Nokia is the only Android OEM in the Philippines today that offers Pure Android experience on their phones. This means there are no custom skin or bloatwares that eat up your memory. Apart from that, the company offers wide variety of smartphones on different price range. The problem though, they don’t have a flagship available here. The only flagship available with almost Pure Android experience are OnePlus phones.
One of their current offerings, the Nokia 7.2 is one of the best Android experience we had in a midrange. But is it enough to make a decision to buy this phone? Find out in this review.
Nokia 7.2 specs:
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
- Adreno 512 graphics
- 4GB RAM/64GB internal memory
- 6GB RAM/128GB internal memory
- Expandable via microSD up to 512GB
- 6.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (2280 x 1080 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Rear Cameras
- 48 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
- 8 MP, f/2.2 ultrawide
- 5 MP, depth sensor
- 20MP f/2.0 aperture
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted), USB Type C
- Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
- 3,500 mAh battery
- Android 9.0 Pie (Android One)
- Price: Php 15,990
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Most Nokia smartphones have very simple design and some say it is quite boring. But the Nokia 7.2 is quite different. From the matte black finish and the circular camera module, it looks like a Motorola phone actually. It is noticeably light probably due to its smaller battery and plastic construction. Or maybe we are just used to big, heavy phones lately.
We have a 6.3-inch display here which is an IPS panel. It color accurate though it doesn’t go as bright outdoors. Using it under direct sunlight is quite impossible. For the price, we hoped for a brighter AMOLED display but that’s already nitpicking on our part.
Having a Pure Android experience is one of the best things about this phone. When we first opened the device, there are no bloatwares and there is more space available as compared with ones with custom skin. Overall daily grind has been very smooth even in heavy multitasking. The only hiccup we have is when playing games. Don’t get us wrong, playing games are generally smooth though, there are noticeable slowdowns on high graphics games. This is probably due to the Snapdragon 660 chipset onboard which is quite old.
It is safe to say that that cameras are decent but not great. It delivers good photos in good light. There is night mode here but we are not happy on the photos we took. It is still quite dark and has noise on the photos. Wide angle shots are also good but using it at night is not great due to so many noise on the shots.
BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY
A 3,500 mAh mill is powering the Nokia 7.2. Honestly, it does last you a day as long as you stick to your usual daily use of a phone (moderate use). If your daily use includes casual social media, emails, short video streaming, calls and texts, the phone will last you a full day. But if you are a heavy user like us. you need to look for an electic socket by 5pm. On our video loop test, we managed to get around 5 hours of screen on time.
As for the connectivity, we noticed slower than usual internet speeds on our Smart SIM. On this speed test we did, this is an area where we get 40 to 50Mbps speeds. On this test we only get half of the normal speed in this area. Calls are clear though we noticed that signal quality is not as stable as we normally wanted.
The Nokia 7.2 offers a great software experience, a nice solid design and decent cameras. Having a vanilla Android software means the Nokia 7.2 is one of the first to get Android 10 software update and security updates. You also get a smooth experience when using it daily. But you can’t ignore the cons like the poor night mode performance, a mediocre battery life and not-so-bright display. If these doesn’t bother you, then we give you two thumbs up recommendation.
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