Connect with us

Android

Nokia G21 review: A good budget phone for occasional use

Published

on

NDTV Gadgets 360 Hindi
Nokia G21 is a budget smartphone recently launched by HMD Global. It claims three days of battery life and promises to come with Android updates over the next two years. A high refresh rate display is also provided in the phone which is now becoming common in sub 15k phones. There is fierce competition from Redmi, Realme and Samsung in this segment and the companies are racing to outdo others by offering something better. The phone stands in the market based on Android One and battery capacity. So, would you go for the Nokia G21 while shopping for a budget phone? Here is my review.

Nokia G21 Price in India

The base variant of the Nokia G21 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage starts at Rs 12,999. Its second variant comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which costs Rs 14,999. The company presented it in two finishes – Nordic Blue and Dusk.

Nokia G21 design

While most smartphones try to come with a glossy finish in the budget segment, the Nokia G21 looks a bit dated here. It has a textured back panel that is made of plastic like the rest of the phone. But it prevents fingerprints. The company also provides a case in the box with the phone. On the rear panel, the square camera module is placed in the upper left corner, which does not feel too prominent.

nokia

Sticking to the latest design trends, the Nokia G21 has flat sides. The corners are curved so it doesn’t sting your hand while holding it. The phone has a side mounted fingerprint scanner which is given in the power button. On the same side, there is a volume rocker just above.

The dedicated button for Google Assistant is placed on the other side and there is a space for the SIM card. Its 3.5mm audio jack is given at the top of the phone, while the USB Type C port and speaker are given at the bottom. The Nokia G21 has a 6.5-inch display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and has HD+ resolution. It comes with a dewdrop notch, which is common for phones in this price range. The display has a heavy chin at the bottom. Overall, the phone seems pretty strong.

Nokia G21 Specifications and Software

The specifications of the phone are quite simple. It is powered by the Unisoc T606 SoC, which is an entry-level octa-core chipset. It has two ARM Cortex-A75 performance cores and 6 ARM Cortex-A55 performance cores. All are clocked at 1.6 GHz. The Nokia G21 has an HD+ display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a maximum brightness of 400nits. It also has a dedicated microSD card slot for memory expansion.

nokia

For connectivity, this smartphone has Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, NFC and three satellite navigation systems. The battery capacity is 5050 mAh with support for 18W fast charging. The company provides a 10W charger with the phone.

The Nokia G21 runs Android 11 and comes with the Android One program. This means you’ll get the standard Android experience and Android OS updates for two years. The lack of Android 12 is a problem here because most phone manufacturers now only offer devices with Android 12. My device had the May 2022 Android security patch. The UI is clean, but I still have pre-installed apps like ExpressVPN, LinkedIn , Netflix and Spotify. They can also be removed.

Many gesture features are available in the phone, thanks to which some work is done quickly. For example, there is a double tap to wake the screen, rotate the phone to reject a call, double tap the power button to turn on the camera. In addition, many other gestures are given. It also has standard Android features like Digital Wellbeing so you can track your usage habits.

Nokia G21 performance and battery life

The Nokia G21 performs well for the price. It handles everyday games and apps seamlessly. However, heavier games and apps take time to load. A bit of multitasking can be done with the 6GB RAM variant, but it doesn’t get the RAM expansion feature that could be useful in the 4GB variant. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner quickly unlocks the phone. The quality of the HD+ display is average. FullHD Plus displays already come in this segment, so some people may be disappointed.

The benchmark results of the phone will give you an idea of ​​the usage experience. The phone scored 198,068 points in AnTuTu. It scored 306 and 1221 points respectively in the single and multi-core tests of Geekbench 5. It scored 34 fps and 8.8 fps in the T-Rex and Car Chase tests on GFXBench. These results were on par with budget smartphones like the Redmi 10 Prime and the Samsung Galaxy F22, which fall in the same price range.

nokia

Talking about gaming, the phone performed very average in games like Call of Duty: Mobile. It defaulted to low and medium frame rate settings. The game took a while to load and I also noticed some issues with rendering things in the game. I played for 15 minutes in which the battery only dropped 2 percent, which is good. By the end of the gaming session, the phone got a little hot.

