Nokia 2.4

What is it?

A basic, budget Nokia smartphone.

It runs off the fairly slow MediaTek Helio P22 processor with 2GB of Ram. Internal storage is limited – only 17GB of the 32GB advertised is free to use. You can extend this with a micro-SD card, though.

You get a large 6.5-inch LCD screen and big 4,500mAh battery, plus a headphone jack and a choice of fingerprint or face scanner to unlock the phone.

It’s not well equipped in the camera department, with only a 13Mp wide and 2Mp depth lens on the back, plus a 5Mp wide lens selfie camera.

What’s it like to use?

The processor is on the slow side. You’ll notice it in every aspect of using the phone, from jerky scrolling on a web page to the long time it takes to open the camera app.

Setting up is easy thanks to the helpful quick start guide, but otherwise there are a few issues. First, the display just isn’t good: it’s not bright enough, has a low resolution, fingerprints show up quickly and it’s hard to read when you’re side on.

The touchscreen responds slowly, which will start to grate on you after a while.

We don’t recommend using the face scanner – it’s slow, unreliable and struggles to recognise you in the dark. The fingerprint sensor on the back is a much better at unlocking the phone.

Voices sound muffled in noisy environments, but otherwise you can have clear phone calls.

How long does the battery last?

A good 37 hours. However, you have to charge for an astonishingly long four hours 45 minutes to get these great results.

If you only have time to plug it in for 15 minutes, you’ll be left with a disappointing three hours of run time.

How good are the cameras?

Not good at all. The best of the bunch are rear camera portraits, which come out nicely defined against their background. Otherwise, rear lens photos end up over sharpened in daylight and blurry in low light, particularly if you use the zoom.

Selfies are no better. The look pale and flat, and the lens doesn’t manage to pick up very much detail.

There’s no image stabilisation on either the front or rear lenses, so videos end up very shaky. Rear camera clips look over sharpened, with a hard contrast and problems with the sound, while front camera videos end up pale and milky, with random brightness changes.

Is there anything I should watch out for?

You get a mono, sharp and tinny sound from the built-in speaker, so it might not be the best choice for playing your music while you work.

Is there anything else I should know?

The glass doesn’t scratch easily and it won’t stop working if you get caught in the rain, so it should be fairly durable if you look after it.

Should I buy it?

No, there are just too many problems with this phone.