Nokia 2.1 review

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The Nokia 2.1 currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

If you’re buying for a relative still using a feature phone, or an Android so out of date it seems from a different era, the Nokia 2.1 makes sense. However, much as we’re completely on-board with the concept of a mobile “for the basics”, the general sluggish response to actions and extremely limited...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Notebookcheck

The Nokia 2.1 is a budget smartphone with a great battery life and a lean operating system. The device is powerful enough for most everyday applications such as WhatsApp and even some light gaming. However, buyers should be aware that there is only 8 GB of internal storage and apps cannot be stored...

- Mike Wobker, Notebookcheck
Neowin

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.

- Muhammad Jarir Kanji, Neowin
TechRadar

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.

- James Peckham, TechRadar


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Common Questions


Nokia released the 2.1 on July 31, 2018.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia 2.1 user manual here.


Nokia backs up the 2.1 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Nokia 2.1's screen size is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Octa core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery.

Nokia 2.1 Specs

Overview
Release date July 31, 2018
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Octa core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.42 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Blue, Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.37 x 7.77 x 0.935 cm (6.1 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 174 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia 2 (2018)

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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

Tests your patience too much

from TrustedReviews

If you’re buying for a relative still using a feature phone, or an Android so out of date it seems from a different era, the Nokia 2.1 makes sense. However, much as we’re completely on-board with the concept of a mobile “for the basics”, the general sluggish response to actions and extrem...More

If you’re buying for a relative still using a feature phone, or an Android so out of date it seems from a different era, the Nokia 2.1 makes sense. However, much as we’re completely on-board with the concept of a mobile “for the basics”, the general sluggish response to actions and extremely limited storage mean it’s still tough to recommend at £100.

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Notebookcheck

An ideal entry-level smartphone

from Notebookcheck

The Nokia 2.1 is a budget smartphone with a great battery life and a lean operating system. The device is powerful enough for most everyday applications such as WhatsApp and even some light gaming. However, buyers should be aware that there is only 8 GB of internal storage and apps cannot be stored on a microSD card.

Read full review

The Nokia 2.1 is a budget smartphone with a great battery life and a lean operating system. The device is powerful enough for most everyday applications such as WhatsApp and even some light gaming. However, buyers should be aware that there is only 8 GB of internal storage and apps cannot be stored on a microSD card.

Read full review

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Neowin

Other phones just provide a better bang for the buck

from Neowin

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

Less

TechRadar

Nokia embraces Android Go again

from TechRadar

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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