Nokia 2.2 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Unboxing:

The Nokia 2.2 is neatly packaged in a box with all the accessories you would expect. Manuals, charging cables (micro USB to USB A and a 5v 1 amp charging brick), the device, and a 3000mah battery. I was nervous prying off the back. The process reminded me of older Nokia devices where the whole polycarbonate shell could come off. Underneath you will find a space for the battery, nano sim card slot, and a micro SD card slot. This is to expand the 32gb of storage.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.71 HD+ Display (1520×720)
  • Quad Core MediaTek Processor 2.0ghz A53 cores
  • 3gb ram + 32gb rom
  • Micro USB + 3.5mm
  • 13mp rear camera + 5mp front
  • 1080p video
  • Rear Speaker
  • Google Assistant Button
  • GSM Compatible

First Impressions

Pros:
  • Well built construction
  • Display is bright
  • Very little lag in the UI and web browsing (not great for games)
  • Removable battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Small bezzles given the price
  • 3gb ram
  • Affordable ($139.99 MSRP in USA)
  • Android One (2 years OS updates 1 additional year of security patches)
  • Face Unlock (front camera only)
Cons:
  • No USB C
  • Only a Quad Core processor on an older architecture
  • Buttons are mushy
  • Rear Speaker (even bottom facing would be nice)
  • No NFC
  • No Fingerprint Sensor

Conclusions:

Devices like the Nokia 2.2 excite me for the future of mobile phones. You get a reliable phone at a great price. Having 3 years of software updates is unheard of at the under $150 price point. Sure you could get a Xiaomi device or an Umidigi device, however, you don’t know how long you’ll get updates for. You may get slightly better specifications, what you’re sacrificing though is how long the device will get support for the device. This update assurance may make it worth it to swap out that removable 3000mah battery halfway through the device’s life span. This way your device feels like new around 2020’s holiday season, without buying a new device. This also isn’t Android Go, therefore you’re getting the full Google experience.

There are also carrier variants of this device. I am using the unlocked version from the US. It is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, it also gets its updates straight from HMD. No carrier hoops to jump through for updates.

I am going to test how well the camera works, and if this device can handle games (let me know if you have any specific games in mind). This is also keeping in mind the low price of $139. I am also hoping I can work with this device once it gets Android 10. That would be fun to see how a device of this caliber handles Google’s latest and greatest. Please let me know though, what do you want to see regarding the Nokia 2.2.

Purchasing Information:

If you’re interested in the Nokia 2.2 and want to buy one click this link here. This will navigate you to HMD Global’s website where you can choose what retailer you want to buy from.

Disclaimer:

The Nokia 2.2 is on loan from HMD Global. OneTechStop is not being paid to review this device and we do not get to keep the device as a result. HMD Global has no influence on the write-ups and read them at the same time you do! We also do not make any money from people buying this device through our links. If you do buy one though, let HMD know you read our review!

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