If you’re older than 26, 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 2022 and things are very different. Nokia exists, but as a brand name for fellow Finnish company HMD Global. For all intents and purposes though, 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 of 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 ensuring a vast number of its devices stay current by receiving a jump to the next version of Android and beyond (not to mention long-term security updates, too).
Some phones listed here reach a little further back in time but Nokia is consistently releasing handsets across the budget and mid-range markets. Here are the best Nokia phones you can buy today.
Nokia 8.3 5G – Best overall
- Pros: Long battery life | Pleasing display | Pro video recording features
- Cons: Plastic design elements | Poor palm rejection tech
The Nokia 8.3 5G’s large 6.81in FHD+ display, clean build of Android and Zeiss camera setup are standout inclusions, alongside its signature wide 5G band support.
The main 64Mp Zeiss-engineered snapper is a big improvement on other recent implementations within the Nokia family and a dedicated Cinema video mode allows you to shoot video in up to [email protected] in 21:9, with optional H-Log capabilities.
Couple that with two years of Android OS updates and all-day battery life, and you’ve got a great Nokia experience on your hands.
Read our full Nokia 8.3 5G review
Nokia XR20 – Best battery life
- Pros: Resilient design | Extended warranty | Clean Android user experience | 5G
- Cons: Middling performance | Only 60Hz display | No power adapter in box
The Nokia XR20 hopes to embody the brand’s legendary reputation for build quality, with a reinforced exterior that comes backed up by a year’s free screen replacement and an extended three-year warranty, for extra peace of mind.
Beneath that well-protected exterior, it offers similar internal hardware to the Nokia X10; with a Snapdragon 480 chipset and a 48Mp primary camera. Battery life is some of the best around, however, which, for some, may be enough of a reason to buy a phone in its own right.
Other standout features include 5G, a headphone jack and Nokia’s characteristically easy-to-use Android user experience.
Read our full Nokia XR20 review
Nokia X20 – Best budget 5G
- Pros: Premium design | Long battery life | Three years of OS upgrades
- Cons: Lackluster display | Underpowered processor | Pricier than similar rivals
Not unlike the XR20 at its core, the Nokia X20 instead opts for more elegant aesthetics and superior cameras to set itself apart.
As you might expect, the phone comes with stock Android, three years of OS updates and superb battery life; topped off with a three-year warranty.
Performance is the X20’s biggest shortcoming, however.
Read our full Nokia X20 review
Nokia 3310 (2019) – Best backup phone
- Pros: Sense of nostalgia | Brilliant battery life | Easy to use
- Cons: Awkward SIM standard | Relatively pricey | 3G/4G costs extra
There’s no getting around the fact that the Nokia 3310 is a play for nostalgia, and how much you care will depend on how much affection you have for the Nokia bricks of old.
It’s not going to replace your smartphone (nor does it try to) but it can serve as a cheap supplement (although the SIM size is annoying). And yeah, you can already buy other feature phones for cheaper, but between the epic battery life and the sheer Nokia factor (including Snake!) we know where our loyalties lie.
Read our full Nokia 3310 review
Nokia 7.2 – Nice design
- Pros: Premium finish | Good main camera | Great software
- Cons: Average performance | Inconsistent secondary cameras
The Nokia 7.2 is an affordable phone focused on design, offering a rather unique build when compared to most of the smooth, rounded smartphones on the market.
With much more prominent angles, the Nokia 7.2 stands out, and the light refracting glass on the rear does a good job at providing a premium look.
The internals are fairly standard for the price; boasting a Snapdragon 660 alongside either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and the performance reflects this.
Nokia wanted the Zeiss-manufactured lenses to be the star of the show but we’ve found the camera setup to be hit-and-miss, with great performance from the 48Mp sensor but disappointing results from the ultrawide camera by comparison.
Read our full Nokia 7.2 review
Nokia G20 – Good budget option
- Pros: Nice build quality | Good update support | Great battery life
- Cons: Terrible performance | Weak display | Poor cameras
Like all of Nokia’s affordable offerings, buy the G20 for the easy-to-use software and long-term update support, as well as some worthwhile build quality.
Beyond that, the G20 is nothing to write home about, with underwhelming processing and camera performance that, for the price, we didn’t expect.
Read our full Nokia G20 review
Nokia 5.3 – Great battery life
- Pros: Good primary camera | Great battery life | Price
- Cons: Poor performance | Bad speakers | Lacklustre display
The Nokia 5.3 offers a lot for a phone at its price point. The main camera produces clear and sharp images, with very vivid colours, plus the 4000mAh battery doesn’t disappoint, with around a day and a half’s worth of usage per charge.
But at this price, compromises have to be made. The downsides of 5.3 include poor-quality speakers, a relatively low-resolution screen and the secondary cameras downgrade the quality of images significantly.
If you use your phone for watching lots of videos, the Nokia 5.3 probably isn’t for you. If, however, you’re looking for a cheaper phone that does the basics well, then there’s no harm in keeping the 5.3 in mind.
Read our full Nokia 5.3 review
Nokia 3.4 – Capable camera
- Pros: Good camera | Great battery life | Nice display
- Cons: Poor performance | Low storage
The Nokia 3.4’s affordability is best felt in its surprisingly-capable camera setup, its decent 6.39in screen and the fact that Android One makes for an enjoyable user experience.
Much like the Nokia 1.3 and 2.4, performance is the 3.4’s undoing; with too many inconsistencies to make this an easy budget recommendation.
Read our full Nokia 3.4 review
Nokia 1.3 – Most affordable
- Pros: Compact design | Good battery life | Price
- Cons: Terrible performance | Average cameras
Like the pricier 2.4, the super-affordable Nokia 1.3 features a screen that surpasses expectations and good battery life, as well as a compact design.
The flip-side is that performance – even when using Android Lite and Go-optimised apps – lacks fluidity to make this a worthwhile recommendation as anything other than a backup phone.
Read our full Nokia 1.3 review
Nokia 5.4 – Good user experience
- Pros: Good update support | Easy to use software | Battery life
- Cons: Poor performance | Predecessor better value | Middling display
The Nokia 5.4 is seemingly a downgrade from the 5.3 in practically all areas, not to mention it’s more expensive.
The saving grace is – as ever with Nokia phones – the user experience, which is clean, near-stock Android 10 (at launch) and comes with the promise of at least two OS updates in its lifetime.
Read our full Nokia 5.4 review
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