Nokia 5.4 (2021) Full Review! It's Absolutely Worth $249!
4 for a little more than a week now, and while it’s actually been a long time since i last reviewed anything from nokia, i’m really glad. I had the chance to check this phone out for 250 dollars, there’s a lot to like, and i think, if you’re in the market for a relatively affordable device, that’s sort of a jack of all trades with little to no major compromises, that’s pretty much. What you’re gon na get here so i’m gon na talk about everything i like about this phone. The few things i thought maybe could have been done better and everything else you need to know about the new nokia 5.4 and hopefully, by the end. This will help you decide if this device is right for you now, if you’re relatively familiar with the nokia brand already, maybe you had last year’s nokia 5.3 you’ll probably recognize that for the most part, the look and feel of this smartphone mimics. What we’ve seen before, but it’s, actually not just the same old phone rebranded right off the bat. This new nokia 5.4 is a little smaller, now it’s, a 6.’ inch device – and i say smaller, not small, it’s, obviously a fairly beefy phone in the hand, but i think it’s about the right sort of balance of size and comfort. For me, one handed use is still a little bit of a stretch, but i think the dimensions and form factor allow for relatively easy use.
Also, the screen to body ratio this time around feels a little better, too. Nokia went with a corner cut out for the selfie camera slim bezels along the sides. You still get that sizeable bottom chin and big nokia logo plastered across it, but in general i don’t mind this setup here. Even with that, i don’t have too much to complain about around back the nokia. 5.4 is obviously all plastic that’s, not a big deal at this price point and to me the glossy purple finish actually looks really great on this phone it’s, a super unique color, it’s kind of a dark to light fade and a bit of a pattern too it’s A good looking smartphone, the only real issue i came across actually was with durability, even though i haven’t had this phone for too long. I already see some scratches and abrasions along the very bottom of the rear housing, and i believe this stems from just how the phone rests on a flat surface. It lays at an angle sort of propped up by that big camera bump and the bottom rear portion is what slides around on a table and that’s what’s. Taking all this damage, it’s not a big deal, but i thought it was worth mentioning simply because i haven’t really seen any other plastic smartphones nowadays get as scratched as quickly as this one has and it might warrant finding a third party case if that’s something that’s Gon na bother you most everything else about the nokia 5.
4 physically at least is pretty solid there’s, nothing at all, that’s missing you get dual sim and sd card support, there’s a headphone, jack, usbc charge port. The single speaker is fine, as it is, you can’t really expect much more at this price. The additional side mounted google assistant button is kind of lame i’m, not sure why nokia continues to offer that and you can’t even customize it at all. Either you can turn it off, but then the button just becomes completely useless around back that massive camera setup is obviously something we’ll go more in depth with in a second. But i do want to talk about the fingerprint sensor on this phone as well. Unfortunately, unlocking this device takes a noticeably long time for whatever reason and it’s weird for me to say that, because it’s still a fraction of a second but compared to any other fingerprint sensor, i’ve tried recently even on some other, cheaper phones than this one. The delay in locking is just something i really notice and i haven’t been able to change that. Furthermore, the face unlock is actually even slower, and this is excruciatingly slow, like multiple seconds slow, which is again really bizarre, given how most other smartphones perform with unlocking. Obviously, this isn’t a deal breaker it’s, just something where on most other phones, i maybe wouldn’t even have thought about, but on this phone, just comparatively the slow, unlocking speeds are something you really recognize now in regards to the display i’ll, keep it simple and say that The viewing experience here is totally fine for what you’re paying for it’s a 1560 by 720 ips lcd panel, pushing around 269 pixels per inch and that’s about what you can expect for a 250 device.
You still get a bright, relatively colorful display the viewing angles. Aren’T great but it’s, not the worst case of dimming that i’ve seen and from a normal viewing distance you get a decent looking screen, that’ll, be able to show your content really well again, nothing particularly special, but nothing too bad, either just a reasonable display for a Reasonably priced smartphone, so i think one of the selling points, or maybe most advertised feature on a lot of nokia’s smartphones. Is that huge camera around back, and this is one of those things where i maybe had higher expectations than i should have given the 250 price. But at the same time, nokia offers a lot with the shooting capabilities and the different modes that you really won’t find on many other devices in this price range to get the specs out of the way you get a 48 megapixel main lens, a 5 megapixel ultra Wide 2 megapixel macro lens and 2 megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera is a 16 megapixel shooter there up front, and all that hardware is fine. You can’t get much from the spec sheet alone inside the app, though there’s definitely a lot to work with right away. Low light, shooting with night mode, is not something usually offered on these cheaper phones, so that’s already something that’s great to see. You’Ve got the full 48 megapixel shooting mode for pictures, along with high efficiency, image files and hdr there’s, no 4k video recording here, but you do get a fairly unique cinema, video mode which is sort of a combination pro video setup paired with additional filming formats.
