The Nokia 7.2 is competent and almost as good as the Pixel 3A

The Nokia 7.2 is a midrange phone that, just like the other phones from the Nokia brand, gets the basics. It looks like a device that should cost at least $ 100 more than it actually has, it has a clean version of Android software without bloatware, it has guaranteed the latest major Android updates (with scheduled for Android 10 coming soon) and security patches for two years, and it costs considerably less than a flagship phone.


It's hard to find an affordable phone with all those qualifications, although it's not as hard as it used to be. The Nokia 7.2 sells for $ 349, between the $ 300 Moto G7 and the $ 400 Pixel 3A, and that extra $ 50 for the Google phone gives you a lot, including a stellar camera (directly derived from the Google Pixel 3, with smart computational photography in tow) that wipes the Nokia 7.2. In addition, the Pixel 3A works with all US providers and MVNO & # 39; s, while the Nokia 7.2 is limited to only GSM providers, such as T-Mobile and AT&T.

Apart from that, the Nokia 7.2 manages to get a few words against the Pixel 3A, and that is quite an achievement. I think this is the most confident creation of HMD Global (the company that currently produces Nokia phones). In comparison with the Nokia 7.1, this year's device brings a number of smart spec tweaks, such as doubling the built-in storage to 128 GB, offers a faster processor, has a 3500 mAh battery that has no problems all day (almost one 500 mAh boost compared to the 7.1), and including a larger screen. It's a smarter device to use in general, but my favorite thing about the Nokia 7.2 is that it has glorious grip. The glossy, sharp design of the 7.1 has been replaced by rounded corners and the smooth frosted glass on its back looks like the new iPhone 11 Pro. This allows me to keep a better grip with one hand while browsing apps or making selfies. It also just looks good.

A few other quality of life victories with the design are the LED backlit power button that gently pulses to alert you to notifications. It's more elegant than sticking a notification LED near the selfie camera and it's not clear to the point that your & # 39; is being distracted at night. There is a special Google Assistant button on the other side of the phone. This allows you to ask for the weather, discover what is in your agenda and more. If you are someone who wants to constantly chat with the speech assistant, it's great to be able to discreetly press this button to call it up instead of & # 39; Hey Google & # 39; to call.

Inside, this phone has Qualcomm & # 39; s Midrange Snapdragon 660 processor and 4 GB of RAM, and in general most apps and games are no problem. It is sufficient power to process all apps that I use every day. I also thought it was capable of running most of the games I played on Google Play Pass. Titles such as Limbo, Star Wars: KOTORand Monument Valley 2 run well, with occasional hiccups. You can expect similar performance here as the Google Pixel 3A's Snapdragon 670: good enough for most, but not flagship quality.

The 6.3-inch LCD screen of the Nokia 7.2 has a large screen / body ratio, aided by the notch and the HDR upscaler that works in the background, makes video content of each app more contrasting. It also has official HDR10 support for Amazon Prime Video content. Games and movies look good, but in general this is another department where the Pixel 3A is a Nokia phone. It has an OLED screen with deeper black, colors that seem to jump off the screen and the viewing angles are hard to beat. That said, both screens are 1080p and the Nokia 7.2 and Pixel 3A look equally sharp when it comes to fine details.

It is hard not to notice the raised, round camera module of the Nokia 7.2 with a few packed lenses. This series includes a standard 48-megapixel (Samsung S5KGM1, f / 1.79 lens) camera, an ultra-wide (f / 2.2, 118-degree lens with an 8-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for adding bokeh to portraits. of the Nokia 7.2 can be surprisingly good under the right circumstances. Photos taken in environments with lots of natural light are well exposed and detailed, but these cameras tend to sharpen details, and those flashy look may not be what you are looking for.


It is also a mixed bag when it comes to maintaining fine details when you zoom in on a photo. (Do not confuse this Samsung 48MP sensor for the IMX586 from Sony that was impressed The edgeSam Byford in the honorary display 20.) Colors often don't look very accurate, and the cameras sometimes choose to saturate the blue sky or wash it away completely in favor of your subject. After a few attempts I usually got the photo I was hoping for. That trial and error process may not be that important for some, but for others, including myself. With the remarkably consistent camera of the Pixel 3A you don't have to worry.

On the other side of the phone, the selfie camera and some functions are really great. It features a sharp 20MP forward facing selfie camera, which shows almost too much detail. (An enhancement slider can reduce pores and other details that you may want to hide.) The colors it produces are not as accurate as what the rear camera has to offer, but it produces clear, detailed photos. 39; s, usually on the first attempt. The selfie camera functions that are built into the Nokia camera app have a number of cool modes, including the Picture-in-Picture mode, which shows what the front & rear cameras together on the screen see. You can use this to take photos of video from both cameras & # 39; s at the same time. It is not super useful in every situation, but it is nice to record a live view and to tell what is happening around the phone without turning it around or changing the camera.

Nokia is getting closer to making the phone that can crack into the mainstream in a similar way as the Moto has done with its budget-friendly Moto G7. No other telephone in this price range offers an attractive combination of 128 GB storage on board as standard; a slim, frosted glass design; and stock Android software with guaranteed updates. The strengths even make it a convincing choice between other midrange telephones. But if you can earn an extra $ 50 and tolerate half the amount of storage, the Pixel 3A offers a better camera and wider carrier support.

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