Best Nokia phone 2021: the top Android phones Nokia sells, ranked

The legendary phone brand has a very strong current line-up

Nokia 8.3 5G
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Finding the best Nokia phones, now rebooted under the watchful eye of Finnish firm HMD Global, can be tricky because they're all so good – well built, well priced handsets that all offer plenty of value for money for the discerning shopper. Nokia may not dominate the phone industry the way it used to decades ago, but it's still making some of the best phones around – it's just that these days they're top Android phones.

Which one is right for you? Whatever your needs or budget, you should be able to find the best Nokia phone for you right here. Handily, the phone range has a very simple numbering system, so it's fairly easy to separate out the different handsets.

Here we're going to guide you through everything you need to know about the best Nokia phones on the market: design, specs, battery life and so on. By the time you've finished reading you should be able to make a more informed buying choice.

All these phones are part of the Android One program, which means you're guaranteed a clean and clutter-free version of Android on board – plus two years of OS updates from the launch date of the handset.

Nokia 8.3 5G best Nokia phone 2021

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1. Nokia 8.3 5G

The best Nokia phone for most people

Specifications
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 171.9 mm x 78.6 mm x 9 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.81 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM: 6GB / 8GB
Storage: 64B / 128GB
Battery: 4,500 mAh
Rear camera: 64MP wide + 12MP ultrawide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth
Front camera: 24MP wide
Reasons to buy
+5G on board+Respectable specs

Right now the Nokia 8.3 5G is the flagship phone choice in the Nokia range, and it's even got a tie-in with the latest No Time To Die film in the Bond franchise to add to its appeal. It's got plenty of power, and 5G, and taking everything into consideration we think this is the best Nokia phone for most people.

In terms of the highlights of the phone there is of course that 5G in the name, which ensures next-gen connectivity once the networks finally roll out to your part of the world. There's a decent quad-lens rear camera on board here too, with an ultrawide mode, and we're also fans of the large and bright 6.81-inch LCD display.

It's more expensive than most other Nokia phones, and battery life is nothing special, but considering you get the Snapdragon 765G chipset from Qualcomm and 6GB of RAM on board, the Nokia 8.3 5G ends up with a lot more in the positives column than the negatives column – and we reckon it's the best Nokia phone right now.

Nokia 3.4 best Nokia phone 2021

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2. Nokia 3.4

The best budget Nokia phone

Specifications
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 161 mm x 76 mm x 8.7 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.39 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1560 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
RAM: 3GB / 4GB
Storage: 32B / 64GB
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Rear camera: 13MP wide + 5MP ultrawide + 2MP depth
Front camera: 8MP wide
Reasons to buy
+We like the price+Large, bright display

Every Nokia phone in the range offers affordability and value for money, but that said we think the Nokia 3.4 really excels in those two departments. It's absolutely worth a look if you want to spend as little as possible while still getting a phone that's not going to be unusably slow in operation.

Despite the low, low price of the Nokia 3.4, it's still very well put together and feels solid in the hand – and you also get a very respectable 6.39-inch LCD display on the front. You shouldn't expect too much from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 chipset and 3GB of RAM running the show, but it'll still get through most everyday tasks very well indeed.

Admittedly the triple-lens rear camera isn't much to write home about – though it does offer HDR and an ultrawide mode – and battery life will only see you through a day and not much more, but for what you're paying, the Nokia 3.4 is actually very impressive.

Nokia 5.4 best Nokia phone 2021

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3. Nokia 5.4

A superb value-for-money Nokia phone

Specifications
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 161 mm x 76 mm x 8.7 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.39 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1560 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
RAM: 4GB / 6GB
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Rear camera: 48MP wide + 5MP ultrawide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth
Front camera: 16MP wide
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money+Decent mid-range specs

The Nokia 5.4 is one of the newer handsets in the Nokia line-up as it stands at the moment, and it follows the usual Nokia template: it's a well-built, well-designed, capable smartphone that's going to last, with a clean software experience on board and a very appealing price tag attached.

