Since HMD Global has taken the responsibility of making Nokia's smartphones, things have been going pretty good for the popular company.
We have seen some great devices coming from the brand in the past. But Nokia's latest offering, the Nokia 2 is kind of a 'not-so-exciting' proposition. Why, you ask? Let's talk then.
To be honest, Nokia could have done much better with its new offering. If you are planning to buy a new phone around the same price as the Nokia 2, there are plenty of other decent options available.
Some of them offer better hardware, some offer better camera performance and some just give you an overall better package. But how exactly are they different? To know that, let's look at 6 better alternatives to the Nokia 2.
Nokia 2 carries a price tag of €99, which roughly translates to Rs 7,500. However, the device has not been launched in India yet.
1. Xiaomi Redmi 4A
When it comes to budget smartphones, Xiaomi is really the reigning champion of the market. This has become pretty obvious in recent times.
With over 22% market share in India, it's anybody's guess as to why the Chinese brand is so popular. Staying true to its promise, Xiaomi's Redmi 4A appears to be a strong value-for-money offering.
Compared to the Nokia 2, the Redmi 4A offers a better camera setup and has more RAM, which is a mandate for better performance. Besides, this phone comes with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and a 5-inch HD display. These factors put the Redmi 4A way ahead of Nokia's 2017 budget offering.
In recent past, Samsung's budget smartphones have really set the benchmark for other brands. In terms of offerings, buyers can get a good device for as low as Rs 10,000 and can also go as high as Rs 67,000, which is the case for the Note 8. Coming back to budget devices, Samsung's On5 Pro is a great option, backed by a global brand, and offers great value for money.
In comparison with the Nokia 2, the On5 Pro offers a better processor and more hardware resources at almost the same price. In addition, users also get a very capable selfie camera that comes with a wide-angle lens capable of capturing 120° field of view.
In terms of brand recall, Coolpad might not have been the most popular name but its users swear by the innovation that the brand has shown over the past few years. And most often than not, such innovations are unheard of.
Take the Mega 3 for example. This phone comes with the support for three individual SIM cards at the same time. Clearly, the brand doesn't believe in the proverb — "Two's company, but three's a crowd".
Along with triple SIM slots, the Coolpad Mega 3 has a lot more to offer compared to the Nokia 2. It offers a better front camera and also packs 2GB of RAM. For those who like to keep themselves entertained on-the-go, the Mega 3 offers a marginally bigger 5.5-inch HD display as well.
Lava, as a brand, is quite popular in the sub-Rs 5,000 price bracket. Even in the sub-Rs 10,000 bracket, the brand has some brilliant offerings that deliver the much-needed 'bang for the buck' and something more.
The key reason behind its popularity is the wide portfolio of devices at its disposal that offers an array of options for the buyer to choose from. Out of the many models, the Lava X41+ can definitely lock horns with the Nokia 2.
Compared to its counterpart, the Lava X41+ has a number of advantages, even though the brand itself might not be as popular as Nokia.
First up, the 5-inch HD display of the X41+ comes with a 2.5D curved glass, which is great for additional comfort. The device also offers 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has also received positive feedback for camera performance and image quality.
No matter how much you talk about Xiaomi, there's always something new coming up from the Chinese brand. We all know about the massive budget device line-up that Xiaomi offers and the brand has gone a step ahead this year by offering not just one but several budget offerings for the same product category, including the Redmi 4A and the Redmi 4.
If you are also keen on buying a powerful budget Android phone then nothing, and I really mean nothing, gets better than this.
The Nokia 2 might have a slight edge over the Redmi 4 in terms of battery capacity but the Chinese phone beats Nokia 2 black and blue when it comes to processor, RAM, camera resolution, and even video recording.
Xolo is another interesting Indian smartphone brand. It's quite popular in the budget phone segment, especially in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. But as always, there comes a phone at times that really surprises us all with its features and the Xolo Era 2X is such an example.
It's one of the very few Android smartphones within a sub-Rs 8,000 price range that offer 3GB of RAM.
Yes, I agree that Nokia's reputation cannot be compared with this brand but, in this article, we are purely comparing apples with apples. As a device, Xolo's Era 2X is the ultimate underdog.
As mentioned earlier, it offers 3GB of RAM. Along with that, it also packs a primary camera that can capture low-light shots with an exposure level of f2.0 and a metallic frame similar to that of the Nokia 2.
I understand the fact that the Nokia 2 is a brilliant device in its own right but there's no denying the other fact that shows that there are a few other models in the same price range that will make the buyers think twice.
Nokia's brand image alone cannot be the only reason why one should buy the Nokia 2. The phone market these days is highly competitive and we have an abundance of options from small and big brands alike.
These are the best alternatives to the Nokia 2, in my opinion, because they offer much more at the same price.