Our Opinion

The Nokia 2.1 is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Go 16GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 2.1!

Nokia 2.1  Xiaomi Redmi Go 16GB 
Nokia 2.1 Xiaomi Redmi Go
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Excellence Score
17.2
15.0
Value for Money Score
70.1
61.2
Price ₹ 4,549 onwards ₹ 4,799 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 May, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid Go Edition Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid Go Edition
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 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 IPS LCD, Anti-fingerprint coating IPS LCD, Reading mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #112 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #112 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 308 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 8.0MP 8MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features N/A F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Burst mode, Countdown timer, Manual mode, Real-time Filters
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, 3P Lens, Selfie timer, HDR, Beautify profiles
Internal Memory 8 GB 16 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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.7 mmThick 8.35 mmMedium
Weight 174 gmMedium 137 gmLight
Width 77.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 70.1 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3000 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
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features Stereo Speakers Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Looks charmingly cute with a nice, compact form factor - a rarity among smartphones these days - this is a phone that fits in your jeans pocket perfectly
  • Comfortable in-hand feel
  • Good build quality, with a durable plastic body
  • Decent 5-inch HD display with screen resolution of 720p, with fairly good brightness levels
  • Runs on Google's Android Go software (a lighter version of Android meant for ultra-low budget smartphones), which means everything is simple and clutter-free
  • Pretty decent day-to-day performance with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset inside, and some good optimisation on Xiaomi's behalf - if you use it for calls, sending WhatsApp messages, browsing Facebook, scrolling through Twitter, and playing simple games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2, it's able to handle things quite smoothly
  • Decent rear and front cameras for the price bracket
  • Pictures clicked with the Redmi Go look decent, especially when shot in good light - they have fair amount of details and reasonable colours
  • Good battery life with a combination of a 3000mAh battery + small, low-res screen - you will comfortably get a day of use, with moderate to heavy usage
  • Overall, the Redmi Go is a good 'first smartphone' purchase and does all the basics quite well, leading to a good user experience
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The screen does have pretty thick bezels - although that's to be expected in such a low priced phone
  • There are some pre-loaded apps though like Amazon, Mint browser, Mi community, and others - which end up taking precious space on the phone (some can be uninstalled, but some can't)
  • It will face some stiff competition though from the ultra-budget 'full Android' phones like Asus Zenfone Lite L1, Infinix Smart 2, and Redmi 6A which offer better hardware for a only a slightly higher price
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  7. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Perfect pick for first-time smartphone users
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Offers relatively good hardware for the price, which is a big win for people with very tight budgets or very simple needs
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A solid first time smartphone that offers a quality first time experience
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Any consumer looking to switch to an Android smartphone for the first time should definitely consider the Xiaomi Redmi Go...will fulfil all basic needs
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Having very basic hardware under the hood, the Redmi Go surprisingly has enough chops to offer a wholesome experience, especially for someone who wants basic functionality out of a smartphone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. For a very low price, one gets much more than expected
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  7. Perfect phone for first-time smartphone buyers
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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