In terms of battery level, the Nokia G21 has come a long way. Thanks to the economical processor and large battery, the phone lasts two days with normal use. In the HD video cycle test, the phone lasted 20 hours and 4 minutes, which is a good time. With a 10W charger, it charges very slowly and only charges 23 percent in half an hour. Was charged 45 percent for one hour. It took 2 hours to fully charge. Getting an 18W charger will come in handy here.

Nokia G21 camera

The Nokia G21 has a triple rear camera setup. It has a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel shooter. The camera app is pretty basic and has a variety of shooting modes to choose from. The 50-megapixel primary camera clicks 12.5-megapixel photos by default.

The main camera takes good photos in daylight, which looks good on the phone’s display. Detail is reduced when zoomed. In landscape mode, a watercolor-like effect was visible on the photo. At high brightness, the phone quickly activates HDR mode, which improves dynamic range.

nokia

Close-up shots on the phone’s camera came out pretty well. Photos were not good in portrait mode. Here the camera was taking 5 seconds with each photo, so it became increasingly difficult to take pictures of the pets. Medium detail shots come from its macro camera.

nokia
nokia

The camera performs average in low light. Things are recognizable, but there is a lack of detail in the dark parts of the frame. There was some improvement with night mode, but taking a picture took 6 seconds where I had to stand still without moving to stop the blur.

nokia
nokia

Selfies taken in daylight and low light with the selfie camera were good. Edge detection was good in portrait mode and background blur was well managed.

nokia
nokia

Speaking of video recording, the Nokia G21 can capture 1080p video from the rear camera. There is no stabilization in it, which is why the footage is recorded shaky. Overall, its camera performance is average. If it had a wide-angle camera, a lot could be done with it.

our solution

The Nokia G21 is an Android One smartphone that delivers the standard Android experience, with a promise of software updates for up to two years. Its build quality and battery life are good. It will appeal to the average user who wants a simple and clean Android interface. Experienced users may not be impressed by its low power. The camera performance was also poor in my opinion.

If we ignore some of its shortcomings, then the Nokia G21 is a reliable general-purpose device that is not found very often in this price range. If you want more performance at this price, then you can look at Realme 9i or Moto G51. If you are heading for its 6GB variant, then you can also see the Redmi Note 10T 5G.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Android

Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G Review: Best Design, Average Camera Performance

Published

on

Gadgets 360 Hindi
Oppo’s Reno 8 Pro 5G is the company’s most expensive Reno smartphone in India, priced at Rs 45,999. The phone is really good to look at, but if you take a cursory glance at its specification, then it turns out to be a mid-range phone. Does the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G serve only in decorations or is the strength in its overall performance and camera charged for such a price?

This phone matches the Realme GT Neo 3 and OnePlus 10R in many ways, but does it leave the same shortcomings as the rest of the competition? I’ve been using the Reno 8 Pro for a few weeks and here I’m going to tell you everything you need to know before you buy this phone.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G Price

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G is available in a single variant in India where we can see 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The phone is priced at Rs 45,999. It comes in two finishes that include Glazed Green and Glazed Black. I had his glazed green module. Realme GT Neo 3 and OnePlus 10R 5G come with a lower starting price and offer similar specifications. But the presence of one variant in the Reno 8 Pro 5G means that it has only been launched against premium smartphones.

Design of Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G

The design of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro grabs attention at first glance. It looks quite attractive compared to other smartphones in this price segment. At 7.34 mm, it is not very thin, but it cannot be called thick either. The phone weighs 183 grams, which is surprisingly light considering its aluminum alloy frame, which not only looks good but also feels premium. There is a glossy glass panel at the back which is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and does not allow fingerprints to remain on it easily.

