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Nokia 2.2 – less than £100 and decent specs for that price range

Released in the middle of 2019, the Nokia 2.2 is the latest update to this budget-priced handset. So, what do you get for your hard-earned cash?

Starting with the screen, this is a reasonably sized 5.71”LCD HD+ unit with 19:9 ratio and 295 ppi density. Not a bad display, but obviously at this price nowhere near the quality you would get from a flagship smartphone. The glass front has a plastic frame and back, weighing in at 153g and is available in steel or tungsten black colours.

Android One and Google Assistant

The Nokia 2.2 is powered by a Mediatek Helio A22 chipset, with a quad core. Storage can be either 16GB or 32GB (expandable up to 400GB with a MicroSD card) with RAM at 2GB or 3GB. All this is supported by a 3000 mAh battery. There is no wireless or fast charging available, but the battery is removable, so you can carry a spare battery round with you for emergencies.

Being a Nokia, it is part of the Android One program, meaning you get two years of security and OS updates guaranteed. These happen pretty quickly after Google has released them, rather than having to wait months, like you do with some manufacturers who have added their own skin over the top of Android.

Keeping in the Google world, the Nokia 2.2 also has a Google Assistant button allowing you to carry out voice-assisted tasks and also benefit from its AI to better help you organise your day.

Cameras and sound

It has a single 13MP f/2.2 rear camera and 5MP selfie camera. These provide reasonable pictures in good light, but don’t go expecting too much for this price. On the sound front you get a single loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack and a built in FM radio.

So overall, not a bad package for a sub £100 smartphone. Well worth considering if you are looking for a phone for a child or as your backup device.



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