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At the end of September, Nokia presented a couple of new budget smartphones – the Nokia 2.4 and the Nokia 3.4. These are the most entry-level devices in the Nokia range, which do not require excessive costs from buyers. In today’s comparison we’re going to look into more details.
The design is the first advantage of the Nokia 2.4 and the Nokia 3.4 smartphones. They have perhaps the most beautiful case in the ultra-budget class. It offers “traditional Finnish quality”. The back cover is made of durable polycarbonate with original 3D embossing to help reduce slipping. The aluminum frame provides additional strength. In the version 3.4 it is definitely there. In the 2.4 the case seems to be all-plastic, although the metal frame is also indicated in the description on the official Nokia website.
The palette includes “rich Scandinavian colors”: charcoal black, magenta and blue. The body of Nokia 3.4 looks brighter, while the 2.4 has a slightly paler color, with a slight gradient.
As usual, there is a separate button for interacting with the Google Assistant on the side edge on the left (next to the SIM card tray).
Both models are equipped with a fingerprint scanner, which is located on the back under the main camera block. The Nokia 3.4 has them enclosed in a massive circle. This is a familiar trait. The Nokia designers have been using this technique for quite some time.
At the front, the smartphones are distinguished by a cutout of the front camera, and at the bottom – by charging connectors.
The 3.4 looks modern thanks to the USB-C and through-hole in the screen, but the Nokia 2.4 is slightly larger in size.
The display of the new Nokia fits the budget. This is their weak point and there is nothing to brag about. Both smartphones received an IPS matrix with an acceptable HD + resolution, the pixels are not striking. Moreover, the younger model 2.4 has a 6.5-inch diagonal, which is 1/10 more than the Nokia 3.4.
Of course, the front sides are not so unique. The bezels around the screen are thick enough. There is an impressive “chin” with the Nokia logo.
The matrix provides a comfortable margin of contrast and brightness. The Nokia promises up to 400 nits at maximum. The color reproduction is close to natural. Therefore, given the large diagonal, the smartphones allow you to enjoy movies and games. The image occupies the entire surface of the screen, without black borders.
The cutouts for the selfie camera almost do not take up the usable display area. It will be convenient to use not only for entertainment, but also for study or creativity. There are a lot of possibilities for application.
The software is the next major advantage of the Nokia 2.4 and the 3.4 smartphones. They work on “pure” or, as they say, on “naked” Android. Therefore, their operating system will not lose its relevance over time. The interface initially has no superfluous add-ons and useless pre-installed junk.
All the latest features of Android 10 are available to users and the smartphones are in the first line to receive version 11. The security updates will be sent monthly for 3 years after release. Also, the Nokia guarantees 2 major system updates, which means that buying the Nokia 2.4 and 3.4, you will be among the first to experience the 12th Android.
Let me remind you once again that the fingerprint scanner is installed in both models. It reliably protects the user’s personal data. The face recognition is provided through the front camera as an alternative unlocking method. It is useful in cases where there is no quick access to the fingerprint scanner (for example, if your hands are often in gloves).
The separate button for the Google Assistant makes it easy to plan things, build routes, and set any tasks using voice commands.
A few words about cameras. The Nokia 2.4 smartphone is equipped with a 5MP front camera and a dual camera on the back with a 13MP main module and an auxiliary 2MP scene depth sensor to improve portrait mode. The 3.4 model features a front camera with an increased resolution of 8 megapixels, and a stylish “donut” with main cameras is complemented by a 5 megapixel ultra-wide angle for landscape / panoramic shooting.
Each model supports the Night Mode feature for enhanced detail when shooting in dark or low light conditions. You can take high-quality photos by stitching the best fragments from several frames, automatic noise reduction and optimization of exposure settings.
If you enjoy experimenting with blurring the background, use the built-in portrait mode editor to change the effects and focus area while shooting, or even after, on finished photos. The front camera, oddly enough, also allows you to adjust the intensity of the background blur, but in this case, errors may occur when determining the boundaries of the main object in the photo.
