Making a smartphone that stands out from the crowd is no easy task. Nokia’s latest G50 is a testament to this; it’s a smartphone with no glaring weaknesses but no praiseworthy strengths either. It has a big screen, good battery life and the promise of software updates, which speak well to its longevity. But with poor cameras, slow performance and a low-resolution display, it isn’t the best smartphone for most people.
The Nokia G50 is easily one of the least expensive 5G phones on the market so I, of course, leaped at the chance to review the gadget when offered. While my experience with networking was basically as I’d expected, my experiences elsewhere were not. As described throughout this review, in fact, they were better than expected almost across the board.
A big screen and 5G support make the G50 an ideal phone for stream fiends trying not to break the bank. It's not especially quick, and those cameras are merely OK, but it's still a lot of device for your cash.
The Nokia G50 is another sub-$300 phone with 5G, and it benefits from solid build quality and clean software. Like its direct rivals, however, it makes several telling compromises to hit those next-gen network speeds. You really need to ask yourself how much 5G is worth to you before committing to any of these phones, but if you do, the Nokia G50 won’t let you down.
Hands on: On first impressions, the Nokia G50 seeks to offer the things that matter in an un-fussy fashion. You get a big battery, big screen and you're future-proofed thanks to 5G support and having the Android One program for software updates.
The Nokia G50 is a strong performer for the price. Its camera set-up is impressive and produces great shots, especially in portrait mode. The design is simple and sophisticated: it’s a little clunky, but still light enough when compared to similar handsets, and didn’t feel like a dead weight in the pocket.