Nokia 3.2 Review 2019, HMD Global has been trying to grab a portion of the budget smartphone segment in India since the Nokia brand was revived, but the relatively high prices of its phones and the presence of competitors that offer more to the counterfeit have prevented Nokia from retrieving its old heritage.
Nokia 1.2 is the company’s latest effort to provide an affordable phone that shows the right balance between features, experience and price. The phone packs a huge display with a modern waterdrop notch design and a huge 4000mAh battery. On top of that, Nokia 6.2 offers a stock Android experience with the promise of timely updates.
However, HMD has some serious negotiations to keep the price down. The quad-core SC at the center of the Nokia 3.2 looks under-powered on paper, and the imaging hardware also seems less impressive than what we are accustomed to seeing at this price level.
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Has the company reduced spending in the right places, or is Nokia 1.2 the only budget phone that is destined to keep its arms in the face of intense competition? Let’s dive right into our review and find out.
Nokia 3.2 design
The design of Nokia 3.2 can be described as best suited, but will make some brief descriptions interesting.
The phone has a polycarbonate unibody that extends all the way to the front 2.5D curved glass with curved sides. The back panel looks like glass and has a reflective finish.
But it does attract dust and smoke rather quickly, and we’ve found it to be more readily visible to the Black variant of Nokia 1.2, which we have for review. Nokia 6.2 also comes in a choice of steel gray color.
HMD Global has cut off its premium glass bodies for polycarbonate in favor of Nokia 1.2, but there is another disadvantage.
The phone’s glossy rear panel easily scratches, and within a week of using the phone, we’ve noticed plenty of scuff marks. If you want to prevent this, you will need to buy a protective case as it is not included in the retail package.
Nokia 1.2 is not the most comfortable phone to use when it comes to hand feel. The phone has a huge profile, which means it’s completely out of use here. We often had to adjust the phone in our hand and extend our thumb to reach the content at the far corner of the screen. On a similar note, it is also a bit difficult to reach because of the volume rocker positioning.
To the right is the volume rocker and power button, which doubles as a notification light. Unlike the Nokia 1.2 (Review) power button, which is surrounded by a ring of light, there is a thin white stripe in the middle of the power button that lights up when a notification arrives. Although it is not as bright as the Nokia 6.2, the power button indicator on the Nokia 6.2 performs the task properly.
On the left is a dedicated Google Assistant button, a feature that is hard to find on a sub-phone with a sub-tax. 10,000 price categories. A single press brings up a Google Assistant, while a double-pressed button opens a page in the populate with relevant information and suggestions based on your activity and location. You can choose to disable the Google Assistant button, but you will not be able to recreate it for any other purposes.
The rear camera module is sometimes raised slightly, while the fingerprint sensor sits underneath it. The bottom of the phone has a micro-USB port and speakers, while a 3.5mm headphone jack can be found on the top. On the left side, you will also find a SIM tray, which can hold two nano-SIMs as well as a microSD card of up to 400 GB capacity.
Nokia 3.2 Features and Features
The Nokia 1.2 packs a .226-inch HD + (720×1520 pixels) display with a ratio of 19: 9 and a waterfall hose at the top. This new phone is powered by a Quad-Qual Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 processor, which is a bit disappointing considering the more powerful and lower priced phones, such as the Redmi Note 7 ₹ 11,299 (review) with the eight-core Snapdragon 660, and the MediaTek Helio P70 processor. With Realme 3 (review).
Nokia 3.2 comes in two variants – 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage with the original variant Rs. 8,990, and a high-end variant priced at 10,790 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which we have for review.
For connectivity, there is a 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / A-GPS, FM radio, a 3.5mm audio jack and a micro-USB port with OTG support. Authentication is powered by face recognition and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Surprisingly, the Nokia 1.2 Mice’s 2GB RAM variant doesn’t have fingerprint sensor. Excluding this on the phone which is quite frustrating to spend for 2019, and cannot be forgiven.
The phone also has an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer. It also has Qualcomm Aptx audio codec support which means that users can listen to high quality music through wireless headphones.
The imaging hardware is also a downgrade to Nokia 6.2. This phone packs a single 13-megapixel rear camera with an f / 2.2 aperture and 1.12 micron pixel. It is disappointing to see that this section misses a secondary depth sensor when almost all phones give dual rear cameras.
