A Nokia G22 hands-on video
The Nokia G22 is not the best Nokia Mobile has to offer, but it’s quite interesting as some parts of the phone can be replaced at home thanks to the newly announced collaboration with iFixit. By “some” I mean that you can almost replace the screen, battery, USB port and back cover yourself. Well, you need some tools, which you can get from iFixit (or a guitar pick and a Torx), and you have to follow the instructions.
Tech Spurt made a video introducing the phone and explaining the basics. In his opinion, the phone is well designed, with a pretty good looking 6.5-inch screen (IPS) that works OK for the price, but it could be a full-fledged HD screen, as there are many competitors offering that in the G22’s price range. The big chin is there, but that’s to be expected for this budget friendly phone.
In case you didn’t watch the video because of the harsh language TechSpurt uses, I’ve summarised the best or most useful parts below.
The software only takes up 12GB, which is fine, though many were expecting Android 12, which could mean Android 13 and 14 are the only updates you get with this phone. Whether Android 15 is coming or not is not yet known. The phone seems to have a lot of apps pre-installed, but luckily you can uninstall and reboot them all. I do not know why Nokia Mobile is doing this. I just hope the financial incentives from Netfix, Disney and ExpressVPN are good.
The speaker is not the best, although the OZO Audio can deliver a lot of sound. But who cares about the speaker when the G22 has a 3.5mm headphone jack! There’s also only one microphone, which means you can not do 360-sound recording.
The Unisoc T606 is well known in the Nokia world, but it does all the basic things right. Techspurt even managed to play some games on the device without any major issues. He tried playing CoD and it was successful at low graphics settings and medium frame rate or the maximum level available on the G22. At the very least, he said the G22’s battery life is amazing.
The 50 MP camera is the only one that does a good job on the G22, but the processing time is long, thanks to the T606 chip packed into the phone. The images produced look great, though. The selfie shooter is an 8 MP sensor and delivers image quality as you would expect, nothing glorious, but just enough to take a nice, informative photo.
Fast forward to 9:51 and you’ll see how easy it is to disassemble the Nokia G22 and change the battery. This reminds me of the glory days of Nokia Symbian phones and even before that, when I had to replace covers and external parts when my phone amazingly wanted to take a bath. TechSpurt took about 18 minutes to swap out the battery at home, which is a bit longer than the promised 5 minutes that Nokia’s CMO had stated during the pre-meetings. Yes, he practised before the event.
The Nokia G22 looks like another budget phone that may not have the best features, but it should work well, and if something goes wrong, you can easily fix it at home for a moderate amount to buy replacement parts.