Nokia 6 Review: Back In Black: Telephony, Loudspeaker, Text Input, Other Apps

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Telephony

The Nokia 6 uses a combined interface for the dialer, call log and contacts. You do acquire two app icons on the homeclassy screen for direct access to the dialer and contacts tab.






Dialer • Call log • Contacts • Smart dial

The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM device with a couple of nano SIM slots. There's a SIM management section in settings, which lets you enable, disable, and assign names to SIM cards, and select a default card for data and voice calls.





SIM card settings

Loudspeaker

The Nokia 6 has stereo loudspeakers - a dedicated one on the bottom and a second one that moonlights as an earpiece. The bottom one does most of the heavy lifting and pumps louder, but the two working together do create a nice spatial effect.

This setup scored reasonably well against the meter as well, earning a Good rating.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Sony Xperia XZ 61.6 65.5 67.6 Below Average

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) 66.2 64.8 66.8 Below Average

Lenovo K6 Note 63.2 69.5 71.0 Average

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) 64.5 71.0 68.9 Average

Moto G4 Plus 64.0 70.4 73.0 Average

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64.2 67.2 76.9 Good

OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good

Oppo F1s 69.0 72.0 67.9 Good

Lenovo K6 Note (Dolby Atmos Music preset) 63.7 69.0 79.4 Good

Huawei Honor 6X 68.4 67.0 79.1 Good

Nokia 6 (Chinese version) 63.0 70.2 85.2 Good

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good

Meizu M5 Note 65.1 70.7 86.8 Very Good

Lenovo P2 67.6 72.1 86.7 Very Good

Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent

OnePlus 2 75.7 73.5 80.7 Excellent

Text input

Text input on the Nokia 6 is handled by the Google Keyboard - the recent one, before it went all Gboard. It's the keyboard we all know and love with theming support, emoji, and secondary symbols on long press.







Google Keyboard

Apps

The selection of pre-installed apps is pretty minimal. You do, however, acquire a fully-functional file manager that groups your files by type and arranges them into tabs. It supports batch actions, and can also tap into cloud services (not our Google Drive, though).

Update (July 13): A recent software update for the Chinese variant, which includes the July security patch, also brings support for Google services. The Google Drive integration in the file manager, backup tool and gallery app now works like a charm.






File manager

There's a weather app that pulls data from AccuWeather and presents it in a simple and easy to read way. A surprisingly capable Note app is on board. It offers different categories (Diary, To do, Drawings), each with several templates to acquire you started.







Weather app • Notes

There's a built-in backup and restore solution too. You acquire to select which bits you need to haged safe, and you can back them up to the internal storage, to an SD card, or to the cloud. You can't schedule regular backups - you need to do it manually, on demand.






Backup and restore


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