Nokia continues to strive to make a name for itself, again, in the mobile market and has been on the right track for years, standing out, especially, for the software of its terminals, which follows the Google philosophy, and which only modifies Android to improve it, never to make it heavier.
A few months ago, it presented the Nokia 7.2, which is part of its mid-range offer and which, like its latest devices, comes with Android One in the software section. A pure version of the operating system, with constant updates and that, follows Google’s guidelines. And I have been able to spend some time using this terminal to analyze this company’s commitment to the mid-range, as opposed to the usual Redmi or Realme terminals.
Nokia 7.2, features and specifications
|Specifications and technical characteristics|
|Dimensions and weight||159.9 x 75.1 x 8.3 (mm) | 180 (g)|
|Screen||6.3 inch IPS
|Resolution||FHD + (2,280 x 1,080 px), 19: 9 format, 400 dpi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Octa-core (4x Kryo 260 @ 2.2 GHz & 4x Kryo 260 @ 1.8 GHz)
Adreno 512 GPU
|RAM||4 or 6 GB|
|Storage||64 or 128 GB expandable with microSD cards|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie (Android One)|
|Rear camera||Triple 48 MP (wide, f / 1.8) + 8 MP (ultrawide, f / 2.2) + 5 MP (depth), PDAF autofocus, HDR, Zeiss optics, LED flash|
|Frontal camera||20 MP (f / 2.0), HDR, Zeiss optics|
|Connectivity||LTE (dual SIM)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA,
Bluetooth 5.0 LE hotspot
aGPS + GLONASS + BDS + GALILEO
Audio- 3.5 mm jack
|Battery||3,500 mAh (non-removable)
Fast charge 10W
Rear Fingerprint Reader
The best of the Nokia 7.2
Construction and finishes that make you want to have it in hand constantly
When we see how the vast majority of terminals have a glass back or a terminal that imitates the same, see a device like the Nokia 7.2, which has a finish that resembles metallic with texture mate; it’s a breath of fresh air.
And yes, the feel of its back is one of the best aspects of the device. Having it in hand is a real pleasure, and in addition to the feel it has, its appearance has also been quite attractive to me. Sober, elegant, and balanced. I do not ask for more on a smartphone.
On its back, the device has a fingerprint reader since it has not yet made the leap to the readers under the screen, which I am glad about since these, on many occasions, are more uncomfortable than the fingerprint readers on the rear. And in addition to this, it has a triple rear camera located in a circular module that I find most attractive.
On the other hand, the terminal has a button to invoke Google Assistant on the left side, which, by the way, is difficult to get used to, while on the right side, we have the usual volume and power buttons. But the power button of this terminal has a peculiarity, and it is precisely that it turns on! Yes, this button has a transparent strip under which there is an LED that will light up to notify us of notifications, and that distinguishes it from the Google Assistant auxiliary button.
Software: Android One + Android 10 = good experience
The Nokia 7.2 is the best of all Nokia devices with Android One framed in the mid-range, and now that it has been updated to Android 10, the terminal has taken a remarkable leap in quality. I have been able to test this device with Android 9 Pie for a while and with Android 10 as well, and the truth is that, since it was updated, everything has improved a lot.
Nokia boasts of its good update policy, making even its cheapest terminals are updating to Android 10. With the update of this Nokia 7.2, the improvements have not been long in coming.
First of all, the interface moves in a very smooth and fluid way, the screen is not 90Hz, but the sensations are good. And I like the gesture system a lot, since for the first time in Pure Android, the gestures are gestures, and they are not a navigation bar without icons. There is no longer a bar, and we can finally see the entire screen and take advantage of it in its entirety.
On the other hand, we find an interface as pure as it can be, but with some modifications introduced by Nokia that seem quite interesting, such as the option to deactivate the Google Assistant button or the My Phone application, in which you can monitor the performance of the phone, the storage you have available and more aspects of it, ideal to be able to keep a little control of what happens on your device.
The less good of the Nokia 7.2
The Google Assistant button and some loose things
I don’t see the need for a button dedicated specifically to Google Assistant, not because I don’t use it, but because it can be extremely inconvenient. I have used the smartphone with this button activated, and I confirm that it has been.
