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Nokia - 6.1 with 32GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Copper Black

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Choose your own carrier to use with this unlocked Nokia smartphone. It has 32GB of internal storage for apps, music, and photos, and its octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM ensure smooth operation of Android apps. Enjoy quality video streaming on the 5.5-inch IPS FHD touchscreen of this Nokia smartphone.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Nokia 6.1
    • 3000 mAh Battery
    • USB cable, SIM card removal tool, USB-C charger

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    79% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (113 out of 144)

    Features


    Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor

    Octa-core 2.2GHz processor and 3GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.

    Android 8.0 Oreo OS

    Rapid operating system keeps you safe and secure on your mobile device.

    Compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile

    Also compatible with GSM SIM Kits, including Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, H2O, AT&T Prepaid and Simple Mobile.

    4G LTE speed

    Provides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.

    5.5" IPS touch screen

    Extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. Offers 16:9 cinema-like screen ratio that's perfect for viewing of videos, photos and games.

    16.0MP rear-facing camera

    Produce detailed images thanks to high resolutions. Also includes a front-facing 8.0MP camera for self-portraits and video.

    32GB internal memory plus microSD slot

    Provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, photos, apps and more. Expand storage up to 128GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).

    Your fingerprint keeps your phone secure

    Hold your finger on the fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone.

    Access to Google Play

    Browse and download apps, magazines, books, movies, and television programs directly to your phone.

    Carl Zeiss lens technology for great photos

    Advanced technology lets in more light so your photos and HD videos are clear and bright even in low-light conditions.

    * SIM Card not included.

    * Phone will not work with Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile or any other CDMA network.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 144 reviews

    78%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dependable, good features and great value

      Posted
      Cognomen
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We researched reviews and other sources intensely to find a new phone that had 1) decent speed on benchmarks 2) average to high battery life 3) decent brightness, for outdoor use etc 4) reliable brand quality and reliablity and 5) the newest version of Android, and good manufacturer support for timely upgrades. We were not overly worried about the camera but of course we wanted it to be decent. And obviously, we wanted all this without spending top dollar. If you do the digging we did, you will find it hard to meet all these criteria in one phone! BUT the Nokia 6.1 does it and we recommend it readily. If you want the *fastest* phone with the *brightest* screen and the *longest* battery life, you will have to spend *two or maybe three times the price* of this phone, And even for that money there are compromises, so we are very pleased with the Nokia's value. After a month of use we are please to say that its speed is entirely adequate for our needs. This is a notable factor, because when shopping you will have to think about the processor, and how many cores it has, and the clock speed, and the amount of working RAM. On this phone, those factors are "above average" but not -- on paper at least -- at the flagship level. For most apps I do not think you will notice or care what the paper specs say. It is fast to use. And given the multi-hundred dollar price advantage versus those phones, this is a perfect level for us and I'm sure it is fine for most people. You can have 2 or 3 apps running at once and not notice a major speed hit. Honestly it is more impressive than we expected. If you care more about the camera than anything, well you might want a different phone, but I think that is a mistake on your part (!) because our research shows that fancy camera features always mean a trade-off in some other important area. The Nokia is perfectly fine for most people. It has Carl Zeiss optics, and you can find photographers reviewing the phone who think it is great when using the manual adjustment features. With those caveats, now consider this: the phone is made from a solid block of aluminum. NOT glass. Dropping it might break the front (although it is Gorilla Glass) but you will not be able to shatter the body of the phone. I think this is a huge deal. This phone has "Android One" which is an arrangement whereby Google guarantees to provide software patches and updates, *promptly* for at least 2 years (might be longer, you can check). Our phones came with Android Oreo 8,1 -- and have already had two small updates in 30 days! I think this is another huge deal. We have not traveled far enough to test phone reception in diverse settings, but others have and you can look that up. It is rock solid for us so far. It pairs easily with our Wifi, sends and receives texts including pictures, etc. I can print from the phone to my wi-fi capable printer with almost no effort, really handy. You can connect with any popular streaming service and have music in the background while using other apps. You can watch movies on it. Basically it does all the stuff you might want to do. Other features -- this phone has NFC, which you do not find in some cheaper phones. It has an earphone jack (!). Its fingerprint sensor is very well placed on the back, and works easily. At this price, very few phones are fully water proof and this one does not claim to be. To get that one feature means giving up much of what I like about this one, and probably spending more. I don't think it is worth that trouble -- in my family, nobody has ever dropped a phone into water, and I do not know why it is talked about so much. I think it is overly hyped but in any case you will not get it below $300 with all these other features, period. Put another way -- you *are* likely to drop a phone onto a hard surface sooner or later. This phone should do better in that situation than some all-glass phones with waterproofing. Going forward, I think more and more apps will use advanced connections like NFC, and wi-fi calling, etc. Your wired connectors will be USB type C. You will want the operating system to be current and well-maintained. You will want to be able to make calls, hear and be heard, send texts and emails, and run any mainstream app reliably. This phone does all that, and few phones in this price range can check all those boxes. You may well have different priorities but as of mid-2018 you won't find many --if any -- phones for $270 that can do all that I have described here. So, yes we are very happy with ours!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent value

