Best Nokia phone: every Android phone Nokia sells, ranked

The legendary phone brand has a strong line up in place

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Since the brand was rebooted under the watchful eye of Finnish firm HMD Global, Nokia has once again managed to get a foothold in a mobile phone market it once dominated. Its current line up, as we'll show you here, includes a phone to suit almost every budget.

So which one is right for you? We've listed all the phones Nokia sells, in order of how attractive a proposition they are based on the price. Handily, the phone range has a very simple numbering system, so it's easy to separate the premium and budget handsets.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

Nokia 8 Sirocco

1. Nokia 8 Sirocco

The top of the line

Specifications
Weight: 177g
Dimensions: 140.9 x 73 x 7.5mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 835
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3260mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 + 13MP f/2.6
Front camera: 5MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of speed and performance+Clean, stock version of Android
Reasons to avoid
-Overtaken by the flagships of 2018

Currently at the top of the Nokia tree is the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which offers some top-level internal specs, plenty of storage, and a dual-lens rear camera built with Zeiss Optics technology on board. There are more powerful phones out there, but not all that many.

The speed and snappiness of the device is helped by the fact that this device is running what's pretty much stock Android, so there's no skin or bloatware to slow the phone down. If you want to get the best Android phone that Nokia makes, then this is definitely it.

Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia 7 Plus

2. Nokia 7 Plus

Leading the mid-range pack

Specifications
Weight: 183g
Dimensions: 158.4 x 75.6 x 8mm
OS: Android 8.1
Screen size: 6.0 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 660
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3800mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 + 13MP f/2.6
Front camera: 16MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Very good performance for the specs+Stylish ceramic and aluminium design
Reasons to avoid
-Camera can struggle in low light

The Nokia 7 Plus can't compete with the Nokia 8 Sirocco in terms of specs or performance, but you can get this phone for around half the price of the Sirocco, and it's a very stylish-looking device too – that combination puts it at number two in our overall list.

With decent battery life between charges, a decent dual-lens camera setup, and a decent level of performance (including 4GB of RAM) it's not going to let you down, and you can spend all the money you save by not buying a top-end flagship on something else instead. 

Nokia 8

Nokia 8

3. Nokia 8

The ex-champion of Nokia devices

Specifications
Weight: 160g
Dimensions: 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 7.1.1
Screen size: 5.3 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 835
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3090mAh
Rear camera: 13MP f/2.0 + 13MP f/2.0
Front camera: 13MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Impressive design and screen+Good choice of colours and finishes
Reasons to avoid
-Specs starting to get dated

The original Nokia 8 is a step down from the newer Nokia 8 Sirocco, but nevertheless it's still a fine phone worthy of your consideration, even if the specs are more 2017 than 2018. The design is one area where it stands out, and so is the bright and sharp 5.3-inch display.

As with the other phones here, you get a clean and bloat-free version of Android on your device, while the dual-lens rear camera (with Zeiss Optics tech) can get great results almost all the time. You should be able to pick it up for a decent price online, as well.

Nokia 6.1

Nokia 6.1

4. Nokia 6.1

Big value budget phone

Specifications
Weight: 172g
Dimensions: 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 8.1
Screen size: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 630
RAM: 3/4GB
Storage: 32/64GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 16MP f/2.0
Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Speed boost from the original+Clean and uncluttered Android
Reasons to avoid
-Unspectacular single-lens camera

The Nokia 6.1, or the Nokia 6 2018 edition as it's sometimes called, is this year's follow up to last year's plain old Nokia 6 – the internal hardware gets a bump, the fingerprint scanner moves around to the back, but apart from that the upgrade the Nokia 6.1 offers isn't huge.

What you do still get is a solid, value-for-money Android phone that gives you an uncluttered and respectable phone for not much cash at all. The phone doesn't offer the very best hardware, camera or battery experience, but it'll do just fine for a lot of users.

Nokia 5.1

Nokia 5.1

5. Nokia 5.1

Looks more powerful than it is

Specifications
Weight: TBC
Dimensions: 151.1 x 70.7 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
CPU: MediaTek Helio P18
RAM: 2/3GB
Storage: 16/32GB
Battery: 2970mAh
Rear camera: 16MP
Front camera: 8MP
Reasons to buy
+Premium design for a budget phone+Tall, sharp, 18:9 aspect ratio screen
Reasons to avoid
-Could be sluggish with some tasks

Spot the trend here, because all these x.1 phones are small upgrades on the originals that launched last year. As you work your way down the numbers, the phones get progressively less powerful and less expensive, so it's a question of what's most important to you.

The Nokia 5.1 is the most powerful and most expensive of the bunch, though it's still very much a budget phone – we do like the generous 5.5-inch screen and the P18 processor, and it's also a more attractive phone in terms of its aesthetics than the cheaper options.

Nokia 3.1

Nokia 3.1

6. Nokia 3.1

Bargain basement beauty

Specifications
Weight: 138.3g
Dimensions: 146.3 x 68.7 x 8.7mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.2 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels
CPU: MediaTek MT6750
RAM: 2/3GB
Storage: 16/32GB
Battery: 2990mAh
Rear camera: 13MP f/2.0
Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Very good for the money+Full fat version of Android
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller, lower resolution screen

The Nokia 3.1 or 2018 edition Nokia 3 swaps out the aluminium of the Nokia 5.1 for plastic, and cuts a few extra corners too to knock the price down further. The rear camera isn't as impressive, for example, and you'll have to make do with a screen measuring 5.2 inches.

Despite the specs not being particularly great, you can get this phone for a true bargain basement price, and it would suit someone who doesn't need a lot of bells and whistles, but just wants to do the basics on the fully fledged version of Android 8.0 Oreo on board.

Nokia 2.1

Nokia 2.1

7. Nokia 2.1

Want to spend as little as possible?

Specifications
Weight: 174g
Dimensions: 153.6 x 77.6 x 9.7mm
OS: Android 8.1
Screen size: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 425
RAM: 1GB
Storage: 8GB
Battery: 4000mAh
Rear camera: 8MP
Front camera: 5MP
Reasons to buy
+Can be bought very cheaply+Large, 5.5-inch display
Reasons to avoid
-Most specs on the low side

As it's running Android Go, the slimmed-down version of Android, you know that the Nokia 2.1 is aimed more at developing markets, even though it represents an upgrade on the Nokia 2 revealed in 2017. We do like the large 5.5 inch screen, and the polished design.

In most other aspects though, this is very much a budget end phone – the specs are just about the minimum you need to get by, though you can at least expand the paltry 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card. One for the most budget-conscious buyers only.

Nokia 1

Nokia 1

8. Nokia 1

Into feature phone territory

Specifications
Weight: TBC
Dimensions: 133.6 x 67.8 x 9.5mm
OS: Android 8.1
Screen size: 4.5 inches
Resolution: 480 x 854 pixels
CPU: MediaTek MT6737M
RAM: 1GB
Storage: 8GB
Battery: 2150mAh
Rear camera: 5MP
Front camera: 2MP
Reasons to buy
+Includes most well-known apps+Definitely won't break the bank
Reasons to avoid
-Noticeably slower in performance

Now we really are at the budget end of the scale – the Nokia 1 is practically a feature phone, but it does run the cut-down Android Go like the bigger Nokia 2.1 mentioned above. You're only getting the absolute minimum in terms of specs, camera and so on.

That said, you do still get the likes of Google Maps and YouTube, but they're basic versions designed for Android Go. If you want to spend as little as possible on your phone, and don't mind a more leisurely pace in terms of speed, this might be worth considering.