Our Opinion

The Nokia 2.1 is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 2.1!

Nokia 1  Nokia 2.1 
Nokia 1 Nokia 2.1
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Excellence Score
12.1
17.5
Value for Money Score
44.4
66.1
Price ₹ 4,213 onwards ₹ 5,799 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10No more updates expectedAndroid Go Edition Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid Go Edition
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 480x854 pixels (~ 218 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A IPS LCD, Anti-fingerprint coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.1 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Quad Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6737Ranked #113 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #107 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T720 MP2 Adreno 308
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 5.0MP 8.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (HD)
Other Camera Features N/A N/A
Secondary Camera 2.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A N/A
Internal Memory 8 GB 8 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 128 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.5 mmThick 9.7 mmThick
Weight 131 gmLight 174 gmMedium
Width 67.8 mmComfortable for one-handed use 77.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2150 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 360 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 9.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 53 hrs, Video Playback time: Upto 4.8 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features N/A Stereo Speakers
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good build quality
  • Simple, clean, compact, basic design
  • Good battery life - should see you through the whole day comfortably
  • The battery is also removable
  • The highlight of the phone is that it's one of the first ones to run the Android Go edition of Android (8.1 Oreo at the time of launch) - the Go edition is a special version of Android tuned and tweaked to run well on low-end devices - there are also Go ('lite') versions of key apps like Gmail, Assistant, and Maps, that help save both data and storage space, and manage to run reasonably well on low end processors
  • Android Go also allows you to easily use your memory card as an extension of your internal storage - thus overcoming a serious limitation of low internal storage (8GB) that the phone would otherwise have
  • Can use both SIM cards and microSD card together
  • 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]
  • Average display - it is small (4.5 inches), low resolution, will struggle in sunlight, and lacks any toughened glass
  • Average performance - the phones runs reasonably well only in basic use (simple email, messages, social media) - you can't ask too much of it - there are much better performing phones now available in this price bracket, from the likes of Xiaomi
  • Average rear and front cameras, with significant ghosting issues, shutter lag, and average overall image quality
  • The built-in speaker is screechy and lacks depth
  • As you would expect at the price point, the phone doesn’t support any kind of fast charging - charging from 10 to 100 percent takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • On the whole, if you plan to use your phone for anything more than the most basic use, you are going to be much better served by increasing your budget a bit, and grabbing a budget Xiaomi, or Lenovo - the Nokia 1, even though being a pioneer with Android Go, doesn't really make the cut as a strong value for money device
  • 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. A difficult sell...doesn't offer much in the way for value for money
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good smartphone for those who want an upgrade from a feature phone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Nokia 1 shows that Android Go has a lot of potential...but the main hurdle to HMD's ambitions in India's entry-level segment is the (much better) Xiaomi Redmi 5A
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Just doesn't offer a lot for its asking price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. phonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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  13. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  14. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  15. techadvisor.co.uk 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 »
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