      Posted
      Willy
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Pricing: At first, I was a bit disappointed about the price increase from the previous generation Nokia 6, but with the much improved processor, this price is still a great value compared to competitors using the same chipset. Design: This is probably my favorite part about this device. The solid aluminum body with accents and curved glass makes it look and feel like a flagship phone. Buttons are clicky, you get a headphone jack, fingerprint scanner, and USB type C with quick charging. No complaints whatsoever. Performance: The Snapdragon 630 combined with stock Android 8.1 works really well. Everything works smoothly for the most part. I occasionally notice the phone freezing for a few seconds after unlocking the device, but that could be caused by my installed launcher (Microsoft Launcher) and has only occurred a couple times so far. But in day to day use, it runs surprisingly well. I personally disable all animations through developer settings, and after doing that I noticed that in many cases it was able to open apps faster than older flagships with a Snapdragon 820 processor. Even with stock Android and 3GB of RAM, I still experienced apps reloading occasionally, but at this price I can't ask for much more. Software: This was one of the big deciding factors for me. Android One means this phone will be one of the first to get the latest software updates, and Nokia has a proven track record of providing timely updates. Display: Even as someone who is used to OLED displays, this 1080p IPS display has fairly good contrast, colors, and brightness. Keeping in mind the cost, I don't think anyone would be disappointed here. Camera: This is probably the most disappointing part of this phone, and is where it loses to competitors. They use the same sensor from last generation with an added Zeiss branding. Image quality in good lighting conditions is decent, with occasional issues with overexposure. However, the biggest issue lies in low light. The images come out dark, grainy, and unusable. Flash definitely helps, but it does not seem to get too bright. I don't use the front facing camera much, but the colors seem a bit dull. Detail seems to be decent, though. Video quality is good, but the most annoying part is that it keeps refocusing every few seconds, even if the phone and subject are not moving. Battery: I personally feel that 3000 mAh for a 5.5" display is a bit small, but the battery life turned out to be quite good. With light use I can easily get over a day, but for most people it should last a full day on a single charge. And unlike some expensive flagship phones out there that don't even come with a fast charger in the box, thankfully Nokia was kind enough to include one. Conclusion: Excellent design, build quality, display, performance, and battery. I hope they improve the camera in the next generation, but at least in daylight the photos are alright. One small feature I also wish it had is a notification LED. That being said, I would definitely recommend this device to anyone looking for a sub $300 phone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      A Beautiful Android One Phone with Nagging Flaws

