The Nokia title is typically related to ancient brick phones, but in the past few years, restored under the stewardship of HMD Global, we’ve seen it kept a continuous output of mid-range and funding handsets.
The most recent in this roster is the Nokia 3.2, which found alongside the marginally superior Nokia 4.2 at MWC 2019.
The Nokia 3.2 is currently available to buy in the United Kingdom, with the handset being hauled at Amazon, John Lewis, Argos and AO.com.
Nokia says it will be available in 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and 3GB/32GB versions, but the former is now available in britain.
The Nokia 3.2 price commences are $139, #129.99, AED 469 (around AU$200) for the 2GB/16GB version, whereas the 3GB/32GB Nokia 3.2 cost is $169 / AED 569 (approximately #130, AU$240).
These are comfortably low prices to get a smartphone, however if you are a heavy app user the very low memory may be a small turn-off.
Nokia 3.2 layout and display
The first thing we noticed about the Nokia 3.2 is how light the apparatus felt — it almost feels weightless, even in comparison to other lightweight devices (including other Nokia devices such as the 4.2).
The apparatus has a plastic frame, and coupled with the absence of heft this does make it feel a little cheap and fragile in the hand. When using the device it felt like it would buckle when we held it too ardently (although it did not ), and we’re somewhat worried it would shatter if dropped.
Despite this it has a sleek appearance, with a minimalist design on the front and back (compared at least to the new Nokia 9 PureView, found in precisely the same time, and sporting no less than five cameras on its own rear).
It also has a USB-C jack and 3.5mm headphone jack — it’s great to see that a Nokia stick together with the headset when other brands are dropping them, but the 9 PureView ditches the jack too, so maybe the 3.3 will be jack-less too.
The Nokia 3.2’s screen is a large 6.2-inch 19:9 panel, split only by a small’teardrop’ notch at the top, and with nominal bezel at the bottom. It is a design, and one that wouldn’t look out of place on a handset that is more pricey.
When viewing the device’s display, however, it is clear we’re not handling a top-tier apparatus — the colours are a little dim, and even in greater brightness settings the display seems a bit dark.
This shouldn’t be an issue for most users — it’s still good enough to play movies or games nicely, and the single-lens camera does not take pictures which are vibrant enough to be jeopardized by the display, but it may be evident for anyone taking a step down from a more expensive device.
Nokia 3.2 camera
The Nokia 3.2 isn’t any photographic powerhouse — it only has a single back camera, which is quite nominal when the marginally-more-expensive 4.2 has at least two, though it’s a 13MP snapper so that it’ll still take fairly decent-looking pictures.
In our brief hands-on time, we found it fairly competent at taking outdoor photos at dusk, and although the picture wasn’t incredibly detailed, it’s a fine camera in case your photography is to get societal websites or messaging rather than professional ventures.
On the front of the device is a 5MP selfie camera. Again, it did not take breathtaking images, but they’re good enough for its strange Snapchat selfie, and you would have to put its shots together with those from more expensive handsets to detect its shortcomings.