The selfies are powered by a F / 2.2 aperture and a fixed-focus 5-megapixel camera with a 77-degree viewing view.
Nokia 6.2 also lacks the camera features like portrait mode, AR sticker, scene mode and pro mode for manual control, to name a few.
The little camera app is quite basic to explore in terms of photography equipment, but thankfully, Google Lens has integration and it worked great.
In terms of software, Nokia 1.2 is part of the Android One program and runs Android 9 Pie. Our review unit initially ran the February security patch to date, but the phone has now been updated with the May 2019 Android Security Patch.
When it comes to software, Nokia 1.2 outperforms many of its rivals by promising a guaranteed OS update for at least two years. The phone will continue to have security updates for up to three years, which cannot demand more phone offers at this price bracket.
As a user experience, well, stock Android certainly has a relatively clean design and plenty of fans for the no-frills, no-face approach. Another advantage is that Nokia 3.2 users will not be bothered with lots of bloatware and pesky ads, criticizing for Android skin like MIUI.
The Nokia 1.2A provides a common set of Android devices, including adaptive battery, digital wellbeing, ambient display and adaptive brightness. Stock Android means users miss a ton of features on custom skins, such as running two popular apps like WhatsApp, Bike Mode and a dedicated gaming mode.
Nokia 6.2 performance, camera and battery life
Nokia 2.2 offers a larger 6.26-inch HD + (720×1520 pixels) display with a density of 269ppi. Although Nokia is marketing the phone’s large display as a multimedia-friendly feature, it’s not the most high-resolution display out there, and the color reproduction wasn’t as good. Also, the phone does not come with the Widevine L1 certificate, which means you cannot stream HD content from services like Netflix.
The lack of sharpness was immediately noticeable, especially with the CGI animated visuals. The colors do not look radiant on this screen, and while the brightness is decent, the reflection panel was a bit boring. Other than that though, we have had no other issues with viewing the content in the sunshine. Viewing angles are decent, but if you are watching videos with dark view, you can lose some texture and color
When it comes to the performance of this phone, Nokia 1.2 is easily outdone by rivals. The Snapdragon 122 makes it strong enough for heavy multitasking, and it’s considerably slower and less capable than the 3GP RAM with the top-end variants of Nokia 1.2 compared to the Snapdragon 60and০ and MediaTek P Soc০ Soke.
10.290. Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 can buy for a lower asking price and get significantly higher value for money in the process.
Despite running stock Android and avoiding resource-hogging custom Android skin, Nokia 6.2 feels a bit slower than the get-go. It feels comfortable to switch between applications and load them. Even after using Google’s own apps such as Maps and Chrome, the phone doesn’t feel GP at all.
Thankfully, the apps didn’t crash, and daily use was stable, but the phone sometimes froze and the UI became unresponsive under stress.
Regular productivity and social media applications run without interruption, but when playing games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 3 the performance limitations of quad-core SCs are noticeable, both of them ran at their lowest settings and still had many weights and examples of delayed or unresponsive, touch input.
Which makes both games enjoyable. Also, having a game in the background has taken a heavy loss on the liquidity of switching apps.
Looking for the competition, Shaomi Redmi runs PUBG Mobile in ₹ 7,999 medium settings and offers a smooth experience.
As a synthetic benchmark, Nokia scored 2 and 2 runs in the single and multi-core tests of G2bench 5. In Antu, Nokia had a poor score of 1.2, putting 1,334 put. The graphics-intensive Thimmark Slingshot Extreme returns a score of 190.
All in all, the Nokia 6.2 is not suitable for heavy multitasking or gaming. We came to this conclusion after testing the higher variants of the phone with 3GB of RAM, so you can expect worse than 2GB of RAM packing the base variants.
The fingerprint sensor worked well in our review unit, but we can’t say the same for face recognition, which even struggled in well-written situations. Navigation gestures are supported, but their implementation in Nokia 1.2 is not particularly smooth and we often find the UI lagging behind when working multiple times.
