Nokia 1 – What it’s like to use a R999 smartphone

The compact Nokia 1 was recently launched in South Africa with a price tag of only R999.

The device features the Android 8.1 Go operating system along with support for LTE networks.

With its Nokia 1 device, HMD Global aims to deliver great value paired with a standard smartphone feature set, said the company.

Many retailers do not yet have the device in stock, but we found a Nokia 1 for sale at the advertised price of R999 and put it in our shopping basket.

Hardware and design

The Nokia 1 is a small phone with a compact LCD touchscreen that is surrounded by relatively thick bezels.

Despite its incongruity with smartphone design trends, the Nokia 1 manages to appear modern thanks to its simple colour scheme, centre-mounted rear camera, and bevelled chassis.

More importantly, the back panel of the Nokia 1 is removable – meaning you can remove and

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