Cheaper mobiles are getting better all the time. Especially in the middle class, it can often be difficult to understand why one should give the extra thousand crowns to get a flagship from the most popular manufacturers. But if you move down the budget class, it has long been another product experience, where there have been far more compromises.
In the budget class one usually starts to feel that the manufacturer has had to save several places in order to be able to maintain a low price. This applies to both the build quality, but certainly also the performance, storage space, the camera and the software.
But from the right there is now a new bid for a budget mobile from Nokia: Nokia 5.1 Plus. We have been fortunate enough to be among the first to get our hands on it. Here is our test of Nokia 5.1 Plus.
- Nice design and comfortable to hold
- Impressive build quality for the price
- Fast fingerprint reader
- 3.5mm jack plug
- Compact despite a 5.86 “screen
- battery life
- Good phone and data coverage
- Nice camera for the price
- The camera is dull and is not good when the light disappears
- No quick charge
- Call vibrator
- Glass backside seems delicate
Nokia 5.1 Plus is not revolutionary in design, but offers a contemporary look with relatively small edges around the screen, an elongated 19: 9 screen, front and back glass, a (hidden) notch, fingerprint reader and a double camera. The design is minimalist and it appears more exclusive than what the price indicates.
The outer frame is in plastic, but underneath there is a metal frame. In spite of the 5.86-inch screen, it’s easy to operate with one-handed operation, due to the impressive small frames around the screen. Something you usually only see in the more expensive phones. It is incredibly light, which also reveals its cheaper price, but it does not have to be a disadvantage. There are no rattles from the buttons and they are delicious to press.
Nokia 5.1 Plus specifications
|NOKIA 5.1 PLUS SPECIFICATIONS|
|Weights and Measures||149.5 x 72 x 8.1 mm, 160 grams|
|Screen||5.86 inch IPS, 720 x 1520 pixels, 19: 9|
|processor||MediaTek Helio P60|
|RAM / Internal Storage||32GB / 3GB with room for MicroSD up to 400GB|
|Camera||Rear view camera 13 MP PDAF, f / 2 + 5 MP depth sensor, front camera 8MP f / 2.2|
|software||Android One with Android 8 Oreo|
|Other things||Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, FM Radio, 3.5mm jack.|
|Indicative price||Approx 200 USD|
Nokia 5.1 Plus offers a hefty 5.86 inch display, which we think is a great compromise between size and ease of use. It is small enough for one-handed operation, but also large enough for content on websites not to be too small. The screen itself is of the IPS type with a resolution of 720×1520 pixels, ie an HD screen. It’s not the most colorful screen and the viewing angles could be better, but there’s plenty of light on the screen.
All in all, it is a really nice experience with the camera in Nokia 5.1 Plus, especially considering the price.
Conclusion: A really good smartphone on budget
Smartphones cost just over $500-$1000 today, which for many is a lot of money. Does it make any sense to spend so much money on a phone? For many of us, the answer is no. With that use many have, a much cheaper mobile will be more than ample. If you’re looking for budget phones the individual must assess himself. Often, the performance, screen and camera are better on the more expensive models, but many ordinary consumers will surprisingly often not notice and see the difference. Nokia 5.1 Plus, with an indicative price of $ 180 approx, is an excellent bid for a good cheap smartphone.