There’s a reason why Nokia, prior to Apple, was the mobile phone brand: the Finnish company’s products were user-friendly and hardy. And when it rebooted its 3310 last year, it didn’t just generate nostalgic buzz – it did what iPhones, Samsungs, Oppos and the rest didn’t want to do: offer basic functions for people who prefer a phone that doesn’t become their lives.
Nokia 2 is part two of that: a smartphone that helps you keep in touch – for 48 hours longer. “People rely on their phones so much that they subconsciously ration their battery life,” says Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer of HMD Global, which develops Nokia phones. “We created a smartphone that can power through when other devices need a pit stop.” Basically, with a whopping 4,100 mAh (milliampere hour) battery (compared, say, to the iPhone X’s 2,716 mAh), you eliminate the need of carrying a power bank and charging wire.
After a road test, here’s what we’ve surmised.
Does it really last the 48 hours?
Yes. We did the usual: texting, social media posts, phone calls, occasional web browsing. The phone holds up.
How’s the camera?
Obviously, it’s not going to be comparable to the top of the market phone models. But with an 8-megapixel camera (equivalent of an iPhone 6), it’s not too shabby.
What’s the speed like?
On a regular day, we would say that the speed is just a fraction slower than what we’re used to. However, if you intend to upload copious amounts of IG-stories and toggle between multiple web browsers, it doesn’t bode well for the impatient.
The phone is slim and has an aluminium frame.
How much can you store on the phone?
While it has only 8GB of storage, it can be bumped up to 128GB with a micro SD card.
Thoughts on the look?
With an aluminium frame and a smooth polycarbonate back that’s satisfyingly tactile, it looks more expensive than its modest price tag. We appreciate the screen that’s also larger than the iPhone 8. A caveat: The phone does tend to heat up if you’re using it for an extended period of time.
Can it replace my current smart phone?
You have to be realistic here. If you’re the type of person who gets FOMO when you’re not constantly on social media or chatting with your friends, you probably should stick to your existing phone. But what the Nokia 2 attempts to do is to give you that convenience of cyber connection when you do need it (Google Maps! Whatsapp!), but without cultivating a reliance on instant gratification in full pixel glory. And if that’s okay with you, perhaps the Nokia 2 could be your entry point into the #slowlife.
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A version of this article first appeared in the March 2018 issue of Her World magazine.