Nokia 2 is a pretty basic phone. It has a decent design and a strong battery. In fact, these are the things that the budget minded consumers desire to have in their handsets. However, by spending only a handful amount of money, you will never get a solid performance from any device. Same thing goes for Nokia 2. It delivers a very sluggish performance. But should you really care about the hardware capability while spending only $99.99? Is the device really worth of the price tag? In this Nokia 2 review, you will find all the details. Now, let’s dive in.
Nokia 2 Review: Design
Being a cheap device, the Nokia 2 comes with a plastic cover. But it feels pretty strong. It will not be damaged easily. To make the device look a bit premium, Nokia has decided to use anodized aluminum on both of the sides. The smartphone doesn’t have the pleasing unibody design that we desired it to have. However, it does look like a Nokia phone. That’s the biggest selling point.
Weighing 161g and having a large battery, Nokia 2 was supposed to become a chunky smartphone. However, the designers have done a great job for preventing it to happen. The device is only 9.3-mm thick. As a result, it’s literally impossible to consider it as a chunky smartphone. The thinness has concealed the chunkiness in a brilliant way.
There are several issues with the design. There is a little gap between the sides and the rear cover. It prevents the device from being attractive. The device is not resistant to water. There is no rubber seal. So, never pull it out of your pocket in a rainy day. However, these issues are quite normal for smartphones under $100.
Nokia 2 Review: Display
Similar to the other compact phones, the Nokia 2 comes with a 5-inch display. It supports a pretty decent resolution of 720p. However, it doesn’t have AMOLED panel. To decrease the manufacturing cost, Nokia has decided to use LCD panel. But it doesn’t stop the display from being great. It offers an above average color accuracy, which is pretty surprising for a budget smartphone screen. The viewing angles are pretty decent. But more importantly, it offers enough sharpness to make everything pretty realistic.
Brightness is pretty decent, especially at indoor and during night. However, you will struggle a bit at the daytime. In the bright outdoors, the display seems to make everything a bit washed out. Again, it’s not a deal breaker for a budget phone. The screen is definitely not stunning. However, it is one of the best one of its class in terms of color accuracy and contrast level. So, there are plenty of things to admire about.
The 5-inch display has been covered by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The scratches will not be able to spoil the new look easily. We would love to see the application of an upgraded version of the glass. But still, it’s pretty decent.
Nokia 2 Review: Camera
It’s quite impossible for a cheap smartphone camera to perform brilliantly. However, the shooters on Nokia 2 almost manages to do that. The 8-MP primary camera shows a pretty decent performance in capturing sharp photos in the bright outdoors. But don’t expect a stunning performance like the high-end camera phones. The sky in the captured images tends to be overexposed. While trying to take shots in HDR mode, I noticed a pretty strange glow. And there is a plenty of noise. But these things are pretty normal for a cheap device. Nokia 2 is not being made to work as a great camera phone.
Take a look at the images captured with the Nokia 2 rear shooter.
If you look closely, the shot is murky and lacks the amount of details that we are looking for. However, the subject looks reasonably sharp.
Nokia 2 also has a 5-MP front camera. It shows a pretty good performance in capturing selfies with a reasonable amount of details. But it does lack the wow factor.
Nokia 2 Review: Hardware and Performance
There is nothing remarkable to say about the hardware. Nokia 2 has been powered by the Snapdragon 212, which is an entry level chipset. So, do not expect a blazing pace. There is only 1 GB of RAM. Adreno 304 GPU is very old. As a result, Nokia 2 is unable to run all the most popular games of the recent time. However, it is powerful enough to run the old games, like Asphalt 8: Airborne.
In the Geekbench 4.1 (multi-core) test, Nokia 2 manages to score only 1162 points. It is nowhere near to 11819 points posted by Xiaomi Redmi 4. So, if you are looking for a smartphone with a decent performance, Nokia 2 is definitely not the right choice for you.
The device has only 8 GB of internal storage, which is too little for these days. However, you can expand the space to 128 GB by using the external memory card. So, you will not be affected with the shortage of storage issue.
Nokia 2 Review: Battery
The most impressive feature of the Nokia 2 is its massive 4,100 mAh battery. It is significantly larger than any other smartphone in its class. As a result, it is able to last longer than all of its competitors. If you watch tons of YouTube videos and listen to a lot of songs throughout the day, the battery will still have 40 – 45% charge remaining in its tank. And with a moderate usage, it can make two days, which is very impressive. We would love to see the same performance from all the other smartphone batteries on the market.
The effect of the larger capacity has been reflected in GSMAreana’s endurance rating test. The 4,100 mAh battery manages to last 109 hours! It is an incredible performance. The Nokia 2 can be a pretty weak smartphone in terms of hardware. But in terms of battery performance, it outsmarts all the high-end smartphones, including Galaxy S9 and iPhone 8, by a massive margin. For this reason, the cost conscious consumers will keep buying the Nokia 2 for years to come. There is no doubt about it.
Nokia 2 Review: The Verdict
Nokia 2 has the original look and feel of the Finnish brand. The battery is outstanding. It can make two days pretty comfortably. However, it is one of the most underperforming smartphones in its class. But that doesn’t prevent it from being an amazing budget phone. In terms of look and battery performance, it’s quite impossible to find a better option under $100. So, if you have a tight budget, it’s definitely the right choice for you.