I’m a sucker for punishment. I really am. In the era of smartphones that are more powerful than computers, I decided to settle for less. Much less. Back to basics in fact. Only I’m not sure what the definition of “basic” is anymore. You see, I agreed to review the MYR300 Nokia 1.
I took up the challenge to spend an entire day, and a work day at that, with the diminutive Nokia 1.
Would I be too cool for #oldskool? Would I love it? Would I hate it? Is “cheap and cheerful” a myth? We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?
But first, let’s have a quick look at what the Nokia 1 offers. You can also dive deeper in my earlier announcement post.
The Nokia 1 doesn’t pretend to be what it’s not. It’s everyone’s starter smartphone. Specs are nothing to shout about, certainly, but from the looks of it, not overly-crippling.
There’s a familiar quad-core 1.1GHz MediaTek MT6737M chip underneath, 1GB of RAM and “basic” 8GB of storage. Thankfully, there’s microSD expansion via a dedicated slot.
It comes with a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) display and a removable 2,150mAh battery (how cool is that?) that charges up via micro-USB.
Expectedly, it’s bottom barrel in terms of optics – a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a surprising inclusion of a 2MP selfie shooter. At least it isn’t VGA.
The ultimate 90s throwback though, is the customisable Xpress-on covers. My unit came in red, with the other option being black.
Aesthetically, I’d describe it as “cute” and it feels good in the hand, albeit slightly microscopic compared to today’s slew of gargantuan devices.
The beauty of the Nokia 1 though, is Android Oreo “Go Edition”. Android Go – the “light” edition of Android is designed to run better, quicker on phones less than 1GB of RAM. The entire OS is lighter and also includes “Go” edition apps like YouTube Go, Gmail Go, Maps Go and Gboard Go. There’s even Google Assistant, so you’re really getting the full suite of Google’s tools and apps out-of-the-box.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see how my day went with the Nokia 1.
Disclaimer: I still had my iPhone 8 Plus with me, but only for documenting the entire experience (taking photos of the Nokia 1).