We have now a wide variety of entry-level smartphones within the Indian market proper now, all priced at round Rs. 10,000, and the just lately introduced Nokia 2.Four might be one other contender. Launched in India in November 2019 for Rs. 10,399, the Nokia 2.Four presents customers an enormous battery and show, and the promise of assured Android software program upgrades for 2 years. Nonetheless, does it have sufficient advantage to make it to our listing of really useful telephones on this section? Let’s discover out.
Nokia 2.Four design
HMD International seldom disappoints in terms of the design of its telephones, and regardless of the Nokia 2.Four being an entry-level mannequin, it appears to be like fairly premium. It is comparatively slim at 8.69mm and never too heavy at 189g. What makes it stand out although is the textured sample and gradient color scheme used on the again. I’ve the Fjord (blue) color, and this telephone can be out there in Nightfall (mild purple), and Charcoal. Due to the matte end on the again fingerprints aren’t actually a problem, and it is easy to grip the telephone even with greasy palms.
The Nokia 2.Four has a devoted Google Assistant button, which may be disabled in case you do not use it, however cannot be reprogrammed to launch another app or job. The amount and energy buttons sit on the correct facet of the telephone and have good suggestions. The Nokia 2.Four has a triple-slot tray for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. There is a headphone jack on the highest and a Micro-USB port on the underside, subsequent to a single loudspeaker.
The Nokia 2.Four has a big 6.5-inch HD+ show with first rate color saturation. Nonetheless, the entrance glass could be very reflective, and because the display does not get very vivid, it may be difficult to see your content material clearly in daylight. There is a sizable chin on the backside and a notch on the high, plus thick bezels round the entire show. That is to be anticipated from a telephone at this worth.
The capacitive fingerprint sensor on the again works properly, however I discovered face recognition to be a bit sluggish, and it does not work too properly below very dim lighting both. The Nokia 2.Four is IPX2 rated for cover towards mild splashes of water.
Nokia 2.Four specs and software program
HMD International has used the marginally dated MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core SoC for the Nokia 2.4. Most smartphones at this worth or decrease are likely to favour the more moderen Helio G35 SoC, however when evaluating their specs, there’s not loads that is completely different. In benchmarks corresponding to Geekbench and PCMark, the Nokia 2.Four is barely behind current Helio G35-powered telephones such because the Micromax In 1B (Overview). Nonetheless, each carried out equally in different exams.
The Nokia 2.Four is simply out there in a single configuration, with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Different specs embody Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 5, FM radio, help for a number of satellite tv for pc navigation programs, and some primary sensors. The Nokia 2.Four contains a 4,500mAh battery which is alleged to last as long as two days on one cost.
Android 10 appears to be like lean due to the near-stock rendition of it. Aside from the fundamental Google apps and Netflix, there’s solely a self-care app from HMD International referred to as My Telephone. The Nokia 2.Four is a part of Google’s Android One programme, which ensures it three years of month-to-month safety updates and two years of Android software program upgrades. The Settings app additionally contains toggles for a bunch of primary gestures to allow you to rapidly do issues like mute incoming calls.
Nokia 2.Four efficiency and battery life
The Helio P22 was an honest chip for its time, however it’s starting to point out its age now. Even with practically bone-stock Android and 3GB of RAM, the OS feels a bit laggy just about on a regular basis. Animations stutter mildly while you open a brand new window or just swipe throughout homescreens. We’re used to seeing this with price range telephones, however I wasn’t anticipating on a telephone and not using a customized Android pores and skin. Nonetheless, the lag is one thing you may get used to after some time because it does not impede usability an excessive amount of.
The Nokia 2.Four can deal with mundane duties properly sufficient. Apps do take a bit longer than ordinary to load, however after that I did not face a lot bother. Heavier apps and even video games then again could be a bit a lot for the Nokia 2.Four to deal with. As an example, easy titles corresponding to Amongst Us aren’t an issue, however the telephone struggled to supply playable framerates in CarX Drift Racing 2, even on the lowest graphics settings.
Whereas the show produces first rate colors when watching movies or any sort of content material, the viewing angles are very weak. It is nearly not possible to see something when the telephone is inclined, for instance if it is mendacity on a desk, even at full brightness. Audio from the speaker is tinny, with simply vocals in music or dialogue in video being audible sufficient, whereas mids and decrease notes are closely suppressed.
The Nokia 2.Four does supply good battery life. I simply managed to make use of it for a day and half on one cost, which is fairly good. Nonetheless, while you do must cost this telephone, it would take a really very long time because it solely prices at 5W. In my expertise, the battery charged to simply 32 p.c in an hour utilizing the bundled adapter.
Nokia 2.Four cameras
The cameras on the Nokia 2.Four are fairly easy. There is a main 13-megapixel sensor on the again with an f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie digicam has a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.Four aperture. The digicam app presents the usual set of capturing modes, together with a Night time mode. The utmost supported decision for movies is 1080p, for the entrance and rear cameras.
Picture high quality is strictly common even when capturing in daylight. HDR does work properly however photographs I took often ended up having muted colors and weak particulars in panorama pictures. The autofocus is a bit sluggish to react, however it’s usable for comparatively sharp close-up pictures. Portrait mode is a little bit of a hit and miss, however at the very least the app means that you can regulate the extent of blur and the kind of bokeh sample you want for subtle mild sources.
The cameras did not fare properly in low mild, producing pictures with weak particulars and chroma noise in darkish areas. Night time mode, sadly, barely made any distinction in comparison with a typical photograph mode. Selfies shot in good mild appeared boring with muted colors. In low mild, selfies seemed grainy and tender, and the display flash was barely efficient right here.
The Nokia 2.Four feels prefer it ought to have been positioned a couple of steps under its present asking worth. Good design, first rate battery life, and lean software program apart, there’s little or no that is really interesting. Priced a little bit over Rs. 10,000, I feel you would be higher off with the Motorola Moto G9 (Overview) for only a bit extra money.
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