The Nokia 1 brings the durability and accessibility we’ve come to expect of Nigeria’s most loved brand


Unless you live under a rock, then you know about the enduring love affair Nigeria has with the Nokia phone brand, (currently manufactured by HMD Global) and how it was instrumental to Nigeria’s transition into mobile technology. It might lagged a bit it when the world abandoned Symbian technology and that whole detour (who could forget the Windows phone?). It’s taken a little while, but HMD Global is finally reasserting itself into Nigeria’s vast mobile phone market and vying for its once sweet spot with a range of mid and high level phones fully equipped with Android technology. The Nokia 1, is one of the newly released devices released into the market. Clearly it is not in the same price points and range as its snazzier siblings, the Nokia 7, but from its make and its specs, it clearly wasn’t meant to compete in those circles.

Nokia 1

What it does do, is focus on the middle class, many of whom are just being introduced to cutting edge mobile tech and need an easy to navigate and decently priced device to serve as an entry point into technology for personal use. It is on this premise that the Nokia 1 really thrives. It is that super affordable smartphone we didn’t believe we should hold out hope for.

Here’s what the Nokia 1 has.

A non HD 4.5 inch IPS FWVGA (845 x 480) display 

A super clear display has become paramount to the smart phone experience and the Nokia 1 doesnt djsappoint with an 850 pixel display. It is as close you get to HD quality visuals without a HD screen.

MediaTek chipset and 1 Gig of RAM

Processing power is everything, and one gigabyte of ram goes a long way for the gamer, the person who does a lot of heavy lifting with their phones. You needn’t be scared of more data heavy apps on your phone.

8 Gig of Internal Storage. 

Just like your iPhone, the Nokia 1 packs a punch storage wise. Because in this day and age, it is practically impossible to not carry your music library, photo album archive and any other which life mementos on your phone. Nokia 1 is pretty nifty too, so you can carry a lot without being a burden.

5mp Rear camera + 2mp Front camera

Instagram and Snpachat, the world’s biggest sharing apps have made the use of the front camera some fad only done by fashion girls and alternative club kids into the default way you get a good picture. A 2 mega pixel camera ensures your front camera shots are never dodgy and unfit for the mainstream. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the back camera is twice as powerful too.

4G Connectivity

No brainer here, does anybody even make phones with poor internet connectivity any more?

A Decent 2,150mAh battery

We want a bigger better camera, with the intensity we seek true love. So Nokia coming back with a line that pays homage to the country’s love for a sustainable battery transcends NEPA and all its wahala.

The latest Android OS version, Oreo

Scaled down to the Android GO version so it doesn’t overweigh the phone’s decent specs, but no less worse experience wise.

The Nokia 1 is a great way to experience a mobile phone that is durable and interesting, but is immediately familiar because of the long standing relationship we’ve had with the brand. You might not be used to the slightly slower performance but it is handy and worth value for money.


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