I usually leave my mobile on the table while I am working, and I assure you that there have been many times when, when pressing the power button, I have accidentally pressed, to force on the other side, the Google Assistant button, and this has become something of the most common using this terminal. And considering that many manufacturers include the option to activate the assistant by holding the power button, I think this would be a less confusing option.
Beyond this, I do not find a flagrant negative point, but simply small aspects that I liked less. One of them is the conversion of SD content to HDR that integrates the terminal for games, videos, and photos, which is sometimes a bit forced and has ended up deactivating.
The camera, on the other hand, and as we will see in more detail below, may not be everything you expected, especially when taking pictures indoors and in low light, and, for this price, I might have expected a higher performance in these specific situations. However, I am comforted that all three sensors are there for a reason, and they have not put low-quality macro sensors to say that their device has four cameras.
This is how the Nokia 7.2 takes photos.
As I have mentioned before, the Nokia 7.2 has a triple rear camera composed of a 48-megapixel f / 1.8 main sensor, an 8-megapixel f / 2.2 ultrawide sensor, and the last depth sensor, a 5-megapixel resolution that will help improve the portraits of the device.
And with this terminal, the experience has been a bit like the one we have in most terminals in its price range, correct, without fanfare, with good results when there is good light, but they lower the level somewhat with the absence of it.
In general terms, it is a good camera, somewhat better than what you will find in devices of 150 euros. However, it does not come close to the performance of cheap high-end terminals such as the Redmi K30 Pro, to give you an example.
Behavior in the daytime, portrait mode, and at night with the Nokia 7.2
As you can see, during the day or in good light, the device takes photos with a good level of detail thanks to its 48-megapixel sensor, which instead of saturating colors and increasing contrast, tends to soften everything, something that sometimes It comes in handy. Still, sometimes it also makes the photo a little less showy than it should.
When we take a close-up photo, a natural bokeh effect is created, which means that in many cases, it is not necessary to switch to “live bokeh” mode. Although, on more than one occasion, it is better to use this if you are looking for a great blur.
And if you decide to use it, you will have a few portrait modes to choose the one you like the most and use, and even adjust its strength level. But be careful; if you do, we recommend having good lighting so that the results are the best possible.
At night, as we have already mentioned, the results are somewhat worse. They are not bad, but we could expect something more since the white balance is erratic in some situations and the terminal has trouble focusing.
The front camera of the Nokia 7.2 has a resolution of 20 megapixels f / 2.0 that has given me a correct performance, without going out of the margins and without excessively surprising. With the terminal, you will have a correct selfie, and if you decide to use portrait mode, it may be difficult at first, but when you have found the ideal configuration for you, I am sure it will be to your liking.
Nokia 7.2: Andro4all’s opinion and final thoughts
The Nokia 7.2 is a terminal that comes to what comes; it is not a flagship killer, nor does it pretend, but its site is in the middle of the mid-range and is intended for an audience that wants something more than a cheap mobile mid-range can offer.
As I have told you, the construction of the device encourages us to use it and have it in hand, and the truth is that it is an experience that today, even in the high-end range, few terminals are capable of arousing me. In this regard, Nokia has done an excellent job.
Its great virtue comes in the software section since the device has Android One, a pure version of the operating system. Nokia promises three years of updates, so its useful life will be extended, being updated, during this time.
“If you give importance to software and updates and want a mid-range, this terminal is ideal for you.
Other aspects of this terminal, such as the battery or power, are correct. It makes this smartphone the typical example of a ground terminal, which has a few virtues and few faults without highlighting one aspect or the other.
It is a correct, beautiful terminal that, if you are looking for a mid-range device, will meet your expectations without much fanfare and flagrant failures. And this reliability, even though it would not be worth it for the camera, is ideal for many users.
Price and where to buy the Nokia 7.2
Well, the Nokia 7.2 is a few months old, and although its starting price was 328 euros, now you can find it for about 50 euros less, which leaves it at around 260 euros, which, for me, is a price fair enough for this device, which you can buy on Amazon, and at
|Should you buy the Nokia 7.2?|
|Conclusions||This Nokia 7.2 becomes one of the best terminals in its segment in terms of software and construction.|
Sharlene Meriel is an avid gamer with a knack for technology. He has been writing about the latest technologies for the past 5 years. His contribution in technology journalism has been noteworthy. He is also a day trader with interest in the Forex market.