Like h, log and i’ll talk about the actual video quality and everything in a minute, but just having this kind of control over your shooting on a phone like this is really impressive, even if it doesn’t necessarily rival, like actual pro shooting modes on mid tier or Flagship devices now, even with all that great stuff, i think there are certain instances where the end result of your picture or video still gives away. The fact that this is a budget phone, for example, like a lot of cheaper devices, the phone has trouble with overexposing. Very bright scenes and washing out relatively dark scenes, and even though that night mode is offered, it sometimes misses the mark, though i’m still glad it’s, at least here in ideal lighting conditions, though this phone does take a great picture, i still think there’s a lot to Like the wide angle is obviously super useful way more useful than the macro lens, though it’s quite a bit darker and duller than the main lens, but, like i said, i’m, just glad it’s here now with video. I think this is where this phone struggles, the most with both focus hunting issues and stabilization and that’s kind of unfortunate it’s, something i have a hard time. Looking past and it’s, probably what i wish was better on this phone more than anything else, more stable, more consistent, video recording would have really made this the complete package, but all in all, even with those critiques, i still think there’s enough to be happy with, with The camera for this price – it just maybe isn’t the over the top super capable setup that i think nokia likes to advertise, given how much they highlight the massive over the top camera setup.
Now, i think, more than anything, the main reason this phone is worth considering is because of the software experience and overall performance it’s an android one device, which means you get essentially a stock os experience, there’s nothing on this phone. You don’t want nokia didn’t bother with their own skins or add ons, and that means not only do you get a seamless, android user experience, you get a phone that’s, relatively snappy and responsive given its lower level specs and actually the specs here, aren’t too terrible. Even you still get a snapdragon 662 chipset inside paired with the adreno 610 gpu, four or even six gigs of ram. If you want to spec it up in either 64 or 128, gigs of internal storage, altogether i’d say this phone is powered by a decent combination of stuff and in my time using this device. I haven’t had any issues. In fact, i’d argue that the nokia 5.4 performs even better than you’d, expect at this price point. The only thing that tripped this phone up a bit is more graphics, heavy stuff like games. You do get some extended load times when you first launch some apps, but playability is not an issue at all and i didn’t come across any titles that didn’t run well and when it comes to updates and support right now, this phone is stuck on android 10. I don’t know when nokia will push out android 11, but this device will get it and perhaps even another android update in the future as well.
So you don’t necessarily have to worry about that either, while the updates are maybe a little slower they’re coming for this phone. Actually, i did receive a security update already this month for this device, which was nice to see all in all. I think this is a great performing smartphone and it’s. Absolutely the kind of device android purists will appreciate, obviously, but also folks, who just want a clean, simple and stock feel with no extra junk. In the way this phone can handle most anything you throw at it and that’s what makes it a solid value also powering. This phone is a decent sized, 4 000 milliamp battery, which isn’t too over the top, but paired with the optimized stock, android os and less power hungry specs. For me, this phone has lasted a day and a half or more on a single charge with ease. I can get 12 to 14 hours of screenout time, sometimes more and i’m sure you could stretch that out even further if you aren’t as addicted to your phone as i am. The downside is that this device supports just a 10 watt charger, a crazy, slow setup by today’s standards, but i suppose, if you don’t need to plug it in to charge too much anyway, it’s not a huge deal. I just would have liked for nokia to put a little more emphasis on the power setup here all in all. While i certainly have my critiques about the nokia 5.
4, i still consider this device to be a really solid option in that sub 300 price point. It’S, a great looking phone with nothing important missing, you get some great camera, add ons a fantastic software experience, obviously with solid performance. There are a few compromises here and there, like i said, but nothing i would say that sets this phone back. Nokia seems to just quietly release solid, reasonably priced smartphones, and i think more and more people, myself included, are starting to take notice. This is a phone that i really have no problem recommending even up against the likes of some similarly priced samsung, motorola or even xiaomi phones outside the us and, if you’re looking for a device in this price range. This is absolutely something you should consider. What do you guys think about the nokia 5.4? Let me know in the comments down below i’d love to know your thoughts. Of course. Hopefully, you guys did enjoy this. Video, though, be sure to follow tech daily on twitter and subscribe to the tech daily youtube channel.