BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV DETAILED REVIEW: Nokia was a household name in the smartphone business for decades jumping from Symbian to Windows Phone and now running on Android.
In 2019, the newest delved into the TV space with the launching of a 55-inch TV. In 2020, it enlarged that portfolio with the launch of a 43-inch and 65-inch TV. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
The design, UI and overall appeal of the TV are the same across its screen dimensions.
The 43-inch Nokia TV prices Rs 31,999 as of writing this review. At precisely the exact same price point, one can get a 43-inch FHD TV from manufacturers like Sony while manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Kodak, Thomson and more offer users a 50-inch 4K HDR TV at about 30K.
The cost leaves the Nokia TV in a precarious position. 43-inch 4K HDR TV from funding manufacturers are 5-7 million rupees cheaper while 55-inch inch 4K HDR TVs are a few thousand rupees more costly than the 43-inch Nokia TV. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
The Nokia TV does bring with it attributes like speakers powered by JBL, an ADS panel and of course, the Nokia name. However, is it worthy of the asking price, or should you consider the less costly funding choices?
NOKIA 43-INCH TV: DISPLAY AND PICTURE QUALITY
The Nokia 43-inch TV brings with it a 10-bit ADS panel using a peak brightness of 300-nits.
Along with supporting 4K, the TV also supports HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. The brightness of this 43-inch TV is about 100 nits less than the 55-inch Nokia TV, and it will be a bummer.
To put things into perspective, the 43-inch Thomson TV has a peak brightness of 500 nits and while we’re yet to critique the Thomson TV, be aware it is all about Rs 5000 cheaper than the Nokia 43-inch TV.
While peak brightness is not everything, it is essential for HDR performance on a TV. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
To judge the picture quality, we played with our typical slew of content on the TV ranging from 4K, HDR, SDR and of-course, gaming.
One thing to notice is that in the configurations of the TV, one can go and change the HDMI input from 2.0 to 1.4 limiting the sign to 1080p SDR.
Therefore, in case you think the HDR image quality in certain case is too dull for your liking, then you could always switch it to SDR for get a slightly better viewing experience sometimes. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
Netflix and Prime Video have a decent catalogue of HDR content, and that’s what we resorted to when testing the TV.
Beginning with Dolby Vision content on Netflix, the image was slightly dimmer than I’d enjoy, but it was able to retain detail where additional TVs like the realme 43-inch TV couldn’t.
The Dolby Vision material is definitely watchable and enjoyable on this TV, but in a brightly lit room, you’ll have some trouble with dim sequences.
Considering that the TV does not possess dimming zones, the brightness of the whole panel is lowered in darker sequences to attempt to maintain the black levels. Nevertheless, watching the same content in SDR, it looks brighter and appropriate for a well-lit room. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
The Dolby Vision functionality of this TV is okay. We’ll need to wait and see the operation of competing TVs before calling it bad or good. The HDR 10 functionality of this TV, on the other hand, is rather underwhelming.
Seeing a show like Jack Ryan at SDR and HDR on this TV has a more significant difference than we watched with Dolby Vision content. Some sequences at the show in HDR lose a lot of detail that’s visible when you change to SDR. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
A series like the Grand Tour on the other hand which is also in HDR did not face exactly the same issue and was quite enjoyable.
Your experience with HDR content on the TV is subject to the type of content you consume. Shows which have a bright, vibrant colour pallet will look great with this TV like Our Planet or The Umbrella Acadamy.
At the same time, HDR content with a lot more dark sequences like Jack Ryan, for example, are better absorbed in SDR through an outside source.
Another factor to note is that when consuming content in Dolby Vision, you only have access to Dolby Vision Bright and Dolby Vision Dark preset.
As a user, you can’t go in the picture settings and tweak these choices when swallowing content from the built-in apps. For HDR 10, you’ve got the typical set of presets such as Standard, Vivid, Sports, Movie, etc..
NOKIA 43-INCH TV: FHD AND SDR PERFORMANCE
We played with a Great Deal of FHD and SDR articles on the Nokia 43-inch TV ranging from TV shows such as Young Sheldon and Friends to movies like Mission Impossible, Mad Max Fury Road and more.
The scenes from Young Sheldon look bright, and the decorative features of these characters are observable with particulars.
It resembles the TV is in the vibrant present when swallowing SDR articles, but it was on’standard’ by default, making SDR content intake a deal on this TV. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
Actually Mad Max that has a warm tone into it seemed good on the conventional preset. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
A movie like Mission Impossible has good color reproduction in normal, but you get to see punchier colors in Vivid if that is something you want.
