Nokia 3.4

What is it?

A pretty basic cheap smartphone from Nokia.

Its processing power isn’t the best. It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor with 3GB of Ram.

There isn’t much in the way of internal storage either. The 32GB goes down to just 14GB when the pre-installed software is taken into account, so you’ll almost certainly have to use the micro-SD card slot to increase it.

It has three rear cameras – a 13Mp wide, 5Mp ultra-wide and 2Mp depth lens, as well as an 8Mp wide lens on the front.

The 4,000mAh battery is quite big, as is the 6.4-inch LCD screen.

Other features include a fingerprint sensor, face scanner and headphone jack. There are three colours to choose from: blue, purple or black.

What’s it like to use?

It’s easy to use on the whole. The processor is quite slow, especially if you’re used to a higher-spec phone, making apps take a while to load, although you can browse the internet without too much glitching.

The setup assistant is helpful and the menu flows nicely so you shouldn’t have too many issues navigating around. The camera features are limited, but it’s at least easy to find the setting you’re after.

The touchscreen responds well to your touch, and the keyboard is a good size, so you shouldn’t find typing too tricky.

You can unlock this phone quickly and easily via the fingerprint sensor on the back. The face scanner isn’t quite as reliable, especially if you wear glasses.

The display is pretty low resolution, and it has the bluish tint you often find on LCD screens. There’s a good level of brightness and the contrast looks good, but it’s difficult to read from the sides.

You get decent call quality, although it does dip slightly if you have a phone call in a busy environment with distracting background noise.

How long does the battery last?

Battery life is pretty good. You can expect 31 hours, or 37.5 if you turn the brightness down slightly.

Fully charging this phone takes four hours, which is four times as long as the quickest phones we test. You’ll need to plug in for the full time to take advantage of the good battery life, as a quick charge only gives you three to four hours before the battery dies again.

How good are the cameras?

Not great. Portraits come out well on the rear lenses, and colours look good, but otherwise there are problems with the picture quality. The zoom makes photos very blurry and they can come out too pale in low light.

There are problems with rear lens videos too. They look oversaturated, overexposed and there’s no image stabilisation, so the clips jerk around.

The front camera isn’t the best. Selfies end up looking artificial, with a hard contrast and loss of detail, and videos end up shaky with random changes in the brightness.

Is there anything I should watch out for?

The speaker isn’t the best for playing your music out loud as the sound can be overly sharp and tinny.

Is there anything else I should know?

The screen doesn’t scratch too easily and it can survive getting splashed with water, working perfectly once the microphone dries off.

Should I buy it?

No. It’s a long way off the best phones we test.