Check the widgets embedded on this page for the very latest prices and online deals, but you can actually pick up the Nokia 5.4 for not very much money at all. Despite that low cost, you're still getting a phone with a 6.39-inch LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset, 4GB of RAM and a quad-lens rear camera.

Nokia promises that the 4,000 mAh battery is good for two days if you take good care of it, which makes the Nokia 5.4 an even more attractive proposition. We're actually amazed that you can get such a good smartphone at such a low price from Nokia, and it looks more expensive than it actually is.

Nokia 2.4 best Nokia phone 2021

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4. Nokia 2.4

The best Nokia phone for the basics

Specifications
Weight: 195 g
Dimensions: 165.9 mm x 76.3 mm x 8.7 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.5 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels
CPU: Mediatek Helio P22
RAM: 2GB / 3GB
Storage: 32GB / 64GB
Battery: 4,500 mAh
Rear camera: 13MP AF + 2MP depth
Front camera: 5MP
Reasons to buy
+Very affordable+Appealing design

The Nokia 2.4 is solid and unspectacular and sticks to the basics, and offers all this to you in a reasonably well designed phone that can be picked up for a really competitive price. A lot of people are going to find everything they need is provided by the Nokia 2.4, so why would you decide to pay more?

There's a crisp and clear 6.5-inch LCD display here, as well as a dual-lens rear camera and a budget MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The 2GB or 3GB of RAM won't be able to hold up to any particular demanding tasks, but for all the basics that you need a smartphone to do, the Nokia 2.4 has you covered. It comes with a 4,500 mAh battery as well, which Nokia reckons should last you up to two days.

A note on the looks of the Nokia 2.4 as well, because we think this is one of the most stylish phones you can get from Nokia at the moment – and unlike several Nokia phones, it comes in more than one colour (Fjord, Dusk and Charcoal are your three choices, and we find that they all catch the eye.

Nokia 1.3 best Nokia phone 2021

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5. Nokia 1.3

The ultra-budget Nokia choice

Specifications
Weight: 155 g
Dimensions: 147.3 mm x 71.2 mm x 9.4 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 5.71 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm QM215
RAM: 1GB
Storage: 16GB
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Rear camera: 8MP AF
Front camera: 5MP
Reasons to buy
+One of the cheapest phones available+Performs better than you would think

If your number one priority is spending as little as possible on your next smartphone, then give the Nokia 1.3 a look. In our review we were impressed that you could get a working smartphone for so little cash, and the phone actually does a lot better than you might expect in several categories.

Under the hood there's just a Qualcomm QM215 chipset and 1GB of RAM – that might not inspire you with much confidence, but the Nokia 1.3 is able to do all the simple tasks that you need a smartphone to do. Just don't try to play any games, edit any video or open up dozens of browser tabs at once on this handset, and you should be fine.

The phone actually comes preloaded with lightweight versions of the standard Android apps like Gmail and Google Maps, to reduce the strain on the device. It comes with a 5.71-inch display and a  3,000 mAh battery, and it's very, very cheap.

Nokia 7.2 best Nokia phone 2021

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6. Nokia 7.2

A great Nokia all-rounder

Specifications
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 159.9 mm x 75.2 mm x 8.3 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.3 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM: 4GB / 6GB
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Battery: 3,500 mAh
Rear camera: 48MP wide + 8MP ultrawide + 5MP depth
Front camera: 20MP wide
Reasons to buy
+Balances price and performance+Appealing 6.3-inch display

Now one of the older handsets in the Nokia range, the Nokia 7.2 is nevertheless a very good phone if you want an appealing balance between price and performance (something that Nokia specialises in, of course). Check the latest prices on the web, and you might be able to pick up the Nokia 7.2 for a bargain price.

The phone is powered by a  Snapdragon 660 processor from Qualcomm, and comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage – that makes it one of the most well-specced Nokia phones in terms of performance. Other specs worth noting are the 6.3-inch LCD screen and the 3,500 mAh battery.

Based on our testing, the triple-lens rear camera is definitely able to get some very good results – even in the dark – and overall it's a phone with very few weaknesses. Add in the low price, which continues to fall as the phone gets older, and it's well worth considering for your next purchase.