The Nokia 7.2 a midrange phone bringing competition to phones like the Pixel 3A. like the many other Nokia-branded phones, nails the basics. It looks like a device that should cost at least $100 more than it actually does, it has a clean version of Android proprietary software with no annoying bloatware, it’s however confirmed to get the latest major Android updates (with Android 10 slated to arrive soon) and security patches for two years, and it costs considerably less than a flagship phone.
It’s hard to find an affordable cell phone with all of those different variables, though it’s not quite as difficult 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 Google’s phone gets you a lot, including a stellar camera (derived straight from the Google Pixel 3, with its computational photography smarts in tow) that wipes the Nokia 7.2 clean. Plus, the Pixel 3A works with all US carriers and MVNOs, whereas the Nokia 7.2 is limited to just GSM carriers, like T-Mobile and also AT&T.
The Nokia 7.2 strives to get a few words in against the Pixel 3A, and that’s a big feat. However this is HMD Global’s most recent product yet. Compared to the Nokia 7.1, this year’s device brings some smart spec tweaks, like doubling the built-in storage to 128GB, offering a faster processor, packing a 3,500mAh battery that has no issues lasting all day (nearly a 500mAh boost over the 7.1), and including a bigger screen. It’s a snappier device to use in general, but my favorite thing about the Nokia 7.2 is that it’s gloriously secure to the touch. The 7.1’s glossy, sharp-edged design has been swapped out in favor of rounded corners, and the smooth matte glass on its back echoes a similar look and feel to the new iPhone 11 Pro. It lets me keep a better one-handed grip on it while I’m scrolling through apps or taking selfies. Also, it just looks good.
There are few other user quality wins with the design include its 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 bright to the point of being a distraction at night. On the opposite side of the phone is a dedicated Google Assistant button. It allows you to ask for the weather, find out what’s on your calendar, and more. If you’re someone who constantly wants to chat with the voice assistant, it’s great to be able to discreetly press this button to summon it instead of shouting “Hey Google.”
Qualcomm’s midrange venerable Snapdragon 660 processor and 4GB of RAM, and, generally, running most apps and games won’t be an issue. It’s enough power to handle all of the apps that I use on a daily basis. s. However users can thus expect comparable performance here to the Google Pixel 3A’s Snapdragon 670: good enough for hard core users, however it’s just not flagship-quality performance.