We’ve a wide selection of entry-level smartphones within the Indian market proper now, all priced at round Rs. 10,000, and the not too long ago introduced Nokia 2.4 may very well be one other contender. Launched in India in November 2019 for Rs. 10,399, the Nokia 2.Four affords customers a giant battery and show, and the promise of assured Android software program upgrades for 2 years. Nonetheless, does it have sufficient benefit to make it to our list of recommended phones on this phase? Let’s discover out.
Nokia 2.Four design
HMD Global seldom disappoints in terms of the design of its telephones, and regardless of the Nokia 2.Four being an entry-level mannequin, it appears to be like fairly premium. It is comparatively slim at 8.69mm and never too heavy at 189g. What makes it stand out although is the textured sample and gradient color scheme used on the again. I’ve the Fjord (blue) color, and this cellphone can be accessible in Nightfall (gentle purple), and Charcoal. Because of the matte end on the again fingerprints aren’t actually a problem, and it is easy to grip the cellphone even with greasy palms.
The Nokia 2.Four has a devoted Google Assistant button, which could be disabled for those who do not use it, however cannot be reprogrammed to launch another app or activity. The amount and energy buttons sit on the fitting aspect of the cellphone and have good suggestions. The Nokia 2.Four has a triple-slot tray for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. There is a headphone jack on the highest and a Micro-USB port on the underside, subsequent to a single loudspeaker.
The Nokia 2.Four has a big 6.5-inch HD+ show with respectable color saturation. Nonetheless, the entrance glass could be very reflective, and because the display does not get very vibrant, it may be difficult to see your content material clearly in daylight. There is a sizable chin on the backside and a notch on the high, plus thick bezels round the entire show. That is to be anticipated from a cellphone at this worth.
The capacitive fingerprint sensor on the again works properly, however I discovered face recognition to be a bit gradual, and it does not work too properly underneath very dim lighting both. The Nokia 2.Four is IPX2 rated for cover towards gentle splashes of water.
Nokia 2.Four specs and software program
HMD International has used the marginally dated MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core SoC for the Nokia 2.4. Most smartphones at this worth or decrease are inclined to favour the more moderen Helio G35 SoC, however when evaluating their specs, there’s not loads that is totally different. In benchmarks equivalent to Geekbench and PCMark, the Nokia 2.Four is barely behind latest Helio G35-powered telephones such because the Micromax In 1B (Review). Nonetheless, each carried out equally in different checks.
The Nokia 2.Four is barely accessible in a single configuration, with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Different specs embody Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 5, FM radio, assist for a number of satellite tv for pc navigation techniques, and some fundamental sensors. The Nokia 2.Four incorporates a 4,500mAh battery which is claimed to last as long as two days on one cost.
Android 10 appears to be like lean due to the near-stock rendition of it. Other than the essential Google apps and Netflix, there’s solely a self-care app from HMD International known as My Cellphone. The Nokia 2.Four is a part of Google’s Android One programme, which ensures it three years of month-to-month safety updates and two years of Android software program upgrades. The Settings app additionally contains toggles for a bunch of fundamental gestures to allow you to rapidly do issues like mute incoming calls.
Nokia 2.Four efficiency and battery life
The Helio P22 was an honest chip for its time, nevertheless it’s starting to indicate its age now. Even with almost bone-stock Android and 3GB of RAM, the OS feels a bit laggy just about on a regular basis. Animations stutter mildly while you open a brand new window or just swipe throughout homescreens. We’re used to seeing this with funds telephones, however I wasn’t anticipating on a cellphone with no customized Android pores and skin. Nonetheless, the lag is one thing you would possibly get used to after some time because it does not impede usability an excessive amount of.
The Nokia 2.Four can deal with mundane duties properly sufficient. Apps do take a bit longer than standard to load, however after that I did not face a lot hassle. Heavier apps and even video games then again could be a bit a lot for the Nokia 2.Four to deal with. As an example, easy titles equivalent to Amongst Us aren’t an issue, however the cellphone struggled to supply playable framerates in CarX Drift Racing 2, even on the lowest graphics settings.
Whereas the show produces respectable colors when watching movies or any kind of content material, the viewing angles are very weak. It is virtually inconceivable to see something when the cellphone is inclined, for instance if it is mendacity on a desk, even at full brightness. Audio from the speaker is tinny, with simply vocals in music or dialogue in video being audible sufficient, whereas mids and decrease notes are closely suppressed.
The Nokia 2.Four does provide good battery life. I simply managed to make use of it for a day and half on one cost, which is fairly good. Nonetheless, while you do must cost this cellphone, it would take a really very long time because it solely costs at 5W. In my expertise, the battery charged to simply 32 p.c in an hour utilizing the bundled adapter.
Nokia 2.Four cameras
The cameras on the Nokia 2.Four are quite easy. There is a main 13-megapixel sensor on the again with an f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie digital camera has a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.Four aperture. The digital camera app affords the usual set of capturing modes, together with a Evening mode. The utmost supported decision for movies is 1080p, for the entrance and rear cameras.
Picture high quality is strictly common even when capturing in daylight. HDR does work properly however images I took often ended up having muted colors and weak particulars in panorama photographs. The autofocus is a bit gradual to react, nevertheless it’s usable for comparatively sharp close-up photographs. Portrait mode is a little bit of a hit and miss, however at the very least the app means that you can regulate the extent of blur and the kind of bokeh sample you want for subtle gentle sources.
The cameras did not fare properly in low gentle, producing photographs with weak particulars and chroma noise in darkish areas. Evening mode, sadly, barely made any distinction in comparison with a typical photograph mode. Selfies shot in good gentle appeared uninteresting with muted colors. In low gentle, selfies seemed grainy and delicate, and the display flash was barely efficient right here.
The Nokia 2.4 feels prefer it ought to have been positioned just a few steps beneath its present asking worth. Good design, respectable battery life, and lean software program apart, there’s little or no that is really interesting. Priced just a little over Rs. 10,000, I believe you would be higher off with the Motorola Moto G9 (Review) for only a bit more cash.
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