If you’re older than 25, chances are your first phone was a Nokia. The classic 3310 was in the pockets of as many school children as businessmen at a time the Finnish brand completely dominated the global phone market.
Fast-forward to 2020 and things are very different. Nokia exists, but as a brand name for fellow Finnish company HMD Global. For all intents and purposes though, we have a host of Nokia phones to recommend to you – both feature phones and smartphones.
Ranging from the cutesy restyling of old classics, right up to high-end specs of slick smartphones to rival Samsung and Google, Nokia has a decent range. Its version of Android is close to stock and uncluttered, and it's been pretty good at ensuring a vast number of its devices stay current by receiving a jump to the next version of Android and beyond.
Some phones listed here reach a little further back in time, but it launched five (five!) phones at MWC 2019, plus a couple more at IFA 2019 and we've been reviewing and adding them gradually. Nokia is also thought to be announcing the mid-range Nokia 8.2 and Nokia 9.1 - successor to the 8.1 and 9 respectively - imminently.
Here are the best Nokia phones you can buy today.
1. Nokia 8
With a Snapdragon 835, attractive hardware and decent display, the Nokia 8 is a cheaper but high end alternative to more expensive Android smartphones.
While its RRP is £499, at the time of writing it is available for £349 in the UK with Carphone Warehouse. Expandable storage, dual cameras and now Android Oreo means this is an excellent way to get a high end phone for less than the £700+ of most other flagships.
Read our full Nokia 8 review
2. Nokia 8 Sirocco
The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the best Nokia you can buy, but makes a lot of sense considering it's the most expensive option.
On the plus side, we like the Galaxy S9 like design and getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There's also the benefit of Android One for clean software with guaranteed updates.
However, the phone still has the Snapdragon 835 found in the older Nokia 8, no headphone jack and no microSD card slot. You might also be hoping for an on-trend 18:9 screen.
Read our full Nokia 8 Sirocco review
3. Nokia 7.2
The Nokia 7.2 is a mid-range phone focused on design, offering a rather unique build when compared to the smooth, rounded smartphones on the market. With much more prominent angles, the Nokia 7.2 stands out, and the light refracting glass on the rear does a good job at providing the premium look the brand is going after.
The internals are fairly standard for the price, boasting a Snapdragon 660 alongside either 4- or 6GB of RAM, and the performance reflects this. Nokia wanted the Zeiss-manufactured lenses to be the star of the show but we've found the camera setup to be hit-and-miss, with great performance from the 48Mp sensor but disappointing performance from the wide-angle camera.
Still, a great design, impressive display and two years of guaranteed OS upgrades should be enough to tempt some consumers - especially at this affordable price.
Read our full Nokia 7.2 review
4. Nokia 5.1
The Nokia 5.1 certainly doesn’t look like a phone that costs less than £200, sporting a gorgeous Series 6000 Aluminium body, fine detailing on the buttons and camera and an FHD+ 18:9 5.5in display.
But while it looks the part, the budget internals mean that performance isn’t flawless, and it can’t handle more advanced mobile games. But for general tweeting, snapping and texting, the Nokia 5.1 is certainly a tempting budget option.
Read our full Nokia 5.1 review
5. Nokia 7 Plus
This phone is nearly there considering the price. The design is great as is the build quality, and the cameras are better than they have any right to be.
But the Nokia 7 Plus doesn't have the two day battery life it claims, and while high-end gaming is actually largely OK here, it mysteriously lags when doing simple operations and light multi-tasking where other often cheaper phones don't.
It's decent, but you'll find more consistent performance in cheaper mid-range phones.
Read our full Nokia 7 Plus review
6. Nokia 4.2
The 4.2 has shown that Nokia can still produce good hardware, and combined with the slick user interface on Android One it provides an enjoyable user experience. This fully featured modern handset produces consistently solid performance, with above average cameras and impressive battery life.
However, it is let down by a low resolution screen, poor implementation of biometrics and some stubborn design choices.
Read our full Nokia 4.2 review
7. Nokia 6 (2018)
We like the new Nokia 6 for 2018. It's a solid mid-range smartphone for £229 offering nice design and some decent specs.
One of the main lures is stock software and the Android One program meaning the promise of future updates. We like the 5.5in screen with it's modern 18:9 aspect ratio, and you also get a Snapdragon 630 chip to handle day-to-day tasks.
The Moto G6 is a key rival, though, and is £10 less.
Read our full Nokia 6 (2018) review
8. Nokia 5
We’ve long been lovers of the Moto G series for the top pick in the budget Android category, and the Nokia 5 nearly beats it. It's the best of Nokia's mid-range devices for sure.
With a decent camera, excellent performance and a stunning design, we are blown away by the low price tag offered here.
A downside is the screen resolution, but if you can look past this and you’re looking for an Android smartphone that costs less than £200, you can’t get much better than this.
Read our full Nokia 5 review
9. Nokia 3
The Nokia 3 has a few things going for it: it looks absolutely fantastic for the price, it runs stock Android, and it includes NFC, and thus Android Pay. Unfortunately, Nokia has just cut too many corners on the internal specs, with slow speeds and a disappointing camera, to make the 3 stand out amid a fiercely competitive budget smartphone market.
Read our full Nokia 3 review
10. Nokia 3310
At the end of the day, the Nokia 3310 is a play for nostalgia, and how much you care will depend on how much affection you have for the old Nokia bricks. It’s not going to replace your smartphone - and it doesn’t want to - but it could be a cheap supplement (although the SIM size is annoying). And yeah, you could already buy another feature phone for cheaper, but between the epic battery life and the sheer Nokia factor (and Snake!) we know where our loyalties lie.
Read our full Nokia 3310 review