Nokia 2 best among entry level smartphones : What do users think?

Nokia has launched a new entry-level Android-powered Nokia 2 smartphone in India a few hours ago. The device has few distinguishable features, with a premium build quality. However, for the price tag of 99 Euros or INR 7,500 is it a right smartphone? Let analyse.

Nokia 2 Vs Redmi 4A:

Let start with India’s favourite smartphone, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, which is priced at INR 5,999 for the entry-level model. In terms of display, both devices offer 5.0-inch 720p display protected by 2.5 D curved tempered glass on the top. However, in terms of processing power, the Redmi 4A ha Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, whereas the Nokia 2 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 SoC. Even with respect to the amount of RAM, the Redmi 4A offers 2 GB versus the 1 GB RAM on the Nokia 2.

Nokia 2 offers an 8 MP main camera and a 5 MP selfie camera, however, the Redmi 4A offers 13 MP main camera and a 5 MP selfie camera. As numbers have nothing to with the performance, the Nokia 2 should be able to perform better with respect to camera capability (considering history). However, the superior build quality and stock Android user experience might be the two good reasons to stick with the Nokia 2 with a massive 4100 mAh battery with two days battery life.

One can also go with the 32 GB storage and 2 GB RAM variant which retails for INR 7,000, making it more value for money smartphone.

Nokia 2 Vs Xiaomi Redmi 4:

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 retails for INR 7,000 for the 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, and INR 9,000 for the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variant. So, comparison with 16 GB model will make sense. The Redmi 4 features a full metal unibody design with standard 5.0-inch HD 720p IPS display, so does the Nokia 2 which is carved out of single block of 6000 series Aluminium block. So, with respect to design and build quality both of these has their own advantages and disadvantages.

However, when it comes to the RAW power and CPU capability, comparing Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 is never a fair comparison. The Octa-core SoC compared to the entry level 212 is like comparing mountain bike and a hero cycle (which are meant to do different tasks).

Both devices offer dual SIM card slots offers 4G LTE and VoLte capability. However, in terms of internal storage, the Nokia 2 offers 8 GB versus the 16 GB on Redmi 4, giving it an edge over. In terms of camera capability, the Redmi 4 has similar cameras that of the Redmi 4A, so, we can expect Nokia to outperform Redmi.

However, having a fingerprint scanner is always an added advantage and given Redmi 4 an added advantage. Once again, the operating system on the Nokia 2 (stock Android user interface) and the resource hungry MiUi makes the Nokia 2 lead the race. Finally, both models offer 4100 mAh Li-ion non-user replaceable battery with normal charging capability.

Except for the RAM and fingerprint scanner, the Nokia 2 is not actually bad at all and goes head to head with the Redmi 4.

Nokia 2 Vs Motorola Moto C Plus:

The Motorola Moto C Plus retails for INR 6,999 and runs on stock Android, so, Nokia has a tie at last with respect to the software department. However, the plastic build quality will not impress us in front of metal build on the Nokia 2.

The Motorola Moto C Plus offers a MediaTek MT6737 Quad-core SoC, paired with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB onboard storage with a dedicated micro SD card and the Nokia has everything in half (storage and RAM). So, having an extra gig of RAM is always appreciated.

In terms of camera, the Moto C Plus offers 8 MP main camera and a 2 MP secondary camera whereas the Nokia 2 offers 8 MP main camera and 5 MP selfie camera. So, Hurrey Nokia you got our back. the 4100 mAh battery on the Nokia 2 and 4000 mAh battery on Moto C Plus is an added advantage to the user.

Nokia 2 vs Samsung Galaxy J3:

The Samsung Galaxy j3 retails for INR 6,490 rupees. It has similar cameras (8 MP and 5 MP). However, the superior AMOLED display is the fact that we might consider the best in the budget as Nokia 2 has a LTPS TFT panel. So, look for a vibrant display, then go for Samsung Galaxy J3.

Nokia 2 vs Yu Yunique 2:

All plastic built Yu Yunique 2 is no match to the Nokia 2 in terms of build quality. However, one might consider the 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, which is almost double that of the Nokia 2 for INR 6,000. However, the Yu Yunique 2 will not receive any software updates what so ever.


If you are looking for a premium build quality then go with Redmi 4 or Nokia 2. Looking for stock Android, then go with Nokia 2. If you are interested in powerful SoC and fingerprint scanner, then go with the Redmi 4A. Have a shortage of budget then go with the Redmi 4A.