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.

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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.


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