Nokia 2.2 is the new ‘.2’ version – last year it was 2.1 and
previously 2.0. It joins the Nokia stable of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9-series
and as we like to joke, ‘Rabbits ain’t got nothing on Nokia for prolific
The unlocked Nokia 2.2 costs $199. According to our spies at JB, it is walking out the door without signing up to Telstra pre-paid. Buyers, pop down to Woolies or Aldi and grab a $15-20 per month pre or post-paid, no contract, sim pack. These are smart, cost-conscious buyers who would not even consider the cheapest Telstra plan that starts at $50 per month.
The Nokia 2.2 elicits a mixed bag of emotions. It did not help that we had the premium Samsung Galaxy Note10+ ($1999), Samsung Galaxy 10+ 5G ($1849) and the Vivo S1 ($449) on the testbed. Why? Because you simply cannot and must not compare a $199 phone to these.
More importantly, you need to look at who is buying the Nokia 2.2 and not the Nokia 3.2 ($249) or 4.2 ($299).
Again, my spies tell me that the average shopper has a price in mind. As the Nokia 2.2 is its cheapest Android offering, it is not a hard sell. Trying to talk them up $50-100 or even to another brand falls on deaf ears.
This group is only concerned that it gets a decent phone that
will last a year or two. It could not give a rat’s backside for in-depth specification
Review format change
Over 60% of GadgetGuy’s traffic is now via mobile, and our traditional long-form (4-6-page) reviews don’t suit that. We now look at the buyer profile and what they expect for the price. The result – we will put everything you need to know in the first two pages. You will see the word ‘Pass’ if it meets or exceeds or extensive paradigms.
Don’t worry – where appropriate the heavy tech stuff and specifications
will appear after that.
Pass – it is not overly bright, contrasty or colour accurate and the night sky theme makes it look even darker than it is. There is no screen protection, and it will scratch.
Pass – its a good screen, a step above what you can expect at this price
Processor: MT6761 Helio A22; 12nm; four-core 2GHz A-53;
PowerVR GE8300 GPU; – all in one SoC with Wi-Fi 5 (N), BT 4.2, GPS, LTE modem.
2GB/16GB/microSD (claimed to 400GB).
Pass – It is a little laggy and not for gamers or power users but fine for phone and general use. Warning: there is only 5GB free of the 16GB storage but you can add a microSD.
Battery: 3,000mAh that at screen-on, low/high use will last about 12/8 hours.
You will need to charge this once a day although claimed standby time is 21 days. A 5V/1A USB-A to micro-USB charger is in the box. The HQ510 battery is removable, and spares should cost $20-30 (generic to original). Recharge time is around 4 hours.
Pass – when the spare batteries are readily available, it
may make sense to buy one.
LTE: Single SIM plus dedicated microSD slot
LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
Pass – It has reasonable city reception on all major Telco bands.
Its ability to find adjacent towers is limited, so it is not ideal for rural/remote
Comms: Wi-F N 2.4Ghz only, BT 4.2. GPS
Wi-Fi N is strong at -33dBm, but the maximum achievable speed
2.4Ghz is 65Mbps.
BT 4.2 is single-point and supports the SBC codec. It also
has a 3.5mm jack and headphones. These act as the FM radio antenna, but there
was no radio app.
Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer and light sensor. It lacks
things like a pedometer, eCompass etc.
GPS is too slow for turn-by-turn navigation but fine for use
on foot with offline maps.
Pass – fit for the task
Sound: Don’t ask.
It is fine as a phone and dreadful as a mono music speaker. The single bottom mic lacks any noise-cancelling and we found the need to ‘cup’ it to the mouth for the clearest conversation. The 3.5mm and BT output is more than adequate.
Pass – fit for the task
It has pure Android 9 One. Nokia provides two years of
software upgrades and three years of monthly security updates meaning Android Q
It also has a dedicated Google Assistant key (that requires internet connection). Nokia makes a big thing about AI, but that is all part of Android 9 – not the hardware.