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Nokia XR20: The Finns create a great outdoor phone on their first try

The Nokia XR20 manages to be a good outdoor phone without being clunky.
The Nokia XR20 manages to be a good outdoor phone without being clunky.
If you're clumsy like the author, you might have already considered a robust smartphone that doesn't immediately break after each mishap. Nokia presents an enticing offer here.
Florian Schmitt (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

A few months ago, we still suspected that the Nokia XR20 could be a watered-down version of the Nokia X20. In this regard, of course, we spoke based on first hints as well as our experience that manufacturers are usually rather conservative when it comes to the price and therefore also the features of rugged phones.

Fortunately, however, Nokia has taken a different path: The Nokia XR20 doesn't feel like at all like a compromise in our test. Sure, you have to live with a slightly weaker camera compared to the Nokia X20, but overall, the robust Nokia phone offers a lot that other outdoor phones lack:

  • 5G, NFC, and modern Bluetooth with aptX HD
  • a three-year warranty and even a display replacement within the first year
  • the promise of three years of new Android versions and four years of security updates
  • a simple but still quite stylish case
  • fast WLAN and good mobile signal strength
  • a customizable button
  • a bright display

Needless to say, the basic requirements of a phone intended for work or outdoor recreational activities are also met: An IP-68 certification ensures that the device is protected against water and dirt, and the sturdy Gorilla Glass Victus on top of the screen can withstand quite a bit.

However, the Nokia XR20 is not exactly cheap: You can get much stronger phones like the OnePlus Nord 2 for 499 Euros (~$592), but they are more delicate.

Does the Nokia XR20 have any weak points? Naturally, Nokia's outdoor phone isn't perfect: The speakers offer a rather mediocre sound, the camera is decent but no highlight, and the manufacturer preinstalls some advertising apps.

But when you consider that this is Nokia's first rugged smartphone, it's definitely impressive what the Finns have put together here.

Our comprehensive review of the Nokia XR20 provides more details, benchmark results, and information on how the device compares to other rugged phones.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 926 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
contact me via: @FloSchmi26, LinkedIn, Xing
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-09- 3 (Update: 2021-09- 3)