The Nokia 7.1 is a phone for the masses – a Toyota Camry if you will. Fully featured, well priced and we think uber-reliable (perhaps that is why so many Ubers are Camrys).
Seriously the Nokia 7.1 at $499 is all that Joe and Jane Average need to spend to get a 5.84”, 2880 x 1080 IPS screen with a notch (made famous by the iPhone X), Qualcomm 636 SoC, Wi-Fi AC, a decent ‘sharing’ camera and a premium feel and finish.
Damn these clever Fin’s.
Is there is nothing better to do in Espoo Finland than breed Nokia’s like rabbits? Well, I suppose you could take very short walks but from October to April it seldom gets over 5°, and there is thin sunshine for about three hours a day. Oh, and it rains around 23 days each month too.
Mind you one of the best adventures I have ever had was staying in a glass igloo, sledding with huskies and bearing up to -40° at Kakslauttanen Arctic village in Lapland well above the Arctic circle. It makes Espoo look like a balmy tropical paradise. Scratch that from the bucket list. Oh, then it was off to London to see the New Year’s fireworks from big Ben – ditto.
Well, I hope that whets your appetite for all things Finnish including the somewhat above average Nokia 7.1.
How we rate and review smartphones
We rate smartphones both by bang for
- Flagship >$1000
- Mid-high $500-999
- Mass-market $200-499
- Value pre-paid <A$199
In the box – Nokia 7.1
Australian Website here
- 18W fast charger 5V/3A and 9V/2A
- USB-C to USB-A cable
- 3.5 mm earbuds and mic
The first impression
The Nokia 7.1 is a second generation phone from a company barely two-years-old. It is a case of Nokia being fast learners. They have released 21 models in that short time. All second-generation phones have an x.1moniker – hence we are reviewing the 7.1. There is a 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, (combined overviews here).6.1 (review here) and the flagship 8.1 (Sirocco review here). Perhaps you now understand my reference to rabbits!
The Nokia 7.1 is a stylish smartphone. A diamond cut, bevelled silver or copper edge cut from the 6000-series aluminium frame, the notch (love or hate it notches are here to stay), glass front and back, and a small chin.
Turn it on, and the screen jumps out at you. More on that later but its bright, accurate and has official HDR10 certification.
It also seems to be a little thinner in hand – that is because it uses a 19:9 ratio screen. Above all, I can’t help but question the price – it is too cheap.
Buy here – or you will regret it
GadgetGuy has joined the movement to wipe out parallel and grey market imports (good read) because we receive so many complaints about refurbished-sold-as-new (second hand or repairs) or that they simply don’t work on every carrier in Australia.
We issue the standard warning that you must buy the genuine certified/approved model with Australian firmware as it works on all Australian Carrier LTE bands and can make a 000-emergency call without a sim.
The Australian Nokia 7.1 model number is TA-1096. From what we can find there are five main variants for different countries. These include TA-1085, TA-1095, TA-1097, TA-1100. Also, there is different firmware for each country or region. Have a look under Settings, System, and Certification, and it will show if it is for Australia and New Zealand.
|5.84” FHD, 2280 x 1080, 19:9 (with Notch), 432ppi, IPS|
Gorilla Glass 3, 79.9% S-T-B-R
PureDisplay to upscale SD to FHD content and boost contrast ratio
It is a 1080p (FHD+) screen with HDR10 that really helps bring out details in shadows and bright areas. Gorilla Glass 3 is perfect for this phone as it is more scratch resistant than Gorilla Glass 5 (but not as drop resistant). It is, like all Gorilla Glass, a fingerprint magnet!