So it is September and even after all the updates I'm still experiencing a few problems with my Nokia 6.1 (4+64GB) variant TA-1089.
Ever since the March update my Internet speed has been drastically affected. I'm getting about 10kbps down and 10kbps up on 4G LTE. I've tried every operator and I'm in a very developed area with two operator's tower within 200 meter radius. Still no improvement even after all the updates. I also own a Nokia 5 (3+16GB) variant TA-1053. The same sim which gave me 10kbps up and 10kbps down in Nokia 6.1 gives 27mbps down and 6.7mbps up on 4G LTE. This speed is the expected speed from my carrier and I get similar speed on my Samsung Galaxy A31 as well. Is my particular unit faulty or is the software responsible? I didn't have any issues before the March update. Calling and VoLTE works. Yes it works on Airtel as well. Few Airtel users were complaining about it. But it's fine.
WiFi also has problems now. It automatically disconnects and no matter how many times I press it, it wouldn't connect again. I have to turn on and off WiFi then it would try connecting again and most times it wouldn't even connect after attempting to connect. This is again a problem only with this phone only. Nokia 5 does 75mbps down and 49mbps up on the same WiFi. This even struggles on WiFi now. At maximum it will reach the speed of 400-500kbps down and about 100-200kbps up on the same WiFi network. It's range has also been affected I guess. Since unless I'm in the same room as my router it doesn't connect or if it was already connected, it disconnects when I go to another room. This didn't happen before February. It never happened.
[BLUETOOTH & HOTSPOT]
BI guess the hotspot is also affected since the Bluetooth is. Before I used to transfer files on Bluetooth at good speeds and now a 8mb file(image) took 21 minutes from my Nokia 5. Before it used to be over in a minute or two.
I say that the hotspot is affected because my Files app by Google is very fast at transferring files but it doesn't work properly anymore. It is very slow to discover the other phone now. The same issue with Xender, ShareIT and MiDrop. The hotspot range is also less or affected now. I used to turn on hotspot on my phone to use it as a remote for my Android TV. It doesn't work anymore. I can't even cast from this phone anymore. It refuses to cast. So this supports the hotspot and Bluetooth issue.
Coming to my next issue. After the Android 10 overhaul, the battery life was severely affected. On least amount of usage I would get 5-6 hrs stand by. After the March update this was fixed. But there's a new problem with charging now. I use the original fast charger and cable that came with the phone. The moment I plug-in my phone it shows charging rapidly but the very next instant that disappears. And this take about 3 hrs to charge my phone. The same charger works fine and fast charges my Samsung Galaxy A31. I used a different charger. OnePlus 5T's 3.1A charger with a LeEcho charger and it was again charging rapidly for exactly 21 minutes and 'rapidly' went away again and hasn't come back yet. Before the Android 10 update my phone used to charge from 0-100% in ~37 minutes using the same charger and cable which now takes 3 hrs to charge from 0-100%.
And before when the phone was at 100% and still charging, after few minutes it would say Charged and the charging (lightning ⚡) logo would disappear from the battery. This doesn't happen anymore. I left my phone on charge after it reached 100% for an hour. Still it was Charging and it kept drawing power. My battery health is Good and it last for 7-8hrs on standby like it used to before.
Then coming to the camera quality issue. There is significant reduction in both front and rear camera quality. This is more imminent in the front camera. It looks cloudy and like a cheap Nokia keypad phone as if it's a 0.3MP sensor. This is a software issue since I've used the front camera before and it used to take good pictures. The front camera on my Nokia 5 is a mere 5MP shotter but it beats the Nokia 6.1 now. It looks far better than it. While the Nokia 6.1 has a 8MP camera the update has messed it up pretty badly. The issue still persists even when I used a 3rd party camera app or the GCam port as well.
How do you expect me to live with a phone which lets me use Internet with 10kbps up and 10kbps down, with a front camera that looks as if it's on the same level as the camera on a keypad phone with a 0.3MP sensor and a battery that takes 3hrs to charge from 0-100% and still keeps charging? I might as well move to a feature phone. If this phone makes me feel like I'm still on 2G even while I pay for 50mbps up and down 4G LTE connection. I would've already considered it if I didn't own the Nokia 5 and the recently purchased Samsung Galaxy A31. I love this phone and I want to continue using this as my daily driver but the updates are making it more and more difficult.
I even took this phone to a 'Official' Nokia workshop or service center whatever you want to call it, they said it may or may not have any problem with the Type-C port on the phone and that since many users have already come with similar problems. They suspect it's a software issue. But still, I made up my mind to get my Type-C charging PCB replaced. Well I paid 1.4k and yet the problem remains.
So what is Nokia doing, only they know. Don't make it difficult for us users to get by our days normally. I'm a Nokia fan boy but this updates are somewhat making me waver now. I mean seriously if the they had mentioned one world along with the update, it would've made our lives easier. Yes that word is 'Beta'.
Why do you roll out updates when it's not perfect or has so many bugs and you call it Stable?
How many more days do I have to use 10kbps up and 10kbps down?
Prelude: My nokia phone (Nokia 3.1 Plus, Indian Version) was working poorly after update to android 10. The situation became so bad that ultimately I was even unable to run basic phone app. Also, nokia supposedly removed the option to mount SD card as internal (and hence no moving app to sd) and the memory was getting filled to the brim. (Planned Obsolescence)
I love my nokia phone, and I think nokia 3.1 plus is the best and most minimalistic looking android phones in the world of ugly notches. So I had to fix it!
So after days of digging through the realms of internet and arguing with customer care representative, I finally found a way to downgrade from Android 10 (Q) to Android 9 (Pie).
As many other people have already pointed out, the following method only works on nokia 3.1 plus phones upgraded to android 10 and have an April security patch. Fortunately for me, I was unable to install the may security patch back then because of some OS error, so I was stuck with the April patch and the downgrade worked for me flawlessly.
Known hurdles and fixes:
Bonus: Mounting SD card as Internal and moving apps to SD:
sm partition disk 179,128 private (for 100% as internal storage)
sm partition disk 179,128 mixed 50 (for 50% as external storage)
You have an extended internal memory now.
Next, go to developer settings and enable "Force allow apps to external". This will now allow most of the apps (except internal system apps) to be moved to SD card as internal storage that you just created.
Since last update my Nokia 7.2 battery is draining very quickly.
The device is only 3 months old i think.
It drains about 40 to 45% in 3 hours during standby.
I even use battery saver but it still drains the same way.
I tried factory resetting the device but it is not helping at all.