Handsfree was good – callers could hear me clearly. Maximum ringer volume was 85dB and music/voice around 73dB.

Please use BT speakers or headphones if you want to listen to music.

Other

Other Fingerprint sensor on back
2D Face recognition
Notification LED power button

Fingerprint recognition is reliable. Face recognition got it about 40% of the time – its software-driven and needs good light.

We appreciate the notification LED power button. Its is a nice touch.

Battery

Battery 3000mAh battery
Charger   5V/1A
micro-USB will support up to 5V/3A charge
Approx recharge 5V/1A 4 hours and 5V/3A 3 hours

The battery is average for this class of device. GeekBench rates it at 2639


Tests:
1080p Video loop, 50% brightness, Airplane mode just over 10 hours
Under 100% load and everything turned or four hours.

Given typical use we expect this to run for 24+ hours between charges.

Operating system

OS Android: 9
Android One: Update policy
UI: Pure Android
Google Lens/Assistant: Yes

Android One is pure Android and should receive at least two OS upgrades and three years of patches and security updates.

Pie has loads of features, including AI, to learn about your use and adapt the phone to it. In the test week, we started to see minor improvements, especially in the over-aggressive adaptive brightness setting.

Users may need to get used to Pure Android – it generally has only one ‘home’ button a.k.a. iOS.

Build etc

Colours Black or Pink
Build Polycarbonate back over and alloy frame.
Slippery – use the bumper case
Dimensions 48.95 x 71.30 x 8.39 mm x 161g
IP Rating None

Nokia build and quality means it is a keeper.

What’s missing

Missing IP Rating
Wi-Fi AC

Are they deal breakers for this price – no

Camera – Nokia 4.2

Rear Camera 1
Primary
MP: 13
Sensor brand/model: Samsung S5K3L6
Pixel Size: 1.12um
F-stop: f/2.2
Stabilisation: None
Focus type: PDAF
Zoom: 8x digital only
AI: Limited scene recognition
Flash type: single
Saved images: JPEG or RAW if enabled
Video:[email protected] with stereo recording
Google Lens: Yes
Rear Camera 2 2MP, 1600 x 1200
Galaxcore GC2375
F/2.2
1.75um
RAW
Selfie 1 8MP
Likely Samsung S5K4HA
f/2.0
1.12um
Fixed focus
Flash: no
ISO: 100-1600
Camera Features Animated emojis, beauty

Why the detail?

The camera sits above what we call ‘social media standard’ being able to take competent shots in daylight, office light and even low light.

The lack of post-processing (not expected in this class) means images tend to be softer and colours paler – they don’t pop like a more expensive camera.

And as with all digital zoom – do not go there. No OIS and already soft results make zoom a disaster.