      Posted
      Teemster
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I really wanted to love the Nokia 6.1. Because it's part of the Android One program that ensures timely OS and security updates and features a clean Google Android experience, it's basically like a midrange (much less expensive) version of the Google Pixel. It also ticked my other boxes: unlocked (not tied to a specific carrier), rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, NFC chip for Google Pay, nice full HD screen, reasonably fast processor, premium-looking high-quality build, etc. I knew the phone was bigger than I wanted (even bigger than my prior phone, a Nexus 5X) but phones keep getting bigger and there wasn't anything smaller that offered all the features this phone had, at least at anywhere near its price, so I bought it. Unfortunately, after more than a month of use, there are three flaws this phone has that keep me from being fully happy with it. First, it's just not comfortable to hold for any length of time due to its width and its boxy design with somewhat sharp metal edges. At 75.8 mm wide, it's only 3.2 mm wider than my old Nexus 5X but that's enough to make a difference in my hands (which are, I'd say, average size for a man). And though the precision-engineered metal chassis of this phone looks fabulous, it simply doesn't feel as good to hold as the curved soft-touch plastic of the old Nexus 5X. (I don't use phone cases, BTW.) Second, the fingerprint sensor on the back of the Nokia 6.1 is simply too small. It doesn't look THAT much smaller than the circular sensor on the back of the Nexus 5X but it's enough smaller that I CONSTANTLY get partial scans and have to try multiple times to hit the sensor just right in order to unlock the phone. Think how many times a day you unlock your phone. It should be really easy to do but, with this phone, it's a real hassle. I thought I would get better at this over time but I haven't. (I've read other reviewers complain about this too, so it's not just me.) A lot of times now, I just turn the phone over when I pick it up so that I can see the sensor on the back and aim for it with my finger and therefore unlock the phone on the first try. Also, the sensor is awkwardly positioned too low down on the phone. It's not where the tip of your index finger would normally rest when you pick up the phone. Poor design choices all the way around here. Grrrr. Lastly, the camera. OK, I knew going in, from multiple reviews I'd read, that the camera was universally known as the weak point of this phone. And yet I've still been disappointed with it. Shots in bright daylight look nice, although fine detail is still not quite as sharp as I'd like to see. But it's when light is anything other than ideal that things go wobbly. Indoor shots during the daytime look sub-par and slightly muddy, with more shadowy areas especially looking noisy. Forget about truly low-light evening/nighttime photos (which I knew about before buying). And even with HDR turned on, dynamic range is just so-so, even outdoors in the daytime. Plus, the camera app can be dodgy. I needed to quickly get a shot recently but repeatedly clicking the shutter button did nothing. I had to close the app and re-open it to get it to work. And then Nokia updated the camera app last week to add some features, etc. And now HDR doesn't work. If I take a photo with HDR turned on, it gets stuck forever "processing" the photo after taking it. I'm sure a future software update will fix this bug but this does NOT inspire confidence in Nokia. If the camera had merely been as good as the one in my old Nexus 5X -- a mid-range phone from 3 YEARS AGO! -- I would have been happy. But alas, the camera in the Nokia 6.1 is definitely a step down from it. Apart from those issues, though, the phone is quite good. Call quality is good. The phone has been stable and generally very fluid and responsive. However, I have seen some occasional laggy scrolling, usually just after waking the phone in the morning. Still though, nothing major. (But note that I haven't tried playing any graphically demanding games.) Nokia followed through with the September Android security update just a few days before the end of the month. (An upgrade to Android Pie is supposed to be coming later this fall.) As Nokia says, this phone is "built like a tank" so you don't have to use a case. It's sturdy but also feels heavy in your hand or pocket. Considering the cost of this phone, the Nokia 6.1 still offers a lot. Trade-offs are unavoidable in any phone costing less than $500. The question is whether or not the specific positives of a given phone outweigh the negatives vs. other phones you might consider. For about the same price, I'm pretty sure I'd be happier overall with the Moto G6. It feels much better in my hand (at 3.5 mm narrower, with a curved glass back), has a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, and (based on lots of head-to-head comparisons around the web) appears to have an overall better rear camera than the Nokia 6.1 -- better dynamic range and better performance in medium and low light. Plus it has a more attractive 18:9 shaped screen. No, the build/design doesn't look as distinctive or premium. No, it doesn't have NFC to support Google Pay. And no, it doesn't get the sort of updates that the Nokia gets as an Android One phone. (The Moto G6 tends to only get quarterly, not monthly, security updates. Motorola has confirmed that it will get an upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie but that could be next year while Nokia has said the 6.1 will get it this fall. Plus, the 6.1 will also get upgraded to Android 10 Q in 2019 while that's very unlikely for the Moto G6.) But having played with an unlocked Moto G6 at Best Buy, I can say it doesn't have the flaws that bug me about the Nokia 6.1, plus it feels equally fluid and fast, has lean nearly-stock Google Android, and also supports all 4 major US cellular networks and even Google's Project Fi. Meanwhile, the Nokia 6.1 only supports the T-Mobile and AT&T networks. The Nokia 6.1 is the best available option for some people but, in the end, it wasn't for me. I've decided to return it and get a Moto G6 instead.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Midrange Phone

      Posted
      DonSerrot
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I used to use Google's Nexus phones exclusively because of the guarantee that I'd have the latest and greatest version of Android and the price point that was easy on my wallet. Once the Nexus line was retired for the more expensive Pixel line I became worried that there wouldn't be anything that checked both of those boxes for me. When the end of the road came into view for my Nexus 5X I started paying more attention to the new budget friendly phones coming out and the Nokia 6.1 is what caught my eye. This phone runs very well with stock Android. It ships with 8.0 in the box but should update to 8.1 within a couple of days if not during the initial setup. The launcher is no frills without much in the way of customization but that can easily be remedied with any of the wide selection of launchers on the Google Play Store with my personal preference being Nova Launcher. The camera leaves a bit to be desired, but I think that's more Nokia's camera app than the actual hardware so hopefully there will be improvements in that area with future updates as seems to happen with most other phones. The build is fantastic. This thing is built like a tank and I appreciate the extra weight. In all honesty, I'd be more worried about the floor getting damaged if I dropped this thing than I'd be about the phone itself. I would prefer the rear fingerprint sensor being a little bigger as it feels like I get a lot of partial fingerprint readings, but that's really a minor thing and I'm sure I'll get my muscle memory worked out in time. I'm not big into mobile gaming, but I do enjoy things like Pokemon Go and Fire Emblem Heroes. This phone runs Pokemon Go very smoothly even in AR mode. And speaking of AR, this phone was recently added to the list of phones compatible with ARCore, Google's answer to Apple's ARKit. Most of what's been done with the technology seems to be more experiments than anything, but there is a lot of potential and this phone will be able to take advantage of that when the time comes. Over all I have to say I'm very happy with my decision to pick up this phone and I feel it would be an easy recommendation to make to anyone looking for something in the $300 price range.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Almost perfect