If swallowing content on YouTube is what you like to perform, then that TV will not disappoint.
From film trailers to gambling videos and even some music movies, YouTube articles is readily watchable with no trouble. FHD and SDR performance of the TV is pretty good and pleasurable.
If you perform in a bright area, I recommend you bump this up. In a dark room, it should be OK. Assassins Creed Odyssey has a vibrant environment but suffers from a warm tint on several TVs.
That is not the case here. The game’s environment appears lush and detailed with the nighttime sequences fun to perform with. Same for Forza Horizon. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
Arkham Knight is a SDR sport and a little tweaking will go a long way for those of you looking to game with this TV.
When playing an SDR match, changing the TVs settings from HDMI 2.0 to HDMI 1.4 helped. Not that the operation was awful when the TV was in HDMI 2.0 and enjoying SDR games.
But there was a bit of noise in the game that you will just notice if you know where to look and that was eliminated by shifting to HDMI 1.4.
Overall, those of you looking for a TV to play games on will be pleased with the operation of the Nokia 43-inch TV. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
The TV packs 24W speakers designed by JBL. The sound in the TV is clear even at low volumes, and for a small bedroom, you do not have to crank it above 30-35 to be able to listen to the sound by the scenes.
The audio is bright for the most part and contemplating these are TV speakers, so an individual can even enjoy a picture or two . Just don’t expect to blast them in high volumes as that is when they start to lose detail.
At about 40 percent quantity, these speakers sound good, loud and clear. If you don’t would like a whole immersive movie-watching experience, you should be able to make do with all the speakers with this TV.
Stock Android TV is the title of the game here, and that’s what you get. After the initial setup is over, the UI is butter smooth.
Voice controls work good and if you’ve used an Android TV in the past, you will feel right at home. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
Apart from some UI changes such as source choice and advanced image settings, this really is exactly like any other stock Android TV UI from the current market and that is most definitely not a bad thing.
The entire world of Smart TVs is divided into two when it comes to the remote control. We have the minimalistic remote controller found on TVs from Xiaomi, Realme, TCL and more.
Then we have TVs out of Kodak, Sony, LG and more that brings with it a more comprehensive remote controller that has the traditional number pad along with the brand new age smart controls.
The Nokia TV remote controller falls in the latter category.
You may choose one of those fashions over the other, but for me personally, the ergonomics and button placement of remote control are more important than its own style. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
It’s a slightly angular design making it look like it is leaning forwards when kept on a table. However, while you hold it on mind, you realise that this layout gives it an ergonomic fit in hand.
The OTT hotkeys, Google Assistant, playback and volume controls are easily accessible with your thumb when holding the remote control. I just wish the mute button was here as well.
All in all, the remote controller is very ergonomic and comfortable to use.
The Nokia TV shares the exact same layout as its own allies and whether you like the design or not is based on what you maintain below your TV.
The stand has a unique layout and will work nicely for the ones that will keep the TV on a small entertainment system.
But, unlike the traditional two feet of the TV, you can’t keep things such as a set-top-box or gaming console below the TV as the stand protrudes in front of the TV. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
This may also be a deterrent for those looking to maintain a soundbar snug below the TV. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
Coming into the connectivity choices, the TV has just one HDMI port and two USB ports on both sides, and at the back, it’s an AV in, ethernet port, two HDMI ports, optical port, a support port and great old antenna.
Many TVs have their port positioning on the left, but the interface placement on the Nokia TV is to the right.
The Nokia TV delivers with decent Dolby Vision performance and the HDR 10 functionality is a hit or miss dependent on the content. It’s a unique layout that ensures it stays well on a compact entertainment center.
Running on Android TV, you’ve got access to the Play Store and all the streaming solutions built.
The TVs speakers possess great sound output. When connecting an external device, you can switch between both HDR and SDR playback by controlling the HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 setting providing you great flexibility using an external device. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
But considering you can get similar performance in the TV 5-7K more affordable, you might want to consider your options before investing.
- Good color reproduction
- Clean and smooth UI
- Well-built remote control
- Stand ensures other devices like a set-top-box won’t fit easily below the TV.
- Mixed HDR performance
The Nokia TV brings with adequate Dolby Vision performance and the HDR 10 functionality is a hit or miss dependent on the content.
It’s a unique design that ensures it sits well on a compact entertainment center. Running Android TV, you’ve got access to this PlayStore and all the streaming services built. (BEST NOKIA 43-INCH SMART TV REVIEW)
The TVs speakers possess good sound output. When connecting an external device, you can change between both HDR and SDR playback by commanding both the HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 setting providing you good flexibility with devices like the Fire TV Stick or a gaming console.