition. Going against the current trends isn't that bad, and its built to feel secure and long lasting, a legacy Nokia aims to hold on to. Priced at MYR 699, it's well worth it if you're looking for an entry level smartphone that gives you all the basics that you need from a smartphone.