Nokia 4.2 Summary
Nokia 4.2 enters one of the most hotly contested segments of the market but neglects to shine as a great budget phone. The phone has a prized design and an outstanding build quality. The power button doubles as the notification light which is a great addition and stock Android experience is undoubtedly a welcome trait.
But the insufficient Snapdragon 439 processor is something that serves as a performance jam. The phone feels sluggish during everyday usage and struggles with intricate multitasking.
Camera performance is average, but issues with and shutter lag prove to a major annoyance. Also, the 3,000mAh battery is barely enough to last a full day of regular usage, and to aggravate the shortcoming further; the charging speed is also quite slow.
Nokia 4.2 Design
The most striking feature of the Nokia 4.2 is its design, which borrows components from the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 5.1 and looks attractive. The general aesthetic form is clean and understated, particularly the black variant of the device. The curved 2.5D glass on the back and front give the Nokia 4.2 a premium look, and we fancy this to the gradient finishes that are available on an increasing number of phones lately.
There is a vertically arranged dual-camera setup that seems almost level with the back panel, and the fingerprint sensor lies below it. The frame of this phone also has a glossy polish with a curved profile, mixing smoothly into the front and rear panels. The Nokia 4.2 looks more premium than what its price would suggest, and this might as well be an essential basis for people who would like an awe-looking phone without having to spend a lot of money.
The premium design of the phone extends to its in-hand feel, which is also transcendent. The Nokia 4.2 has a comparatively small footprint and is convenient to hold. You need not adjust the phone in your hands and stretch your fingers to reach for content at the far angles of the screen. The design quality of the Nokia 4.2 is unique, and this phone should be on buyers’ lists if design is an important deciding factor for them.
The phone has a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left, and unfortunately, the button cannot be customized to perform any other task. A single push of the button will bring up Google’s AI assistant, while a double press will bring up a piece of boring information that no one would really use
Thanks to a LED strip around the power button, it also serves as a notification light. The volume rocker sits the power button, and All the buttons provide satisfying tactile feedback.
On the left of this phone is the SIM tray, which has three slots to hold two SIM cards and a microSD card of up to 400GB concurrently. At the top sits a microphone and the 3.5mm headphone jack, while another microphone, the Micro-USB port, and the speaker, can be found at the bottom.
The device certainly gives a high-quality feel. However, the device is a fingerprint and dust magnet, so it is advisable to invest in a skin or a case or be ready to wipe spots every time for the phone to look squeaky clean.
Display and Performance
The phone packs a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) IPS LCD touchscreen with a waterdrop notch, 19:9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of 270ppi. Looking over to the oppositions, one can find phones that offer better screen with higher resolutions and wider viewing angles. On the convinced side, there is Adaptive Brightness for auto-brightness adjustment, and you can enable Night Light mode for a more comfortable screen viewing experience at night.
Powering the phone is a 2GHz octa-core 12nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, paired with 3GB of RAM.
The underpowered processor reflects in the everyday performance of the phone but more on that later.
The Nokia 4.2 is a member of Google’s Android One program and runs Android 9.0 Pie.
Considering the phone runs a stock version of Android Pie, you get access to attributes such as Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, Digital Wellbeing, and navigation gestures, just to name a few. Ambient Display is an additional helpful innovation that shows notifications for calls, incoming messages, and alarms without waking the screen.
The phone also has face recognition, but it is not expressly reliable or quick, even in well-lit environments. The fingerprint scanner works fine and unlocks the phone quickly. The scanner can also be used to pull down the notification shade with a swipe downward.
Camera and Battery Life
The Nokia 2.2 has a dual-camera setup, consisting of a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor camera at the back and an 8MP front-facing selfie camera. Photos taken in daylight ordinarily turns out decent, with natural colors and minimal visible processing. However, sharpness and edge details were lacking.
It packs a comparably small 3,000mAh battery, which hardly managed to last us through a full day of usage. Besides using productivity apps. The battery capacity is certainly on the lower side.
Nokia 4.2 price in Nigeria: Nokia 4.2 selling price in Nigeria is 49,900 naira.
Nokia 4.2 Full Specifications
|Release date||February 2019|
|Dimensions (mm)||148.95 x 71.30 x 8.39|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3000|
|Colors||Black, Pink Sand|
|Screen size (inches)||5.71|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||269|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||400|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes|
|Front camera||8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)|
|Rear camera||13-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron) + 2-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.75-micron)|
|Operating system||Android 9|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|