Nokia 2.1 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

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.

The good

  • Attractive design
  • Good battery life
  • Optimised Android Go apps

The bad

  • Generally poor app performance
  • Camera is slow

Nokia 2.1 at a glance
When was the Nokia 2.1 released? July 2018
What’s new about the Nokia 2.1? Sleek aluminium design, good battery life, Android Oreo Go
How much does the Nokia 2.1 cost? $199

The Nokia 2.1 combines attractive design with the simplicity of Android Oreo Go, and the end result is spectacular value.

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

Nokia 2.1

A return to form for the Nokia brand

The Nokia 2.1 makes good on the company's promise of premium style at a budget price for its return to the smartphone market, delivering impressive looks and value at a very agreeable pricepoint.

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OS Android Go
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 720x1280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 267
Processor Snapdragon 425
Height (mm) 153.6
Width (mm) 77.6
Depth (mm) 9.7
Weight (g) 174
Battery size (mAh) 4,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 8GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 1
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 8
Rear camera (1) aperture
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
NFC support No
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Updated March 26th, 2019
Name Product Display Rear camera Internal storage Battery size More info
Nokia 9 Pureview
Nokia 9 Pureview
5.99
inches

2880 x 1440px

12MP + 12MP + 12MP

128GB

3,320
mAh
5.84
inches

1080 x 2280px

12MP + 5MP

32GB

3,060
mAh
Nokia 4.2
Nokia 4.2
5.71
inches

720 x 1520px

13MP + 2MP

16GB


32GB

3,000
mAh
5.3
inches

2560 x 1440px

13MP + 13MP

64GB

3,090
mAh
Nokia 3.2
Nokia 3.2
6.26
inches

720 x 1520px

13MP

16GB


32GB

4,000
mAh
5.5
inches

720x1280px

8MP

8GB

4,000
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

16MP

64GB

3,000
mAh
5.2
inches

720 x 1440px

13MP

16GB

2,990
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

16MP

32GB

3,000
mAh
5.8
inches

HD+px

16MP + 5MP

64GB

3,060
mAh
5.5
inches

2560 x 1440px

12MP + 13MP

128GB

3,260
mAh
5.8
inches

HD+px

13MP + 5MP

32GB

3,060
mAh
6
inches

2160 x 1080px

12MP + 13MP

64GB

3,800
mAh
Nokia 210
Nokia 210
2.4
inches

320 x 240px

0.3MP
1,020
mAh
5.5
inches

1080 x 2160px

16MP

16GB

2,970
mAh
5.2
inches

1280 × 720px

13MP

16GB

3,000
mAh
4.5
inches

854 x 480px

5MP

8GB

2,150
mAh
5
inches

1280 × 720px

8MP

16GB

2,630
mAh
6.18
inches

2280 x 1080px

12MP + 13MP

64GB

3,500
mAh
2.4
inches

320 x 240px

2MP

128MB

1,200
mAh
2.45
inches

320 x 240px

2MP

4GB

1,500
mAh
Nokia 1 Plus
Nokia 1 Plus
5.45
inches
8MP

8GB

2,500
mAh

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    January 17, 2019

    Can the ringtone for answering a call be extended longer?

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      JhezelynJanuary 18, 2019Staff

      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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    DerekDecember 17, 2018

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

    Derek

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnDecember 19, 2018Staff

      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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    TrishNovember 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.

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniNovember 18, 2018Staff

      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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