Nokia phones are gaining traction again. That’s probably why have your eyes on the Nokia 7.2. But is it a phone worth your time? Let’s answer this below.
If you’re interested in the phone, know that it’s on the higher end of the price spectrum. Its price range isn’t that huge. However, the warranty and memory variant you get would affect its final price.
In case you didn’t know, company warranties are more expensive than store ones.
The Nokia 7.2 isn’t the cheapest phone on the market. It looks a lot like a flagship though, mainly due to its metallic sheen. The phone’s pretty wide, which is something seen in flagship devices as well.
It’s definitely not wrist-work out worthy, but it’s got some heft to it. The phone is 180 grams.
Its build isn’t disappointing either. After all, there’s Gorilla Glass 3 on its front and back.
There’s a plastic frame around its edges, however. This isn’t anything to gawk at, but it isn’t just any plastic. Nokia says that it’s a special polymer, much stronger than its counterparts. We believe them, our 7.2 was pretty scratch resistant.
Although it only comes in 3 colours, we’re total fans of the selection. They’re unusual shades to say the least, coming in cyan, charcoal grey and an ice tone.
We’re also fans of its camera set up. There’s a circular triple system larger than life on its rear. It’s very Nokia Lumia like, and the nostalgia makes us like the 7.2 even more. That being said, it struggles with a camera bump.
You’re probably wondering how big the device is. Its dimensions are 159.9 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm.
We aren’t really feeling the 7.2’s display. It’s an IPS LCD, so colours are not that bright. It’s not bad, but when you compare the Nokia with a Super AMOLED device, you’ll easily see a difference. It’s sharp, however. The phone comes with a screen resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 pixels.
Like we said, by no means is its display bad. HMD Global equipped the device with a Pixelworks Processor. This means all videos are converted to HDR content. Your viewing experience is pretty dynamic, as a result. After all, its screen is capable of producing over a billion colours. However, the colours are not as vibrant as in a Super AMOLED or OLED screen. The addition of Pixelworks is a nice touch though.
We mentioned that the phone’s big, but did we talk about how big it really is? Its display is 6.3 inches across. If you have smaller hands, gripping it might be difficult.
What else should you know? Well, the Nokia device comes with a considerable screen to body ratio. It rocks a 82.4% ratio. This means you’ll never have to worry about bezels again.
The Nokia 7.2’s battery is not that big. It’s 3500 mAh, lasting you about a day. Thankfully, a handy power-saving mode is by your side.
Along with battery power, its charging capabilities are disappointing as well. The mid-ranger has a standard 10 W charger. It’s 2020 and even budget phones come with fast chargers, so we don’t know what Nokia was thinking.
With its standard charger, the 7.2 will take around 2 hours to fully charge. But is this so bad? Some fast chargers take as long as well.
How do you plug its charger in? You won’t be using a micro USB port. The 7.2 comes with USB-C. This isn’t anything to clap at, more and more phones have adopted this change.
Out of the box, you get Android 9. No need to fear, the Nokia device comes with the Android One update.
The 7.2 hosts the Snapdragon 660 chip, which is more than common in phones its price. It’s definitely snappy, but is not as responsive as flagship devices. You are going for a mid-ranger, so this was expected. Other than this, gaming, even extensive gameplay is not an issue.
What memory variant you get also affects its speed. Eat your heart out as there’s a range of options to choose from. You can either get 64 or 128 GBs of space, along with 4 or 6 GBs of RAM. 128 GBs are more than enough, but if you want more storage, the 7.2 comes with a MicroSD slot.
You’re getting stock android with your purchase. For all Android purists, this is good news. As there’s minimum bloatware, the phone runs like a dream.
We can agree that its triple camera looks intriguing. Let’s touch on it. The 7.2’s rear camera has a 48 MP primary sensor along with 8 MP (ultra-wide) and 5 MP (depth) sensors. When taking basic shots, we found its set up sharp and vivid. This is even true for low light settings. That being said, when you shoot from its different camera modes, shots can be muddy.
Its wide-angle camera is impressive to say the least. It comes with a 118-degree field of view. You can pack your entire extended family into pictures. Who wouldn’t want that?
What about its front camera? Well, the 20 MP selfie camera is sharp. We think it’s as good as the one on the rear.
It’s clear what we think about the phone. If it isn’t, comparing the 7.2 with a couple of alternatives will give you an idea.
Right off the bat, the A70 is not as well-built. The phone comes with a full plastic body. Should this matter though? Glass bodies are great, but phone covers exist for a reason.
Even though it has a plastic back, the A70 has quite the heft to it. The device is 3 grams heavier than the Nokia 7.2
It’s bigger as well. If you have big hands, holding it might be a challenge. Its screen stretches 6.7 inches across, so good luck.
Its gigantic display allows for an amazing viewing experience. It comes with a Super AMOLED screen. This means there’s quite the canvas for colours to pop on. What makes this better are the lack of bezels present. The phone has a 86% screen to body ratio.
Enough about its screen, let’s talk about what’s inside the A70. You get Android 9 out of the box. Like its counterpart, it can be upgraded to Android 10.
