Nokia 1.3 review
Quick verdict: The Nokia 1.3 is certainly cheap, but it makes the most of its meagre resources thanks to the use of Android Go.
- Android Go makes a lot of limited resources
- Removable battery
- Headphone jack
- Quite hard to remove battery
- Mediocre battery life
- Poor screen viewing angles
Power, storage and battery
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HMD Global's Nokia-branded phones have all generally played in the value space, and its 1 series phones have always been the cheapest in its smartphone range. The Nokia 1.3 continues the Finnish maker's journey in phones using the low-impact Android Go edition of Android, promising better performance despite its low-power internals.
The Nokia 1.3 isn't a fast phone, and it's not particularly flashy either. However, HMD Global/Nokia really does make the most of what it's got, delivering a phone that's surprisingly nippy despite its technical limitations.
- 5.71-inch display isn't great
- Range of colours
- Removable battery is hard to fit
- Simple rear 8MP camera
- Camera Go app adds portrait effects
- Snapdragon 215 plus 1GB of RAM works thanks to Android Go
- Update guaranteed to Android 11
- 3,000mAh battery slightly underperforms
- MicroUSB charging
- Not fast, but good value
Should you buy it?
Any phone that costs you under 200 notes is going to come with compromises, and it's always a question of balancing out what those compromises are.
The Nokia 1.3 isn't as pretty as Nokia's other phones, and its rear shell is a pain to remove. The camera is pretty ordinary as is the battery life. Onboard storage is low. These are all compromises that HMD Global has accepted to meet a specific price point.
Balanced against that is the fact that it performs better than it has any right to given its moderate specifications. It isn't weighed down with a confusing launcher on top of Android, and it's guaranteed at least one full Android update down the track.
The Nokia 1.3 won't suit every user, but if you want a no-fuss clean Android experience at a very good price point, it could be the ideal phone for you.
Pricing and availability
Where to buy
You may still be able to find the Nokia 1 Plus at retail, and it may be worth considering if you want Android Go, but you'd want to get it at a sub-$100 price, given its even smaller storage and battery capacity.
Stepping up in Nokia's Android family would score you the slightly more expensive Nokia 2.3, which comes with more battery capacity and better cameras as well as full Android One updates down the track.
For just a little more than that, consider the realme 2.3, which packs a lot of power into a phone at its price point.