Nokia G10 Review: Highly Not Recommended

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6.3Expert Score
Stay Away from this Phone. Period.

There are better options at almost the same price, or even cheaper.

Design
8
Performance
2
Camera
8
Software
10
Battery
8
Price
2
Positive
  • Decent Camera Performance
  • 2 Years of Android Upgrades
  • Near Stock Android Experience
Negatives
  • Poor Performance
  • There are better options

Specifications

  • 6.5-inch HD+ 20:9, Toughened Glass, Sunlight brightness boost
  • MediaTek Helio G25
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB of Storage (Expandable)
  • 13MP Main + 2MP Depth + 2MP Macro
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • Android 11 (can be updated to Android 12)
  • 5,050mAh + 10W

Design

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Nokia G10‘s design is more or less what you would expect from an entry-level device; mostly plastic, thick bezels, and a notch. You also get some branding at the back.

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To be fair, you do get bits of creature comfort. It’s got face unlock, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It also boasts splash protection, uses a USB-C port, and retains the headphone jack. You even get a button to activate Google Assistant.

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The device has a 6.5-inch HD+ display which is actually decent for media consumption.

Performance

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Nokia G10 runs on the MediaTek Helio G25 processor, which makes sense for an entry-level device, but lags behind in terms of performance to more recent devices like the narzo 50i Prime and the vivo Y16.

Even for simple day-to-day use, you will experience occasional stutters and some apps could take a while to run. At least, there’s 4GB of RAM, which leaves some room for multi-tasking, and 64GB of storage, standard for an entry-level device.

If you plan to use this for gaming, you have to make sure that’s it’s a light game, and something that does not require timely inputs, because you will get delays as I experienced playing Mobile Legends even at its Smooth graphics setting. The device also lags a lot in clashes.

Camera

Nokia G10 has a triple rear camera setup, composed of a 13MP main, and a pair of 2MP sensors for macro photography and depth sensing. Quality-wise, these are surprisingly good in terms of detail and dynamic range, especially when you consider the price.

Software

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The good thing about Nokia smartphone is that they run as close to stock in terms of the User Interface, and it’s the same here. Even more important, is their promise of 2-years of Android upgrades. The Nokia G10, in fact, can be updated to Android 12. That also means you don’t get a ton of bloatware.

Battery

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Nokia G10 packs a 5,050mAh battery, which in theory, should last at least a full day of light to moderate use, depending on a number of factors. It also supports 10W charging, which isn’t really a lot, but better than nothing.

Verdict

Nokia G10 could’ve been a decent option at its price range, if not for its poor performance that can ruin the user experience. Don’t get me wrong, it’s got good cameras for the price, and you get a near-stock Android UI that’s free of bloatware. But at least for me, you have to pair that with a decent processing package. That is why I will not recommend getting this phone, as there are better options.

If you still want to get it, it’s here and is priced at PHP 6,990.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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