Hello Nokia lovers, today we are going to talk about the Nokia 5.4 smartphone. This comes with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, 4000 mAh battery, 6.39 inch large LCD display, and Snapdragon 662 processor. If we talk about the camera, it has 48 MP primary, 5 MP ultrawide and 16 MP selfie camera.
|Launched||February 11, 2021|
|Rear Camera||48+5+2+2 (MP)|
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This is just my honest take of HMD Global's Nokia 5.4. I have not been using it as my primary for a little over a week. And today I'm going to simply talk to you about the positives, the negatives and everything in between with regards to this phone. So, guys, I'm gonna break this article down into three parts.
What I liked about the Nokia 5.4 what I felt was okay, ah, and then we'll get to the juicy what I felt was totally wrong. What was crap with this one? So here's the pros. For HMD Global's Nokia's, the highlights always been the software and that continues here. There's a slight blemish in the fact that it ships with stock Android 10 instead of 11. But a stock Android new total return of ads or anything because there are no ads. There are no extra apps no bloatware. So it's as snappy as you could expect the chip inside to be and the chip inside. That's another story. It's not, it's not something we're going to talk about now. It's in a different category, we'll get to it.
Also, know that HMD global promises two years of Android updates and three years of security patches for a budget phone. That's a huge positive. Now since they use bare-bones, vanilla Android usually HMD global updates do not take anything away. We've seen this issue with a Samsung in the Redmi's update slowing down the phone over a period of time, that almost never happens, which talk Android, I'm forced to say almost. Because thank you Xiaomi you know, you know what happened to the MI A1 right? The MI A series of phones, I'm sorry. Anyway, the less we talk about it, the better.
Nokia phones usually don't have these kinds of issues, so updates equal positive. The next big pro for the 5.4 is gonna be battery life. When the battery capacity hasn't increased since its predecessor, the 5.4 display size has gone down. And that means the same 4000 milliamp-hour battery here seems to fare a tiny bit better. It's not going to rival phones with five, six, or even 7000 milliamp hour batteries. But I did end up in most of my days with 30 plus percent left in the tank, and that's with light to moderate use, push it and you should still be able to get through a full day on a single charge.
Other pros include the fingerprint scanner being responsive and HMD global continuing to include a headphone jack, and support for micro SD. Now before moving on to things that could have been better. Let's look at the 5.4 last strength, its primary camera, this 48-megapixel f 1.8 camera does very well even under artificial lighting. The sensor has a strong showing as long as there is a decent amount of light. Look at the detail on the dinosaurs here. There's a dedicated night mode. And the performance we're not mind-blowing is definitely a huge step up from what we got on the 5.3 Cinema mode for the bear for video returns. And it offers a lot of control over how the video is shot, which is something you usually do not see on a phone in this segment. And that pretty much sums up the Nokia 5.4 strengths.
Let's now look at aspects of this phone which aren't necessarily crap, but could have rather should have been better. The 5 megapixel wide-angle camera it's about okay. From a detailed perspective, it doesn't really have much to offer. Even the primary camera has been improved a lot here. The difference in quality is a lot more noticeable this time around with the 5.4 than it was with the 5.3. The other two sensors rather mil portrait and macro sensors. They find themselves here and not in the comment section. Because Nokia does provide a lot of bokeh options. That said I'd still take a dual camera setup with a stronger ultra-wide than this and then we get to the build and display.
Let's now cut to a clip from a Nokia 5.3 guys think about this for a minute. Nokia 5.1 Full HD screen 6000 series aluminum frame aluminum back, gorilla glass front, Nokia 5.1 plus+ plus screen plastic frame, Yes, but at least we got Gorilla Glass to both the front and back. Now the Nokia 5.3 HD plus screen, plastic frame plastic back, there's no mention of protection and this regression continues with the 5.4 we now have an HD plus green plastic frame plastic back no mention of protection and the screen has gotten smaller.
Personally, I find the Nokia 5.4 more reliable because the smaller display means the length and width have dropped and the thickness and weight they remain more or less the same. But for a lot of people, smaller displays are a huge No no. I mean people don't like small displays, right? You've seen the iPhone 12 Mini fail. That's any indication people like the larger form factors. So this mode is 6.55 inches I mean from 6.55 inches To 6.39 despite the fact that the aspect ratio has changed from 20/9 to 19.5, it appears to be a little bit of a downgrade for some people.
The build, let's take a close look at the Shelby, primary Mike type C port speaker to the bottom. The speaker is not particularly loud, it's average at best power and volume keys to the right. They are pretty clicky and tactile. Up top, we've got a secondary noise-canceling microphone and the headphone jack the output via which was quite clean. The left holds the dual SIM tray of which has dedicated microSD support. And there's a dedicated Google Assistant key which cannot be remapped. That's Obama, that said do know that unlike with Sony's extra key, this one is less prone to accidental presses and the back. It's plastic. It's got this pattern to it. It's glossy, it does look nice, but it picks up a hell of a lot of fingerprints and smudges. Now the final not grab but could have been a better item on today's list. It's got to be performance. Well, stock Android is a huge pro the user experience is underwhelming at times, about 70% of the time you do get smooth performance, but the other 30% there's a little bit of a stutter here and there. It's not bad enough to be totally for me to be totally turned off by the 5.4 but it's still noticeable enough that I can't call this phone smooth. The reason for this? Well here's where we step in I was about to say step into crap.
Anyways, the Snapdragon 662 is a downgrade or at best aside rate from the 665 on the 5.3 depending on who you ask, not having a performance bump generation on generation. That's most definitely a bad thing. And having underpowered hardware inside means this Nokia still has an HD+ resolution, which given the Nokia 5.3 came in at 11K and the 5.4 it's expected to come in at the same price point it seems to be too hard and ask especially with the competition improving it just means the gap between this phone and the competition. It's widening. Now that is all the more apparent in the charging speed through here 5.4 is still limited to 10-watt charging and yes the charger is included in the box. But that doesn't make the fact that this is still at and more charging any better. Talking about work. Here's a quick unboxing since I didn't do a dedicated unboxing video for this.
So we got the box, the phone, removing the plastic. And hey, let's now get the Box contents. We've got a truckload of leaflets, a simple USB Type C Cable, and that 10-watt charger. So guys, is the Nokia 5.4, is this an unredeemable phone is this a waste of space? Not exactly. It seems to cater to a certain specific demographic. The lack of ads and bloatware along with supposedly better security that comes with a non-Chinese phone add to its HMD global solid update track record. All this makes the Nokia 5.4 a decent enough secondary phone, at least still something like the ZenFone Max Pro M3 comes around. barring the camera, the 5.4 doesn't really bring a lot new to the table but the lack of stock Android options today lets HMD global continue to still have a niche audience that can cater to so you know thinking about what is going on with issues. anyway is the Zenfone max lineup dead like your channel. Anyway guys, this has been my take on the Nokia 5.4 What do you think?
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