Nokia 5.3 Review: A Decent Smartphone For The Price

Jun 10, 2020 Reviews

Nokia 5.3 Review: A Decent Smartphone For The Price

Nokia has been on and off with their phones, with decent phones here and there, but overall not upto the mark of the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei and even Realme as of late. However, the fact that Nokia has improved so much by opting for a pure Android experience instead of their own poor software that the company used back in the days with their Lumia lineup. Nokia nowadays excels in some parts of the smartphone market, but falls behind in some, and we’ll discuss how good the new Nokia 5.3 is, and if you should buy it or not. 

The Good

Nokia 5.3 has a few plus points that fall in the usual things Nokia is generally good at, such as providing decent value at low prices and an overall enjoyable software experience with it. The first and foremost thing we have to mention about the 5.3 is the performance and software aspect of the device. The phone comes with a Snapdragon 665, which may be outdated for 2020, but is surely good enough for the price point, with smooth overall usage and an average gaming experience. Yes you won’t be able to run PUBG Mobile at the highest settings, but at low graphics, you can expect a smooth gaming experience for sure. But the main talking point about the device is the fact that it comes with Android One, a pure stock Android experience with no bloatware or funky UI - it’s a Google Pixel like experience and you get all the updates well before other devices too. We’re huge fans of the Android One experience, and we’re not the only ones. You also get Android 10 out of the box, and a guarantee of 2 years of full Android updates at the low price tag it comes with of under 200 bucks. 

The Nokia 5.3 also rocks a good camera for the price, but only the main sensor, leaving the other 3 lenses on this quad-camera setup to be of not much use. The main camera performs more than just decent however, with good dynamic range, decent detail and overall punchy images - and we couldn’t be more surprised given the fact that it’s just a 200 dollar device. The ultra-wide lens is just average at best, as the details fall off significantly, with the images being barely of any use except for fun purposes. 

The 4000 mAh battery is also a plus point at this phone, and delivers excellent battery life due to the low resolution screen, and the optimized software the 5.3 comes with. You can easily get 1 to 2 days of usage out of this phone on a single charge, and that’s including heavy use as well. 

The Not So Good

Well, as we mentioned in the battery statement, the screen quality is pretty low, with a 720p panel on the Nokia 5.3 - and with a screen size of 6.5”, you get a ppi of about 280, which is pretty poor. The screen could be considered decent by some for the price, but we just cannot make that claim considering there are phones with much better displays at a similar or even lower price.