Do you need a very affordable phone with long-term software support? If so, HMD Global is one of the best choices you can make. The Finnish company which owns Nokia always releases devices that get long software support, even in the most affordable segment. This is a comparison between the latest Nokia entry-level phones: Nokia 2.4 is the most affordable one, the Nokia 3.4 sits in the middle and the Nokia 5.3 is the most advanced device of the trio. Is it worth spending more to grab a unit of the 5.3, is the Nokia 2.4 enough for your needs or you should reach a compromise such as the Nokia 3.4? This comparison will clear your ideas in regards.
Nokia 2.4 vs Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.3
|Nokia 2.4||Nokia 5.3||Nokia 3.4|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||165.9 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm, 195 grams||164.3 x 76.6 x 8.5 mm, 185 grams||161 x 76 x 8.7 mm, 180 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.5 inches, 720 x 1600p (HD+), 270 ppi, IPS LCD||6.55 inches, 720 x 1600p (HD+), 268 ppi, IPS LCD||6.39 inches, 720 x 1560p (HD+), 269 ppi, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Mediatek Helio P22, octa-core 2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, octa-core 2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, octa-core 1.8 GHz|
|MEMORY||2 GB RAM, 32 GB – 3 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot||3 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot||3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 3 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10||Android 10, Android One||Android 10|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Dual 8 + 2 MP f/2.0
5 MP f/2.4 front camera
|Quad 13 + 5 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Triple 13 + 5 + 2 MP
8 MP front camera
|BATTERY||4500 mAh||4000 mAh||4000 mAh|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
Despite it is not the most expensive and advanced device of this comparison, the Nokia 3.4 is definitely the most attractive one when it comes to the design. Indeed, it is the only one with a punch-hole display instead of a waterdrop notch. Its rear side is very similar to the Nokia 5.3, with a circular camera module and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Nokia 2.4 is different from its more expensive siblings, but it is still a beautiful device compared to other entry-level phones. With these handsets, you do not get premium materials: they all come with polycarbonate bodies, but the display of the Nokia 5.3 is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4, and Nokia 5.3 are equipped with below-average, displays, but they can still be considered sufficient panels. They come with HD+ resolution, so not a very high level of detail. With the Nokia 3.4, you get a higher pixel density, but at the same time, you get a smaller display. The best panel belongs to the Nokia 5.3 which provides a higher brightness. It even comes with a wider panel than its siblings. In each case, you get an IPS panel which is not disappointing.
Specs & Software
The best components belong to the Nokia 5.3 which has a lower-midrange hardware department. It includes a Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with up to 6 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage which you can furtherly expand with a micro SD slot. Right after, we got the Nokia 3.4 with a still pretty nice Snapdragon 460 chipset which behaves pretty well in every scenario (but do not expect a lot if you are not a basic user). Unless you are a basic user, you should not go for the Nokia 2.4 as its Helio P22 is not a very powerful chipset. Nokia 2.4, 3.4, and 5.3 are all devices that will get 2 years of software support, despite they are budget phones. This is actually the strongest point of Nokia.
Nokia 5.3 wins the camera comparison, but it is not so different from the Nokia 3.4. It only adds an additional 2 MP macro camera on the rear side, but for the rest, it has the same camera setup including a 13 MP main sensor, a 5 MP ultrawide lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor. Even the front camera is identical: a sufficient 8 MP snapper. Nokia 2.4 is totally different with its 8 MP main sensor paired with a 2 MP depth sensor, as well as an inferior 5 MP front camera.
Nokia 2.4 is inferior to the Nokia 3.4 and 5.3 under all the aspects except battery life. With its bigger 4500 mAh battery, it is able to last more on a single charge. With Nokia 3.4 and 5.3 you will get more or less the same battery life (4000 mAh battery), but the Nokia 3.4 should last a bit more due to its smaller display.
Nokia 2.4 is priced €120/$140 in its base variant, for the Nokia 3.4 you need €160/$185, and Nokia 5.3 costs €219/$255. The Nokia 5.3 is the winner of the comparison, but if you want to save some money, you won’t face a lot of compromises with the Nokia 3.4. It has lower performance than the Nokia 5.3, but it is still fast and reliable, and the rest of the specs sheet is very similar. We do not recommend the Nokia 2.4 due to its definitely weaker chipset and inferior camera department, but it has longer battery life.
Nokia 2.4 vs Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.3: PROs and CONS
- More affordable
- Bigger battery
- Wide display
- Inferior hardware
- Best hardware
- Nice cameras
- Wide display
- Higher price
- Compact design
- Good quality-price ratio
- Good price
- Smaller display
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