The Nokia 4.2 is a 49,000 Naira or $136 dollar budget smartphone from Nokia and I’ve used it for quite a while. I’ll unbox this device, talk about my experience with it, pros and cons and all its features.
The box of the Nokia 4.2 is pretty similar to most modern Android One boxes we’ve gotten from the brand with the specs at the back. Inside the box, you get the device itself with a wrapper which points to the position of the dedicated Google Assistant button. We’ll get to it later. Underneath that is the SIM ejector tool on its card, the Get Started Booklet and the Product and Safety info booklet. Inside the side box, we get the accessories, a normal micro-usb charging cable, nice looking headphones, and regular charging brick. Taking the wraps off, we’ve got the Nokia 4.2 in its 5.71 inch panel, wrapped on this curved glass display. It took over 2 minutes to boot and set up and of course, it boots right into the stock android for Nokia or Android One.
The first thing I notice is how big the bezels are especially since there’s also a pretty large chin with the Nokia logo on it so as far as design in this regard, it seems to work but it seems a bit dated in my opinion. As far as the body or ports and I/O goes, on the right Side we’ve got the volume rockers and the power button which lights up when its plugged in or gets notification from. At the top is where we get a headphone jack. To the left is the dedicated Google Assistant button and the slot for your sim. There is another microphone at the bottom, USB port and the speaker. On the front of the device is the 8MP selfie camera and the earpiece above it, and towards the bottom is the Nokia logo taking a noticeable portion in the chin of the phone.
On the back, it’s the simple dual 13+2MP camera set up, flash and fingerprint reader with the Nokia branding and more certifications underneath. One thing I noticed with the 4.2 is that it filled a small part of my hand. I think it’s because I’ve used a lot of 6 inch and above smartphones but the Nokia 4.2’s 5.71 inch display and small form factor was noticeable to me. Still on the display, about the numbers, it’s a 720p Display, with a PPi of 295. If you can get past the huge bezels on this device, you won’t have any complaints consuming content as much although I did notice that the color was a little less saturated on here and you also can’t hide the notch. It has pretty limited customization options in the settings since it’s a quote unquote pure android option. You have things like Ambient light sensor but the dark theme on here is just mainly on the app drawer and not really the overall device like an actual dark mode.
For 49,000 or $136, you get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of Storage and so far I’ve not had issues loading light tasks. I didn’t also get any app crash on me during my usage. I mainly limited my usage due to how the graphics was already. I was able to enjoy light gaming for my day to day use, I also mostly used the Nokia 4.2 with Google maps but the GPS usually went out sometimes. The power behind the Nokia 4.2 is the 12nm Snapdragon 439 and Adreno 505 for graphics. It also runs on Android 9 Pie as an Android One Device Then it’s rounded with a 3,000 man battery that can get you through most of the day. I find that I have to charge the device just slightly towards the evenings. I also find that I accidentally hit the Google Assitant button when I take it out of my pocket. I think this is a good move for people who use Google Assistant but it’s really distracting and of course you can’t re-program this button but you can disable it.
Ways to unlock the 4.2 are Face Unlock and Fingerprint for Biometrics and your regular pin and pattern. In terms of speed, both unlocking methods were not insanely fast but it’s there. The speaker on the Nokia 4.2 is downward firing and here is how it sounds like The back camera of the Nokia 4.2 has a Live Bokeh mode with the aid of the second lens, Pro, Photo and video mode and some extra modes including Google lens. The same modes exist on the front camera side of things and work well, expect of course Google Lens. Most of the shots I took here required alot of patience because it’s easy to blur the shots.
The colors looked okay but they were less saturated. And shots with alot of zoom in them usually get noisy with chromatic aberration. Alright so this is the front facing camera video quality of the Nokia 4.2, let me know what you think about the video quality as well as the sound quality in the comments section down below. For a price of about 50,000 would you get this budget smartphone or would you not? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Do like if you enjoyed it and subscribe for more videos. Thanks you for watching and I’ll talk to you in the next one.