The performance is a compromise in the characteristics of any budget smartphone and the Nokia’s new products are no exception. But the situation is saved by “pure” Android. You will be surprised to know how nimble a smartphone can be with only 2 GB of RAM and an old Helio P22 chipset (2018 release). It’s about the junior modification of the Nokia 2.4. Due to the lack of a heavy shell and proprietary add-ons, as in smartphones of other brands, everything works quite quickly, switching between applications is flawless. The Nokia 2.4’s spec sheet is frankly disheartening, but that’s only until you pick it up. The modification with 3 GB of RAM is definitely suitable for those who plan to use a smartphone until the release of the 12th Android.
The 3.4 model is noticeably more powerful. It has 3 or 4 GB of RAM and the new Snapdragon 460 chipset released in January 2020. The performance of this smartphone will be higher than that of the competition. You can run games and applications of any complexity almost without any problems. Using the Nokia 3.4 is not painful.
In terms of non-volatile memory, both smartphones offer 32 and 64 GB options. In addition, memory expansion is supported using microSD cards up to 512 GB.
The actual performance of the new Nokia smartphones is very satisfying.
Their network capabilities are approximately at the same level. For geolocation, the satellite systems Glonass, GPS and Beidou are available. Wi-Fi operates on a single 2.4 GHz band. For the Internet and communication, you can use a 4G cellular network at best. The voice communication is normal quality.
The differences lie in the Bluetooth module (for some reason it is newer in the cheaper Nokia 2.4) and in NFC (only the Nokia 3.4 users can make mobile payments).
And finally, the last advantage of the Nokia smartphones is their battery life. As always, it is very pleasing. The company says the 2.4 and 3.4 models will last up to two days on a single charge with the “Adaptive Battery” feature enabled, which is responsible for “prioritizing frequently used applications.”
Again, these marketers have crammed smart words into advertising … In practice, you can count on at least a whole day of autonomy with active use of your smartphone. It is also possible to achieve two days on a moderate load.
The models differ in battery capacity. The Nokia 2.4 has a 4500 mAh battery under the lid, while the 3.4 model has a 500 mAh battery more modest. This difference is compensated by a smaller screen and a better chipset. In addition, the 3.4 recharges faster thanks to the USB-C port and 10W adapter, while the Nokia 2.4’s charge time is even scary to say, given the micro-USB and the five-watt power supply. Although this is not too critical.
Since the smartphones were introduced very recently, there are still very few reviews about them on the Internet. It is difficult to draw any conclusions. Let’s focus on the final results at the end of the comparison.
The Nokia 2.4
- Why do all manufacturers make displays with a 20: 9 aspect ratio? It is inconvenient to use. What should we expect next – the Jadei sword 30: 9?
- I would like more RAM for games and a bigger battery, but it will do.
- Launching a micro-USB phone at the end of 2020 is ridiculous. Regardless of the price.
The Nokia 3.4
- There isn’t fast charging.
- There is the logo on both sides. The Nokia is in its repertoire. They should have also printed it on the sides.
- It’s too long. Up to 6 inches would be better.
The Nokia 2.4
- There is a fingerprint scanner.
- There is a big battery and huge screen.
- It’s a good phone for a good price.
- It’s nice. I love Nokia.
The Nokia 3.4
- It’s a perfect option. Pure Android and decent chip. Exactly what is needed.
- Amazing performance for a price.
- The Snapdragon supports more games than Helio.
- It shows definitely good progress against the 3.2. I mean the Type-C and the ultra-wide camera.
Let’s summarize it! The Nokia 2.4 is a confident budget employee with a large screen, a capacious battery, a fingerprint scanner and a “pure” Android on board. There are some trade-offs, but economy class requires sacrifices.
The Nokia 3.4 offers more RAM, has a modern processor and original design (almost like a “James Bond phone”). It supports accelerated charging and is not without other nice little things like NFC and USB-C.