Nokia 2.2 – Impressions

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HMD Global, who is also the owner of the Nokia brand name, has launched the Nokia 2.2 budget smartphone globally and is the company’s most affordable Android One smartphone. It is pegged as the successor to the Nokia 2.1 which was introduced last year. The smartphone will be on sale form the 11th of June.

The Nokia 2.2 comes in two colour options, Steel and Tungsten Black. The finish on the phone is glossy attracting fingerprints and spots which make it look dirty under the light. However, you can purchase the Xpress-on back covers which are being offered as a separate accessory. It is being offered in two variants, 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB. It gets the power from a 3000 mAh battery which supports 5W charging as well.

Coming to the smartphone, it looks like a solid piece and has rounded edges and corners. With a smaller than others form factor and a display size of 5.17-inches, it is very easy and comfortable to hold in hand, and even one-handed, all because of its compact design and smaller size. At the back of the phone, you can see the single camera unit which is accompanied by a LED flash unit as well. Below that is the Nokia logo and at the bottom of the phone, you see the Android One logo, a speaker grille. The primary microphone and micro-USB charging port are at the bottom of the phone.

On the sides, its the usual volume rocker button on the right along with the power button. The left side gets a dedicated Google Assistant button which unfortunately is non-programmable and can only be toggled on and off. You can press the button once to launch Google Assistant and press longer for detailed command inputs. Coming to the front of the smartphone, the screen is an HD+ screen which has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and has smaller bezels. The bezels are not extra thin but thinner when compared to the Nokia 2.1. The screen is good enough for a budget smartphone and is easily readable.

You can watch your favourite shows and videos as the display is decent for multimedia consumption too. The Nokia 2.2 runs on Android 9 Pie, and the company has promised timely updates for two years including security patches for three years. The device performance is quite impressive, considering the price point and the hardware. You will notice a few lags here and there but it is considerable for the price. For day to day calls, messages and multimedia, this phone can handle it easily. The animations can be jarring at times. So it is a good idea to switch-off the animations completely to have a better user experience.

The Nokia 2.2 comes with a removable and removable battery which is not the case with most unibody smartphones. The camera on the Nokia 2.2 is decent. The 13 MP snapper with f/2.2 aperture at the rear is good, although do not expect it to perform out of the world. The front gets a fixed focus 5 MP sensor. The camera app has a little bit of lag while capturing and processing images on the phone. It misses out on a fingerprint sensor but gets biometric face-unlock. However, HMG global have equipped it with a feature called ‘liveliness detection’ to prevent unlocking via photos and prints. Currently, the Nokia 2.2 is on sale online with the introductory prices, which will be hiked after June 30th.

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