Nokia sure had it’s day. Sadly, Nokia barely makes anything today. Here are some of the best Nokia phones ever made.
I’ll admit. I’m a sucker for Nokia, especially the old ones. Recently, I’ve made a list of some of the best phones ever made, which includes 3 Nokias. Those Nokias won’t be on this list. You can read about it here. I’ve also made a list of some of the worst phones ever made. It, too, includes 3 Nokias. You can read it here.
Best Nokia phones – Nokia 1520
One of the most powerful and one of the best phones Nokia has made, the Nokia 1520 is, even 3 years after the launch, still an epic phone/phablet. You get 2 GB of RAM, a 6″ Full HD screen, and a beautiful, beautiful 20 MP camera, that is,of course, 4k capable. Despite being 3 years old, the Nokia 1520 is still a great performer, as it fully supports Windows Phone 10. Only “issue” could be the OS, but that’s to your liking.
I think you can call this cheating. Reason being is that I’ve mentioned the Nokia PureView 808 in the previous list, but whatever… In general, the Nokia 1020 is not something you would call special. It sports 2 GB of RAM, 4.5″ HD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU…but there is one feature that makes the Nokia 1020 and the Nokia 808 stand out – the camera. A ludicrous 41 MP camera on a smartphone. It’s the same camera that the 808 has, but this time, it’s on a real smartphone. Even today, this camera still kicks ass.
Best Nokia phones – Nokia Cityman
This may not be the very first mobile phone from Nokia, but it sure is the first Nokia that you can say is “portable”. Looking a lot like the Motorola Dynatac 8000x, it weighted a whooping 760g. It had a standby time of 14h and around 40 minutes of talk time. It came in 2 versions, the Cityman 900, and the Cityman 450, which resembles the frequencies in MHz they used on the Nordic Mobile Telephony system. It was released in 1987-1988.
Now, this phone would not bee on this list if it wasn’t for one special thing. The Nokia N91 has a bloody hard disk drive in it! Yes, it has a platter in it and all that fun stuff. However, being released in 2006, you could only choose between 4 or 8 GB of storage. But for 2006, that’s plenty! That meant you can take a lot of brilliant pictures and videos with the 2 MP camera. It also meant that you can store a lot of music on the phone. To be honest, the HDD wasn’t fast, but does it really matter that much? It spins at around 3300 rpm (for comparison – a standard desktop HDD spins at 7200 rpm). And it is really, really tiny.
Best Nokia phones – Nokia N90
Released 11 years ago, the Nokia N90 was way ahead of it’s time, and in a good way. Take one look at it, and you will understand why. It definitely won’t win any reward for looks or comfort tho, since the phone is rather big. What really made the Nokia N90 stand out was the fact that it was the first phone to use a feature most modern phones proudly boast tady – Carl Zeiss lens. Even tho the sensor is only 2 MP, thanks to those optics, it smashed it’s competition in it’s era. It’s only drawback was it’s design/size.
In it’s time, as far as QWERTY keyboards were concerned, the BlackBerry 8820 was the way to go. Aaaaand THEN Nokia steped in with their Nokia E71. It, too, had a really good QWERTY keyboard. And, it was “packed” with nice features. A 2 MP camera, relatively slim body, indestructibility, long battery life, an beautiful design… This phone really was good.
Best Nokia phones – Nokia E90
Possibly the biggest/heaviest phone of it’s time. Take one look at it, and you’ll understand why. Weighting at around 200g, the phone is quite large, but that’s what made it so special. “Opening” the phone reveals a 3.9″ TFT screen, as well as a relatively big QWERTY keyboard, a 4-way navigation button, and some other buttons for additional functions. The front screen was a 2″ TFT screen. The phone was also quite powerful for it’s age. 128 MB of RAM and 332 MHz CPU was more than enough to push this phone. At the back is a 3.15 MP camera, and a QCIF camera at the front. My dad had this phone for some time, and it was a real pleasure to use. Just…be careful not to drop it on your foot.
Something a bit more modern. No, the 720 won’t blow you away. It doesn’t have the best camera (but it’s pretty good), nor the fastest performance, not the prettiest screen…This is basically 920’s little brother, but much cheaper. However, this phone today is rather weak. If you are looking for a budget Lumia, a 640 or a 650 should be worth considering.