If I was stuck with a budget of about N30,000 and I needed to purchase a smartphone, Nokia 2 would be my choice. Here is why I think it is the best value budget smartphone you can buy today. This Nokia 2 review should help you see why I think so.
We have handled the Nokia 2 here at MobilityArena and have been generally impressed. I will kick off with the hardware capabilities of the Nokia 2 and then touch on the software parts. Find out all about the Nokia 2 – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is all in here.
Nokia 2 Review: 4G LTE Support
This budget smartphone has 2G, 3G, as well as 4G radios built in. Even better, the 4G frequency bands include the scarce 700MHz band. That isn’t a common configuration, especially at this price range.
Nokia 2 Review: Premium Build
You will not find many smartphones at this price point with a premium aluminium frame and Gorilla Glass 3 protection for their displays. The Nokia 2 has these premium touches.
Owning one means that you get more value, plus people who see it think it cost you much more than its market price. The Nokia 2 is good for faking it till you make it in a sensible way. If you are on a budget, yet want a phone that makes you look good, this is it.
Nokia 2 Review: Great Battery Life
With a 4100mAh battery powering it’s 5-inch display and Snapdragon 212 processor, the Nokia 2 goes on and on before running out of battery. In one case, the battery metre showed us a 9-day standby time remaining at 91% battery charge. Getting two days of battery life from using the Nokia 2 is easy.
We have an 8 megapixels main camera with LED flash on the back and a 5 megapixels selfie camera in front. And they are good. They produce better pictures than the competition. We will have samples published for you in another blog post.
Now, on to the software.
Stock Android and Software Updates
Nokia 2 runs stock Android 7 Nougat from the factory. Which means performance will be good compared to phones with similar hardware configuration nut with a custom user interface laid on top of the OS.
But it doesn’t end there. Nokia 2 will get the Android 8.1 Oreo update and Android Go optimisations. You will not find any smartphone in its price range getting an update from Nougat to Oreo. Plus, it gets monthly security updates from Google as well, which is saying something in its class. As at the time of this review, our unit was still running Nougat but had up-to-date security patch.
Plus, Android Oreo Go Edition means that the Nokia 2 becomes even better optimised for smoother performance. In other words, performance will get even better.
Nokia 2 Review: The Ugly
The loudspeaker quality is meh. Nothing to write home about. Not that budget phones ever have impressive loudspeaker quality. It is loud though, and that is sufficient for a device in this class.
The hefty 4100mAh battery takes time to fill. Of course, fast battery charging is not a feature found yet in budget phones, so again, the Nokia 2 cannot be penalised for it. Having it would have pushed its ranking up through the sky though.
Conclusion: Best Value Budget Smartphone
The Nokia 2 is really hard to beat when you consider the sum total of the value it delivers. This is the best budget smartphone you can spend your money on in 2017, and probably in 2018 too.
If shopping for a budget smartphone, you should have a detailed look at the full Nokia 2 specifications if you haven’t done so already.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.