UNBOXED: Reviewing the Nuu G3 Smartphone
In an era where the major smartphone manufacturers are pushing new product into the market that is nearing (and exceeding) that $1,000 threshold, it’s refreshing to see other companies take a stand and break the mold with low cost mobile devices. We had the opportunity to look at one of those “entry-level” smartphones—the Nuu G3—ahead of the device’s launch at the end of March. Out of the box, there’s a lot to be impressed with with the G3, but, as you’d expect with a phone that comes in at a fraction of the cost of other flagship devices on the market, there’s going to be some give and take with the G3.
But the best place to start is with the price. At $199, you simply cannot beat the value that Nuu provides with the G3. At the same price point you could own a fifth of an iPhone X, the same with the Galaxy S9, or other dumber smartphones that lack some of the major features we’ve come to expect in today’s pocket-sized computers. The G3 ships with Android Nougat 7.1, and comes in a casing that looks and feels premium. The phone has some weight to it, which leads the user to believe Nuu packed some premium materials into the phone. It feels nice in the hand—albeit a little slippery with the all glass design.
One gripe about the design, related to the all-glass nature of the phone is that, with all-glass, you’d expect there to be wireless charging functionality. That’s not the case, but it’s certainly not the end of the world.