As you might be aware of, we’ve been doing Nokia 6 coverage since its first flash sale. We had our first impression and brief review on the Nokia 6 already, in this article, we’re going to share some more of our experience with the Nokia 6 Camera, Gaming, day to day user experience and Battery in this post.
You can read More about the unboxing, Design, overall experience – Nokia 6 Indian Version Brief Review – What we Liked and Disliked.
Note: We have been using the Nokia 6 for over five days now. So after playing with it, here is what we feel about the Nokia 6.
1) Camera Performance of the Nokia 6
Let’s start the article going on with the camera performance of the Nokia 6. Specs wise, the Nokia 6 rocks a 16MP camera at the back of the phone, paired with an 8MP sensor on the front. Both the cameras come with a f/2.0 aperture size.
Honestly, the Nokia 6’s camera performance is average, at least for the asking price. The Nokia 6 excels when it comes to macro shots with good details and beautiful bokeh effect (software processing applied here).
However, when you capture landscape images, the images lack details and the dynamic range is just okay. Night shots though has more noise which we were expecting from the camera.
Coming to the camera app, it doesn’t offer a good HDR mode, as a result, the images lack details. And the camera app tends to add more contrast to the images at the edges.
Overall, the camera performance of the Nokia 6 is mediocre and the fact that it goes against the likes of Moto G5 Plus and Honor 6X which are really better phones when it comes to camera performance.
Day-to-Day Real Life Performance
Another place where the Nokia 6 struggles. The smartphone is fuelled by the Snapdragon 430 chipset, along with the Adreno 505 GPU, which is present on smartphones such as Xiaomi Redmi 3s, Yu Yureka Black, and Lenovo K6 Power. The chipset is aided with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.
Furthermore, the Nokia 6 runs pure Android 7.1.1 Nougat which is an advantage as it will get the future software updates with ease. In the meanwhile, the device picked up two software updates, which brought it to August security patch version.
Right from the start of the device, the device exhibited some lag. Even while unlocking the smartphone, there’s a litter stutter but there is no hanging of the device or serious lag.
Furthermore, the RAM management also needs some work. The device can not keep more than seven apps in memory, and if you want to play games while multitasking it shows sign of slow down which is expected from the processor. But on a general performance side, it is a decent phone for day to day use.
We found that the performance on the Moto G5 Plus and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is buttery smooth and both the phones exceed our expectation in this department. Overall the Nokia 6 can be used as a daily driver but if you are performance enthusiast the Nokia 6 may not appeal to you.
Nokia 6 Gaming & Benchmark Review
The chipset used in the Nokia 6 is not a powerful one. But still, the device managed to run heavy titles such as Asphalt 8 Airborne and Dead Trigger 2. The funny part, however, is that the device showed some frame drops while playing Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 games.
Overall the Gaming Performance of Nokia 6 is decent and can be used to play high-end games like Asphalt 8 or Dead Trigger 2.
Nokia 6 – Benchmark Performance
If you’re a benchmark guy like me, then here’re some of the benchmark results.
1) AnTuTu Benchmark (tests overall performance)- 46803
2) 3D Mark (tests GPU)- Ice Storm Extreme-5645
3) Geekbench- single core-665, Multi-core 2800
The 8 Core processor does much better in the multi-core processor test compared to most Quad Core devices. I just tested the Redmi 4A (powered by the Snapdragon 425) the single core score is near to the Snapdragon 430 but multi-core test score is just 1749.
Also in the Antutu Benchmark the Snapdragon 425 scores just 36400 which is way slower than the Snapdragon 430.
The battery life of the Nokia 6 is also passable, meaning you have to charge the smartphone before the day ends. If you’re a moderate user, you may get an entire day’s worth of battery life. The Nokia 6 has a 3000mAh battery and doesn’t have support for fast charging or rapid charge or quick charge. The device takes a good amount of time to charge from 0 to 100 percent.
The device takes a good amount of time to charge from 0 to 100 percent.
The devices take over 2.4 hours to charge from 0-100% and which is higher more compared to phones which come with fast charging support.
Concluding Thoughts – Nokia 6 Camera, Gaming, User Experience, Battery Review.
The Nokia 6’s software is a bit buggy at the moment. If HMD rolls out quick software updates, then the real life performance may become better. However, the gaming performance is a satisfied one in the smartphone.
The camera is average, while the battery optimisations aren’t up to the mark. As we have stated earlier also, in this first brief review of the product – Nokia 6 shines when you look at the design, build quality and brand name.
The Full HD display on the Nokia 6 is really good and it is sufficiently bright in the outdoor conditions. The colour reproduction on the display is also decent and you will like to watch videos on this screen.
The sound quality is also fine, though the speaker is not really loud, enabling DTS effect also reduces the volume.
The processor used is not a speed monster to make things fluid, and the camera also can do good in broad day light but struggles at night. Gaming performance is fine, you can play modern Android games on the smartphone with ease.
Nokia also needs to work on the software and ram management more to make sure the phone works super smooth with the given set of hardware specifications.
Overall we feel that the Nokia 6 is a complete package is above average, not excellent but a good option in the 15K price range. The camera quality is better compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 but not as good as the Moto G5, also it looks and feels much better compared to any mobile in Sub 20K range.
Exceptional build quality if that is what you are looking for in the next device. A faster processor and some more software improvements could have made it perfect.
A faster processor and some more software improvements could have made it perfect.
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