Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Average of 6 scores (from 14 reviews)
Reviews for the Nokia 2.1
The Nokia 2.1 succeeds the Nokia 2 and manages to be both cheaper and more powerful than its predecessor. The amount of RAM and flash storage are still meagre though, but the device runs Android One Oreo Edition, which should mean that it remains updated with the latest security patches. Find out in our review for whom the Nokia 2.1 is suited and what buyers can expect from the device.
Source: Htxt Africa
If you are looking for a smartphone that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, this phone can get the job done. Considering the price of this phone plus the fact that it is stylish, and has great battery life, the Nokia 2.1 is a solid entry-level phone.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/12/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Trusted Reviews
As keen as we are on affordable phones, the Nokia 2.1's performance tests your patience too much.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
The end result is that unless you really care about battery life and Android updates, you'll be better served elsewhere, a conclusion HMD could have easily avoided had it made just a few decisions differently and had its priorities straight.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
While the Nokia 2.1 will face a tough market consisting of budget phones sporting regular Android and beefier internals, HMD Global has a fighting chance with their budget phablet. Bearing standout features like a big battery, stereo speakers, and a well-optimized OS, the Nokia 2.1 is one of the best budget phones we have reviewed for 2018.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/25/2018
The Nokia 2.1 retails for Php 5,990 and is available at stores nationwide. While people may find it too expensive for an Android Go phone, the Nokia 2.1 comes with standout features such as stereo speakers, generous 4000mAh battery, and a clean, minimalist look. We will be using it as our daily driver and determine if it is one of the better Android Go phones out in the market.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/06/2018
There’s a lot to like about the Nokia 2.1 for the price, but it's unlikely to offer the best bang for your buck in the budget phone market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/29/2018
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 57% performance: 50% display: 50% mobility: 100% workmanship: 60%
Source: Smartphone Italia IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 60% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
Source: Smartphone Italia IT→EN
Positive: Beautiful display; decent hardware; nice cameras; metal case; stylish design; large battery capacity.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/18/2018
Source: Antyweb PL→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; bright screen; decent speakers; high autonomy; separate microSD slot. Negative: No fingerprint sensor; poor cameras; mediocre connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2018
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Low price; big screen; simple design; long battery life; nice dual speakers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/20/2019
Source: TechTimes VN VN→EN
Positive: Smooth firmware; long battery life; quick charging. Negative: Plastic case.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/08/2018
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Attractive design; large battery capacity; nice performance; low price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/10/2018
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Low price; decent speakers; nice design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2018
Model: Once a giant in the industry, Nokia has been put in the background in the market for such a long time. Despite this, they are still surviving and have recently released many budget friendly smartphones. Following the same theme, the Nokia 2.1 is a budget smartphone which features entry-level hardware specifications. The sleek design with metallic colored detailing makes the new Nokia 2 stand out. The dark blue back has a coarse touch which provides good grip to the palm. It also retains its looks without having a lot of fingerprint smudges after a whole day of usage with its polycarbonate materials. The Nokia 2.1 amplifies viewing experience. Despite being a budget phone, a user can watch their favorite shows with a friend on the 5.5’’ HD screen that’s big enough to share or indulge in a moment. The two full-size speaker grilles in the front complete the experience with an immersive stereo sound. However, the screen is an IPS display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, which gives a pixel density of 267 PPI. The traditional 16:9 screen ratio makes the device wider and it has a bigger bezel around the screen. The Nokia 2.1's rear camera is a single 8 MP main sensor. The camera app is also relatively well-done, with the HDR, Panorama, flash, manual mode, and delayed shot options easily accessible. It is not a high-end sensor, it just gets the job done. Besides the 8 MP rear camera, it also features a 5 MP front shooter for selfies.
It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 CPU processor with 8 GB storage and 1 GB RAM. The storage can be expanded by up to 128 GB via a microSD card. The internal storage that a user is able to use is only 4.5 GB as the rest is taken up by the system, which is not nearly enough without expanding via microSD card. The performance is just enough to run less memory demanding application. It is recommended to install the lite version of apps in order to have a smoother experience in terms of performance. The Nokia 2.1 features a large 4,000 mAh battery, which is one plus point for the phone because it will have a long battery life. It can easily last for a day. As for software, Nokia provides 3 years of monthly security updates for the phone, as well as a guarantee of upgrading the phone to the next two major Android releases from when the phone launched. This means the 2.1 will be upgraded to Android 10, which is another plus. As a conclusion, Nokia has successfully launched a very budget device successfully. It can satisfy basic users and makes the perfect secondary phone or a phone for the elderly. It is more than enough to do basic tasks such as picking up calls and reading.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Qualcomm Adreno 308: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 425 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
425: Entry-level SoC that was announced in February 2016. It integrates 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.4 GHz, an LPDDR3 memory controller and wireless radios for WiFi and 4G/LTE.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
Nokia: The Finnish enterprise is one of the most important telecommunication companies and well-known for mobile technologies. The company started with netbooks in 2009.
66.98%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.