I haven't actively used a Nokia smartphone for about four years. And even then, it was a Windows Phone 8 smartphone that I only used as a backup while traveling across the border. But even so, that budget device did exactly what I needed it to do (especially for the price) and that continues now under the management of HMD Global too. If you're looking for a cheap phone that gets the job done for just under a hundred bucks, the unlocked Nokia 2 is now available.

Now, make no mistake. This is nowhere near a flagship killer and it would not at all be fair to compare this with the likes of the Google Pixel 2 XL or the Apple iPhone X. That being said, it does have one feature that neither of those $1,000 phones have: a regular old headphone jack.

I'm almost sad that such a basic inclusion has become a distinguishing feature these days. Transitions are always difficult.

The spec sheet on the Nokia 2 is not going to blow the socks off of anyone. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor running the show, along with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, a 5-inch 720p LTPS LCD, an 8.0 MP main camera, a 5.0 MP front-facing camera, aluminum frame, polycarbonate back, and 8 GB of storage with a microSD expansion slot.

Perhaps the best part, aside from the $100 price point and the headphone jack, is the massive 4,100 mAh battery. They boast this is good for two days of battery life between charges. Who needs fast charging or wireless charging when you're only plugging in every 48 hours, right? Right.


In any case, you can find the Nokia 2 on Amazon and at Best Buy now. It's factory unlocked and listed at $99.99. It should be compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile and comes with a full U.S. warranty.

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