One of the main problems with modern phones is endurance and reliability. They are all so beautiful, glass, with curved screens, but almost immediately after buying a smartphone, you want to hide it in a case. I dropped it once – and a cobweb of cracks went along the hull. The glass is afraid of falling onto the asphalt, and it is better to be afraid of tiles, too. But we remember that phones were so durable at the dawn of the mobile industry that they didn’t need additional protection for the devices.
Therefore, there is an interesting category of rugged and shock-resistant smartphones, in which there is now one more offer. Protected smartphones are considered “masculine,” but all devices drop devices, regardless of gender and age.
Suppose you look at the situation with shock-resistant devices globally, Motorola Defy or Samsung Galaxy Active. But these smartphones are not officially presented on the market. On the other side, there are Chinese brands like AGM, Doogee, Blackview, Ulefone, and others, but these are already simpler devices.
So it turns out that there is nothing to choose from among the famous brands. But now, the summer novelty Nokia XR20 has appeared. This is a smartphone with protective properties and a high enough price for its capabilities.
The phone is large, but the dimensions are adequate by the standards of the class of protected smartphones: there are “SUVs” even thicker and heavier. Moreover, no additional protection is required for the Nokia XR20: it can be handled carelessly, and it is tough to destroy. In general, the sensations from a smartphone area of an ordinary smartphone were “packed” in a protective case and glued together into a single whole.
If we take the iPhone 12 Pro Max for comparison and put it in a case, we get approximately the same dimensions. Whether it is a lot or a little, it is up to everyone to decide for themselves.
You can throw it on the floor. You can hit it with all your strength on the table or throw it against the wall, expressing indignation and taking out your emotions on the device.
Even nuts can be cracked without sparing the screen – no traces after collisions of the display with the shell. Moreover, they beat the phone with the flat screen and struck with the butt end – it is also reinforced, and nothing happened. Outwardly the smartphone is like new.
The smartphone is IP68 certified. This means that he can spend up to an hour at a depth of one and a half meters. The body, of course, is made of polycarbonate – neither glass nor metal will withstand rough handling, so there is no need to explain why they opted for plastic. It can withstand drops from a height of one and a half meters and is also certified according to the standard – MIL-STD-810H.
Ergonomics for such a large device is tolerable. The case is not slippery. The back surface is textured, dust or dirt will not clog. It is possible to operate a smartphone with one hand, but it is difficult – remember about its substantial size. And there is also a loop for the strap. I have not seen such detail in the past for a long time.
On the right is the volume control button. Below is the power key with a built-in fingerprint scanner. It works briskly, there are no errors, and you can turn on unlocking in the face if you wish. But remember that this is the less secure way.
There is a large key on the left side – it is responsible for activating the Google Assistant. You cannot reassign it to another function. Another key is recessed at the top: it is responsible for SOS mode by default. Here you can change it and set the launch of some favorite applications.
Display with a large diagonal of 6.67 inches and a resolution of 1080 × 2400 pixels. It has a sufficient margin of brightness, but in very sunlight, the picture still fades. Otherwise, this is a regular IPS display.
Wide bezels surround the display. The plastic protrudes above the surface. It will take a hit if dropped. Thick Corning Gorilla Glass Victus is used – it withstands impacts. You can scratch with a knife without consequences. The screen also recognizes the touch of wet fingers.
The Snapdragon 480 chipset was created to distribute 5G-enabled mainstream devices for about $ 200. However, Nokia XR20 is much more expensive, so it will be impossible to talk about the “national” status in this case.
The platform is similar to Nokia X20: 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of built-in memory, you can put microSD up to 512 GB inclusive.
As for the speed of work – at times, there are micro-pauses in the menu, and sometimes you want smoother work. In general, the smartphone is close in performance to the Snapdragon 720G or 732G, judging by the benchmarks.
Smartphone with smooth reactions in the menu and no brakes, the system feels good. Another plus is the absence of throttling and moderate heating under load. In general, change your attitude towards chipsets of the 4xx series. This is no longer a budget filling but a full-fledged middle class.
There is no extra software in the menu. The smartphone runs on Android One and is designed in an extremely laconic way. Moreover, Nokia promises that updates and security patches will be released for a long time and regularly: three years of OS updates and 4 years of monthly security updates.
It’s rather strange that a phone of this size has a hybrid tray: either two SIM cards or microSD and one SIM. Otherwise, everything is in order: NFC, fast navigation, and stereo speakers. There is even a 3.5 mm headphone jack – it is already becoming a rarity.
The ringtone sounds great. You can hear it very well. During a call, you can use the built-in dictaphone, no need to install any additional application.
The dual camera is protected by protruding bumpers. The Zeiss lettering flaunts between the modules. During the day, in bright light, the Nokia XR20 takes pictures well: autofocus is fast, the white balance is correct, the pictures are saved without pauses. If you add HDR mode, you get a juicy picture that pleases the eye.
In insufficient lighting, all the shortcomings appear: noise, drop in detail, a masterpiece cannot be removed. True, the night mode with gluing several frames into one can help out, but the quality is still mediocre.
The ultra-wide-angle module is normal, you can turn it on as needed, but it is better to avoid night shots. They do not turn out well at all. You can make a nice panorama in the daytime if you choose a good angle and don’t cling to detail.
The front camera is quite ordinary. I was surprised that the HDR mode does not work when shooting portraits when artificial background blurring is triggered.
There is no 4K video recording. You can shoot videos on the main camera in 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second, which is modest by today’s standards.
The battery is small: the capacity is 4360 mAh, although 5000 mAh has already become standard. Hence, the operating time indicators are usual: about one and a half days on a single charge, when the total is about 5.5-6 hours of the active screen. I tried the smartphone in navigator mode. It lasted four hours at maximum display brightness. In general, if you go to the forest with your phone, it is better to grab a Power Bank.
Of the interesting points – 15 W wireless Qi charging is supported, and wired charging comes from the bundled 18-W adapter. Over the wire from 0 to 100%, the smartphone charges in two hours.
In USA, Nokia XR20 will appear for $293. If you evaluate only the filling, it is expensive. If you calculate how much it costs to replace a broken phone, it is quite tolerable. But in general, the segment of protected smartphones is very peculiar: here, we are not talking about characteristics but about endurance and confidence that the device will withstand everything.
The smartphone has a specific essence – it’s like a Jeep Wrangler, which is sold for a comfortable Lexus RX 300 crossover price. Each car has its own buyer, so is the Nokia XR20.
This is not a mass device, a kind of smartphone. On the one hand, we get an increased level of protection, but on the other hand, you can buy last year’s flagship or an advanced middle school student for the same money. As a result, the choice remains with the buyer, but it is good that in our time, when the universe of the same type of devices has developed around, such original smartphones appear.
- OS: Android 11;
- Display: IPS, 6.67 ″, 1080 × 2400, Gorilla Glass Victus;
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G;
- Memory: 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of built-in, slot for microSD up to 512 GB;
- Camera: front 8 megapixel (f / 2.0), main 48 megapixel (f / 1.8), ultra wide-angle 13 megapixel (f / 2.4);
- Protection: IP68, MIL-STD-810;
- Fingerprint scanner;
- Communications: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 2G / 3G / 4G / 5G LTE, two SIM cards, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm audio jack;
- Battery: 4630mAh, 18W wired charging, 15W wireless charging
- Dimensions: 171.64 x 81.5 x 10.64mm;
- Weight: 248 g.