- Analysis by KJ David
Although mirroring a lot of basic Android phones with most of its pros and cons, the 2017 Nokia 2 swaggers in the budget-class department with a hearty 4100mAh battery capacity leading the way, consequently promising up to 2 days (2880 minutes) of regular usage on a single charge . Barring its hefty battery power, however, the Nokia 2's specs stay within low-end bounds.
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For instance, it runs on low-caliber hardware, including a Snapdragon 212 quad-core 1.3GHz processor and no more than 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM . In comparison, a few of its starter-class rivals have at least 2GB of RAM at their disposal. We are also not impressed with its 5-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera , which is an outright con, in the wake of autofocus-equipped selfie shooters. Its 8-megapixel primary camera sounds just about right, though.
Going back to the positive side of its array of pros and cons, the Nokia 2 features a 5-inch HD-720p In-Cell LTPS display. LTPS, by the way, claims to provide higher visual resolutions than the more-mainstream (as of its release) IPS screen solution, while IPS tends to win the longevity contest. We also caught an up-to-128GB external memory support in the mix, though this is probably to make up for its middle-of-the-road 8GB-only internal storage .
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The Nokia 2 also has some pros in terms of physique and design, one of which is the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel protecting its display. Moreover, it features IP52-grade protection from drips or splashes , which we do not often get out of mere 1GB-RAM smartphones. Note that this does not make it an entirely waterproof device -- that would be somewhere along the lines of IP67-68 rugged certifications. Rounding out its features are a sculpted polycarbonate back met by an aluminum chassis , a choice between three two-toned colors, and the Android 7.1.1 Nougat ecosystem.
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All said and done, the Nokia 2 is a budget Android for shoppers who value battery life more than anything else.
On-paper Star rating:
A year ago, this smartphone's on-paper performance would have been just fine, but by today's standards, this 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor with a RAM of only 1GB (LPPDDR3) seems a little pale, knowing how recent smartphones boast multi-core, 2+Ghz processors with more than 1GB of RAM.
It's disappointing that we could not find its weight information.
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It is touted as more resistant to water, dust and shocks.
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Not only does it have a 1.3GHz processor clock speed, but it also has 4 cores.
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The screen is big, making it a phablet: 5 inches and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels means about 10.68 square inches and an image sharpness of at least 293.58 dots per inch (DPI)!
It sports a superior-resolution camera (8-megapixel)
If Nokia's claims are accurate, the Nokia 2 and its (4100mAh)
The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.
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