Oppo

Its cameras make its design stand out. The lens cutout fits the camera assembly perfectly. In fact, the camera module is an extension of the rear glass panel. The module has a slight slope that my first finger would fit under, and the phone felt pretty easy to handle with one hand.
The phone’s display is flat, but has a slight curve at the edges that blends in with the sharp corners of the frame. I’ve never seen bezels this thin at this price. The display has very thin bezels on the top and bottom, but even thinner bezels are placed on the left and right sides, which are just 1.48mm. Thanks to this, the phone looks very modern and sharp in appearance.

This time, Oppo took a mature step instead of including the fancy design of the Reno series like a shark fin selfie camera and an IP54 dust and water resistance rating on the phone. Motorola Edge 30 Pro is the only smartphone in this segment that comes with almost the same IP52 rating.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G Specifications and Software

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G features a MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC, along with a MariSilicon X NPU, which the company says is primarily used to aid video recording. MariSilicon X NPU is not new, it was first announced along with the launch of Oppo Find X5 Pro, a premium smartphone, but it was not launched in India.

The Reno 8 Pro 5G doesn’t offer a storage expansion option, but the phone has room for two nano-SIM cards with dual 5G support. The phone supports dual standby and also supports standalone and non-standalone 5G bands. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC. In the box you get a USB Type-C to Type-A cable, an 80W charger and a clear TPU case.

Oppo

Talking about the software, the company has kept certain parts of Color OS for its own smartphones. The peculiarity of customizing the phone is that it can also choose which color from the selected wallpaper to choose. Also, its unique font and OPPO’s O-Haptics (vibration system) are some of the things I didn’t see on the OnePlus 10R 5G Endurance Edition or the Realme GT Neo 3 (150W).

Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G’s O-Haptics system uses an X-axis linear motor that is very precise for feedback. It also works well when used for the phone’s 3D ringtone feature. The 3D ringtone feature is also an exclusive feature of Oppa. Oppo has also provided a floating window feature that lets you open multiple apps in small floating windows for sharing. The Reno 8 Pro 5G runs on ColorOS 12.1, which is based on Android 12. The company promises two years of Android OS updates and four years of security updates, which is good.

Oppo

One thing I didn’t like about it was the daily notifications from its themed app. It kept asking me to download a new wallpaper or buy a new Oppo smartphone. Smartphones priced above Rs 40k also had many pre-installed third party apps like Dailyhunt, Josh, Moj and PhonePe etc. But it was nice that many of them could be removed. Apart from that, Oppo also had many apps like Soloop Cut, O Relax, DocVault, etc. They were useful though, but could also be removed if needed.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G performance

In terms of benchmarks, the phone performed as expected. In AnTuTu, the phone scored 901 points and 3532 points in single and multi-core tests respectively. The software performance of the phone is also good. It gets Dimensity 8100-Max SoC with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The phone is very fast when multitasking and running multiple apps. Its display with 120Hz refresh rate makes the software experience smoother. The move to a flexible AMOLED display benefited the company, making it possible to make the bezel extremely thin.

Oppo

Its 6.7-inch FullHD+ display is quite bright. Colors are vibrant and viewing angles are incredible. Compared to Realme GT Neo 3 (150W) and OnePlus 10R Endurance Edition, its display is much better. It comes with HDR10+ certification and makes it a pleasure to watch content on apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Its stereo speakers are quite loud and produce very clear sound even when the volume is turned up to full. Their output is quite balanced.

I didn’t like the fingerprint scanner shown on its display. For some reason it couldn’t read my fingerprints. Then I found that if you put a little more emphasis on it, then it is easily recognized.