      Posted
      MonkPhil
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Excellent build quality, functional dual-SIM features (3G on both slots), great screen, and up-to-date software. This is an Android One phone, so updates are guaranteed for two years and buyers can rest easy knowing their phone won't be orphaned on an old version of Android (looking at you, ZTE). The build quality exceeds that of flagship phones; you won't worry about fragile glass or dings and dents with this device. Performance, when everything goes according to plan, is pretty snappy as well. The screen has a slightly bluish tint to it, but it's far nicer than displays on comparably priced devices. The display is much, much nicer than similarly specced Moto phones, with the only real drawback being a comparatively low max brightness. There are only three drawbacks to this device - 1) Occasional performance hiccups, which may have something to do with the latest Android build downloading to the device before potential stability issues are worked out. 2) The camera is OK, and I'll leave it at that. 3) Call issues sometimes emerge, but they're not frequent in my experience. The first week I used the device I had some problems, but I haven't had any audio issues since. Taking those caveats into consideration, this device is strongly recommended, and a great buy at this price point.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Value

      Posted
      Steve
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Like others my previous phone was a Nexus 5x that was starting to lose a step. This phone is the perfect replacement for a program that was know for delivering value instead of flagship phone specs. I was concerned that the US model came with only 3GB of RAM but with pure Android the phone seems very quick. I also upgraded the onboard 32GB of storage with a 128GB micro sd card. Being part of the Android One program means 2 years of guaranteed updates. The fingerprint sensor is a little small but I have found that after putting a case on the phone the sensor is much easier to locate. I have used google pay with it a couple times and it works great. It also supports Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE on Tmobile. I don't play any games on it, but I haven't had any problems streaming Netflix, Hulu, or Spotifiy. Casting apps to a Chromecast has worked well too. Screen Mirroring to the Chromecast does stutter with video but I never use that feature as most apps support casting now. Overall I have been really happy with my purchase and would recommend this phone to anyone who doesn't feel they need flagship phone specs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Phone can't stand humidity and service is the wors

      Posted
      ECNG
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My phone lasted a month. It was fine, the specs aren't that impressive and the price seemed ok. After about a month some pixels began to discolor. I sent it in to the Nokia repair center for a warranty repair and Nokia told me the phone was out of warranty due to liquid damage. The phone was never wet, but Nokia says it is probably due to humidity... I live in the Midwest, it's humid, this has never happened. In addition to having dull pixels and being out of warranty, the phone was returned with an inoperable touchscreen and more damage to the screen, it looks like in taking off the screen the repair tech cracked portions of the screen. When I contacted Nokia they seem utterly perplexed by the notion of customer service. I have explained the situation several times and no resolution has occurred. I have repeatedly asked straight forward questions such as "can you confirm that the phone was tested before and after it was serviced? Because the phone I sent in was operable with an annoying screen, the one I received back has significantly more and severe issues". Nokia has refused to clarify this issue with their repair center and has repeatedly stated that Nokia support and Nokia repair cannot communicate. Nokia keeps recommending I ask a third party to confirm that their technicians broke the phone. I was initially excited to try Nokia again, this phone is an embarrassment, and the service is much worse.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not your father's "budget" phone!

      Posted
      tweak89
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      In this price range the word "budget" gets tossed around a lot. Well, that used to be a bad word when it came to Android phones and users who wanted a fluid experience and a phone that didn't feel like it would break if you looked at it wrong. Things have come a long way and fast. The build quality in this phone is excellent, Feels like a nice, substantial piece of hardware in hand. Fingerprint sensor, while small, reacts quickly. Camera is good, the app starts quickly and snaps fast. Low light performance is average for a smart phone camera. Overall performance is snappy and the interface is uncluttered thanks to this being an Android One phone. That means you get stock android, no overlays, no carrier apps, just quick and efficient stock Android. It also means you are first in line for security and system updates as well. Battery life has been very good so far. I have 3 e-mail accounts set to push mail as it arrives, I run Pandora every morning when working out and play a couple of games as well and have no problem running all day without plugging in. Highly recommend if you want a high quality price, but don't have a high quality budget (there's that word again!!).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about size, reception, design and price. Editors are less positive about portability and sound. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 91/100 = Excellent quality.
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