Is Nokia 2.4 a good buy for Rs 10,399? Review in 5 points
Nokia 2.4 was launched in India a few days back. It is the successor to the Nokia 2.3 and kind of serves as an option for people who want a Nokia phone that is the latest and also within the budget. Nokia 2.4 costs Rs 10,399, which is a pretty affordable price that most people prefer but the competition is fierce. I mean how frequently have you heard the name of a Nokia phone being hurled at a local mobile shop? Even on several websites, there is barely any chatter around Nokia smartphones.
There is a reason behind that but I will not get into it. I would rather talk about the Nokia 2.4 that deserves the chatter. Of course, this smartphone is not qualified enough to fight a specifications war against Redmi and Realme, but there is a good chance it might still win some customers, thanks to the long-running partnership between HMD Global and Google for Android One.
I reviewed the Nokia 2.4 just earlier this week and I made some points that would make you consider this device. And because the review is long and takes time, here is a concise version, telling you everything in just five points.
— Nokia 2.4 has a trendy design that involves dark and light shades of a single colour. It comes in three colours but I reviewed the Charcoal Grey version. This colourway is pleasant and brings a subtlety about the looks. It is not too loud or gaudy yet brings a tinge of premium along. The display of 6.5-inch is also large enough to watch movies, shows, and even play certain games. The brightness of the display is, however, an issue. The Nokia 2.4 display does not get too bright under direct sunlight. It is not a severe issue but I got to tell you in case your work with the smartphone involves being outside a lot.
— The entire hype around specifications has the processor at the helm. I know a lot of people like throwing the names of processors around a lot. Yes, the processor is the backbone but the performance it can give is highly subjective to what you need. If you need high-end gaming, there is no way you will go for a sub-Rs 11,000 smartphone that is best suited for light users. Nokia 2.4 is for these people who want a phone for a range of things that are not too resource-intensive. You can play Call of Duty Mobile and other high-end games on it if you want to but that will only give you a headache. But games such as Temple Run work fine on the device.
— Nokia is known for its cameras across different ranges. The photo quality Nokia cameras can bring is good. It is not exceptional but it is not underwhelming despite not being in the specifications war. Nokia 2.4 has a 13MP main camera that is accompanied by a 2MP depth-sensing camera for portrait shots. Honestly, those long queues of cameras are not what you should bother, and that is why the two cameras are enough. Talking about the quality, the images captured retain the natural colours of the objects. The operative word here is natural because all other smartphones give you what are the glorified versions of photos. They are mostly oversaturated and have an abundance of colours.
— Nokia 2.4 brings what could be the biggest selling point for it, its pure Android OS. The Nokia 2.4 runs Android 10 under the Android One programme. This is similar to the OS interface that Google Pixel phones come with. There are only Google apps and system apps that you find on the phone. Bloatware is not there. And leveraging its partnership with Google, HMD Global is also offering two years of Android updates and three years of security updates to the Nokia 2.4.
— The 4500mAh battery inside the Nokia 2.4 can go on for more than a day. I used the smartphone for basically everything in 24 hours, for photography, for watching YouTube and Netflix, playing some games frequently, chatting on WhatsApp. The battery did not disappoint me at all. But here is a little issue. The battery takes more than two hours to fully charge because there is no fast charging. It has 10W charging but I think 18W would have been better on the Nokia 2.4.