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Nokia 2720 Flip review

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Quick Verdict: Fans of feature phones will like the Nokia 2720 Flip, but regular smartphone users should only consider it as their "weekend" handset.

The good

  • Battery lasts for ages
  • Protects its own screen
  • Much cheaper than an actual foldable phone
  • Good conversation starter

The bad

  • Text entry is slow and painful
  • Camera is terrible
  • Feels cheap, but you can get an actual smartphone for less

2.8 inches

Display size

240 x 320px

4GB

Internal storage

2 MP

Rear camera

1,500 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
2.8 inches
Resolution
240 x 320px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
2MP
Video recording
N/A

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
192.7mm x 54.5mm x 11.6mm

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm 205
RAM
512MB
Operating system
Custom
Internal storage
4GB
External storage support
Up to 32GB
Battery capacity
1,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$0
Nokia 2720 Flip
Back when HMD Global announced it was releasing a range of Android handsets under the licensed Nokia brand in 2017, it got far more attention for its attempt to reinvent Nokia's classic line of feature phones. Folks went nuts for the Nokia 3310, and a few months later we saw a slightly rejigged model launch in Australia as the Nokia 3310 3G.

HMD Global followed up the 3310 3G with the Nokia 8110 4G, the "banana phone" – or "Matrix phone" depending on your frame of reference and colour choice – again, drawing a lot of attention to the brand for what was ultimately a pretty simple phone.

HMD Global clearly likes the attention it gets, as this year's "Classic" effort is the Nokia 2720, a simple feature phone that attempts to leap ahead of the trend of folding phones by reintroducing flip phones. Ones that fold, so it's jumping ahead of the pack by going backwards.

Which is confusing, I know, but then outside of the small core of die-hard feature phone fanatics out there, it's confusing coming up with a really solid use case for the Nokia 2720 over its other existing feature phones anyway.

Design

  • Simple cheap plastic flip phone
  • Small in your pocket or purse
  • Display is protected by the flip mechanism
  • Big friendly buttons
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Camera

  • Single, awful 2MP rear camera
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Performance

  • KaiOS now has social media apps
  • But you'd have to be a masochist to use them
  • Google Assistant works quite well
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Battery life

  • Removable 1,500mAh battery
  • Long battery life, but mostly because you won't use it much
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Verdict

  • $149 is a fair whack for a simple feature phone.
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Alternatives

You want a flip feature phone in 2020? We've got some bad news for you because locally there's just not that many alternatives at all. Telstra has its basic Telstra Flip 2 phone a little cheaper than the Nokia 2720 Flip at $119, but competitors Optus and Vodafone only offer candybar-style feature phones.

You could always consider one of Nokia's other "Classic" handsets such as the Nokia 8110 4G or Nokia 3310 3G, both of which are cheaper than the Nokia 2720 Flip.

Nokia 2720 Flip Specifications

Display

Display Size
2.8 inches
Resolution
240 x 320px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
2MP
Video recording
N/A

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
192.7mm x 54.5mm x 11.6mm

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm 205
RAM
512MB
Operating system
Custom
Internal storage
4GB
External storage support
Up to 32GB
Battery capacity
1,500mAh

Device features

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