We at present have a wide selection of entry-level smartphones within the Indian market, all of that are priced round Rs. 10,000, and the not too long ago introduced Nokia 2.Four might be one other competitor. Launched in India in November 2019 for Rs. 10,399, the Nokia 2.Four offers customers a giant battery and show, plus the promise of assured Android software program upgrades for 2 years. Nevertheless, does it have sufficient advantage to make it onto our advisable telephones listing on this phase? Let’s discover out.
Nokia 2.Four design
HMD International not often disappoints on the subject of the design of their telephones, and whereas the Nokia 2.Four is an entry-level mannequin, it appears to be like fairly premium. It’s comparatively slim at 8.69 mm and never too heavy at 189 g. What makes it stand out, nonetheless, is the textured sample and gradient scheme on the again. I’ve the colour Fjord (blue) and this telephone can be out there in Nightfall (mild purple) and Charcoal. Due to the matte floor on the again, fingerprints aren’t any drawback and the telephone is simple to grip even with greasy palms.
The Nokia 2.Four has a devoted Google Assistant button that may be turned off if you end up not utilizing it. Nevertheless, it can’t be reprogrammed to start out one other app or activity. The amount and energy buttons are on the correct aspect of the telephone and have good suggestions. The Nokia 2.Four has a compartment with three slots for 2 nano SIMs and a microSD card. There is a headphone jack on the prime and a micro-USB port subsequent to a single speaker on the backside.
The Nokia 2.Four has a big 6.5-inch HD + show with good coloration saturation. The entrance glass could be very reflective, nonetheless, and for the reason that display screen does not get very shiny, it may be tough to see your contents clearly in daylight. There is a sizeable chin on the backside and a notch on the prime, plus thick bezels across the complete show. That is to be anticipated from a telephone at this worth level.
The capacitive fingerprint sensor on the again works fantastic, however I discovered face recognition a bit sluggish and does not work as effectively even in very dim lighting. The Nokia 2.Four is IPX2 protected and protects in opposition to mild splashes of water.
Nokia 2.Four specs and software program
HMD International used the marginally outdated Octa-Core SoC MediaTek Helio P22 for the Nokia 2.4. Most smartphones at this worth or beneath are likely to desire the newer Helio G35 SoC, however while you evaluate their specs, there is not a lot that’s completely different. In benchmarks comparable to Geekbench and PCMark, the Nokia 2.Four is a bit behind the most recent Helio G35 cell telephones such because the Micromax In 1B (check). Nevertheless, each confirmed related ends in different assessments.
The Nokia 2.Four is barely out there in a configuration with Three GB RAM and 64 GB storage. Different specs embrace WiFi, Bluetooth 5, FM radio, help for a number of satellite tv for pc navigation methods, and a few fundamental sensors. The Nokia 2.Four has a 4,500 mAh battery that ought to last as long as two days on one cost.
Android 10 appears to be like slim because of the virtually commonplace playback. Apart from the fundamental Google apps and Netflix, there is just one self-care app from HMD International referred to as My Telephone. The Nokia 2.Four is a part of Google’s Android One program, which ensures three years of month-to-month safety updates and two years of Android software program upgrades. The Settings app additionally contains buttons for quite a lot of fundamental gestures that you should use to rapidly mute incoming calls.
Nokia 2.Four efficiency and battery life
The Helio P22 was an honest chip for its time, nevertheless it’s beginning to present its age now. Even with Android and 3GB of RAM, the OS feels a bit lagged the entire time. Animations stutter quietly while you open a brand new window or just swipe throughout house screens. We’re used to seeing this on funds telephones, however I wasn’t anticipating a telephone with out a customized Android pores and skin. Nevertheless, the lag is one thing you would possibly get used to after some time because it does not detract an excessive amount of from the usability.
The Nokia 2.Four can deal with on a regular basis duties effectively sufficient. Apps took a little bit longer to load than normal, however I did not have any main issues after that. Alternatively, heavier apps and even video games is usually a bit an excessive amount of for the Nokia 2.4. For instance, easy titles like Amongst Us aren’t a difficulty, however the telephone struggled to supply playable body charges in CarX Drift Racing 2, even on the lowest graphics settings.
Whereas the show produces respectable colours when watching movies or content material, the viewing angles are very poor. It’s nearly unattainable to see something when the telephone is tilted, for instance when it’s on a desk, even at full brightness. The sound from the speaker is skinny, with solely the singing within the music or the dialogue within the video being audible sufficient, whereas the mids and decrease notes are severely suppressed.
The Nokia 2.Four has a superb battery life. I simply managed to apply it to one cost for a day and a half, which is fairly good. Nevertheless, when you want to cost this telephone, it takes a really very long time because it solely prices at 5W. In my expertise, the battery was charged to simply 32 % in a single hour utilizing the adapter supplied.
Nokia 2.Four cameras
The Nokia 2.Four cameras are fairly easy. On the again there’s a main 13-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f / 2.2 and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie digital camera has a 5 megapixel sensor with an aperture of f / 2.4. The digital camera app gives the usual recording modes, together with an evening mode. The utmost supported decision for video is 1080p for the entrance and rear cameras.
The picture high quality is strictly common even when taking footage in daylight. HDR works fantastic, however images I took normally had muted colours and poor element in panorama photographs. The autofocus is a little bit sluggish to reply, however is appropriate for comparatively sharp close-ups. Portrait mode is a hit and miss, however a minimum of the app enables you to regulate the extent of blur and the kind of bokeh sample you need for diffuse mild sources.
The cameras didn’t do effectively in poor lighting circumstances and produced pictures with poor element and chroma noise in darkish areas. Sadly, the night time mode hardly made any distinction to an ordinary photograph mode. Selfies taken in good mild appeared boring with muted colours. Selfies appeared grainy and comfortable in low mild, and the display screen flash was barely efficient right here.
The Nokia 2.Four seems to be positioned a couple of steps beneath its present asking worth. Other than good design, respectable battery life, and slim software program, there may be little or no interesting. Value a little bit over Rs. 10,000, I believe you’d be higher off with the Motorola Moto G9 (overview) for just a bit bit more cash.
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