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Nokia 2.1 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The Nokia 2.1 has its limitations in processing power and camera quality, but its exceptional battery life and attractive design make it an easy recommendation for customers who only need light use from a mobile.

  • Attractive design
  • Good battery life
  • Optimised Android Go apps
  • Generally poor app performance
  • Camera is slow

5.5 inches

Display size

8GB

Internal storage

8 MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
267 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
8MP
Video recording
N/A
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
153.6mm x 77.6mm x 9.7mm
Weight
174g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 425
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android Go
Internal storage
8GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$199
Launch date2018-09
Nokia 2.1
Finder score: 3.5 How we score our reviews

When HMD Global gave new life to Nokia in 2017, and attacked the budget smartphone market with a range of Android-based handsets, by and large they didn't thrill us. However, during 2018 HMD has released a number of new handsets at similar price points to last year's models that are just that bit more refined. The Nokia 6.1 was a great update to the Nokia 6, and the Nokia 3.1 improved on the Nokia 3 in mostly pleasing ways.

With the Nokia 2.1, HMD Global has taken that sharp refinement to the real budget end of its range, and the results are excellent for the price.


Design

  • Removable back
  • 5.5-inch display
  • Aluminium frame gives a premium feel

Camera

  • Camera is a notable weak point

Performance

  • Android Go makes the most from a budget processor
  • A good match for basic smartphone users

Battery life

  • Great battery performance

Verdict

  • A surprisingly stylish phone for very little money
  • Exceptional battery life makes it stand out
  • Not powerful, but good for those who just want basic functions

Pricing and availability


Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
267 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
8MP
Video recording
N/A
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
153.6mm x 77.6mm x 9.7mm
Weight
174g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 425
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android Go
Internal storage
8GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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8 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Rick
    August 6, 2019

    Does the 2.1 have an easily changed battery?
    Does it have Bluetooth?

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      Nikki
      August 7, 2019

      Hi Rick,

      Thanks for getting in touch! It’s helpful to know that the Nokia 2.1’s back is removable, however, the battery is non-removable. It’s capacity is 4,000mAh. If you are a heavy user, batt life can last up to 1 1/2 days and for moderate users, 2 days max. Also, this phone is not fast charging nor offers wireless charging and needs to be charged the traditional way – with a cable. It also has Bluetooth connectivity of 4.2, A2DP, LE. Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Ted
    January 17, 2019

    Can the ringtone for answering a call be extended longer?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jhez
      January 18, 2019

      Hello Ted,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If you’re referring to the Nokia 2.1 handset, since it is an Android Go Smartphone, you’ll need to make a note of and then dial a code involving your forwarding number.

      Dial *#61#. It will display the number the calls are forwarded to and the current ring time. Write down the forwarding number.
      Dial **61*+1xxxxxxxxxx*11*30# (where xxxxxxxxxx is the number displayed previously and 30 is the new ring time – you can pick 15, 20, 25 or 30).
      Dial *#61# to check the new settings.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    Derek
    December 17, 2018

    Is the cost of the phone $199 Australian dollars? If so can it be delivered before Christmas?
    Thank you.

    Derek

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      John
      December 19, 2018

      Hi Derek,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      The phone is currently being retailed at $99 via Telstra. You may click on the “Buy Now” button on this page to be routed to the page where you could order this online. Free delivery is also provided for now. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    Trish
    November 18, 2018

    I am looking for a basic smartphone for my son who has recently had lost his iPhone. With the Nokia 2.1 can you download apps and does it have maps?

    Thanks.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jeni
      November 18, 2018

      Hi Trish,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Yes, you may download apps on this smartphone. It also has Google map.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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