Last Updated on 17 December 2019 by Gertrude

In the early 2000s, if you wanted the best phone in your hand, you had to get a Nokia. The Nokia brands were a common brand in the Kenyan market until Nokia couldn’t compete with smartphones.

Nokia became defunct because it refused to change with the changing times. But, the company has made entrance again with its Nokia 2.3 in the Kenyan market. Prompting articles like, Is Nokia making a comeback and how the future will look like for Nokia.

READ ABOUT THE NOKIA 2.3 FEATURES IN THIS Businessdaily Africa News.

That doesn’t mean the Nokia phones weren’t there in fact, there are some great Nokia phones. In this article, we will find out the best Nokia phones to have because Nokia was known for durability and non-breakability.

Is the Nokia a brand you’d invest in. Some people find the designs a bit outdated after flirting with their smartphones and advanced phone features. Should Nokia chill out and concentrate on the design to help them beat iPhones, Oppos and Samsungs which are a very popular Kenyan brand

If you are the one of the few who felt heartfelt condolence for the demise of Nokia, I have some of the best phones to invest in including the New 2.3 released a few weeks ago.

The Following Five Nokias May Make You Change Your Mind

Top five Nokia phones to have as a Kenyan. The Nokia made a disappearance, but, will you give the Nokias a second glance.

The top five Nokia to have, you can pick one or all five and their features.

  1. Nokia 9 PureView.

Nokia’s newest flagship smartphone, Release date: February 2019 | Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 155 x 75 x 8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 5.9-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3,320mAh | Rear camera: 12MP, 12MP, 12MP, 12MP, 12MP | Front camera: 20MP

The Nokia 9 PureView is Nokia’s most recent flagship phone, and it comes with cutting-edge features to match. In particular, it comes with one important feature (or five depending on how you count it) in the form of its five-sensor rear camera, which is the most we’ve seen in a smartphone.

It’s not exactly an expensive phone either, compared to some of the flagships you can buy today, so if you want a photographic smartphone powerhouse without taking a chunk out of your bank account, this may be the phone for you.

The Nokia 9 PureView has problems, as most phones do, but it represents the best Nokia has to offer right now.

Nokia 9 PureView on retails goes for $699 / £549 / AED 2,299 (around AU$980), though we’re already seeing discounts on the phone from certain retailers. This makes it comfortably cheaper than other camera phone powerhouses such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 PlusHuawei Mate 20 Pro and iPhone XS Max. Read our in-depth Nokia 9 PureView review 

  1. Nokia 8.1.

Nokia 8.1 is one of the best Nokia phones you can buy.

Release date: December 2018 | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 155 x 76 x 8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 710 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP, 13MP | Front camera: 20MP. The Nokia 8.1 was our favourite Nokia phone until the Nokia 9 PureView came along – it’s a competent mid-range device offering up a tried-and-tested Snapdragon 710 chipset, functional camera, and adequate battery, all for a relatively low price.

For such a low-priced phone you’ll certainly be impressed by its screen, with 2280 x 1080 Full HD+ and an 81% screen-to-body ratio, and an elegant design to match.

It’s by no means a powerful smartphone, and it won’t rival high-end models in terms of specs of functions, but at its price band of US$149.99, it’s a tempting device. 

  1. Nokia 6.1.

A low-tech but hardy phone, Release date: April 2018 | Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 149 x 76 x 8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 630 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP.

The Nokia 6.1 doesn’t quite have all the bells and whistles of the other Nokia handsets above, it’s still a great device – especially given many of the downsides we could attribute to it wouldn’t really be expected on a phone of its price.

It’s a tough device with a robust design and strong frame – fans of solid and secure phones will love the Nokia 6.1’s durability. It also packs some pretty impressive specs for its low price, with a competent chipset and splendid screen – yet its camera loadout isn’t as impressive as it could be. Read our in-depth Nokia 6.1 review

  1. Nokia 7.2.

A solid if unexciting phone, Release date: September 2019 | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 159.9 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP.

The Nokia 7.2 is a solid mid-range phone, but it struggles to stand out in the sea of Nokia Android devices. That said, it has smooth performance, a premium design and good quality main cameras. 

Unfortunately, the wide-angle camera is not up to scratch, which is disappointing when that can be a fun shooter to use. It is also a very slow phone to charge up and isn’t waterproof. But the Android One version of Android 9 Pie is a godsend, with an attractive stock design and a guaranteed two years of OS updates and three years of security updates, which is as good as the Google Pixel line. Read our in-depth Nokia 7.2 review 

  1. Nokia 7.1.

Nokia’s old champion mid-ranger, Release date: October 2018 | Weight: 160g | Dimensions: 150 x 71 x 8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 636 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3,060mAh | Rear camera: 12MP, 5MP | Front camera: 8MP. The Nokia 7.1 isn’t exactly a miracle of a phone, but with such a low price tag you’ll find the device great for everyday use if you don’t need the high processing power.

That tall, bright, sharp screen really stands out for us though, and it makes video watching a pleasure – you can easily forget you’re not using a modern flagship with it.

And at such a low price point, you definitely won’t come away from the Nokia 7.1 feeling like you’ve got a bad deal – it’s a reliable and snappy Nokia smartphone.

Read our in-depth Nokia 7.1 review.

Do you believe Nokia is here to stay or play with Kenyans? When Nakumatt failed, it took some time for people to identify with the brand. It still is an ”AILING BRAND”.

When a brand fails due to one reason or the other, people lose their trust in it. Furthermore, Nokia is making an entrance when there’s a lot to swallow in the phones market with phones like iPhones, Samsungs so advanced in their productions.

Making one wonder, will the Nokia keep up or fizzle out again. Dishing out phones doesn’t make Nokia trustworthy, customers love consistency and persistence.

After all, what makes for a great global brand?. Just because Nokia shone once doesn’t mean they’ll shine always, they proved they don’t have the capability to lead in trying and changing times. What will make it a long-lasting brand?

In Europe, itself where the Nokia brand originates, in Finland, the land is over-ridden with iPhones and Samsungs. Why not show a strong presence in Europe as well and not dump phone rejects in Africa.

Would you buy a Nokia because it was once a brand you favoured as a Kenyan?




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