The Nokia 2 is an affordable handset with modest hardware and a clean Android experience, but that doesn’t mean it can’t pull off a few tricks. Here are five simple tips to get more out of this budget blower.
Running a clean build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat out the box not only means timely security and software updates direct from Google but also a few native features that help with usability.
The 2’s 5-inch 720p display is more than capable of accommodating two apps simultaneously. Simply open the app you want to fill the upper half of the screen and then long-press on the app switcher. You’ll then see all the other apps already running in the lower half of your screen with which you can swipe through and choose from.
Should the app you want not already be running, just press the home button, find and open the app and it’ll fit on the lower half of the multitasking divide.
To deactivate split-screen multitasking, long-press the app switching key again, whilst running two apps simultaneously.
Like most Android devices, the Nokia 2 accommodates screenshot capabilities natively. You can take a snap of whatever you’re looking at by long-pressing the power and volume down buttons at the same time.
But, HMD has also included a dedicated software button, tucked away in the second pane of the quick settings menu; accessed by swiping down from the top of your screen twice and swiping left once to reach the Screen Capture button.
Tapping the pencil icon in the top right will let you rearrange the quick setting icons, if you want it in a more convenient position.
Nokia’s instilled the 2 with a pair of motion-based actions to help streamline call management. They’re both switched off out the box but if you dive into the Motion section of the Settings menu you’ll find two tick boxes.
One lets you reject calls by simply flipping your Nokia 2 over, face down; the other mutes the ringer the moment you pick the phone up.
Quick-launch the camera
You can access the Nokia 2’s camera in a pinch by waking the phone and swiping up from the camera icon in the bottom right of the lock screen, but to speed things along even further Nokia’s added an all-hardware method to get to snapping promptly.
Activated by flipping the toggle in the phone’s Gestures menu (under Settings), a quick double-tap of the metal power key on the phone’s right side will also grant you swift access to the 5-megapixel front-facer or 8-meg main sensor, depending on whichever was last used.
Manual camera controls
Whilst the camera experience offered up by the Nokia 2 isn’t exactly feature-packed, we were surprised to find that it affords you an impressive level of control; including some manual functionality.
To access manual control, open the camera, tap the settings icon in the top left and switch to Manual under Capture Settings. Once you’re back in the viewfinder, you’ll see a new list of options along the left-hand side covering metering, focus, white balance and exposure.
Whichever settings you dial in then persist across both photo and video capture modes.
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