Nokia 2.4 first impressions

There’s never dearth of wallet-friendly smartphones available in the market, and here’s one from Nokia. Priced at an attractive P6,990, the entry-level Nokia 2.4 stands out not only because of its strong, Finnish-inspired design, but also for its capable performance and user-friendly features that make it worth every buck.

We got our hands on the Nokia 2.4 and here are our thoughts on this budget phone so far.

Strong and sturdy

The rear cover of the Nokia 2.4 sports a 3D nano-textured finish. It feels pretty solid in hand even without the jelly case it comes with in the box. The Nokia logo branding is found in the middle with the fingerprint scanner and camera module above it.

Meanwhile in front is a 6.5-inch display with a dewdrop notch for the 5MP selfie camera. The display falters a bit when under direct sunlight, but indoors, it’s quite crisp and vibrant.

On the right side of the phone, you’ll find both the volume rocker and power button, while on the left is a dedicated Google Assistant button. There were times when I’d mistakenly press the Assistant button to lock the phone, but I eventually got the hang of it after a few days of use.

Convenient camera

On paper, the Nokia 2.4’s camera isn’t anything to rave about. It’s a dual setup with 13MP+2MP lenses. But in actual usage, I fount it to be actually pretty good. Specifically, Portrait mode produces creamy bokeh (for both the rear and front cameras), and you can even tweak how blurry you want your background to be. However, the AI blurred some parts of my hair while I was taking portrait selfies, so maybe I’d suggest to run your selfies through the portrait editor before posting them.

Photos taken with this device are pretty vibrant, but sometimes it can come out too saturated. Another feature I like in this phone’s camera is the built-in Google Lens button. I can easily point the camera at anything and Google results will show up for it.

Fresh and friendly

The Nokia 2.4 runs on the Android One version of Android 10, which means less bloatware. The OS looks cleaner and simpler than Android 10, and the only apps pre-installed are mainly Google mainstays like Gmail, Chrome, and Photos. The only non-Google app pre-loaded is Netflix.

Powered by a Mediatek Helio P22 chipset, this Nokia runs apps smoothly, and it stays on all day thanks to its 4,500mAh battery. One downside, though, is since it still uses a microUSB 2.0 port, charging can take a little over two hours.

Nokia 2.4 specs:

  • Android 10
  • 6.5-inch IPS LCD display
  • Mediatek Helio P22
  • PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 2/3GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage
  • Rear camera: 13MP+2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP (f/2.4)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, FM radio, microUSB 2.0, OTG
  • 4,500mAh battery
  • Fjord, Dusk, Charcoal
  • P6,990 (3GB+64GB)

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