Nokia 2 review

Georgi Vasilev, 05 January 2018.

The 5-inch 720p display performs above its pay grade

The Nokia 2 is equipped with a 5-inch display of the IPS LCD variety. The 720p resolution results in a 294ppi density, which isn't half bad on a $100 phone.

Nokia 2 review

It performed quite well in our testing too, achieving a maximum brightness of 500nits and change. Its blacks aren't spectacularly deep, but are still well controlled and that makes for more than decent 1227:1 contrast ratio. Budget offerings are typically under 1000:1, Samsung's AMOLEDs excluded, and even so, the J5 (2017) is twice the price of a Nokia 2.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Nokia 2 0.409 502 1227
Nokia 3 0.353 477 1351
Nokia 5 0.69 632 916
Xiaomi Redmi 4a 0.513 475 925
Xiaomi Redmi 4 0.576 527 915
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 0 326
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Max Auto 0 485
Sony Xperia L1 0.47 450 957
Sony Xperia L1 (Max Auto) 0.571 531 930
Meizu M5s 0.426 407 955

When it comes to sunlight legibility, the Nokia 2 is usable, though not remarkable. Still it's about there with the Nokia 3 and the Xiaomi 4A.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    1.772
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Color reproduction isn't overly accurate - the Nokia 2 posted an average Delta of 5.3, which is fine. White, however, has a strong blue shift (DeltaE around 8) and grays are similarly off. Colors in the blue/purple part of the spectrum are even further from the truth. Nothing you can't learn to live with, really, especially if you refrain from comparing against more color-accurate displays.

Nokia 2 battery life

One of the key selling points of the Nokia 2 is battery life. Or rather the prospect of a great battery life drawn by the combination of a 4,100mAh power pack, humble chipset, and comparatively small screen.

And indeed the Nokia 2 does deliver in this department. In our testing, it lasted for fourteen and a half hours in both video playback and web browsing - quite impressive. The 28+ hours of talk time on a 3G network were pretty nice too. Factor in the standby (which we do measure, but it doesn't make it into the score card), and the Nokia 2 posted a 109h Endurance rating.

Nokia 2

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Nokia 2 for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

As for charging, the Nokia 2 is best topped up at night. A full charge from flat with the bundled adapter takes a pretty sluggish four and a half hours, while half an hour will only get you from 0 to 10%.

Audio output fails to impress

The Nokia 2 let its low-end nature shine through in the audio quality test. The handset had pretty distorted output when connected to an active external amplifier and while things were actually decent with headphones it was hardly a performance worth writing home about.

Volume was below average with an external amplifier and plunged even lower in the second part of the test to prove that the Nokia 2 is far from the most talented musician around. It can play tracks, but if you really care about the quality, you might want to check your other options.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Nokia 2+0.15, -0.23-53.286.40.00213.246-96.2
Nokia 2 (headphones)+0.02, -0.08-89.589.90.00230.026-59.3
LG Q6+0.03, -0.05-85.088.80.00140.0065-92.9
LG Q6 (headphones)+0.14, -0.04-91.891.80.00310.113-56.8
Oppo F5+0.06, -0.08-93.593.30.00200.0071-93.2
Oppo F5 (headphones)+0.64, -0.07-89.391.30.00930.361-52.0
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)+0.01, -0.03-92.892.80.00320.031-92.3
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) (headphones)+0.23, -0.15-92.191.80.0130.223-77.3
Huawei P10 Lite+0.04, -0.02-88.288.60.0110.021-84.3
Huawei P10 Lite (headphones)+0.13, -0.05-87.487.70.0140.084-75.9
Nokia 2 frequency response
Nokia 2 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Loudspeaker

The Nokia 2 has a single loudspeaker in a somewhat outdated rear-firing position. There's a small pimple to raise the phone slightly when lying on a table, thus keeping the speaker from getting muffled. And that works.

The speaker is reasonably loud too, pumping out enough decibels to make for a Good rating in our three-pronged test. The Nokia 5 fell in the same category, while the 3 was a notch louder (Very Good) and the 8 was up there with the best in the Excellent bowl. Chief competitors from camp Xiaomi aren't as loud as the Nokia 2, so there's that.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia XA 61.6 66.2 68.3 Below Average
Sony Xperia E5 62.0 67.5 69.4 Below Average
Xiaomi Redmi 4a 62.8 67.5 72.1 Average
Xiaomi Redmi 4 64.8 70.1 72.0 Average
Sony Xperia L1 64.7 70.4 72.3 Average
Nokia 2 66.7 70.6 75.0 Good
Sony Xperia L1 (ClearAudio) 68.5 72.2 72.8 Good
Nokia 5 63.9 70.0 81.7 Good
Nokia 6 (Global version) 63.1 70.9 82.5 Good
Meizu M5s 65.4 69.1 84.2 Good
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 68.0 70.2 82.3 Very Good
Nokia 3 70.6 71.0 83.6 Very Good
Nokia 8 88.0 77.1 81.4 Excellent
Sony Xperia L1 (xLOUD) 91.5 74.3 83.2 Excellent

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

Worst phone ever. It hangs too much. Such a slow processing phone.

  • ayaan

worst ever mobile my phone was fall by 1 feet broken battery connection

  • Anonymous

With its price at P2990.00, or USD30. 00 this is a great phone! Those giving negative comments, buy Iphone, Samsung S or Huawie P30.