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Despite stealing a march on the competition globally with the early launch of its 2019 range of smartphones in February, Finnish phone maker Nokia has been slow to get off the block in India this year. 

It was only recently that the company decided to push up the gears and bring to India the Nokia 3.2 (Review) and Nokia 4.2 (Review) smartphones. And earlier last week, the phone maker launched its most affordable Android One offering in India, the Nokia 2.2.

The Nokia 2.2 is the successor to last year’s Nokia 2.1 and brings with substantial upgrades in both design, features and hardware. It is more than just a simple refresh of the device we saw last year.

Featuring a water-drop notch and a dedicated Google Assistant key, the 2.2 attempts to play the part of a phone fit for the demands of the entry-level smartphone buyer of 2019. But does it manage to do so? We used the Nokia 2.2 for a few days, and here’s the good, bad and our verdict about the device. 

The Good

One of the more impressive things about the Nokia 2.2 is the fact that it manages to bring the promise of Android One to the market at an extremely aggressive price point. For now, Nokia has announced the phone at an introductory price that starts at Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage variant and Rs 7,999 for the beefier 3GB/32GB one  — after the limited time offer ends on June 30, Nokia 2.2 will be available at price of Rs 7,699 for the 2/16GB storage variant and Rs 8,699 for the 3/32GB storage variant.

As Nokia explained at the phone’s launch event, the price tag makes the Nokia 2.2 the most affordable Android One smartphone in the market. Now whichever way you look at it, for a price-conscious market like ours, the fact that Nokia 2.2 brings the goodness of stock Android — and the promise of regular updates to go along with it at a low price point gives it a distinct advantage over the competition. 

The presence of a clean copy of Android on the phone also ensures that despite the Nokia 2.2’s modest hardware, it does perform decently well when it comes to day to day tasks. Essential apps such as Facebook, Instagram Chrome and Maps ran smoothly on the phone, encountering only occasional lags and stutters.

Stock Android, paired with a 3000mAh battery on the device, also improves the battery performance on the Nokia 2.2. 

Nokia’s partnership with Google also sees the phone become of the most affordable to sport a standalone Google Assistant button. Much like how you’d use it on more expensive phones, the key can be pressed to instantly wake the AI assistant and then carry out a number of tasks using voice-based commands. 

This standalone key sits on a frame which surprisingly also emerges as a plus in the Nokia 2.2’s favour. While it’s important to note that the device uses plastic at the back, it’s also interesting to see the treatment is in the form of a removable back cover — something that fondly reminded us of the popular Nokia phones of the days gone by. 

But it’s not just the nostalgia why the removable plastic back covers work for the Nokia 2.2. While the phone is being sold in two basic colours by Nokia — Tungsten Black and Steel — users can easily change that by buying custom back covers for the device which is available in multiple colours. 

In terms of design, the phone also impresses with its display, which despite sporting some amount of bezel and chin gives the illusion of being bigger than it’s 5.71-inch size — all because it sports a notch — making the phone an excellent option to watch videos and movies on the go.
The notch also houses the phone’s front camera which performs fine for the price, but crucially brings face unlock capabilities with it. 

The Bad

While the display impresses with its looks, it does not impress as much with how it performs. As a consequence of the price point the phone comes at, the display doesn’t get support for more than HD+ resolutions. Which to be honest is understandable. However, what is a little disappointing is the fact that it isn’t as vibrant as a lot of panels being used on competing phones from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme these days. 

Though the phone boasts of a 400-nits rating — which Nokia claims is one of the highest in the segment — we did have to crank it to full brightness for the majority of the time we used it. Another thing about the panel is that it also exhibits slightly washed out colours when viewed from slightly odd angles.
Unless held in hand and placed directly in front of the eyes, the phone’s display exhibited slightly washed out colours which soured our experience using the Nokia 2.2.

Talking about the performance of the phone, one of the negatives of the new Nokia device is the presence of rather modest hardware on it. For the Nokia 2.2, the company has gone ahead and used a MediaTek A22 CPU chipset SoC and paired it with either 2GB/16GB or 3GB/32GB RAM and storage. 

Graphics-intensive games and heavy apps don’t do too well on the device, and when we tried benchmarking the Nokia 2.2, Geekbench 4 failed to even launch its test. AnTuTu did go through with the benchmark, but only gave the device a rather low score of 63,735.

Another slight area of disappointment about the Nokia 2.2 is the rear camera setup on the device. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera which Nokia claims click good pictures in well-lit situations and is one of the better setups for clicking pictures in low light scenarios.

Now with claims like this, Nokia already raised our expectations from the device. But did it live up to them?

Well, yes and no!

While the low light performance of the camera is still debatable, the overall performance of it still leaves more to be desired. But, to be honest, that’s true for most phones in the price segment, and as such, we don’t blame the Nokia 2.2 for its rather underwhelming camera performance.

The Verdict

The Nokia 2.2 is a mixed bag as it brings with it the promise of stock Android at an affordable price point, thereby making it a good device to buy if you’re looking to get something to just get through the day on basic use without too many hiccups.

However, the fact that it fails to perform too well at gaming and heavy-duty tasks despite being fitted with a display that looks primed for the same is a shame.

As is the case with other Nokia phones, it brings a lot of Android goodness with it, but unlike many of its more expensive siblings, the Nokia 2.2 does not do enough to completely justify a recommendation.

(Excerpt) Read more Here | 2019-06-12 00:30:01
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