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I switched to a £99 Smartphone – here’s what I found out.

I switched to a £99 Smartphone – here’s what I found out.


Today,
I’ve done the unthinkable. Nokia has challenged
me to switch from the 1200 Euro Galaxy S10
5G, to the 99 Euro Nokia 2.2. I’m a little worried about it, about whether the battery’s
going to pull through, and whether the camera is going
to take good enough photos, especially in low
light, later on. Anyways, today,
we’re going to be heading to a zoo, with a very specific
goal in mind. And so, I was waiting for a car, I did notice some compromises
compared to my S10. It’s got a polycarbonate
finish, as opposed to glass, and obviously the quality
of the display is not there. It just feel sturdy,
and on the bright side, the dimensions of the phone are
actually a refreshing change. It’s just kind of nice,
to have a phone you can put in your pocket and forget about. Okay, off we go. And whilst the video quality on
this phone is pretty much bow on what you’d expect
for a hundred euros. I think the photo quality is
really going to impress you, so that’s exactly
what I did on the way. I spent about 20 minutes, just taking
photos of various different scenes. Had a quick play with the
dedicated Google Assistant button, and because earlier, I downloaded
some of my most used applications, I go straight into Lightroom,
to have a quick edit of those photos. Which turned this photo,
for example, into this photo. Or, as another example,
this shot into this. Okay. So I’ve just
arrived at a Twycross zoo, and they’ve supposedly
just opened up a brand new, state-of-the-art
tiger enclosure. So, I thought,
goal for today is to get a really good shot of the tigers with this budget phone. So, firstly, I met up with Joe, who if you don’t already know, is the
first member of the Mrwhosetheboss team. And together,
we set out to figure where exactly we’re
out with this device. How can the phone be so cheap, and what are the
noticeable compromises? Worth noting here, is that there isn’t
a fingerprint scanner on the phone, but you do get face unlocking, but I’ve just stuck
to using the pattern. Anyways, animals, and the first guys
we bumped into, were the meerkats. These adorable
rodent-like creatures. This is what the DSLR captured. This is what the phone captured. And with a little
bit of an edit, I just tried to bring out the
warmer hughes in the image. We used a bit of Google Maps, and bumped into this
nice little hut. And on the subject of software, I got the distinct
impression that, yes, this is a phone
of compromises. But, at the same time,
instead of brushing over them, it does feel like Nokia
tried to make sure that they don’t cause problems. For example, the phone is powered
by mainstream grade chipset, but the combination of stock
and bloff every Android, means it doesn’t feel slow. The phone lacks storage,
starting at 16 gigs. But again, Nokia compensates. You get micro SD card
support, as well as unlimited high quality
storage on Google Photos. And speaking of photos, it was time to properly
test this camera. And so the next thing we
came to see was Penguins. Specifically the
Humboldt Penguins. I’m using the HDR mode
for all these photos, and you can probably
tell, for a 99 Euro phone, this is not something to
be complain about, at all. I use the assistant,
find out a little bit more, and it wasn’t long before we were
at the next enclosure – Zebras. And in true,
21st-century fashion, we were also out there testing
the display of the phone. Which by the way is a
19:9 HD + IPS panel. Or, in another words,
it’s good enough. It’s not some super
high res AMOLED dream, but the resolution
is high enough that nothing looks pixelated, and low enough to
keep the cost down, as well as the battery
powering through. So, we sat down
for a bit of food, and another thing
sprang to mind. You’ll notice, that the app
drawer here is pretty much empty. This is the entire list of apps, including ones that
I’ve downloaded myself. The cherry on top
is that because it’s on the Android One program, you’re guaranteed not just
an early Android Q upgrade, but an Android R 12. Completely out of the blue, we realized
the window of this cafe looks straight onto the snow leopard enclosure. And the thing came
right up close to her. So, it was a bit of a
rush to get this shot, but especially with a bit of editing,
I quite like how it turned out. Anyways, we spend the next 30
minutes trying to find the Tigers. It didn’t end up being
a successful mission. We ended up with
giant tortoises. Not quite as exciting, but I did not
expect how big these things were. So, I lowered the Nokia 2.2
in, took a bit of a blind shot. So I was surprised that first
time this is what came out. If you look at the
sky in particular, there are no spots of
overexposure at all. So, as you probably know,
pretty much no smartphone under 300 Euros has
an ultra-wide camera. But this thing does
have panorama mode. And so, using the ultra-wide giraffe
enclosure as a testing ground, I was just trying to see how
much this can compensate. So, with a panorama
you take a shot, and then just slowly
pan the device around. You do get a fairly
significant distortion effect, but still massive field of view. We finally found the
state-of-the-art tiger enclosure. And because this was just past
midday, this was probably when the light was harshest, and so it’s good to see that the display was
visible in all conditions. I got to say, this part of the
day was a massive disappointment. I was getting super excited
about this close up shot of a tiger I was going to get, but I did not expect,
just how large this enclosure was. Which of course is
great for the animals, but just means that you can’t really
get close enough to take a photo of one. Unless you’ve got really lucky. It isn’t quite compensate, but I did find a really neatly
designed Lego equivalent. And so, I took the best
way to I could of this, and then this is
my edited version. Anyways, slightly gutted,
we start heading back. And even though, I didn’t get the
original tiger photo I plan to, there was a lot of
stuff to go through, and a lot of great
shots that we did get. Speaking of which, I spent half
the journey back editing them. The shots, you’ve just seen. Got back, and pretty much
the first thing I did, was try to catch up on a few of the
emails, using this phone. And to be honest, after turning down the super
high default vibration strength, no problems at all. It was fine to type on,
it was fine to view everything on, I didn’t really miss having
a much larger screen here. And then, because there are
a lot of cool videos coming. I put the phone down
for a couple of hours, and started editing
some of them. Lots of cutting, chopping,
trimming, all of that good stuff. And there’s also
a voiceover to do, and so here’s me doing
that filmed on the phone, that’s just propped on
my laptop right now. It’s decent 1080p footage. Anyways back to the phone. And, you might know,
this thing has a raised to wake feature. It was still a little
bit too light outside, trying any kind of
nighttime photo shooting. And so, I decided to see
how games would work. Naturally, flawlessly,
to be honest, as long as it’s not
too complex a title. Okay, fast forward
a couple more hours and we’re at 9:30 p.m. It’s time to some
low light shooting. So I clipped on an adapter that allows it to be
mounted onto my tripods, just to give you that
extra bit of stability. And from here,
there are three photos I took. And you can see one
actually snap it, the phone cycle through a
few different exposures. It takes multiple shots and
then meshes them together. It works in a pretty similar way to how the night mode
does on most phones, but this one just
does it automatically. And you can probably tell that because the phone
is capturing quite a lot of light information from these
shots in different exposures, you can draw some of that
out with a bit of editing. Anyways,
we got 27 percent battery left after 4 hours and 12
minutes of screen on time. What a day! [Music]