The gaming performance of the phone is quite good. Whether using the camera app or playing games, its graphite-based cooling system prevents the phone from overheating. Call of Duty: Mobile runs smoothly even at the highest graphics settings. Asphalt: 9 Legends also ran very smoothly, but surprisingly no 60fps mode was enabled. The phone has a touch sample rate of 360Hz, which supports fast-paced gaming, but has room for improvement.

The phone’s battery is not upgradeable. Like the Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G, it gets a 4500mAh battery along with 80W fast charging. Using this charger, the phone charges from 0 to 52 percent in 15 minutes and gets a full charge in 34 minutes. The phone lasted 18 hours and 25 minutes in our HD video test. With normal use, the phone runs smoothly for a day and a half, which is great for a slim device. Wireless charging is not available here, which is easily available in other smartphones in this segment or below.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G cameras

The triple rear camera setup is available on the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G. It has a 50-megapixel primary camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor, but no OIS support. The second camera is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and the third is a 2-megapixel macro camera. It has a 32-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and comes with autofocus. Oppo’s camera interface will be familiar to OnePlus and Realme users. The interface is very simple, but advanced options for some modes can be accessed by tapping the ellipsis button.

img20220715140553
img20220715140550
img20220726111947

Photos taken with the main camera in daylight were sharp and clear with good color reproduction. Results with the ultra-wide camera were very average, with limited dynamic range, which meant there was less detail in shadow areas. It felt like the macro camera was just edited to fill the specs as it wasn’t very easy to take a picture with it and the focus was fixed. The real difference in improving the AI ​​scene is visible in this phone. It provides good dynamic range when taking still photos, especially in daylight.

Selfies were sharp and detail and dynamic range were good. Selfie portraits were also good, but the phone failed to expose the background very well. Images looked good in low light, provided there was a light source nearby. I expected to do better with the 32MP selfie camera with autofocus.

When the photo was taken in auto mode with the main camera in low light, detail was good. The lack of OIS was felt here as the camera failed to capture raised grain detail well on any surface. A texture with black spots was found in the dark area. While capturing the photo here, the phone took more than one to two seconds, and in night mode, this time went up to 3 seconds.

img20220721210346
img20220721210402
img20220721213622

The camera was very capable of capturing details in night mode as it also captured details that I couldn’t even see with my eyes. The noise reduction algorithm is more aggressive, with the long exposure and lack of OIS, the photo doesn’t come out as good as it could be. Photos taken under lots of street lights were sharp, but the texture was a bit flat here as well.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G’s main camera uses DOL HDR video recording at the hardware level, with support for Oppo’s MariSilicon X NPU. Better dynamic range is claimed with this system. However, in my experience, 1080p 30fps video was average and lacked detail. 1080p 60fps video was quite shaky, stabilization was a major issue. Video came out fine at 4K 30fps. There was plenty of detail and the dynamic range was also good.

After turning on the AI ​​Highlight function, the video started playing unstable frame rates and details were also reduced. Despite shooting in daylight, the texture remains soft and noise is visible even in dark areas. 4K low-light video was recorded at its best quality when shot in normal mode. I found it better to keep AI Highlight off as it degraded the video quality.

our solution

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G clearly looks like a premium smartphone. It’s lightweight, stylish and looks premium even at Rs 45,999. It’s hard to find another smartphone with such design and build quality at this price. Unfortunately, your hopes start to dwindle when it comes to the camera. The camera is not the best for the price of this phone.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G stands out here as a solid option with better hardware and camera performance, with a decent macro camera at a lower price. It misses a bit in design but offers tremendous value for money at a starting price of Rs 37,999.

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G phone has come a long way from its old model, so it now stands shoulder to shoulder with OnePlus and Motorola. There is also the OnePlus 9RT 5G which offers decent camera performance, is equipped with a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a 120Hz OLED panel and is priced at Rs 42,999. Then there is the Motorola Edge 30 Pro which has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, a quality rear camera , a 60-megapixel selfie camera, IP52 rating, and a hands-on Android software experience.

