Nokia 4.2 smartphone test: good endurance and a lot of glass

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Both the front and back of the Nokia 4.2 are made entirely of glass, giving it a high-quality feel. And his frame is not made of plastic, but of metal, which, with a price tag of 110$, is rare for its price range.

Bright display with not very saturated colors

With a screen diagonal of 5.7 inches, the Nokia 4.2 feels good in the hand and is one of the more comfortable smartphones on the market. At the same time, its aspect ratio is maintained in a modern 19:9 format. The resolution of the Nokia 4.2 with only HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) is low. In this regard, the LCD can not be compared with the panels of flagship devices, but individual pixels when surfing the web are only visible if you look closely.

The brightness of the display will not disappoint: reaching 429 cd/m2, the screen is well backlit and remains readable even in bright ambient light. Only the stability of the viewing angles, alas, is not the best: even with a slight inclination of the smartphone, the display becomes noticeably darker. Colors should be more saturated and contrast higher.

Nokia 4.2 smartphone test: good endurance and a lot of glassNokia 4.2 display scores ‘satisfactory’ in test

Faster than you can believe

The Snapdragon 439 processor from Qualcomm is installed inside the Nokia 4.2. The eight-core CPU runs at clock speeds up to 1.95 GHz. Helping him 3 GB of RAM. For the price range well below 150$, the hardware built into this is average and does not particularly stand out from the competition. But thanks to the installed Android One software, the processor is not used unnecessarily. This results in a fast pace of work and smooth animation. Smartphones in the same price segment are often much slower and often think for a second or two. The handling of the Nokia 4.2, on the other hand, is a pleasure, especially if you keep in mind that this is still a low-budget device.

Nokia 4.2 smartphone test: good endurance and a lot of glassNokia 4.2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 439 processor

The camera can shoot

On the back of the Nokia 4.2 is a dual camera setup. The main module takes photos with a resolution of 13 megapixels. There is no optical image stabilizer here. In general, according to the results of our testing, the camera is rated “sufficient”. In test shots taken under good lighting conditions, we find noise and protruding edges of objects. The darker the scene becomes, the more detail and structure is lost.

With a second lens located on the back, the device can create a bokeh effect that applies individually adjustable blur to images. But the definition of the background borders does not work quite accurately. As you can see in the photo, the hair on the right side is noticeably blurry.

The device does not have a zoom or wide-angle lens. But for such a low price, this is quite acceptable. Nokia 4.2 records video at up to 30 FpS in Full-HD resolution.

The 8-megapixel front camera does not have autofocus, but this is also found in much more expensive models, such as the Huawei P30 Pro. Selfies are not extremely clear for this reason, but in general their quality is quite normal.

Nokia 4.2 smartphone test: good endurance and a lot of glassBokeh effect in Nokia 4.2: especially with hair, object border detection does not work perfectly

Can work until night

Nokia 4.2 is powered by a 3000 mAh battery. Due to the low screen resolution and rather weak hardware, the phone can last approximately 10.5 hours without plugging into a power outlet. This figure can be considered decent, even if the battery capacity of 3000 mAh on paper looks rather modest.

The smartphone is charged via the supplied power supply with 5 V and 2 A. Accordingly, the battery needs a lot of time to fully restore its energy reserves: s duration. The charging process in almost 3.5 hours is better for a smartphone to charge at night. Short intermediate charges will have a modest effect. In particular, after 30 minutes spent at the outlet, the battery receives only 17 percent of the charge. Wireless charging, despite the glass back, will have to be abandoned, which is not surprising for this price segment.

Nokia 4.2 smartphone test: good endurance and a lot of glassThe battery life of Nokia 4.2 with 10.5 hours of continuous use — good

Stop in time

The current version of Android 9.0 Pie is installed on the mobile phone. In addition, the Android One program is activated here, so only a practically unmodified version of Android appears among the installed software. And participation in the Android One program guarantees system updates for the next two years.

When it comes to interfaces, Nokia seems to have stopped in time a few years ago. This means that there is still a classic headphone audio jack on the top side of the case, while the legacy Micro-USB 2.0 port is visible on the opposite side. Competing devices in this regard have long relied on USB-C.

In matters of communication, Nokia 4.2 buyers will have to make a couple of compromises: the built-in WLAN module supports the current AC standard, but Bluetooth is only available in the outdated version 4.2. The smartphone is also Dual-SIM ready, but the second SIM card slot supports only 2G networks, and therefore becomes practically unsuitable for mobile web surfing. However, there is an NFC chip for contactless payments. Like a glass back with a metal frame, this option is often missing from competitors in this price segment.

Built-in memory capacity is 32 GB, of which a good 20 GB are available for free use. Luckily, storage capacity can easily be expanded with Micro-SD cards, so there’s plenty of room for apps, pictures, videos, and more on the Nokia 4.2.

Nokia 4.2 smartphone test: good endurance and a lot of glassNokia 4.2 is part of the Android One family. This means: clean OS Android and updates for at least two years

Product Conclusion

For less than 110$, the Nokia 4.2 makes a pretty good deal overall. Photos of the dual camera, on the contrary, can only be considered of sufficient quality. In test shots, we see a lot of noise and artificial sharpening. Who can refuse fast charging times, and are also ready to be content with outdated Bluetooth 4.2 and Micro-USB 2.0, choosing this entry-level smartphone will make a bargain, although there are much better phones for the same money.

Advantages

high speed
good battery life
member of the Android One family

Flaws

dual camera only sufficient quality
long duration of the charging process
legacy Micro-USB interface

Alternative:

Nokia 4.2 smartphone test: good endurance and a lot of glassMotorola Moto G7

Motorola Moto G7 Power costs a little more — about 140$, but this does not provide an advantage for Nokia 4.2. The G7 Power offers better scores in the individual scoring disciplines of Performance, Display, and above all, Battery Life.

With a capacity of 5000 mAh, the battery lasted more than 21 hours of continuous use.

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