by | Jun 2, 2021 | Tech hub | 0 comments

When it comes to Nokia, I’m always going to feel nostalgic. The very first cellphone I owned was a Nokia when I was 19 years old. It was the most amazing thing ever and little did I know how the role of a cellphone would impact my life 23 years on. This very fact was celebrated on International Family Day, 15 May 2021 by the United Nations with the theme of the day being “Family and New Technologies”. Budget and friendly and surprisingly dependable sums up my Nokia 5.3 review.

The device features a number of Nokia smartphone firsts for phenomenal value, the Nokia 5.3 features a quad camera, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 665 Mobile Platform and the signature two-day battery life. The AI-powered quad-camera helps capture the perfect shot no matter where you are, even in dim light, thanks to Night mode. The huge 6.55” screen fits comfortably in your hand, while letting you immerse yourself in your favourite videos or games.



The Nokia 5.3 is a robust device, that allows one to both create and enjoy content in a different way. It has a AI-
powered quad camera, as well as is the first Nokia phone to use the Snapdragon™ 665 Mobile Platform.

The main 13MP camera allows you to get great shots while the macro and ultra-wide lenses let you get up close or snap the
whole scene. The Nokia 5.3 also brings AI imaging and smart tools for great shots every time. To be honest I wasn’t impressed with the night time photography. The cellphone is equipped with portrait mode combined with enhanced bokeh effects and a depth sensor.

Built for speed, refined for play

Overall the design is super sexy. The Nokia 5.3 comes with a sleek glass front with a durable composite back that’s designed to honour its Nordic design heritage and inspired by the land of a thousand lakes. It is available in three beautiful finishes – Cyan, Sand and Charcoal. The 5.3 comes with silky smooth graphics and easily switches between apps. It delivers on the signature two-day battery life which is an absolute win.

The Nokia 5.3 comes with two years of Android upgrades and three years of monthly security updates. It will also come ready for Android 11 and beyond. Pure Android delivers a software experience with a streamlined interface and no bloatware. Plus, the Google Assistant ii button gives you a little help wherever you go.

Pros & Cons of the Nokia 5.3

With this dual SIM 4G smartphone, Nokia has again able to penetrate the midrange mobile market and based on its detailed specs and features we have shortlisted some pros and cons of Nokia 5.3 which you can check below before buying this mobile and decide if it suits your budget and needs.

nokia pros

  • Super-large size of 6.55-inch HD+ multi-touch capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and 82.3% screen to body ratio gives a nice viewing experience.
  • Massive 4000 mAh battery with 10W fast charging with 2 day-long battery backup
  • Powerful 6GB RAM provides smooth multitasking
  • Latest Android 10 OS with super-efficient Octa-Core processor gives lag-free gaming experience supported by Adreno 610 GPU
  • 64GB internal memory with expansion capacity of up to 512GB gives ample space to save data
  • Quad primary HDR camera round setup 13MP +5MP + 2MP + 2MP 
  • 8MP front camera clicks decent selfie shots and videos at 1080p@30fps
  • Fast and responsive fingerprint sensor gives additional secured access
  • Plastic body with glossy finish and Gorilla glass protection gives it a premium look
  • USB Type-C connectivity supports fast data transfer and quick charging

nokia cons

  • Non-removable battery
  • No wireless charging
  • Infrared connectivity is not available
  • Night camera quality could have been better

Overall the Nokia 5.3 is indeed budget friendly and surprisingly dependable. This mid-range cellphone is perfect for youngsters or someone looking for dependable phone that does the basics. My only hang up with Nokia 5.3 is the camera. As a blogger and influencer a good camera is an integral part of my business an, which would probably see me opt for the Nokia 5.8 instead.

The Nokia 5.3 is available in South Africa and comes in Charcoal and Cyan Green with the 6GB/64GB RAM/ROM configuration starting at R4999.

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DISCLAIMER : The Nokia 3.5 was loaned to me to use and review. Views and opinions expressed are solely my own.

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