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Nokia phones have gone through many generations, from the original Nokia to the Windows devices, right up to today’s Android phones. Nokia’s recent strategy seems to be to create a line up that has something for everyone, and their budget device is the Nokia 2. It’s got a good price point, and it’s definitely good looking, but the budget end of the market has some stiff competition. Fortunately, the Nokia 2 is a solid competitor.
Why should you want the Nokia 2? There’s solid power, some decent cameras, and a good, big screen. But there’s also fantastic battery life, which is always a great selling point. The Nokia 2 isn’t going to break the bank, but you’re also not going to be making too many sacrifices, making this a great buy.
The Nokia 2 is your basic candy bar smartphone. It’s got a solid plastic casing, curved to fit neatly in the hand, and aluminium siding that gives the whole device a luxury feel. The Nokia 2 certainly feels robust and well built. The profile is a little chunky, but it’s not too heavy thanks to that plastic casing, and the corners are nicely curved giving the Nokia 2 a distinctive look that’s really quite pleasing.
Aside from its looks the Nokia 2 gets some solid internals. Processing power is decent, the cameras are solid, and the display is big and better quality than we’d really expect at this price point. All in all, this is a good little package.
You won’t be paying a fortune for the Nokia 2 (in fact this is the second cheapest of the Nokia line up), but you won’t be cutting too many corners either, making this a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a budget handset.
No matter which budget range you’re looking in, performance is always going to be an important factor in your decision. The Nokia 2 isn’t the fastest phone around, but it does get a fair amount of power. It’s running a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor alongside 1 GB of RAM. That should be more than enough power for the average user.
In terms of operating system, like all new Nokia devices, this is an Android phone. You’re running Android 7 Nougat out of the box, but there is an upcoming upgrade to the newer Android 8.0 Oreo that you’ll want to take as soon as it becomes available. The advantages of the more up to date operating system are better security and stability as well as added speed.
No, this isn’t the fastest phone on shelves, but for the average user, the performance specs on the Nokia 2 should be more than good enough to get the job done. There can be a little lag when switching between CPU intensive apps, but it’s barely noticeable, and for day to day tasks there should be no problem.
We’ll admit that we were surprised by the screen specs here, they’re far better than we’d expect to see in this price range. You’re getting a full five inch display, so there’s plenty of room for typing and viewing, but you can still use the Nokia 2 one handed and easily slip it into a pocket.
You’re also getting an HD screen, with 720 x 1280 pixels, so around 294 PPI. This gives you a crisp clear picture, and thanks to IPS tech you get good viewing angles as well. The LCD display does give fairly good colour reproduction too, with bright whites and solidly dark blacks.
All in all, the display on the Nokia 2 is excellent for the budget. From HD videos to online gaming, the display is bright, colourful and very crisp. This is probably the best feature on the Nokia 2, and it’s a pleasure to look at.
We do expect fantastic cameras from Nokia, which is where the Nokia 2 is a bit of a let down. Don’t get us wrong, the camera set is very solid indeed, but it’s not quite the standard that we’d expect from Nokia since the usual Carl Zeiss optics aren’t present here. At the front, you’re getting a 5 MP cam, which should be just fine for selfies.
Around at the back, there’s an 8 MP camera with LED flash and auto focus. You get touch focus and geo tagging too, but that’s pretty much it. There aren’t a whole bunch of camera features here, though the rear camera does take nice, bright, clear snaps.
If you’re serious about mobile photography then this probably isn’t the phone for you (splurging on a more expensive Nokia model would probably be to your benefit). However, for the casual snapper, this camera set is decent and should satisfy.
This is a budget device, so it’s unfair to expect much in the way of special features. But there are a couple of things that should be mentioned here. You do get 4G, which is always a plus, and a headphone jack as well.
However, you don’t get a fingerprint sensor, which detracts a little from security and may mean that some digital payment systems can’t be used. Charging is via the older micro USB standard, rather than the faster USB-C, and there’s no quick charge tech either.
Having said that, battery life is excellent. There’s a huge 4100 mAh battery on board, promising a massive 1340 hours of standby time, 19 hours of active talk time, and 139 hours of music playing. So you shouldn’t be charging your phone too often!
There are three colour combinations of the Nokia 2 available, either white or black with pewter metal edging, or black with copper metal edging. Internally, there’s only 8 GB of storage, which isn’t much and could be a deal breaker for some. But there is an SD card slot so you can add up to 128 GB of external memory.
The good thing about deciding on a Nokia is that they’re just so available, meaning you’ll get lots of choice. SIM-free you’re looking at paying around £100, give or take. And most major operators are also carrying contract deals (including Vodafone, O2 and EE). On contract, you’re looking at anywhere from around £9 to about £20 a month depending on the service plan, with up front payments going from £0 to £20.
If you’re looking at contract deals there aren’t a lot of differences. We do suggest looking for unlimited calls and texts, since these seem to be fairly standard amongst operators. Data limits do vary though, and price depends a lot on the data limit you choose, so if you’re looking to save then a low data plan is the best bet.
As for SIM free discounts, the Nokia 2 has been around for a few months now and we are starting to see some discounts from retailers. Given the already low price point these discounts aren’t huge, but if you shop at the right time you could save around £10 or so. As usual, the traditional sales periods are usually the best time to get these discounts.
You do have plenty of choice at the budget end of the market. But if you’re looking for a phone that looks and feels good, and that has a fantastic screen, then you might want to consider the Nokia 2. For the average user performance should be just fine, and at this price point, you really can’t do better.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||143.5 x 71.3 x 9.3 mm (5.65 x 2.81 x 0.37 in)|
|Weight||161 g (5.68 oz)|
|Build||Aluminum frame, plastic back|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display Type||LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.0 inches, 68.9 cm2 (~67.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~294 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.1 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8909v2 Snapdragon 212|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||8 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||8 MP, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.1, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Radio||FM radio with RDS|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|- MP4/H.264 player|
|- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document viewer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 1340 h (3G)|
|Colors||Pewter/Black, Pewter/White, Copper/Black|
Budget handsets are ten a penny, but few look as impressive as the Nokia 2. We love that premium look and feel, and we’re seriously digging the battery life. Yes, there’s solid power and performance and decent cameras too. This hand set really ticks all the boxes, and is a great all rounder. If you’re on a budget, then you’re going to love the Nokia 2 just as much as we do.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.