Our Opinion

The Nokia 2.1 is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto E5, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 2.1!

Motorola Moto E5  Nokia 2.1 
Motorola Moto E5 Nokia 2.1
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Excellence Score
16.3
17.9
Value for Money Score
48.2
72.2
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 4,549 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid Go Edition
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD IPS LCD, Anti-fingerprint coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #106 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #106 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 308 Adreno 308
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 8.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama N/A
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, LED flash N/A
Internal Memory 16 GB 8 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.95 mmMedium 9.7 mmThick
Weight 174 gmMedium 174 gmMedium
Width 72.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 77.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 10W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 10.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Stereo Speakers
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Compact, easy to handle, good hand feel
  • Good, modern 18:9 screen - brightness is high enough for use outdoors, contrast is perfectly solid, and viewing angles are decent too
  • Motorola continues it's winning approach with software here, essentially shipping a stock Android UI with a few useful additions in the form of Motorola Actions (simple gestures that, for example, let you silence notifications by laying the Moto E5 down on its screen), and Motorola Display (a display that pops up when the E5 is in standby, and you pick it up or move it - it shows the time, and icons representing any recent notifications)
  • Pretty decent 13 megapixel rear camera - matches up to the level of other good budget camera phones - in daylight you can take reasonably sharp and detailed images
  • Pretty decent selfie camera too
  • Excellent battery life - you will comfortably get all-day use, and with lighter use you can expect even 2 days of use
  • Nice, clean, attractive polycarbonate based design - both looks and feels great - and a lot batter than what you might expect for its bottom-of-the-barrel pricing
  • There is a copper strip running around the periphery of the smartphone that combos well with the rest of the phone
  • Unlike glass-backed phones, the phone also retains its looks without becoming a mess of fingerprint smudges after a day of use
  • Good build quality too - will survive a few drops without trouble - the durability of the Nokia phones of yesteryear is on full display here
  • The phone's screen is a 5.5" IPS display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1280 x 720 - it's not exceptional - but it's functional and gets the job done
  • Software is where the Nokia 2.1 truly shines, and has a leg over its competition in this price bracket - it features a clean, stock version of Android Oreo (Go edition) and will be updated to Android Pie as well
  • Android Go edition also means that you have lighter version of apps like Google Maps, which helps on such a low specced phone
  • The camera is fairly quick at taking shots, which is worth appreciating in this price segment - the camera app is also relatively well-done, with the HDR, Panorama, flash, manual mode, and delayed shot options easily accessible (those are also all the options you'll get with the camera - no-frills is the theme of the day)
  • The two full-size stereo speaker grilles on the front are great to see - and it's something that even a lot of flagship phones can't claim - the speakers get relatively loud as a result (though of course the sound quality is just about ok, which is all you can expect at this price range)
  • Excellent battery life - the low specs of the phone, simple software, and the large battery pack (4000mAh) result in some pretty great battery life - you should comfortably get 2 days of use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Looks fairly boring, and plain
  • Sluggish day-to-day performance, due to a budget Snapdragon 425 with 2GB of RAM - the combination means that web pages and apps take a tad long to load, and there are lags and stutters here and there
  • The camera has a little shutter lag when shooting normal photos, and even more of a delay with HDR images - also the camera app is prone to the same load lag as other apps too - you often have to wait around 2-3 seconds for the camera to initialise
  • Limited 16GB of internal storage means you might quickly hit storage limits if you use a few heavy apps, and then have to shift to using a memory card, which will downgrade the performance further
  • On the whole, while the E5 is a pretty solid budget phone in most areas (and excels in the battery department), given its performance limitations, it might make more sense for a lot of users to invest a little bit more and get more reliable performance with the Moto G6 Play
  • Average performance - performance is not a strong suit of the Nokia 2.1 being backed by a low power Snapdragon 425 and a measly 1GB of RAM - there are frequent lags during daily use, multi-tasking is a pain, and the phone will not meet the needs of anyone except very basic users (messaging, calling, light browsing, simple games)
  • When it comes to actual quality though, the camera is strictly average - this is a cheap phone and the camera was simply not a priority in its design - colours are dull and bland, details are low, dynamic range is abysmal, low-light performance is ordinary
  • Probably the most critical flaw of the device is the 8GB of internal storage - it's simply not enough for 2018, and you will very quickly need to resort to using the expandable memory slot even with bare minimum apps - which will result in a further degradation of performance (accessing stuff on a microSD card is almost never as quick as accessing it on internal memory)
  • Overall, while the Nokia 2.1 might make sense if you are a very basic user and are really after stock Android, but for most, phones like the Redmi 6A will be a much better value proposition with better performance and better storage
Expert Reviews
  1. Like a budget car with a truly wimpy engine, there’s not quite enough power to make this a phone you’ll love
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A whole lot of phone for not much cash
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  3. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. As keen as we are on affordable phones, the Nokia 2.1's performance tests your patience too much
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. An easy recommendation for light phone users
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  3. A tale of misplaced priorities
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  4. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  5. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
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