Nokia 4.2 

price₹ 9,475 onwards

launchMay, 2019

24.0

excellence score

68.4

value for money score

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Design

  • Classy looks with a glass-on-front-and-back design, and a neat curved form factor - the Nokia 4.2 excels on the build and design front, and is easily on the best designed phones of this price segment
  • Compact, and very friendly for one-handed smartphone use
  • The power key houses a “breathing” notification light, which pulsates in white every time there’s a new notification
  • There is also a dedicated Google Assistant key, to fire up the assistant
  • The glass back is of course susceptible to fingerprints and smudges
  • While the fingerprint scanner at the back works well, it’s hard to find in a hurry with just your finger as there’s no dimple

Display

  • Decent, modern, tiny-notch 5.71-inch display - with fairly rich colors

Software

  • The best part about Nokia's phones remains the clean, stock Android One experience with the promise of regular software updates for up to two years
  • Android 9 Pie’s gesture navigation feature is enabled by default, and you get all other Pie goodies too, like Adaptive Battery and Digital Wellbeing

Performance

  • Powered by a Snapdragon 439, performance (especially GPU) is not the Nokia 4.2's strong suit - so while the phone is fit for everyday tasks like light browsing, video playback, calling, messaging, and light gaming - if you are more of a power user, you will want to look elsewhere

Camera

  • Camera performance too is average, both from the dual rear cameras and single front camera
  • Photos taken are moderately bright and colourful but contain an unexpected tinge of light yellow
  • Photos taken indoors appear noisy and even a bit blurry no matter how steadily the phone is held
  • The default camera app, while easy to use, is on the slow side - the digital viewfinder freezes for nearly a second when a shot is taken or a mode is changed - the lag worsens while shooting in low light - rendering Live Bokeh shots and previewing regular shots taken through Auto mode also take over a second or two to happen

Audio

  • Average single bottom firing speaker - while it's loud - music sounds shrill on the ears when played at full volume

Battery

  • Decent battery life with a 3000mAh battery, supported by Android Pie's Adaptive Battery feature - you will comfortably get a day even with moderate use

Verdict

  • One the whole, while the Nokia 4.2 is a pretty decent budget Android One phone, it loses out on the performance front, and in the camera department, so if you are looking for a better 'all-rounder' budget phone, you will find better choices around

Expert Reviews

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  1. Nokia’s latest budget phone is a case of style over substance
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Quite underwhelming
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Notwithstanding its imperfections, the Nokia 4.2 carves out a space for itself in the budget smartphone market
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. In isolation, the Nokia 4.2 is good but it falls behind when compared with other devices in the same segment
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Nokia 4.2 has a lot of merits, but it's marred by the processor
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. With the competition in the budget segment, Nokia 4.2 might find it hard to stand out
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Nokia 4.2 may be a good looking phone but lags behind in core departments such as camera and performance
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Good, but not good enough
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. Android One makes this one of the more reliable buys you can make at this price point
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Decent entry level smartphone...but faces stiff competition from rivals
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. While still providing decent value for money, we would only recommend this phone to people who are really keen on a ‘stock’ Android experience
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. Difficult to recommend...finds itself among a very competitive bunch of phones
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. A lightweight, good-looking device stuck in a time warp
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. All-in-all, we loved the Nokia 4.2
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  19. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  21. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »

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Nokia 4.2 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to Android QAndroid One series
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.71 inches
Screen Resolution720x1520 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Display TypeTFT LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Accelerometer
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #70 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 505
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 400 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
Battery Standby600 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)18.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Audio Playback Time: upto 100 hrs
Dimensions
Weight161 gm
Thickness8.39 mm
Camera
Primary Camera13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size
  • 2MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size
  • Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
Secondary Camera8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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