The OnePlus 10R Endurance Edition and Realme GT Neo 3 (150W) are also available at the same price, but you can check them out if fast charging is your first priority. Finally, there is the Redmi K50i 5G, which is priced at Rs 25,999. It’s equipped with the same processor, 144Hz display, 5080mAh battery, but the phone is built with a gaming bent.

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G will appeal to those who are fans of Oppo, want a very attractive design, want an IP rating and also want fast charging. The phone ended up being a bit expensive and not the best value for money.

Continue Reading

Android

Your voice is enough to work with these speakers, buy this speaker for Rs 999

Published

on

Your voice is enough to work with these speakers, buy this speaker for Rs 999

Amazon’s Best Smart Speaker: The speakers are available on Amazon for just Rs 999 and can work with Alexa or Google Voice Assistant. That is, the sound alone is enough to drive them. They have a sound power of up to 5 W and are also waterproof. These portable speakers are best for small parties at home, conversations in the office or for entertaining children.

Link to all Amazon deals and offers

1-Noise Zest 5W Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Voice Assistant with 8 Hours Play Time, IPX7 Waterproof and TWS Pairing for Stereo Sound, Portable Speaker with Dual Equalizer (Bass and Normal Mode)

These smart speakers from Noise are available at a whopping 67% off. It is priced at Rs 2999 but in the deal you can buy it for just Rs 999. It’s a speaker powered by Google Voice Assistant. These are waterproof speakers with a level of IPX7. They have TWS pairing function and dual equalizer. It is a 5W speaker with 3 color options.

Amazon Sale on Noise Zest 5W Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Voice Assistant with 8 Hours Play Time

2-Eufy Genie Wi-Fi Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, Voice Control and Hands-Free Use, Online Music Streaming (Amazon Music, Pandora, Sirius XM), Smart Home Control, AirPlay Compatible, AUX Out, Black

This speaker is priced at Rs 3,299 but the offer is getting a 57% discount after which you can buy it for Rs 1,409. It is compatible with Alexa and Google Voice Assistant. It has 2W speakers.

3-Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – New and Improved Smart Speaker with Alexa (Black)

The Echo Dot speaker, Alexa’s best-selling speaker, is on sale for just Rs 2,249. It is priced at Rs 4,499, but there is a 50% discount on the sale. In this the voice command can also be given to Alexa English.

Amazon Sale on Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – New and Improved Alexa Smart Speaker (Black)

4-Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker (5W) Up to 20 hours battery life, dynamic sound effect, Bluetooth 5.0, IPX5 splash proof, compact and premium mesh design

These Mi portable speakers are available for Rs 1,199, whose MRP is Rs 1,999, but there is a 40% discount on the offer. It is a 5W speaker that is splash resistant. Its battery life is up to 20 hours.

Amazon Deal for Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker (5W) Up to 20 hours battery life, dynamic sound effect

Disclaimer: All this information is taken from Amazon website only. For any complaint related to the goods you will need to contact by going to Amazon. ABP News does not endorse the quality, price and offers of the products mentioned here.

Continue Reading

Android

OnePlus 10T 5G first impression: Things have changed!

Published

on

Gadgets 360 Hindi
OnePlus isn’t just a phone, it’s an individual brand. The company has carved a niche for Android fans with its never-failing tagline and flexible software. The growing popularity of the company has brought it to the mainstream and the prices of the phones are increasing continuously, but still the company is doing something different to make the fans happy. Now, however, all that has begun to change. OnePlus is now merging with its subsidiary Oppo, the software efforts of the two companies are merging, and that separate boundary of OnePlus seems to be eroding now.

The company’s new OnePlus 10T 5G is quite attractive. The company is saving the “T” smartphones for a mid-year launch. But no OnePlus 10 has been coming here. This phone is new from the OnePlus 10 Pro and has some features that can be called modern since it was launched as the successor to the OnePlus 10 Pro. The base variant of the phone comes for Rs 49,999 in which 8GB RAM and 128GB storage are available. Above that is the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage model that comes for Rs 54,999. If you want to go even higher, there is also a 16GB RAM and 256GB storage variant that costs Rs 55,999.

