If you’re older than 25, chances are your first phone was a Nokia. The classic 3310 was in the pockets of as many school children as businessmen at a time the Finnish brand completely dominated the global phone market.
Fast forward to 2018 and things are somewhat different. Nokia exists, but as a brand name for fellow Finnish company HMD. But for all intents and purposes, we have a host of Nokia phones to recommend to you – both feature phones and smartphones.
Ranging from the cutesy restyling of old classics right up to high-end specs on slick smartphones to rival Samsung and Google, Nokia has a decent range. Its version of Android is close to stock and uncluttered, and it’s been pretty good at updating to Oreo on some of them.
Some phones listed here are from 2017, but it launched five (five!) new phones at MWC 2018 and we’ve been reviewing and adding them gradually.
Here are the best Nokia phones you can buy today.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the best Nokia you can buy, but makes a lot of sense considering it’s the most expensive option.
On the plus side, we like the Galaxy S9 like design and getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There’s also the benefit of Android One for clean software with guaranteed updates.
However, the phone still has the Snapdragon 835 found in the older Nokia 8, no headphone jack and no microSD card slot. You might also be hoping for an on-trend 18:9 screen.
Read our Nokia 8 Sirocco review.
2. Nokia 8
With a Snapdragon 835, attractive hardware and decent display, the Nokia 8 is a cheaper but high end alternative to more expensive Android smartphones.
While its RRP is £499, at the time of writing it is available for £349 in the UK with Carphone Warehouse. Expandable storage, dual cameras and now Android Oreo means this is an excellent way to get a high end phone for less than the £700+ of most other flagships.
Read our Nokia 8 review.
We like the new Nokia 6 for 2018. It’s a solid mid-range smartphone for £229 offering nice design and some decent specs.
One of the main lures is stock software and the Android One program meaning the promise of future updates. We like the 5.5in screen with it’s modern 18:9 aspect ratio, and you also get a Snapdragon 630 chip to handle day-to-day tasks.
The Moto G6 is a key rival, though, and is £10 less.
Read our Nokia 6 (2018) review.
4. Nokia 5
We’ve long been lovers of the Moto G series for the top pick in the budget Android category, and the Nokia 5 nearly beats it. It’s the best of Nokia’s mid-range devices for sure.
With a decent camera, excellent performance and a stunning design, we are blown away by the low price tag offered here.
A downside is the screen resolution, but if you can look past this and you’re looking for an Android smartphone that costs less than £200, you can’t get much better than this.
Read our Nokia 5 review.
5. Nokia 6
- Reviewed on: 2 August 2017
At £199.99, the Nokia 6 offers a 5.5in screen, 16Mp camera and a solid 3,000mAh battery. The processor is a tad underpowered though, so don’t expect a gaming powerhouse and the phone lags at times.
Yet with a fingerprint sensor, FM radio and expandable storage it’s still attractive for the price. The Nokia 5 offers similar specs for even less, though.
Read our Nokia 6 review.
6. Nokia 3
The Nokia 3 has a few things going for it: it looks absolutely fantastic for the price, it runs stock Android, and it includes NFC, and thus Android Pay. Unfortunately, Nokia has just cut too many corners on the internal specs, with slow speeds and a disappointing camera, to make the 3 stand out amid a fiercely competitive budget smartphone market.
Read our Nokia 3 review.
7. Nokia 3310
At the end of the day, the Nokia 3310 is a play for nostalgia, and how much you care will depend on how much affection you have for the old Nokia bricks. It’s not going to replace your smartphone – and it doesn’t want to – but it could be a cheap supplement (although the SIM size is annoying). And yeah, you could already buy another feature phone for cheaper, but between the epic battery life and the sheer Nokia factor (and Snake!) we know where our loyalties lie.
Read our Nokia 3310 review.