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Nokia 2.2 unboxing and first impressions: when present meets past

On: June 6, 2019

“The Nokia 2.2 is the most affordable Android One smartphone in India at the moment”

Nokia has been launching smartphones in descending order of their nomenclature in India. The company first launched the Nokia 4.2 in the country, followed by the Nokia 3.2 last month. Now, the HMD Global owned phonemaker has gone ahead and launched the Nokia 2.2 in the country, which comes in as the most affordable Android One offering at the moment. I checked out the phone and it felt like a blast from the past during the short time I spent with it. Wondering why I say so? Read on ahead to find out for yourself.

The Nokia 2.2 comes in the signature Nokia box with a pull out tab for the inner box from the outer sheath. You will see the similar holding hands visuals behind the silhouette of the smartphone on the top and core specs of the device listed on the bottom. As you pull out the inner compartment, you will find the plastic wrapped Nokia 2.2 atop the documentation on one side and micro-USB cable with wall charger on the other. That’s all there’s to the packaging, which means you will head to the nearest market if you want a protective case, screen protector and earphones.

The Nokia 2.2 is a plastic-clad smartphone with a glossy nano-coating, which is a smudge magnet and it’s not easy to get rid of these smudges as well. Therefore, I suggest you get a protective case for the smartphone or be prepared to carry a microfiber cloth all the time. The rear panel of the Nokia 2.2 features a single camera lens, LED flash, Nokia logo and Android One etching in a straight row along the centre. The loudspeaker grille is also located on the back in the bottom right corner. The positioning of the loudspeaker is unfortunate as it’s very easy to cover up the grille and muffle the sound.

On the sides, you will find the 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB port, volume/power button and dedicated assistant button on top, bottom, right and left edges respectively. Wondering if I missed out the SIM slot? I didn’t because there’s no SIM tray in Nokia 2.2, instead the back panel of the phone can be removed to access dual SIM slot and microSD card slot. Moreover, Nokia has also opted for a removable battery on this phone, which might be a good thing for someone who is prone to damaging their phone battery by overcharging. Nokia is also offering Xpress-on covers for the Nokia 2.2, which can be purchased separately.

Coming to the fascia, the Nokia 2.2 is a modern device featuring the same waterdrop notch as its siblings 3.2 and 4.2. The display of the Nokia 2.2 measures 5.71 inches from corner to corner diagonally. The screen offers a 19:9 aspect ratio, HD+ screen resolution and a peak brightness of 400nits. During my stint with the phone, the display was sufficiently bright and vivid. You get various display options like night light, white balance and lift to wake.

As for the core specs, the Nokia 2.2 has the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, which is an entry-level chipset. The SoC works in tandem with either 2GB or 3GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB storage respectively. I have the 3GB + 32GB variant with me and it has around 20.3GB free space out of the box. The storage can be further expanded upto 400GB using a microSD card. In my time with the phone, Nokia 2.2 performed decently and lagging only when there were many apps opened in the background. The mileage might vary for the 2GB variant.

On the software front, the Nokia 2.2 is the first 2-series phone to be a part of Android One program and boots stock Android Pie out of the box. You will get two major Android updates and three years of monthly security updates with all of Google goodies including Digital Well Being.

In the camera department, the Nokia 2.2 flaunts a 13-megapixel f/2.2 shooter on the back and 5-megapixel camera in the front for selfies. The camera app interface is stock and offers modes like HDR, Panorama, Timelapse and Google Lens. There’s no portrait mode on the smartphone because of the lack of a secondary shooter. The pictures clicked in broad daylight were decent to say the least. However, the image quality suffered when clicking against a light source or indoors.

For Rs 6,999 and Rs 7,999 for the 2GB and 3GB variant respectively, the Nokia 2.2 is a no nonsense straight forward smartphone. You get the stock Android experience and decent performance for your money. However, if you are looking for a better all-round device, there is a better option – Realme 3.

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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.