So what exactly do you get from the company? Is it just an old phone, or has OnePlus found a new way to make it stand out? Here we recount the first impressions of the OnePlus 10T 5G.

Instead of the big box of OnePlus, now the company has given a standard design. There is a protective case, a red Cable Club membership card, some stickers and a large letter from the company for the phone. There’s also a 160W charger and a red USB Type-C cable.

oneplus

In the camera layout of the smartphone, you will see a similarity with the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, but the rear panel of the phone is quite prominent. You’ll also find out how reflective its back panel is. The volume buttons are given on the left and the power button is on the right. There is no warning slider here. At the top there are small speakers and a microphone hole. A tray for two SIM cards, a USB Type-C port and the main speaker are located at the bottom.

The OnePlus 10T 5G didn’t feel very premium to me, even though its back panel is made of glass. At 8.75mm, it’s quite thick, and at 203.5 grams, it’s also quite heavy. It comes in a slightly textured finish Moonstone Black and glossy Jade Green. We have its Jade Green variant.

All variants of the OnePlus 10T 5G support 150W charging. If you are concerned about safety, then the company has provided a complete list of measures taken for this, which we will talk about in the full review. You can also charge other devices including laptops as it comes with USB-PD support up to 45W.

During the setup process, you’ll get privacy and customization options. You can choose the system font, set up security, and even practice navigation gestures. It comes preloaded with apps like Netflix, OnePlus Community and Game Manager. This device comes with Android 12 based OxygenOS 12.1 with July security patch. If you dig deep into the settings, you’ll find some customization options. The company announced OxygenOS 13, but unfortunately the 10T 5G does not come with it.

oneplus

The company has termed the design of this phone as weightless or weightless, which can be said to be useful and more accurate. The company has removed the alert slider from it, which was the most visible feature to differentiate it from other Android players. This simple switch took up a lot of space in the body, and the company says it prefers that space to accommodate the battery capacity. In addition, better cooling and antenna are also included here. The company seems to have tried to save some costs, but after removing the 3.5mm headphone jack a few years ago, I still don’t see how things have improved for the user.

Apart from all this, the company has also not provided wireless charging, official IP rating and e-SIM support, which the company thinks its fans will live without. Even the Hasselblad camera brand has been removed. The company says the 10 Pro 5G is still a flagship option for those who want better camera capabilities. While the 10T 5G will appeal more to those who prioritize gaming and fast charging more.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC with improved cooling system, 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage. For the best option, the company says you can run 30 apps simultaneously in the background, so you can pick up where you left off.

The phone’s 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED panel features full HD+ resolution, 120Hz peak refresh rate and an integrated fingerprint sensor. The edges are thin all around and there is no thick chin. The display supports HDR 10+ and is made of Gorilla Glass 5. The OnePlus 10T 5G also has a 4800mAh battery, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC and GPS.

The main rear camera with OIS is a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with f/1.8 aperture. Along with this, a primary 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera are also available. The front camera is 16-megapixel. These specs aren’t very good, but the company promises richly detailed photos and videos on the back of 10-bit color capture support and better processing algorithms. Video recording can be done at up to 4K 60fps.

The company’s latest launch, the 10R, looks like the Realme GT Neo 3 and doesn’t quite fit into OnePlus’ plan. Now the 10T 5G is also presented in the same style, which again raises the question of who is this phone for? Where does it fit into the heavily discounted OnePlus 10 Pro 5G? Are the compromises worth it? And most importantly, is OnePlus still OnePlus?

On top of all that, we’re in the process of testing the 10T 5G to see how it balances camera quality, battery life, charging speed, design, and the OxygenOS experience with CPU power. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360, detailed review coming soon.

Continue Reading

Trending