100 comments

This is the first time one of my videos is fully subtitled! Try it out and let me know if it's something you'd want to see on future uploads, or does it just get in the way?

I'm impressed with the camera, that's all. Nothing else

😭😭😭 My phone is sob twice as gasp, gasp 😭😭😭 much and i-waaaahh,I wanna flagship phone!!!!!

In EU we can get exynos galaxy s9 64g for equivalent of 160 pounds. Bought s9 plus 256g for 220£ last week trying some roms from xda now.

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The description of.the video is ….. Blah blah *£*99 yet early on in the video you state it's €100?? Get it together man!!

I don't think constantly showing edits of the photos adds much at all to the review. It tells nothing about the phone's camera. A quick mention like near the end of the video of how you can edit in Lr Mobile and tune them to your liking would have sufficed.

I prefer these kinds of reviews because you actually get to see the phone being used even though it's an edit of the entire 24 hrs. Sometimes those Unbox reviews don't tell the whole story

that android one is bullshit. i had nokia 7 plus while time ago and i didn't get updates as promised not even close they came with huge delay

Why did you focus so much of this YoutTube video on the camera of this phone? Does the phone not have any other features other than the camera??

I had a Note 4 for 4.5 years. When it finally died, I was planning on picking up a Note 10, but there were several months before that was going to release, so I got a barebones Galaxy Luna J3 Pro, refurbished, for $25 from Tracfone.

I never bought the Note 10. The Luna J3 Pro does everything I need it to do just fine. It plays all of the games I want to play just fine and streams media with no problem. It has a removable battery and a headphone jack. It seems just as sturdy as any other phone.

It may not have the specs that a more expensive phone has, but I legitimately love this thing and I'll probably keep it for at least the rest of this year. So unless you absolutely need to have the latest features, I don't think there's any reason to believe that dirt-cheap phone is a bad move. You just have to do a little research to find the good ones.

The battery on the left of the screen just reminded my why I turned my battery percentage off, literally getting a little bit stressed just watching it go down

I have the Motorola E6 + ( £100 ) and the camera is amazing it's dual camera and it can play any game but the resolution is only 720p60 , and yes this does have a wide angle

There should be an app that eddits the photos when you're taking them. For example, if you already know your smartphone's camera usually takes photos with a cooler tone, you could set the app to always warm your photos up a bit.

Thanks man, other videos on the Nokia 2.2 I don't understand what the heck they mean but you explain this so clearly and so well thanks man. Also you did great photos

I think phones of less money arent bad, i had a phone for 60 euro's 2 years later 10 butt it was a normal looking phone, butt only use was calling/Whatsapp butt then i went to the higher school and i needed a lot of apps for school and it coudnt go on my phone, so now i have on of 212 an oppo a9 2020 its for my feeling the same as a new phone butt then a not so famous campony butt its a nice phone for the price

Bought this phone for my mom. Legit.

But it really impress me tbh, especially with Android 10 and the battery. Display is "meh" and speed is "kinda ok"

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