Nokia 4.2 Review: Power in Compactness

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The smartphone market is unforgivably few compact devices. And the nice, high-quality, with a good screen, NFC and also inexpensive – even less. Fortunately, Nokia 4.2 is just one of those, and in addition pleases with additional features: clean Android and advanced voice assistant options. What else? We will tell in the review.

Nokia 4.2

Google bonuses

Nokia 4.2 received several options from the “good corporation”, both hardware and software. On the left side is a button for calling a voice assistant – this is the first time in company devices. A single click activates the Google Assistant. The latter responds instantly: ready to listen to a question, get directions, create a reminder, and so on. It is worth trying a couple of times, and abandoning this chip will not be easy. Like it or not, the same routing without the use of hands and in just five seconds is extremely convenient, especially at the wheel.

Nokia 4.2

The smartphone is part of the Android One program and works on a clean, not overloaded OS of the last (ninth) revision. In addition, he will be one of the first to receive fresh builds of the Green Robot, coupled with the latest security patches. During the weekly test device arrived two updates.

Quality display

It uses a perfectly calibrated 2.5D-screen on IPS-matrix in terms of color, contrast and brightness. HD + resolution is enough for a diagonal of 5.71 inches: the picture is smooth, without pixel “ladders” and fonts scattering before our eyes. But the side frames could be narrower. First of all, this concerns the bottom, where the manufacturer’s logo is located. However, the positive aspects still outweigh.


Fits in any pocket

Thanks to the compact body, Nokia 4.2 fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. All key nodes are under your fingers, and reaching even the upper corners of the screen is not difficult. Of course, it all depends on the size of the palm, but compared with 90% of smartphones on the market, the compact dimensions of the Nokia 4.2 are just a godsend for lovers of miniature devices.

Fingerprint scanner (it works quickly and without complaints) on the rear panel is easy to feel, without dirtying the camera lenses. The latter protrude just a little above the body, and their glass is protected from scratches by a plastic side.

Nokia 4.2

No frills cameras

The cameras shoot well: the picture is high-quality, the detail of the pictures is at the level, and there are no problems with the white balance. The dynamic range is not as wide as in the flagship devices, but periodically HDR still helps out. Some images contain blur on the left edge, and sometimes throughout the frame. Most likely, this is due to the overlapping of several frames on top of each other in HDR mode. In the photo taken in automatic mode, this is no longer there.

Auto, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/735, ISO 100
HDR, the dynamic range is wider, but the left side of the image in the “soap”
Auto, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/515, ISO 100
Auto, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/1018, ISO 100
Auto, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/320, ISO 100
Auto, ISO always 100, extremely rarely increases sensitivity, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/1111
Auto, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/210, ISO 100
Auto, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/580, ISO 100

Night shooting is not easy for the gadget. However, it is clear that the algorithms work: two out of five photos are likely to be worthy to remain in the smartphone’s memory.

Auto mode, sensitivity only increases at night: ISO 734, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/25
Auto, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/10, ISO 1521
Algorithms pulled ISO to indecently high values: 4080, f / 2.2, shutter speed 1/10

The front camera is also not bad: the detail is sufficient, and the white balance is soft and natural. Selfies only spoil overexposure. And here the HDR mode helps out. It not only aligns the exposure across the entire field of the frame, but also makes the image saturated and more contrast – one without the other does not work here. The portrait mode functions without misfires, although there is only one photosensor.

Auto, f / 2.0, shutter speed 1/1515, ISO 100
The foreground object is correctly detected, but is slightly carelessly separated from the background.

The gadget writes video in Full HD. Detailing and other parameters are quite acceptable, except perhaps for stabilization. At times, the built-in noise cutter cuts the surrounding sounds too hard. For example, this happened with the sound of the fountain in this video:

Iron and Buns

The “heart” of the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor. There is enough performance for all system and third-party tasks. However, do not count on the reactive speed of the interface or powerful races in heavy games. The reference will be the minimum graphics settings in PUBG Mobile – in this case, comfort during the game is provided.

The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. The latter can be increased using a microSD card. It is inserted into an independent slot with respect to two SIM cards. And in the presence of a fully-functioning NFC module is a rarity for devices of this class.

Nokia 4.2

The traditional LED indicator was moved to the power button. It is highlighted in white after each notification or missed call. It’s impossible not to notice such a bright “flashlight”.

The charge is enough for a day

Inside the smartphone, not the most gluttonous iron in the world is working, and the battery capacity is 3000 mAh. This provides exactly one day of operation away from the outlet – the market standard. Having abandoned games, navigation and other energy-intensive processes, you can count on an increase in autonomy up to a day and a half, but this is the limit. Fast charge is not supported. A full charge cycle from a native power supply takes a little more than three hours.

Nokia 4.2


5.71“, IPS, 1520×720, 270 ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 CPU
GPU Adreno 505
3 GB
32 GB
13 + 2 MP, 1080p / 30 fps
3000 mAh
148.95 x 71.3 x 8.39 mm
161 g
compact housing, oleophobic coated display, NFC, separate slot

Test results

897 single-core
3328 multi-core
up to 9.5 hours of video playback


Nokia 4.2 is for lovers of compact devices. A high-quality screen alone makes a smartphone more attractive than at least half of its competitors. Another third of the opponents disappears due to the lack of NFC. In addition, in the system and third-party applications, the gadget behaves cheerfully, however, there is not enough performance margin for modern 3D games. Fans of virtual cuts in royal and other battles should take a closer look at something else.

Learn more about Nokia 4.2

Internet, video, music, photos – Nokia 4.2 can do everything that we usually need from a smartphone. The balanced filling is “packed” in a thin case made of tempered glass. Grace and premium materials are rare guests in this price segment.


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