Nokia 2 review
Do more between charges
Our Nokia 2 review finds a micro-priced smartphone that is due to be released from the end of November 2017. The price is likely to be around the £90-£100 price range, making it ideal for first time smartphone owners or for people looking to buy a smartphone to give away as a gift.
There are two alluring qualities that the Nokia 2 presents. The first is that you can do more between charges with everything from the processor to the display having been designed to draw as little from the (large) battery as possible.
The second alluring feature is that the Nokia 2 is Android Oreo ready, so the Nokia 2 should get an free operating system upgrade soon.
Low power consumption hardware
We have already mentioned that the Nokia 2 is clearly focused on delivery the maximum amount of usage time possible. In the case of the screen, there is a 5” LCD display with low power consumption and HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels), which equates to 294 pixels per inch.
Keep up to Date
Fill in the form and be the first to know when the Nokia 2 is released.
The screen resolution is on a par with others in the price range but the brightness and colour vibrancy stands out as above average.
New: Razer Phone review
Inside there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. This too is energy efficient but you should expect a small delay (lag) when opening apps or browsing the internet, with power consumption taking priority over speed.
Premium build materials
The Nokia 2 has the same great design ethos that we have seen used on other 2017 Nokia phones, like the marginally more expensive Nokia 3. A premium feel is given through the aluminium metal frame that is precision machined from a single block of aluminium.
|Nokia 3 blue deals|
The sculptured polycarbonate back cover fits into the palm of the hand nicely and the front is durable, having been made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Nokia 2 isn’t waterproof but is rated with IP52 drip protection, so it can survive a light spray of water.
The Nokia 2 is offered in three colour choices. The Black/Copper model has a black back and front with the aluminium frame coloured in copper. The Pewter/White model sees the front and back coloured white with the frame coloured pewter (grey). The Pewter/Black models follows the same pattern with a black front and back with a pewter coloured frame.
We have seen a few chunky 10mm thick phones in this price range but the Nokia 2 fairs a little better at just 9mm thick.
Phone Set Up
Transferring content and security
The Nokia 2 has an internal memory of 8GB and this isn’t huge but it will get you started and allow you to transfer some content over from an old phone. The good news is that there is a microSD card slot and this can be used to boost the memory by up to another 128GB.
Security follows standard protocols with the option of a four digit PIN, eight digit PIN or password.
Pure Android / Oreo ready
The Nokia 2 has the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system pre-loaded and is Android Oreo ready. So, as soon as Nokia make the Oreo update available, owners are assured to get it.
Nokia has opted to go Pure Android and this means that the phone isn’t full of bloatware and duplicated apps. It also means that the Nokia 2 will receive monthly updates, ensuring the phone remains up to date in terms of security and features.
Being Android, Google apps are pre-loaded and these include the Google Assistant, Chrome web browser, a Data Saver, Doze battery saver, the Keep note taking app and Google Maps. Music and other media can be enjoyed through the single back-mounted speaker or through headphones connected to the 3.5mm audio jack.
Camera & Video
8MP / 5MP cameras
The Nokia 2 has a 8MP camera with autofocus and automatic scene detection. The LED flash can be used to illuminate the scene and you can capture Panorama images or use the Timer to get yourself in the shot. The main camera can shoot HD video footage while the 5MP portrait camera can capture your selfies.
|Nokia mobile phone reviews|
We have identified that the memory isn’t large and if you don’t want to buy a microSD card, then you can upload your photos and videos to Google Photos instead. This is good workaround because Google Photos will create a backup of your photos and make them accessible to you on your other devices.
Two day battery
The two day battery has a very large 4,100mAh capacity and this is clearly the standout feature of the Nokia 2. The battery should be able to give somewhere in the region of up to 139 hours of music playback or up to 19 hours of talk time or up to 55 days of standby.
Written by: Michael Brown