As far as the camera experience goes, the Nokia 1.2 only offers no basic software controls, such as entry-level imaging hardware and bokeh mode, AR stickers, portrait light effects, etc. With the camera camera, the camera UI offers only three basic modes – below. , Videos and squares.
The ‘More’ button lets you choose between panoramas, timelines and Google lenses. There’s also a Beauty Mode, which lets you adjust the power of beauty by removing the slider, but no fine-grained controls. At the top, you can find the HDR, timer and flash buttons.
The camera performance of the Nokia 3.2 is just decent for the price, but it falls short of the results given by the low-priced Realme 3 (review) and Redmi 7 (review), while the photos taken on the rear megapixel rear camera hold natural color and sharp sharpness. Nice to see on the phone screen.
Nokia 6.2 did not fight the locking focus, it overwhelmed Nokia 3.2 and we did not have to deal with the same slow shutter issue.
The photos shot under natural light had good color but they did look a bit muted. Examining them on the big screen showed some flexible and grainy textures, especially with long-range shots, but they were generally good enough to be shared on social media platforms.
The phone failed miserably to handle the rush of sunshine, showing the colors and strips of light slowly washing from the edges. We noticed that the dynamic range of images taken by Nokia 1.2 was similar to the one captured by Procure Nokia 1.2 (Review).
The well-lit indoor photos looked elegant, but they were not particularly sharp. The exposure slider is a bit aggressive in illuminating or dimming a frame, which sometimes makes it difficult to capture a picture where the subject has never looked dark or bright. Pictures taken in low light had a lot of noise and grainy textures.
We were pleased with the macros taken in HDR mode when the photo came to life. As mentioned above, there is no dedicated bokeh mode, but the macro flickers the background to provide depth of field effect focused on the content for the shots. The lack of a dedicated depth sensor is quite evident here, as Nokia 1.2 often struggles to detect object edges in focus, and there is no way to adjust the intensity of the opacity.
Selfie captured on a 5-megapixel front camera on Nokia 1.2 can be classified as average as best. The front camera tends to brighten photos by default, and lightens the skin without the use of a beautification filter As a result, the colors on the selfies taken in the daylight look washed out, and there was not much of a fine detail like skin texture.
There wasn’t too much detail in the background. The low-light selfies have been sub-par with plenty of granular textures, minimal sharpness and overall dark look.
As far as video goes, the front and back cameras in both Nokia 3.2 can record in full-HD and HD resolution. The videos shot at the rear camera have decent precision and color, but they are frustrated by the lack of any stability technology.
The main highlight of the Nokia 6.2 battery. With regular use that involves surfing the internet, using social media, occasional calls, about two hours of music playback and a bit of casual gaming, the phone simply goes beyond a day of use. We found that the Nokia 3.2 still had around 30 percent power on its battery.
In our HD video loop test, the phone lasted 10 hours 31 minutes, which is less than enough for a 4,000mAh battery packing phone. There’s no fast charging, and the bundled charger takes two and a half hours to take the battery from 0 to 100 percent.
The Nokia 6.2 is targeted at people searching for a phone with a large multimedia display, and it packs a large battery that can easily last for up to a day. And while the display quality may be better, Nokia 1.2 provides these two numbers. The bloatware-free Android experience and timely updates are also a bonus, but the positives are there.
Nokia 1.2, starting at Rs. For 8 GB of RAM base variants, the 8,990 has an underpowered processor that makes the phone comfortable. It struggled with multitasking and gaming in our tests. The camera’s output just barely goes above average, and the build quality and design aren’t that great either.
One of our biggest concerns with this phone is its price. Starting at 8,990, the Nokia 3.2 feels extra expensive. Also, the base variant missed on a fingerprint sensor, and we would definitely recommend a performance worse than the 3GB RAM variant reviewed. Realme 3 (Review) and Redmi 7 (Review) provide much better performance, camera and overall value than the base variants of Nokia 3.2.
The higher end version with 3 GB RAM, the price tag Rs 10,790, does not match the competition offers. The newly launched Redmi Note 7S ₹ 10,499 (review), a kid’s high price, offers a 48-megapixel camera, faster processor, better design and overall better value for money. One might consider Redmi Note 7 Pro ₹ 14,990 (Review), Realme 3 Pro (Review), or Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (Review) a bit higher.
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