Known for its low-cost devices, the best Nokia phones sit comfortably at the cheaper end of the smartphone spectrum. So while you might not be getting the high-end specs of iPhone or Samsung handsets, purchasing a Nokia can only be a good thing for your finances.
In fact, in the battle for budget supremacy, Nokia has been a market leader alongside fierce competition from Motorola in recent times. So it should be no surprise to find Nokia hunkering down on producing great-value handsets today, including one of the only new smartphones that we recommend available for less than £100.
Nokia isn’t all about ultra-low cost handsets, though, as it still produces some promising mid-rangers that benefit from componentry that’s usually reserved for pricier phones. Whatever the price range, its smartphones are generally built tougher than other manufacturer’s handsets, too. Nokia has even brought out a rugged smartphone for the modern world that may take you back to the indestructible Nokia 3310 of yesteryear – although it has updated this in recent times should you be interested.
But we know you’ve come here to read all about top smartphones that the legendary Finnish corporation produces today, so to drop you right into the good stuff we’ve listed our favourite Nokia models directly below. Considering every important feature you’ll want in a smartphone, and that all-important price point, these are the best options when grabbing a new Nokia.
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The best Nokia smartphones to buy
1. Nokia X20: Best-value Nokia
Price: £299 | Buy now from Nokia
Most of us just want decent speeds, a capable set of cameras and a trusty battery out of a smartphone, and the Nokia X20 delivers on all three for a relatively budget price. Its Snapdragon chipset and quad-camera array will compete against most similarly priced rivals, and it lasted almost 18hrs in our looped video test, which is not to be sniffed at. You’ll also find a range of other sensible features, including a USB-C port and thumbprint reader, alongside a 3.5mm audio jack, Google Assistant button, and a microSD card slot for extra storage.
An added perk when purchasing the X20 is that, upon registering your new phone’s IMEI number, climate action charity Ecologi will plant 20 trees in your name. Add in a 100% compostable case, a three-year warranty and three years of monthly Android security updates, and it’s clear that there is some longer-term thinking with the X20, making it a worthy investment as your next smartphone.
Read the full Nokia X20 review for more details
Key specs – Processor: Octa-core 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G; Display: 6.67in, 1,800 x 2,400; Storage: 128GB; Cameras: 64MP, 5MP (ultrawide), 2MP (depth), 2MP (macro); Operating system: Android 11; Weight: 220g
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2. Nokia 1.4: Best budget Nokia
Price: £90 | Buy now from Argos
Super cheap for a new smartphone, if saving money is the aim of the game you’ll struggle to do better than the Nokia 1.4. Staying within double figures means flagship features and componentry are lost, but you are getting excellent value.
First off, there’s 32GB of storage – and space for a microSD card to expand things much further – supporting Android 11. Externally, you’ll find a large 6.52in screen on the front and two decent cameras on the back, and it’s all packaged into a robust, plastic chassis. Fetching an Expert Reviews Recommended award during its full review, we really couldn’t knock this one too much given its a smartphone for £90 – unbeatable as things stand.
Read out full Nokia 1.4 review for more details
Key specs – Processor: Quad-core 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 215; Display: 6.52in, 720 x 1,600; Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB; Cameras: 8MP, 2MP (macro); Operating system: Android 10; Weight: 178g
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3. Nokia G50: Best big-screen Nokia
Price: £200 | Buy now from Amazon
Phones used to be tiny, but now many are supersized. If that’s how you prefer your smartphones, or your larger-than-life hands simply require a bigger handset, then the massive 6.82in screen on this Nokia G50 should suit you down to the ground.
Other than its size, what stood out for us was the G50’s quality cameras for this price, which consists of a 48MP main lens, 5MP ultrawide and a 2MP depth sensor. Expand its 64GB storage by up to 512GB through a decent microSD card and you’ll be able to use those lenses almost without limits. The Snapdragon 480 processor is pretty great value, too, since the same chipset is found in more expensive Nokias on this list: the X20 and XR20. Plus, its 5G compatibility may sneak it ahead of other similarly priced rivals, like the Poco X3 NFC.
Read the full Nokia G50 review for more details
Key specs – Processor: Octa-core 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G; Display: 6.82in, 720 x 1,560; Storage: 64GB/128GB; Cameras: 48MP, 5MP (ultraw