The Nokia 2.4 is one unique entry-level smartphone, a pleasant Android One phone that utilizes unassuming hardware yet delivers power and performance.
The Nokia 2.4 is one of the few smartphones in the Philippines that belongs to Google's Android One platform. This software program is also one of its main turfs in this segment making it a viable option to those who wanted to have a clean Android experience, and up to three years of timely software updates on their smartphones. Join us in this Nokia 2.4 review and see if this suits you.
Nokia 2.4 Unboxing
The Nokia 2.4 is packaged in an appealing box. It's different from what we've accustomed to in this segment. It's a slide-through box with a wider profile and thinner depth. The Nokia 2.4 is very generous when it comes to its out-of-the box items; it includes a micro USB cable, a power adapter, SIM ejector tool, clear silicone case, and headphones. It's also worth-noting that most of its peers in the entry-level department don't include headphones; so I think it is a plus point for the Nokia 2.4.
Nokia 2.4 Review
The Nokia 2.4 has a decent build. It has a textured polycarbonate back which feels good on the hands. The back houses the dual camera setup situated in the upper center of the panel. Below it, there's a circular dimpled area for the fingerprint sensor. In the middle, there's the Nokia branding in silver trimmings. We have the Charcoal colorway as our review unit which delivers a gradient tone from top to bottom of the back panel.
The Nokia 2.4 has a unibody design; the side comes with matte finish in contrast to the textured backing. On the right, we have the power button and the volume rocker. The left side houses the Google Assistant button and the SIM tray. We have the secondary microphone at the top together with the 3.5-mm audio jack; and the bottom side houses the speaker grill, primary mic, and the microUSB port.
The overall build is quite good. It's easy to handle with its curved edges and "fingerprint-phobic" back. It's also a good looking smartphone which you would definitely carry around in the wild.
The Nokia 2.4 features a 6.5-inch HD + display. It is treated with 2.5D arc glass which makes scrolling at the edge even more appealing. The screen features a waterdrop display with thin side bezels and a sizable chin that houses the Nokia branding. Though this type of display is quite common to entry-level smartphones, the Nokia 2.4's panel is capable enough to push decent brightness. Contrast and color saturation are also good. While this is only an HD+ panel, details are still on point and pixels are not that obvious.
The Nokia 2.4's display is great in consuming content. Using it for streaming apps like Netflix is always a great idea. Viewing angles are very welcoming. It's also a very convincing device for homeschooling. I love the fact that the handset is filled with stock Android features like Night Mode, Dark Theme, and White Balance that would enhance your experience.
At the heart of the Nokia 2.4 is the MediaTek MT6762 Helio P22 processor. It is coupled with 3GB of RAM which keeps everything smooth in navigating the interface. There's also a 64GB of storage for your multimedia files. For a 12-nanometer processor, the Helio P22 comes a long way since its introduction in 2018. It's still one of the most efficient chipsets for entry-level devices. It's more than enough to handle moderate tasks. This is also one of the reasons why this smartphone is under the Google One program.
All in all, the Nokia 2.4 can handle moderate tasks with ease like browsing the internet, running multiple apps, and more. Playing basic games like Clash of Clans is buttery on this smartphone. Likewise, PUBG Metro Royale is playable with Nokia 2.4 as graphics defaults to Smooth and frame rate in Medium settings.
I tried downloading Mobile Legends, but for some reason the app is not compatible with the handset which is quite a bummer. However, there are gems that I enjoyed playing with the Nokia 2.4 like the Ragnarok M Eternal Love and Pokemon Go. Playing educational videos in YouTube and reading eBooks are great with this smartphone. Moreover, video streaming apps like Netflix takes advantage of its bigger display.
Speaking of videos, the loudspeaker lacks some bass and it's quite pitchy. Good thing, there is an inclusion of headphones on the package. I have no issues taking calls with the phone even in closed areas; the reception is quite good.
The Nokia 2.4 features a dual camera setup. This is a combination of a 13MP AF sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. Its selfie camera is a 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The smartphone produces decent shots under good lighting conditions. Photos come with convincing details and sharp contrast. Color saturation is also on point. In its class, I think the Nokia 2.4's camera is a worker.
Software: Android One
Nokia 2.4's main turf is its software. It is running Android 10 and is enlisted in Google's Android One program. For the uninitiated, the Android One program is a series of third-party Android smartphones which is being promoted under Google's wing.
This also means that Nokia 2.4 will be one of the smartphones that are first in line on the upcoming Android 11 update. Aside from the promised two-year update from Google, it will receive regular security patches for three years.
For purists and minimalists, this could be your cup of tea. The Nokia 2.4 boots with stock Android UI, thus it takes advantage of Google Mobile Services. The UI is clean with flat and rounded icons; bloatwares are also minimal.
You can access your Google cards by swiping from left and pull the app drawer from the bottom of the screen. The dedicated Google Assistant button is also very convenient to use. Furthermore, you can use swipe navigation features which is always a plus point for me.
While the fingerprint sensor is fast, we found the facial recognition feature a tad slower than most smartphones in this segment.
Nokia 2.4's software is also optimized to prioritize important apps in background activities, thus it reduces power usage. This software optimization coupled with the 4500 mAh battery make the Nokia 2.4 one of the power efficient smartphones we tried in a while. In fact, its battery could last nearly two days.
The smartphone has no fast charging capability. You can fully charge the Nokia 2.4 for almost two hours.
The Nokia 2.4 is a unique entry-level smartphone. It's a pleasant Android One handset that utilizes unassuming hardware yet delivers the exact power and productivity expected of it. It may not be the most powerful or the most snappy in this block, but it could perform most of the tasks thrown at it with ease. With this, I think it could be an ideal smartphone for homeschooling or as a secondary phone for your work from home activities.
If you're on the market for a capable smartphone that has a long battery life, clean stock Android software, and one that does not break the bank, the Nokia 2.4 could be a convincing choice.
Nokia 2.4 Specs
165.9 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm, 195 g
6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD display, 720 x 1600p, 270 ppi
20:9 Aspect Ratio
Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22
8x 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
PowerVR GE8320 CPU
Expandable, up to 512GB via microSD card
Rear Camera: Dual
13MP auto-focus + 2MP depth, LED Flash
3.5-mm audio jack
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
FM Radio, GLONASS, BDS
Accelerometer, Proximity Sensors
4,500 mAh Li-Po Battery
Charcoal, Fjord Dusk