Nokia 4.2 Review of Pros And Cons

Picture of the Nokia 4.2, by Nokia

- Analysis by KJ David

Despite being somewhat of a little sibling to the 6.3-inch Nokia 3.2 when it comes to screen size and battery power, the 5.7-inch Nokia 4.2 runs on a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 439 processor that sounds passable, at least compared to the sluggish-sounding quad-core-only engine used by its sibling -- neither of them will be joining Phonerated's list of the fastest smartphones any time soon, though, considering their overall budget-class mix of pros and cons. The 4.2's engine is accompanied by no more than 3GB of RAM , putting it on the back foot versus several 4GB-RAM rivals.

Don't Buy The Nokia 4.2 Before You Check:

The Nokia 105 2017 is the current best item in this list.
Top 10 Nokia Phones 2019
The Huawei Honor 8X is the current best item in this list.
Best octa-core smartphones March, 2019
The OnePlus 6T McLaren is the current best item in this list.
Best NFC phones

Among the 4.2's biggest pros is its 5.7-inch screen's elongated screen aspect ratio of 19:9 , which was quite popular among high-level large-screen phones around the time of this specs driven review. Regrettably, like a few of its close competitors in the budget-tier Android category, it settles for a run-of-the-mill HD+ (1520 x 720) definition only , instead of reaching for something like FHD+ (1080p).

Imaging-wise, although the 4.2's basic 8-megapixel fixed-focus (ergo, no autofocus) selfie camera is a slight con in our book, its dual-lens primary cam , which consists of a 13-megapixel main cam and a 2-megapixel depth-of-field sensor, sounds like an appreciable selling point within this Android class. By the way, don't forget to check out our list of the best smartphones for photography/videography here -- some of them combine more than two lenses.

This mid-range Nokia model's feature set also includes a 32GB (16GB, depending on which variant you go for) internal memory that's accompanied by an up-to-400GB external memory allowance . It is aptly powered by a 3000mAh battery infused with what the brand calls Adaptive Battery, which essentially optimizes battery consumption based on frequent usage patterns.

Joining its pros and cons are a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner coupled with a facial recognition system carried by its front cam, NFC (for tap-to-pay transactions), and a dedicated Google Assistant button for when users need a quick hand with shopping lists or directions, among other things.

With either a Black or a Pink Sand finish tying its features together, the Nokia 4.2 seems like a good fit for those eying a well-rounded budget smartphone.

You Should Also Be Interested In These:

* Prices shown are only indicative. They were recently fetched by our system and may have changed meanwhile.


Your Compare List

Full Menu
Privacy Policy  •  Our Mission  •  Contact Us
Copyright 2009-2019