It also comes with a Snapdragon chip. However, its chip is more powerful. You get the Snapdragon 675, which out beats the 660 any day of the week. That being said, the Samsung device doesn’t come with stock android, so, you’ll be dealing with bloatware.
What about its memory variants? You don’t get that many options. You can only choose from 128 gigs of space, and 6 or 8 GBs of RAM. You also get a microSD card slot.
Something that’s similar to the Nokia 7.2 is the presence of a triple camera set up. You get a 32 MP primary sensor along with 8 (wide) and 5 MP (depth) sensors.
The A70 definitely comes with a better battery. You get a 4500 mAh unit, lasting you around 2 days. The cherry on top is the fact that you get 25 W fast charger. That being said, the phone takes around 2 hours to fully charge, so we’re back at square one.
Once again, you’re met with an IPS LCD screen. Considering that the A70 came with a Super AMOLED display, you know how we feel. Even though it has the same screen type as the 7.2, the Redmi device comes with a better screen to body ratio. Its ratio is 84.9%. But is this enough to make a difference?
It’s also a heavy device. Compared to the other two, the Redmi phone is a serious arm workout. It’s a 200-gram phone, after all.
Now, is it big? Definitely. Its screen stretches 6.53 inches across.
Like its counterpart, you’re getting a glass back as well. You get the much stronger Gorilla Glass 5.
The Xiaomi device is much faster than the Nokia 7.2. You don’t get a Snapdragon chip. Instead, you’re met with the Mediatek Helio G90T processor. It beats the one in the Nokia 7.2 without any effort.
Let’s talk about its memory variants. You get quite a few. You can choose from 64, 128 and 256 GBs of space, along with 6 or 8 gigs of RAM. It comes with a microSD slot too. MicroSD slots are staples, so we would’ve been surprised otherwise.
Without a doubt, the phone has a better battery. The Redmi Note 8 Pro boasts of a 4500 mAh unit. It can easily last around 2 days. You also get a fast charger, unlike the Nokia 7.2. A 18 W fast charger is at your disposal, taking the phone around an hour and a half to get charged.
You’re probably wondering about its camera. You get a quadruple set up. The primary sensor is 64 MPs, while the rest are 8 MP (ultra-wide), 2 MP (depth) and 2 MP (macro) sensors. The macro sensor lets you take breathtaking bokeh shots. Also, the 64 MP beast of a camera means you get incredibly vivid, detailed pictures.
What about its front camera? There’s a 20 MP sensor that’ll always keep you Instagram ready.
Like the Nokia 7.2, the 6.2 is a 180 gram device. Similar to its counterpart, it comes in a glass body as well. There’s no reason why Nokia would’ve strayed away from this, so expect Gorilla Glass 3 on its front and back. You’re also getting the special polymer frame that we met on the 7.2.
The 6.2 does not have a stunning display, sadly. The Nokia device rocks an IPS LCD display. You already know how we feel about this.
Moving on, the phone is the same size as its brother. Both Nokia devices have 6.3-inch displays. Although true, the 6.2 comes with a better screen to body ratio. This makes your viewing experience better due to the less bezels. That being said, is 0.1% much of a difference? You tell me.
The 6.2 was released a month after its brother. That’s why it’s no surprise that it’s getting the Android 10 update. Out of the box, you get Android 9 though.
So, what kind of device will Android 10 be powering? A pretty snappy one. The 6.2 comes with the Snapdragon 636 chip. It’s seen in mid-rangers, like the 660, but is slower. This isn’t a surprise as the Nokia 6.2 is cheaper than its counterpart.
As you know, what memory variant you get affects how fast your device will be. If you’re wondering what variants you can get the 6.2 in, there’s quite a few actually. You can choose from 32, 64 and 128 GBs of space. Along with this, either 3 or 4 gigs of RAM are at your disposal.
Let’s talk about its battery:
It’s clear that Nokia loves small batteries. No surprise, the 6.2 has a 3500 mAh unit, which is as handy as the one in the 7.2. This isn’t the only similarity, however. You don’t get fast charge either. To our disappointment, the Nokia device comes with 10 W standard charging.
Camera-wise, we don’t know how to feel. There’s a triple camera set up, which is also very Lumia like. But you get a 16 MP primary sensor along with 8 (ultrawide) and 5 (depth) sensors. They’re not as sharp as the camera in the 7.2. This is especially true for its selfie camera. You get 8 MP front camera, not leaving you as Instagram ready.
With that done with, we’ve run through everything you need to know! Let’s move onto our final thoughts.
We think the Nokia 7.2 is a pretty meh phone. By no means is it bad, but when compared to its alternatives, it’s easy to see that they’re better purchases. This is especially true as the 7.2 is a mid-ranger towards the higher end of the price spectrum, yet doesn’t come with fast charging or a vivid display. That being said, we were fond of its camera, except when it produced muddy shots.
We have to commend its build, however. Nokia did a pretty good job with it.
The Nokia 7.2 was recently discontinued. This was most likely due to poor sales performance and the arrival of the new 7.3. The device is still available for purchase in Sri Lanka. But for how much longer, remains uncertain.
In terms of its alternatives, we prefer the Samsung A70 to the Nokia 7.2.
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