Nokia XR20 review

A suitable smartphone for those who require a tough exterior and updated OS, but the camera isn't where this Nokia shines

Nokia XR20 Review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nokia XR20 has a great rugged and durable design, but a lot of things let it down including the weak camera system that produces pixelated images, despite the integration of features from Zeiss optics. The poor handling in regard to a weak power button that constantly activates Google Assistant when you don't want it to also makes this device hard to love. This smartphone is essentially like one of those tough popular jocks in American movies that are failing high school, limited in what it can do in terms of cool features or megapixels, but is functional and practical as a rugged and sturdy unit.

Pros

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    The battery can last up to 3 days

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    Drop-to-concrete resistance from 1.8 meters (MIL-STD-810H compliant)

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    IP68 dust/water resistant

Cons

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    The camera quality isn't the greatest

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    Weak processor chip

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    No power adapter included

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The Nokia XR20 is the latest rugged smartphone offering from Nokia, presented in a relatively lightweight and sleek form compared to the robust and brick-like design features that you might find on a typical rugged phone produced by other manufacturers. 

We recently reviewed the alien-looking  Doogee S98 Pro rugged smartphone, for example, that offers an AI 3-in-1 camera setup with additional night vision as well as thermal imaging cameras, and is an extra 100 grams heavier than the Nokia XR20.

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